Get To Know: Steve Nixx
Q: What first got you into music?
A: I’ve been musically inclined ever since I was 5, I would always have a nack for being able to recognize voice patterns and melodies and I, like most people, knew good music when I heard it even from a young age. My brother has always been a huge influence in my life and He being older I was able to get a dose of old school music and other genres of music from being around him. He was the one who introduced WU Tang, Nas, Pac, Jedi Mind Tricks, Canibus, and so many other countless greats to bless a mic, to me and naturally I gravitated towards it.
Q: Who inspired you to make music?
A: I am blessed to have a wide arrange of inspirations, from family to Legends in the game that have paved the way for me. My brother Raymond is a huge inspiration for me. My mother inspires me everyday by how she gets up and grinds and took care of 3 children as a single mom. My sister by how Gangsta she is. Musically I’ve been inspired a lot by Nas, specifically Illmatic, by HOV with Reasonable doubt, Wu with 36 chambers, etc. Also with newer artists coming out as well.
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
A: I view anything I do musically as art first and foremost. I’ve never been one who can jump in the booth with no substance. Even if I’m on a Drill, mumble, trap song, it’s going to be lyrical and paint a picture. My goal is to create art in the form of music that creates emotion, inspiration, energy, and hope. A ton of music is created to party or dance, which is cool and we definitely need that levity, but wheres the real? If somebody didnt know our culture and discovered music from today they’d think all we do as a society is pop pills, drink, get money, dance,etc. But who’s talking about the struggle. I like to have fun as much as the next person but hip hop doesnt have a great balance of “Real” and perception. I hope to balance the scales.
Q: What is your creative process like?
A: Its funny I approach every song or EP as if I was Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorcese, Denis Villeneuve, or any other great director of our time. I want to create a sense of cinema for lack of better terms with my work. All of my art tells a story and I hope captivates the same way those great directors have and continue to do.
Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
A: My list goes on for days, all the greats, Jay, Nas, Rza, Andre 3k to people I consider my greats like Curren$y, Fiend, Wiz Khalifa, to people you never would’ve imagined like Feng Suave, and Fleetwood mac, I’d love to work with everyone.
Q: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
A: Tough question, I love energy on stage so anyone who rocks their show with that energy and performs like it’s their first and last show I fuck with.
Q: What is one message you would give to your fans?
A: Stay tuned
Q: What is the most useless talent you have?
A: I can cook cereal.
Q: Do you sing in the shower? If so, what songs?
A: Hell no…who am I kidding…yes, …shouts out to Celine Dion.
Q: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
A: Head writer for the NY Jets
Q: Where have you performed?
A: Multiple places in the DMV, Corona kind of slowed plans for 2020 from a performance stand point , but it allows you to take more time to focus on the art.
Q: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
A: Theres negatives and positives to everything, the internet allows you to reach from end of the world to another and it’s such a vast pool of information and entertainment that you can discover artists and music that you may have never ever thought of. The fans of hip hop from outside the U.S can attest to that. The negative is that it is so easy to put your music into the world that it’s so saturated, it makes it more difficult for listeners to filter out who is worth a listen or not.
Q: Which famous musicians do you admire?
A: I have admiration for all, from Andre 3000 to Immortal Technique to Elton John and Stevie Nicks.
Q: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
A: None really, I’ve always had good guidance and have been blessed to have good influences.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
A: Control what you can Control.
Q: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
A: All these subgenres of Hip Hip, If you have to call it something else it ain’t hip hop, it’s still music, its just not the art form I grew up loving and love to this second
Q: What’s next for you?
A: The World, and everything in it.