Today we are sitting down with Pablo a up and coming Puerto Rican artist from Astoria Queens who first started his musical journey at the young age of 14. Since his life changing event of being incarcerated he has been working hard to get his name out there and he has been featured in a few notable mixtapes.
Pyro Da Arsonist: What inspired you to start doing music at such a young age?
Pablo: I was doing an 18 month juvee bid and writing rhymes was a way of expressing myself and passing time.
Pyro: How did you get the nicknames Buff & Skar?
Pablo: I got the name Skar because when I was 21 years old I had a scar on my face and buff because that’s the nickname of the nuke they dropped on Japan buff stands for big ugly fat fuck.
Pyro: How did being incarcerated change you as a person and as an artist?
Pablo: Honestly jail is like a school for criminals , if you learn anything you basically learn how not to get caught again .
Pyro: How would you describe your music and what makes you stand out from other artist?
Pablo: I consider myself a backpack style rapper also I try to spit hard bars , and my music is real as I rap about things that I been through and especially I touch up on the topic of police brutality as I’ve gotten called spic by the police and had guns drawn at me multiple times by multiple police men.
Pyro: What are some steps you think an artist needs to do to gain a following and stay relevant?
Pablo: To stay relevant I feel an artist should just continue to hustle , create , continue to put out music , to gain a following try and get on these mixtapes and these Spotify playlists .
Pyro: How has the pandemic affected your music career?
Pablo: The pandemic hasn’t really affected my music career as I have a studio in my basement including a soundproof booth that I paid for to get built.
Pablo: How important is it for an artist to stay true to who they are?
Pablo: Honestly I’m Ol’Skool so I say spit real , don’t lie because someone gonna call you on it it’s a small world , just be real before you end up like tekashi .
Pyro: What are your thoughts on the music landacape today?
Pablo: Honestly, I’m happy to see bars making a come back because this mumble rapShit gotta go.
Pyro: What are your goals for this new year?
Pablo: My goals for this new year are to be debt free and get my streams up and continue to build a legacy for my family.
Thank you for taking the time to sit down with the Artistry and letting our readers learn more about you. We wish you much success in your career.
DJ Chase is not only a student to the game but also, an imperative trend setter within the the music industry. Specializing in Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae/ Dance-Hall, old-school, and House music. Not only did DJ Chase work his way through the Big Apple, he also expanded his brand in cities such as; Connecticut, Atlanta, Boston, and Miami Beach. This exposure solidified him as one of the City’s most promising music acts. As he grew as a live DJ, he went on to expand his skills by branching out to radio FM Radio and Satellite Radio, mixing on stations such as 88.9 FM Oswego New York, Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Shade 45), and as of 2019, Connecticut’s Smack Em’ Radio. Eventually, Chase ventured out and solidified his entrepreneurship with owning his own independent music label; Worldwide Soundz Records, Music Publishing company; DJ Chase Publishing LLC, and is apart of the Fleet DJs – NYC Division. DJ Chase is working towards his foundation and has been going since. He dropped an EP called; “Rich In Spirit” back in September (which is on all major streaming platforms) featuring Brooklyn-Native Hip Hop Artist; Johnnie Floss which has been making a lot of noise within the underground Hip Hop Scene. As the 4 quarter comes to an end, DJ chase finishes strong with a New debut single “Line it up” featuring Hip Hop Artist Notes 82 which is already make waves in the game. We look forward to witnessing his growth as he rises within his career
Read more below, as I was able to interview DJ Chase
V-Henny: What inspired you to pursue your career as a DJ?
DJ Chase: I been djing back since in 1998 when I was 12. My father brought me my first DJ set; the gemini xl 100s. I wasn’t really good but it was so much fun and innocent. I actually wanted to be a stock broker. I but God had different plans for me. My pops was part of the zulu nation. and I just feel right in it.
Vee: Also, can you speak on your experience, when you starting your career as a DJ, getting gig offers?
