New Jersey songwriter and rapper, alvie the skywalker, has been a passionate lyricist since birth. Rooting from his passion from music, aside from rapping and songwriting, is a passion and skill for producing. alvie took the alternative route to rapping over industry beats and decided to teach himself how to produce. Though he doesn’t produce all of his music, the skywalker still plays a hand in the masterpieces that hit our ears. For alvie, 2016 was a successful year with all of the accumulated stage time he received, in addition to being featured on 12 songs! alvie hopes to make 2017 non-different and intends to continue to grow in his craft.

Q: Thanks for wanting to be a part of Freelancer Magazine, we really appreciate it. So, for those who may not know you, how would you address yourself to the audience?

A: salutations freelancer, thanks for the opportunity.  as far as the audience goes i’d like to be addressed as “alvie the skywalker” all lower case letters please, its a kind of a big deal for me (pun intended).  but i also go by “curl winslow” aka “87′ kiefer sutherland” aka  “our friend al” but my granny calls me al.


Q: What is the meaning behind your stage name ‘alvie the skywalker’?

A: originally the name, alvie the skywalker was just a lyric in one of my first raps but it developed deeper meaning over the years.  i got the, “skywalker” name from the “Star Wars”  franchise.  not only am i a big fan but i related to the relationship between luke and his father darth vader to the relationship between me and my late father.


Q: How long has music been a part of your life?

A: music has been apart of my life since i can remember, my grandma playing and dancing salsa with me, my grandfather playing soul music from the 60’s and 70’s, my aunt dancing in her room to Prince, and my mother riding around to Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly.  i personally didn’t start making music until 2009ish maybe a little bit earlier mostly for fun though back then.


Q: Did you know that you always wanted to do music?

A: me doing music was the last thing on my mind.  if i’m being completely honest i didn’t even think i could until i got up and did it. 


Q: When did you decide you wanted to take music seriously?

A: i decided to take music seriously one random night in 2010 around 2:00am after making thee most trash beat ever.  it sucked but that’s when i realized that i would happy doing this forever and a day.


Q: Where do you currently reside?

A: i currently reside in Roselle, NJ.


Q: What are some of your best accomplishments from 2016 and how do you plan to make 2017 better?

A: some of my best accomplishments of 2016 was the amount of stage time i accumulated.  For 2017 im not necessarily looking for more but to push my stage show to the next level, of course bigger shows and higher quality . 


Q: What background can you give us on your latest releases, lowkey and how was it working with Lilly Black and Karma?

A: last summer i released my album and ep version of “DARTH VIE” which lead single was “low key”. since mid october i’ve periodically released loose singles just to shared the growth and new styles.  as for working with Lilly Black and Karma on “low key” its always like visiting cousins you haven’t seen in forever at grandma’s house.  two amazing talents who are both humble with limitless futures.  unfortunately we weren’t able to all be together throughout the total making of that song but we’ve shared the stage a bunch of times to give that song its much deserved love. 


Q: I thought Curl Winslow was an interesting song, what’s the background on that track?

A: “curl winslow” was me just throwing bars together originally, Mello Marc’s production gets me in a pocket where i can’t wait to write the next bar.  the play on Carl Winslow’s name came after and helped ties the song into the project me and Mello Marc are releasing soon.


Q: Do you write all of your music?

A: yes i write all of my music, i take pride in my pen.  i love the way my brain and pen unite.  i look up to writers outside of hip hop as well so i can’t wait to flex writing pop and r&b records in the near future.


Q: How long have you been producing?

A: i’ve been producing since 2010 maybe 09′ i couldn’t find beats and thought rapping over industry beats was lame so i taught myself.  this was years before producers had “such and such type beats” every where.


Q: Do you produce all of your music?

A: no, i don’t produce all my music but most.  creating to my own production is always a my favorite but i love connecting with another producer’s sound.  when its right, new doors in mind open up and my imagination is endless.


Q: What is your favorite piece of equipment to use?

A: my favorite piece of equipment is for sure my MPK mini.  its small and i can take it everywhere with me.  its forever clutch.


Q: What was/is the most challenging part about producing?

A: the most challenging part of producing for me is connecting with artists outside of myself that aren’t on the same wavelength.  im always up for a challenge when it comes to producing for others but sometimes when artists limit themselves to only working over familar sounding beats or are afraid to try new things i quickly get turned off.  sorry; kind of.


Q: Last year you were featured in 12 songs, do you plan to supersede that number in 2017?

A: hell yeah i plan on superseding my number of features and releases this year.  already off to a great start with three drops since the beginning of 2017, i plan on following up with a 12 track release next month.  on top of that i have a few features with other artists they’ve yet to be released.


Q: What differences/knowledge do you hope to bring to the music industry?

A: you’d think it would go without saying at this point but just being who you are.  being real to yourself and your art.


Q: How would you describe the music that you make?

A: grandma use to make the most amazing cheese grits in the universe.  most important ingredient was the love.  i make my music with love and god willing it sticks to your ribs like my grandma’s grits on sunday mornings.


Q: What goals do you hope to achieve in 2017? What are some things you want to accomplish/do in 2017?

A: like every year i love to look back and see growth as an artist, 2017 is non different.  i want to reach new heights in my crafts and learn new ones in the process.  one of my biggest aims this year is to push my music out to ears all over who haven’t got the chance to connect to it yet.


Q: Will you be dropping any mixtapes/albums in 2017?

A: for sure there’s a new body of work ready to go actually.  me and Mello Marc the producer on “curl winslow” just finished something great.  i’m aiming to release it real soon, its titled “cos play”.  beyond that i’m not sure yet, i have a crazy amount of material and i create often but im not ready to commit to any projects right now… but there’s more music coming even after “cos play”.  2017 is just starting.


Q: If you could describe the future of your music in one word, how would you describe it?

A: boundless.

Q: Is there anything you would like your supporters to know?

A: trust in us…  keep supporting and show your homies or your aunty why they should be listening too.


Q: What advice would you give to those who are rising in the music industry as well?

A: know your worth, know that “bro” doesn’t mean brother.


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