Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you.
I go by the stage name UptownPrince and I’m a 19-year-old independent artist from Washington, DC. I write and arrange all of my material. I’ve always had a love for music as far as I can remember.
From a very young age, I was drawn to different genres of music. I loved hip-hop & rap and often imitated the rap styles, Twista and Lil Wayne. My passion for music runs deeply. I find myself to be an artist whose sound may be unique in comparison to other artists from my city.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
Every musician is unique and has a way of sharing their artistry with the masses. I feel that I create music that has a feel-good vibe. My sound is easily compatible with most genres of music. I’m not hesitant to push the envelope to create good content.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?
Attending live performances and seeing musicians interact with their fans was inspiring. Hearing live instrumentations go beyond what one would normally hear on a record is mind-blowing. I think that anyone who knows me was the first to know.
People always said that I rapped or would sing every word that came out of my mouth. Life for me is a steady grind of building my brand and creating more music. My curiosity for sound has led me down the path of studying Audio Engineering. I want to do it all!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?
One of the biggest challenges for me as an artist has been writer’s block. Being 19 years old, I haven’t had a lot of real-life experiences to tell a story through songs. I have to stay creative and pull from the things that are familiar to me.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
I would like to meet Jay-Z, Master P, and J.Cole
1) Jay-Z is an artist that I’d like to meet because he was able to cross boundaries to become a successful entrepreneur outside of music while still being able to maintain and grow his fan base as a rapper.
2) J.Cole, I would like to discuss with him what were the things that influenced him to turn away from the celebrity lifestyle to become more comfortable with blending in with everyday people.
3) Master P.
List the direct links/URL to your social media profiles so people can follow you:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uptownprince1/