Artist available on: iTunes, Spotify. Tidal etc. (all platforms) and on social media as @reddvisionbeats, @reddvision_ or @reddvision
Interviewer and Writer: Simon Mothapo
Editor: Mosa Mahlangu
Reddvisionbeats is an American singer/rapper, songwriter, producer and sound engineer. Here I did an interview with him about his song Froze Energy with Kamal. A song that reflects on betrayal, survival, friendship, and loyalty.
Q: What is Froze energy?
A: Froze energy is a look into me and Kamal's lives up until that point and things that we've been through. This song, in particular, is about me feeling like the growth that I was making was opening my eyes to more things and changing my perspective. I have a line "man I'm so used to our lives ending, pressing record on a live image." I felt that the lives of many black men in my position somewhat and even those on a different path than me, were dying regularly. I almost became to numb to it you know? Having to accept the fact that my fate may be sealed without me knowing. I've lost a friend to gun violence before so it naturally made me want to tune it all out, the senseless killings of so many, but I couldn't so I had to say something, hopefully, one day we can help to change and put an end to it. This song is also about the energy I felt people would give us. some genuine and others cold, or not wanting to give us a chance. I've had people I thought I was close with totally turn on me so I'm familiar with the feeling...as if someone's once positive energy is turning cold.
Q: Where did you shoot the music video?
A: It was shot at the Santa Monica pier and downtown Hollywood BLVD in California.
Froze Energy music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgKAR7R12B4
It comes intuitively that we should know how our homeboy got to this point in his life.
Q: How would you describe your childhood?
A: I was born in Virginia lived there for 10 years. Moved to Japan in 2005, left in 2009 to California. After graduating from high school in California I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2013, and I've been back and forth between Georgia and California ever since. My childhood, if I could describe it, was inspirational and challenging at times. Inspirational because I was lucky enough to have such a diverse upbringing. Meeting people from all walks of life and being immersed in different cultures. That really helped shape my perspective on things.
Q: Besides music is there any other work that you are doing?
A: Over the last year I've been involved in a few fashion shows thanks to my friend Shun. Thanks to Shun, I was able to actually headline one a few months back called "Street Roots" set up by the amazing team, 'Queen Cartel'.
Q: Did you headline the show as a model or as a singer/rapper?
A: Both! My friend Shun designed an outfit for me to wear as it was part of his collection he was showing off as well.
Q: Cool stuff! So what lead you into music?
A: Thank you! When I moved to Japan and was registering for classes, I had one more slot open for a class and my counselor decided it would be a good idea for me to be in a concert band. So I learned how to read music and play the trumpet then over time realized I had an affinity or natural liking to how music was being created; which lead me wanting to know more about the technical aspects, the science behind it and how to produce music as a whole.
Q: So that is why you studied sound engineering?
A: Yes it was definitely a major factor.
Q: What are your future plans for music?
A: To just keep producing and constructing sounds, learn, and have fun.
Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: I do, Redd is a nickname my friends in California gave me when I moved here so it's usually what I go by!
For a man who has been through some of the most challenging life experiences and still keeps his cool...I see something beyond a 24-carat future.
Redd deserves to be supported at all costs! Listen to his music on iTunes, tidal, Spotify, etc! Follow him on social media!
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