Harsharan Does an Exclusive interview with The Very Gifted & Extremly Talented Hip Hop Artist CRISIS aka Mr.Swagger as he is Internationally know on the Mirophone. We talk Inspiration, Influences, His Exciting Current Projects and What does make him
Swaggnificent find out in this great interview.
Q Tell us about who you are & What you do?
A: C.R.I.$.I.$ or Crisis Mr. Swagger as people may call me is an International Hip-Hop artist from Lusaka, Zambia, Africa.
I released the first Hip-Hop album in my country. I would describe myself as Muhammed Ali forever in his prime. I have a great drive and passion for music.
I am also the Publicity Secretary for The Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM).
In 2006, I started my own independent label called Diamond Chain Music which is a part of my Diamond Chain Services. I'm the CEO and, I use the label to help promote my music and upcoming artists. I also nurture kids into becoming better and believing in their dreams.
I am also a part of The 'Ambassadors Youth Advisory Council.' We are a team of youth leaders that work with American Ambassador to Zambia Mr. Mark Storella and our job is to encourage the youth to take part in issues that affect them and their future. For example, we just had elections in my country Zambia and, a great percentage of the voters were youth. This is encouraging because, in the past we have had more of the elderly people voting.
Q: Describe your Music in 5 words
A: Morish, Inspiring, Energetic, Original and Creative
Q: What are your Current projects that you are working on?
A: I'm currently working on my new album titled 'B.I.G (Business is Good).' I've also been working on the video's for the album. I've shot two video's in Australia while working with a young enthusiastic director called 'Dion Cochran.' I've been nominated for a Channel-O Music Video Award and, I'm promoting Africa and the Global Music Market through that. People can vote for me on the following link: http://channelo.dstv.com/nominations/most-gifted-southern-video
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
A: Only God knows and that has always been a difficult question for me to answer. I wish I had enough foresight to see that far. However, I want to work with Dr. Dre soon and if not, get signed to Interscope records. However, I stay open to other offers if they are credible enough.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: My inspiration is drawn from within. I often tell people that it's a very spiritual connection that cannot be described. I used to get hurt when people criticized me and my goals but now, that is also a way that I get inspired. I also listen a great variety of music and, that is partly why none of my songs sound the same. One day, I could be listening to Bob Marley, the next day, I could be listening to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay and Jodeci. I draw my inspiration from various kinds of music and real life events. When you listen to my song 'The Fire Inside,' you'll find that, it has a stadium feel because it was inspired by the 2010 World Cup which was held in South Africa. You also hear me mention Haiti because like anyone in the world,I was also moved by the tragic earthquake. In a nutshell, my inspiration is drawn from everyday life.
Q: Who would you rather listen to UK or US Music?
A: Like I said in the last question, I listen to a variety of music. I've lived in the UK before so, I'm very familiar with the sound there and, I have a great admiration for some of the music that comes from there. America dominates the music industry so, you definitely can't ignore their big presence. I'm very open minded and will listen to a great variety of music from all over the world.
Q:What Artist do you listen to?
A: I love listening to work by Dr. Dre - The Chronic, Snoop Dogg - Doggy Style, Coldplay, 2 Pac, Notorious B.I.G, NWA, Bob Marley, Slick Rick, KRS One, Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z and Nas
Q:Who influences your music?
A: Dr. Dre
Q: Please describe your fashion style in 5 words?
A: Swaggnificent, Authentic, Confident, Comfortable and Trendy
Q: How can people Contact you & Collaborate with you?
A: People can get in touch with me through my website:
C.R.I.$.I.$. aka Mr. Swagger (Artist/Producer/CEO-Diamond Chain Services)Artist Booking & Contact-Phone:+260976767410 Website: http://www.diamondchainmusic.com
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