LM: What does ET mean and explain your reason and cause for “View of this Moment”?
ET: ET means Extraterrestrial, my nickname because I’m so interested in the stars, UFOs, blackholes, and life in distant galaxies. Viewofthismoment came about from my first book “What Is Your View of This Moment? A Social Path Towards Spiritual Transformation.” View of this moment is a reminder to live in the moment in order to experience the fullness life has to offer. It also helps when recording music in the booth to stay present in order to give it my all in the booth.
LM: With as much detail as you’d like please let our audience know how did you get started in the music business and industry?
ET: I started doing music at a young age in high school the summer following 9th grade. I would periodically go to the studio with my dad, who was a singer, and formed the singing group LeeRoy, my dad named Roy with my uncle Lee. I would listen to my dad in the recording studio along with his engineer Brad Bobo, sometimes with my brother Saiking who is another singer, aka Wild Weasel. This inspired me to have a deep interest in recording music. I picked up playing the classical guitar all throughout high school, using tablature to teach myself how to play various songs from Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, to Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix.
I started rapping for fun in college at UCLA, and continued to get more serious with it, going on my first tour in 2018, with my first official rap show in Queens, New York. From then, I fell in love with being on stage performing.
LM: What could you say that inspires you particularly in HipHop to want to create music yourself?
ET: I am inspired by Hiphop to tell timeless stories, give messages to people that will live on to future generations to come. I remember early on listening to Nas “It Ain’t Hard to Tell, with his lyrics, “…It ain’t hard to tell, I excel, then prevail…,” in which hearing the power of a true lyricist inspire and audience with his words. I am also inspired to create an inspiration for the youth, as well as adults because I don’t cuss in any of my music. I create music to create joy in the minds and hearts of people around the globe.
LM: Which artists out here and any of the HipHop legends would you say had an effect on your inspirations to create music?
ET: I am inspired by hip hop legends Tupac, Nas, Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Nipsey Hussle, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne who have all worked hard to achieve greatness in their music careers.
LM: What songs are you listening to outside of your own music? Like what’s on your playlist?
ET: On my playlist now I have Clinton Sparks’s Ninety3, Wild Weasel’s Dogg, Mistah F.A.B.”All Around the World) feat Keyshia Cole & Silk E, Nas, “The World is Yours,” Tupac’s “Letter 2 My Unborn.” I love my wide selection of dope artists that contribute to hip hop culture.
LM: If there were no social media at all what would you imagine doing to promote your music?
ET: I would be promoting music the classic way by passing out flyers, putting my music on billboards, Digital and the likes. Also by word of mouth to as many DJs and people as possible.
LM: What do you feel is one of the most important things that any artist should do as a music professional in this industry to both gain and be respected?
ET: The most important thing is to believe in yourself. The more you believe in yourself, the more people will believe in you as well as respect your craft as an artist.
LM: How long do you think anyone should go into promoting one song and what results do you feel should happen before moving onto a next song?
ET: I think any artist should promote one song for at least a year, to get at least your music in radio play, articles, on all digital platforms, as well as gain new fans.
LM: Were you planning on releasing an album or EP soon if so, what would it be called?
ET: I am planning on releasing an EP called Sun Moon, already in production.
LM: Hot Box Bonus: If you were asked to put one song together with yourself, a singer, a rapper, and a producer with you all in the studio at the same time who would these artists be for this special feature?
ET: I would have artists Wild Weasel, Wiz Khalifa, and producer DJ Middleweight in the same studio at the same time.
LM: Anything you would like to share with our readers?
ET: I am excited for the release of my New Single What You Do To Me ft Fat Joe, while currently training for Guinness Book of World Records for the most pushups in 45 minutes in one set.