Up-and-coming artist/producer Botta hailing out of Mesa, Arizona makes his debut on our page with an exclusive new interview alongside his latest project “Backwood Boo 2.” Following the release of his new video “In Tha Grass,” we had the chance to catch up with the budding artist and discuss his inspiration, favorite project he’s worked on and much more. Check out the full interview down below.
How did you start making and what gave you the motivation to stay with it?
I started making music because as a kid I skateboarded, so I felt rap was a good alternative to that, as it had a lot of the same interests. When I started letting some of my friends record me I didn’t feel like they really captured my sound so I decided to go to school for audio engineering and production. I started dropping songs on Soundcloud about 3 years ago and have been pretty consistent with tapes and singles since.
What are some of the biggest mental tools you can obtain to be successful inthis field?
The biggest mental tools I use to be successful in this industry is patience and consistency. You have to remember that there really are thousands of other artists out trying to do the same thing as you, so I just work my ass off and never quite, no matter how much shit I see.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/699613533″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
Are there any artists out there that you look to for inspiration?
Mac Miller has always been a huge inspiration to me as an artist, since he passed I really don’t have any artists that really “inspire” me to say. I like to think that I inspire myself with new sounds and creative ways to try new music.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
My personal favorite project I have dropped is my last release, “Backwood Boo 2”, as it was a sequel to my first ever tape and had a lot of really great songs in it. I think it is nice and sweet and has a lot of different styles on it, which makes it a good listen for anyone. Even though it is my project, I never find myself skipping a track on there.
What do you like to do for fun outside of working on music?
Besides music, I like to spend time reading on new material to open my mind to new things and to skateboard. I have been skateboarding since I was 10 so every time I need to get outside and take a break from recording, that is a good way.
What’s your recording process like?
My recording process is pretty simple. I like to have the right people with the right energy in the room. Usually have a backwood lit up, and I like to work on the track until I feel it is to my ear’s perfection. Shit, sometimes you will catch me in the booth not leaving it for 3 hours at a time until I get my verse exactly how I imagined it.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as versatile. Not just me, but my whole team that I rap with. Although in the end we might tend to hug towards one sound, we try to do a lot of experimental different things, not just for the fans, but for our enjoyment.
What do you hope listeners take away from you new project “Backwood Boo 2”?
I hope when people listen to “Backwood Boo 2”, they can relate to some of the things I am trying to say and it can encourage them to keep going with whatever their dreams are, no matter how tough or unreal it may seem.
Do you have any big plans for 2019?
2019 is full of things for me. I would expect to see at least 2 more projects released before the end of the year and at least 4 videos being dropped. We haven’t stopped working this year and we don’t plan to.