Chase: When I started to DJ professionally it was fun when I started. I really started booking gigs in college in SUNY Oswego, back in 2005. I started DJing college parties and college radio. and I been doing it ever since.
Vee: As a veteran in this game, What would you like fans to know about your daily grind?
Chase: lol I appreciate that, My daily grind consists of praying. Exercise, watching my diet. Loads of phone calls, and emails. You have to be very committed. I wake up and don’t check my phone. I stretch. and Clear my mind to start my day. I open my phone and check my schedule and the daily and weekly expenses and budgets. and I take it from there
Vee: Your goal is to create a legacy, build yourself up as an entrepreneur and reach your highest potential. The sky’s the limit as you would say. Starting your own publishing/production company and independent label, what’s one challenge you overcame that made you want to become a better creative?
Chase: The One Challenge is dealing with the social media perception of what success is, when your tryna conduct business with people. I’m a very private person. I don’t even have enough time to post every single thing or business deal I do on social media. Plus in the type of business I do and conduct, I can’t post my business dealings on social media. This helps me be a better creative because I learn more meticulous ways to be have more mystique.
Vee: What makes you stand apart from your competitors?
Chase: I have my own sound and style. I never followed anyone or emulated anyone. I also don’t feel anyone is my competition because I came up different from these industry people, I don’t focus on gossip and politics, I focus solely on the music.
Vee: If you had a chance to put together a track with 3 major artist who would be on the record and why?
Chase: 50 Cent, Jay-z, Dru Down. The Reason Why I would put them on a record together, as crazy as it sounds I’ve worked with every artist I wanted to work with, growing up. Except these 3. They were my favorite artists growing up. and still are. The other artists I would put have passed away.
Vee: Your latest project “Rich in spirit” which dropped back in September. Elaborate to us the concept behind the title and the cover art.
Chase: The title was inspired by God to be honest. This year was rough on a lot of people including myself. I lost a lot of friends. And my final straw was when I had a phone call during the riots and protests for Gerorge Floyd, and I spoke with a representative from a “Major Label” When everyone was tryna exploit and use “black lives matter” as a cloack to exploit young black artists. I really had to scream at him, and I just lost it. So I wanted to just do a positive album and a hybrid gospel album. The cover art was a art piece I had custom made to represent heaven, and just uplift people.
Vee: From radio, podcast to producing music for artists. Would you say Your love for music is the same as it is for the business? Please elaborate
Chase: I mean it’s both. I love the business side more cause I get to travel and connect with high society people that I could never even be around if I only did music.
Vee: We know that you’re always dropping gems for the culture, inspiring and motivating others to want more. When In doubt, what do you do when you are in need of motivation or inspiration?
Chase: Honestly I just surround myself with people who really know me. Motivating and helping other people succeed motivates me. All the shit I’ve been through to get to where I’m at now, I still got a chip on my shoulder from it. I know how to channel that memory of when people used to tell me I’m wack, and the people who said I would never make it.
Vee: What’s next? What are we expecting from you in the near future?
Chase: The Next Step is a big Office and More Big Singles, and More Blessings From God. I want better health, and to give black people more jobs.
When the fans of a singer or rapper witness the artist’s career blossom and unfold, they are typically focused on the artist alone. Not realizing that behind the scenes there are many significant pieces to the puzzle, the fans see the artist as an entire package; music, style, interviews, touring, money, etc. One key component we mustn’t forget is the DJ. When artists are seeking a large audience to listen to their music, the DJ is the bridge that connects the two. Whether in the club or on the radio, it is imperative to learn the importance of the DJ’s role in the music industry and build relationships that will result in longevity. One of the greatest feelings as an artist is to see a crowd in the club moving in unison to your song. To hear your song hit the air waves and receive honest feedback is also an indescribable experience. With an outstanding resume, DJ Big Inf has certainly left his foot-print in the music industry as a major element for mainstream and independent artists.
