WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA CEE:
THIS MONTH WE GOT A CHANCE TO WORK WITH THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE NEW SINGLE " WAKE UP AMERICA" STEHEVEN RODRIGUEZ . CONVEYING A MESSAGE OF A UN-SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SOCIETY STHEVEN IS TAKEN THE TRI STATE AREA BY STORM WITH FASHION GXD MAGAZINE DECLARING HIS NEW MUSIC AS INNOVATIE AND EMPOWERING TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE GXD IN THE MAKING . FOR OUR MUSIC ARTIST OF THE MONTH STHEVEN AND HIS NEW SINGLE " WAKE UP AMERICA"
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Fashion Gxd Magazine : Define your song "Wake Up America " What image would you like to portray to the general public ?
Stheven Rodriguez : "Wake Up America" for me is exactly what it says on the title. I want to reach out not only locally but across the country. As we see on the news and TV things aren't as great as it seems but yet we hide from the truth by celebrity news along with social media priorities. As for my image I would like to be someone Influential and someone that people can learn from.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :How long have you been following your purpose?
Stheven Rodriguez : I have been writing music since 2012 and haven't gone public just up till 2014.
Fashion Gxd Magazine: What is a typical day/week like for you?
Stheven Rodriguez : A typical day/week for me Is working from 7am until 3pm then having to go to school from 6pm-9pm. Then when i get home I spend time with my dog and girlfriend and use the little time I have to work on my music and be up late if I have to. Then on the weekends I network trying to find new ways to find exposure for my music and have it heard.
Fashion Gxd Magazine: What do you like most/least?
Stheven Rodriguez : What I like the most is being able to connect with people through my music. Usually when i release music my fans always contact me telling me how they relate and love the lyrics to my music because its so "real" as they say it. What I least like is when I get writers block and not being able to figure out the theme of a song.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful?
Stheven Rodriguez : Whats most important to me is being consistant, open minded, and dedicated. You can never be too close minded when trying to be successful.
Fashion Gxd Magazine: What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Stheven Rodriguez : My personal advice I would give someone trying to pursue a career in music is to have goals and a plan set up. Achieve each goal at a steady pace, You will also need to be patient .. nothing comes overnight or within a year for most, great things take time. Last, you want to have a backup plan in case things do not work out.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What education/training is required/recommended? What are good majors? What schools are best to attend?
Stheven Rodriguez : Any school can benefit you when it comes to music because most schools have majors for music production, communications and media, theater, and graphic design/advertisement.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue this career?
Stheven Rodriguez : From what I personally experienced, people that pursue this career usually have the thought of becoming famous overnight and overwhelming themselves with trying to make songs within a short time period. Also they tend to make music as whatever is trending at the moment and don't follow their own words or thoughts People want to sound like the guy they hear on the radio and thinking that, they think it'll be a hit. Which is why I'm going down my own path and even if people don't like my music then that means they don't like me because my music is who I am.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
Stheven Rodriguez : I would still choose this careers but make different decisions and invest my money wisely. At first I was clueless and had no idea what I was doing.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
Stheven Rodriguez : Networking and being able to connect with people is major when it comes to the music business. This past year I've been able to come in contact with producers and work with them more often than usual and as the work kept going there was more chemistry among us which made the lyrics and beat click. Not only will they help you out but they'll give word out to their other producer friends who are also willing to help out. Not only for producers but other artists who can help you advertise you to their fan base which will broaden yours.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?
Stheven Rodriguez : For me, I was never a fan of saying the word "mixtape". I feel like when people hear that word nowadays they take you as a joke or someone just going through a phase of trying to make music. I tell people I am an artist and that I'm working on a "project". Another way is by simply showing them my music; The lyrics coming from my music is pretty serious and personal, nor do I talk about things I haven't done to try to sound a certain way.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How to respond to the “back up plan” questions?
Stheven Rodriguez : I respond to the "back up plan" by saying that I am attending school and having goals and knowing what career to pursue while I'm in it. People attend school with no idea with what they want to do, it isn't a bad thing but you're only wasting time in my opinion. I have been out of school for nearly 5 years after I graduated but while i wasn't, I had set up a plan and goals a year ahead before signing up for school that way once I started i already had a set of steps to follow and complete.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Is there growth in this field? How do things generally look for new musicians entering the field.
Stheven Rodriguez : There is plenty of growth in this field. For new musicians things are slow at first but if you keep working and networking you'll surely find a someone who is willing to help you and take you into their business or into someone they're working for.