Greg Franchise Interview
Greg Franchise is a 16 year up and coming rapper from the U.S.A, who we have been watching for a while now seeing him put in the work on the social network sites Facebook , Twitter and etc. Now with the release of his debut mixtape 50/50 out now for free download and doing well on SoundCloud we decide to catch up with him and see what he’s all about.
1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Wellesley MA, a suburb of Boston, It’s a 20 minute drive to the city from my house and sometimes i’ll go chill with some of my friends down town.
2. What Inspired you to make music?
One day I was chilling with my friend Ben Fisher http://www.youtube.com/originalography while he was recording some music. I started thinking “this is pretty sweet, I might want to try that sometime” Ben was really supportive of me, let me use his equipment, critiqued my songs and gave me advice whenever I asked. He really got me out of a bad spot in my life too. I got kicked out of my last school for smoking weed on campus and having some in my locker, and I was getting back into my old habits at my new school. Ben inspired me to me make music, which showed me that i don’t need to get high to feel good, I can feel good by making music.
3. When did you interest in music shift from being a hobby to something you pursued a career in?
Rapping is still a hobby. To me, having it to be a career means that I use all of my energy and time into promoting myself, recording, practicing, writing, etc. Right now, I have to balance my schedule between school and music. I try to promote myself because, even throught it’s technically a ‘hobby’, I consider rap a lifestyle, not a type of music. Everything I do is related to rap, from buying clothes, celebratibg a new song release, to just about everything else in my life. With this lifestyle, there are certain things that I feel like i need to keep my hobby/career up. I want to do shows and sell mixtapes and whatnot, because that is part of the lifestyle, which is why I promote myself.
4. You talked earlier about balancing making music and keeping up with school. How do you do that?
It’s actually pretty simple: I use all my spare time to do music stuff. Between classes, sometimes I’ll think of some rhymes when I’m walking down the hallway. In my free time outside of class, I’ll be tweeting and posting updates on facebook, as well as writing songs, finding instrumentals, mastering tracks, and obviously recording.
5. Who were some of your influences in music?
Like I said earlier, Ben Fisher has been a really big influnence on me, but also my friend The Rapper: H http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRapperH has also helped me out and supported me a lot. I look up to him in his rapping and his success so far. Another person who’s influenced me is Mac Miller just because of the fact that he got famous when he was around my age, so it kind of makes me feel like it’s possible for me. But person who’s influenced me the most ith my music has definitely been myself. I always try to stay true to myself and who I am, and I think that’s the most important thing about the whole music thing.
6. What has been your biggest challenge?
I think that the most challenging part about my music has been getting exposure. Even through the internet is really helpful, there are a lot of people out there and I don’t have any personal funds to spend on promotion like some other do.
7. What do you feel is the most important thing about making music?
Like I said earlier, I really want to stay true to who I am and remember where i came from. My life hasn’t been as hard as some other people, but i definitely have had my fair share of struggles and i’ve learned a lot from overcoming them. And no matter what I do, I want to have fun with this.
8. Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
Honestly, I don’t know. I’m hoping that I’ll be a junior in college then, but I personally like to think in the present, instead of planing ahea. If I worry myself about what I’m going to do in the next few years, then I can sometimes lose track of what’s happening now, and miss some opportunities, and that’s not what I want. I want to be able to take every chance I get to do something special with my life, and if I have to sacrifice planning ahead, then so be it.
Shout out to Greg Franchise for the interview and being so professional with his answers, check out the links below to see more of Greg Franchise.
Download Greg Franchie Mixtape 50/50 from the link here >> 50-50
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