Lancaster, SC, native Faded broke 1,700 downloads last year with his debut mixtape, “Sorry That I’m Late,” and hasn’t looked back since. In fact, his grind has been off the chart — dropping three videos earlier this summer, including his hit record “STAY AFLOAT,” featuring Issac BMORE Perry. It’s all leading up to the release of his sophomore mixtape, “RESURRECTION,” dropping later this. A proud — and brave — soldier in the U.S. Army, music has always been a real escape; a therapeutic release. With the momentum he’s building, it looks as though his “hobby” could quickly become a fruitful career.
He recently took some time out to chat with AAHIPHOP and take our famous AAHH Q&A. Check it out below, and take in his visuals.
How did you get started in the game?
I have been writing music since I was 12 years old. I have always had the love for writing poetry and enjoying the different stanzas of it. That transitioned into me writing music.
Who influenced you?
My influences in music were solely based on the feeling that it gave me. The feeling of writing a punchline or being metaphoric was everything to me. The vibe that music gives off is indescribable. Everyone in my neighbourhood played sports or became a statistic. I wanted to be different and do something to touch the whole world.
What have you dropped so far and what are you working on next?
I released my mixtape entitled Sorry That I’m Late last year which accumulated 1,700 downloads. I recently released my single entitled “Stay Afloat.” The single has been released on Tidal, Spotify, Google Play, and Deezer. I’m currently working on my EP; that will be released globally mid-September 2016.
What has been your biggest [musical] achievement thus far? What is your goal in this industry?
My biggest achievement thus far was touring; yeah, being a part of that percentage that can say they’ve toured overseas. Everyone may not reach that opportunity as an artist. My goals in this industry are to become an international recording artist.
Professionally, what’s next?
For me professionally, I am also starting an artist development company under my label. I love to teach other artist business because I [myself] was once lost as to how to market and put my music in the right channels and pipelines. Faded Entertainment is up next, and we will strive to be a very credible record label.