In the beginning of his career, DJ Big Inf was given the opportunity to be M.O.P.’s tour DJ in 2007. It was throughout the duration of his G-Unit deal that DJ Big Inf toured the world with heavy hitters such as 50 Cent, M.O.P., Mase, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Spyda Loc, Mobb Deep, and Olivia. While touring, he worked diligently on two collaboration mixtapes with M.O.P. titled, “All Out War” Pt. 1 and Pt.2, which were released on all major platforms and Datpiff. Due to the success of both mixtapes, another opportunity came forward. DJ Big Inf secured placement on “Salutes The St. Marxsman”, M.O.P.’s album via E1 (formerly Koch Records). The “Project Revolution Tour” was next on Big Inf’s agenda. During this tour, he was able to DJ for Snoop Dogg, Ghost Face Killer, Linkin Park, and Korn. With the tour coming to an end, Big Inf planned to work on his new project, “Better Dayz Ahead” featuring artists such as, Camp Lo, Mims, Sadat X, AG of “Showbiz & AG”, DJ Doo Wop, and Snaggapus of the well-known, “Bounce Squad”.
With so many accolades to be proud of, Big Inf didn’t stop there. Internet Radio was his next endeavor. “Moscato Sundays” was a radio show created by Big Inf and his partner “Google the Name”. The show became a success with a two year run. Although the show was a victory, it abruptly ended due to contractual divergences. When one door closes, another opens. As the show came to an end, Big Inf was approached by M-Reck and Doggie Diamonds of “Forbez DVD”.
Becoming the resident DJ of “Forbezdvd/DoggieDiamonds’ No Filter” show on DTF Radio, was the next prospect presented to Big Inf. He had become a fundamental constituent to the team for five years. During this time, Big Inf continued to network and build connections while simultaneously gaining exposure in the New York hip-hop scene. In 2015, while continuing his hard work as a DJ, Big Inf stepped into a different industry to portray his skills as an actor. He displayed his talents in the urban drama, “True Story” while also obtaining placement on the soundtrack with his song, “Sucka Mcs”.
After Big Inf’s five year loyalty to DTF Radio, he released his next Album, “New Industry/The Playlist”. This project featured Dave East, Ali Vegas, Tribeca, Christion Dior, J-Hood, Trife Diesel from The Wu-Tang Clan, and General Steele of the rap duo “Smiff ‘N Wesson”. After touring the world, releasing multiple projects, and teaming up with others in radio, Big Inf made the life changing decision to create his own platform. Newindustrymusicgroup.com was created to display the talent of rappers worldwide and is very unique compared to other outlets for artists. Big Inf is passionate about, not only sharing music with his audience, but assisting artists in reaching people at a greater scale and building their fan bases. With his love for music and determination to shine the spotlight on talented creators, Big Inf became a curator and owner of a playlist titled, “Music To Rep NY” on Musicto.com. Making it his goal to have several ways to reach the masses, Big Inf has become the owner of a radio show on “Freshest FM” called, “New Industry Mondays”.
Although he is a busy DJ whom wears many hats, he continues to release projects for his fans. Big Inf has recently released the following singles: “Money Call” featuring Sonny Cheeba of Camp Lo, “I believe” featuring Mic Handz and Ali Vegas (produced by Fantom of the Beat), and a remix by famed Canadian producer, Ak Rockefeller, to his previously released song, “Strike Gently”.
While reading this article, the reader will notice that success does not come without hard work and dedication. It is crucial for you to acknowledge that you are capable of anything as long as you are willing to sacrifice, invest, and never give up. Big Inf has displayed pure passion and impeccable work ethic throughout his career, all attributes that any successful individual possesses, a perfect example for the reader to become acquainted with. Follow DJ Big Info by clicking on the links below! It is guaranteed that you will be inspired by his consistency and love for music.
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