“By that I mean thinking you’re doing it right one day, but questioning your entire purpose the next. It gets tough, but I think my faith and courage will always overpower my insecurities and fears because I’m still here and I’m still getting better.”
Check out the interview with Unique exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Unique: First off, my name is Tyler Kenneth Haas and I go by the stage name Unique. I’m 19 years old and it all started in Connecticut. When I was close to 13 I became obsessed with rap. I always had love for music though. I started listening to artists like Pac, Em, and Slug. I related to it, I vibed with it.
So I started writing in a notebook, no beat, no rap name. I literally had no idea what I was doing, the one thing I knew is that I was releasing pent up thoughts and anger I had in me for years and I felt a sense of clarity and peace. When I was 16 I moved to Idaho to live with my mom. While I was there I had trouble fitting in so I became a loner and a lot more introspective then I ever was.
I started studying hip hop again. Pac, Em, Slug, Nas, Big L, Jay Z, Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill, DMX, The Game, Biggie, and many more. All these artists inspired me to find my own voice, tell my own story, and never forget why I started.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay original and don’t try to sound like anyone else, your only option is to stay true and take it seriously. Most of all study the game. Respect and the ones that paved the way and treat it like your major. If someone wants to be a physicist, they research Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking; the equivalent of Tupac & Nas.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m still getting my foot in the door so I’m sure I haven’t experienced all the hardships a mainstream or even indie artist in today’s industry has to face, just being an artist alone comes with a lot of challenges. I think the biggest challenges I’ve had to face are the setbacks.
By that I mean thinking you’re doing it right one day, but questioning your entire purpose the next. It gets tough, but I think my faith and courage will always overpower my insecurities and fears because I’m still here and I’m still getting better.
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 haven’t had much to promote, I’ve mainly been focusing on the music. Now that I have an album set and ready to drop within the next couple of months, I’ve been thinking of a few ways to promote. One thing I know for sure works is recognizing and appreciating your fan base and not try to force anything. If people want to listen, great, if not, it’s whatever. I’m still gonna keep going. It hasn’t stopped me so far.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is not perfect, by any means, but it’s my home. I want nothing but the best for the people that live there and fight there. There’s a lot of heroin addiction going on in my city and Connecticut is one of the states that has been most affected by the epidemic.
It’ll be a long time before things get better because it’s been going on for the past decade, but that’s one of the things pushing me to keep going. I know that I have the opportunity to inspire artists and people around me to bring some positive energy back into our community.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself having gained a lot more respect from new fans and other artists.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My brother Troy is my biggest inspiration. I’ve been inspired by a lot though, music, movies, and books. I read a lot when I was a kid. I’m inspired by my family, friends, fans, surroundings, and music.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think the quality of music that’s coming out today is a lot better than it was 5 years ago. TDE, Pro Era, and Oddfuture have all changed the game. I feel like the passion and love for music inspired a lot of artists who lost their way or lost their passion. I’ve just been observing the change and I think it’s essential at this point.
I read in an article that hip hop is the most listened to genre in the world right now so with that being said, we clearly have a lot of influence on people; how they think, feel, and even how they live there day to day lives. I think it’s up to us to make music for the sake of bettering ourselves and our reality.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.unifeyedbymusic.com