“I see myself progressing in a lot of ways in music by that point. I aim to make strong relationships with producers by that time …”
Check out the interview with Mister exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Mister: The summer before grade 12, I and my best friends Thomas and Kunuk started doing freestyles at campouts. In November our school announced a talent show and Thomas and I figured we could do a song for it. We had a couple days more than a month to prepare and we wrote two songs that they let us play. They were completely clean and we really enjoyed them, so did the school.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Keep doing your stuff. There’s no need to stop enjoying writing rhymes or beatboxing dope tunes just because people find it funny or no good. This can go for anything that you love doing, not just making music. Chances are they’re straight up jealous that you’re improving your game and they can’t, but don’t let their negativity get to you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I think constantly trying to come up with the best rhymes, smoothest flows, and most relatable words tires me out. I am always trying to work my brain to be proficient in making rhymes so I practice in my everyday life trying to incorporate daily chores into rapping.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I think the best way to promote music in this day and age is technology and social media. It is an easy and free way to advertise. I think reaching out to other artists through sites like Soundcloud and Datpiff are important too and being able to connect to producers which I am looking forward to being able to do.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is hardly even a city. It is more of a community. Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The majority of the music that comes from here is folk music. There really isn’t much of a hip hop scene, but we do have some local emcees. The fans are great, they’re loyal, very supportive, and always excited to see new content.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I hope to be travelling, touring with music. I see myself progressing in a lot of ways in music by that point. I aim to make strong relationships with producers by that time as well as having my own place to live and being able to start producing my own music in my own confined place.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations in the music industry are Eminem, Mac Miller, and Vince Staples to name a few artists. I think my parents are definitely a big inspiration to me too. My mother, father, and grandmother have all been parents to me my entire life. I lived with them all relatively equally and they all have given me so many ideas on how to grow in this world.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do enjoy music that is being released today. There is so much variety in how rap has evolved. Yes, sub-genres kind of dilute hip hop in a sense, but at some point you have to advance your own sound. I find a lot of artists listen to all kinds of music so they are able to be very diverse in what they create which allows for a strong sense of individualism.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: MisterLee Cloutier-Ellsworth