AbstractByCreate is a 19 year old Hip-Hop/R&B Artist hailing from Houston, Texas. Although he is new to the music scene, Abstract takes his immense passion for music, creativity, and lyrical talents and creates complex music, with the hopes of standing out among other musicians of this generation and grabbing the audience’s attention. About a month ago, Abstract released his latest single, “Affinity,” produced by Iman Omari, which discusses his struggles to remain faithful within a relationship, while encouraging men to realize that you only need one woman in your life to be happy. Speaking with Abstract has made me realize that there are still artists in this generation who surround their sound with positive messages and self-betterment. This interview delves into the passion, history, and future of this blossoming, new artist.

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“There needs to be more love in the world and less hate/ignorance.” 

 

Q: What is the meaning behind your stage name?

A: AbstractByCreate, to me, means born different or unordinary. It’s my way of saying that I’m a different individual. The word Abstract, in my sense, means I pull my art from the things I see around me. When you look at abstract art, it looks complex, but still beautiful at the same time.

 

Q: What background information can you give the audience about yourself?

A: I’ve always loved music, I’ve been writing lyrics since I was in elementary school. I used to get in trouble for writing lyrics that had cuss words in them about some girls. I’ve probably watched every YouTube video from every famous rapper, because that’s what I always did as a kid and it has formed me into the artist that I am today.

 

Q: What made you commit to music?

A: In high school, when I listened to music on the Internet and saw the different artists that were my age trying to make music, I noticed that some were mediocre compared to what I could create. So, I started taking it seriously, going to the studio, and, in the studio, I finally realized that this is what I want to do. I released songs and people began to realize that I was better than some of the other artists they were hearing. That’s kind of what got me started.

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Q: I recently saw where you plan to release a new project called. EvoLve. What can you tell us about it? What was the concept behind this project?

A: The concept behind this project is me trying to evolve from being the “bad guy,” as far as relationships go, how I treated women, and being a cheater into a faithful man. I actually started working on this last year during my senior year of high school. At the time, things were not going right, I was still doing things that would consider me as a cheater, so, I put a halt to that. Now, I am completely faithful. That’s always been a problem in my life, being faithful, but things happen. I’m hoping that this project, along with my other music, helps this generation understand the value of healthy relationships and how important it is to stay faithful to the one you love. I’m hoping to help men that treat women wrong. My next project, Negus, is going to speak on the black community and ways we can improve. Generally, my music is about ways of improvement and how we can make the world better.

 

Q: Do you usually have a team that you consistently go to to create music?

A: Yeah, I have a team. Usually, when I start on new music, I start by myself. I find some beats on the Internet, talk to the producers about buying them, write to them, and then after I have my concept together, as well as the lyrics written down and recorded, I send that out to some of my close friends, who are also musicians. I get feedback from them on ways I can improve the song, as well as their thoughts on them.

 

Q: Do you have a certain creative process for creating new music?

A: I don’t have a set creative process it just flows from me. To me, it’s all about the beat. If I love the beat, I could write a song in 10 minutes that will be great, conscious, and sounds good.

 

Q: Aside from music, what other loves do you have?

A: Aside from music and drawing, my other love is fashion. Once I am an established artist, I plan on using money that I make from music to start a clothing line called, “From Heaven To Earth.” The idea for the name came to me while I was in church, which is where most of my ideas come to me. When I’m sitting in church, lyrics and clothing designs usually come to me. Ralph Lauren has a line called The Black Line, which is high-end fashion, but you also have Polo, which is in a lower price range. So, under From Heaven To Earth, I plan on having five different sub brands. One will be street wear, high-end fashion, items you can find in Wal-Mart, clothing for bikers, and the last sub brand will be just graphic tees. I just feel like, as far as fashion goes, there are far better designs to be offered at a cheaper price, rather than high-end mediocre designs.

 

Q: Who are some artists or groups that inspire you?

A: Some artists that inspire me are Eryka Badu, Andree 3000, Kendrick Lamar, and J.Cole. Those are the artists that inspire me the most. As far as Eryka Badu and Andre 3000, their style, what they talk about, how they get their message across, the beat selection that they use, that’s what inspires me. For Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, I’ve listened to them so much that, now, without even trying, I may write lyrics that sound similar to what they would write.

 

Q: Where would you like to perform one day?

A: In the future, I hope to perform in Africa because it’s the Motherland, plus, I’m on Twitter a lot trying to meet new people and spread my name. As of recently, I’ve noticed that there are people from Africa who have fallen in love with my music. One day, I feel like I’ll have a larger fan base in Africa, where I can put on a show and spend some time out there.

 

Q: How do you feel your sound will benefit this new generation of music?

A: I feel like music is the most influential art there is. A little kid can hear a song about a “trap queen” and for the rest of their life, they’re probably going to be looking for a trap queen to have in their life. I feel that if you have a positive message and you present it the right way, then it will get stuck in people’s head and they will use that positive message to help mold their life.

 

Q: What was it like performing at the House of Blues?

A: It was nerve wrecking! That was actually my first performance. When I first started taking music seriously, I wanted to be considered an Internet artist and not actually perform, but there’s no money in that. Before this performance, I had to get a team and dancers together, which was not easy. It was hard to find dancers and schedule a time where we could all practice at the same time, so, that was nerve wrecking. As well as trying to figure out what I wanted to do on stage while I performed, so I could keep the audience interested. In the end, once I got on stage and my music came on, everything just went away. Everything turned out great and it was fun. The crowd was very interactive. During one point in my performance, I asked the audience, “Who came out to see me tonight?” I know, like, 20 people came to see me, out of a crowd of 100, because there were five different acts, but EVERYONE started making noise.

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Q: What are your goals for 2016

A: My goals for the rest of this year are to, first, put out my project EvoLve, record a couple music videos for that, release Negus on my birthday, which is September 15th, then I plan to wrap up the year with a project called, Love Don’t Cost A Thing.

 

Q: Where do you see yourself and your music 10 years from now?

A: In 10 years, I kind of see myself where Kendrick Lamar is right now. I see myself near, if not at the top, of the music game. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I definitely see myself there. Mid-life, I pan on having a house in Houston, California, Miami. I plan on having multiple houses so I can be at home, but not in one particular location.

 

Q: Who do you hope to work with in the future?

A: I would love to work with Lauryn Hill, Eryka Badu, Andre 3000, Mick Jenkins, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Big Krit, who I have already created a concept for, but I just need to get my money up so I can have him on as a feature.

 

Q: What would like the audience, as well as your fans and supporters, to know as they read this interview?

A: I would like my audience to know that there needs to be more love in the world and less ignorance/hate. I’m going to continue to make good music and when I become famous, I am going to give back A LOT to the community and do great things with the blessings that I receive.

 

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