By way of Virginia, Samuel Baldwin, also known as The ArtistKnownAsFlair, is a rising triple threat…a singer, songwriter, and rapper. At the age of 14-15, Flair’s mother blessed his life by putting him in a youth center that had a studio. It was during this moment of Flair’s life that he began to further his passion for music and discovered his talent of rapping. Looking to bring the “Flair” back into this generation of music, Flair plans to release his mixtape POSTERBOY in February 2018, with an upcoming release with fellow budding DMV artist Rico Nasty. Stay tuned for this interview on this unique, upcoming musician.

Q: What is your current occupation?

A: Singer/songwriter, rapper on a good day.

Q: What is your full name/stage name?

A: Samuel Baldwin and I make music as ‘TheArtistKnownAsFlair’

 

Q: Where do you currently reside?

A: I was raised and still reside in Virginia.

Q: Has music always been a part of your life?

A: Always.

Q: Are there any moments in your childhood that resonate with your career today as a musician?

A: When I was about 6 or 7 I starred as Marvin Gaye at an after-school program play for Black History. I saw my future from that point on.

Q: What has been the most challenging part about your music career?

A: Curating an audience. People’s attention spans are too short nowadays.

Q: When did your career with music begin?

A: When I was 14 or 15 I had a lot going on in life and my mother put me in this youth center to keep me busy. The youth center had a studio, board games, and a pool table haha so I went with the studio. Once I saw that I could actually make rhymes I started putting demos together.

Q: Since the beginning of your career, to today, how has your career progressed?

A: My music reaches a bigger audience now and I am a lot less reserved in content.

Q: What is something different you wish to bring to this generation of music?

A: The “flair,” no questions. I think this generation of music could use some. It’s a gift, it’s something that you’re born with and I believe that lives can genuinely be positively influenced by rocking with music that comes from my point of view. My mama always told me that I saw everything differently.

Q: If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

A: Always always always always put YOU first.

Q: Do you have any personal/career goals that relate to ending the disparity in the diversity of the music industry?

A: Yes, but I can’t share it just yet.

Q: If you could describe your personality in three words, what would they be?

A: Passionate, militant, and effervescent.

Q: What can you tell us about your latest singles “Too Many” and “Pull Up”?

A: They are both songs about love interests of mine. Too Many is a record that I wrote right before I dropped out of college to pursue music and I can’t remember when I wrote Pull Up, but I do remember that I sent the beat to Rico Nasty first and then wrote my verses.

Q: What were the creative processes behind these songs?

A: Both songs really just rolled off of my tongue onto the paper. I can say that I was very high when making both songs.

Q: What are the messages behind these songs?

A: The message in Too Many is if you love someone and they are passionate about something, be prepared for that passion to get in you all’s way but always know that it will make room for you in the end. The message in Pull Up is, “bitches not fuckin’, not comin…” *Playboi Carti voice* haha.

Q: What can you tell us about what it was like to work with Rico Nasty on ‘Pull Up’?

A: I sent ‘Pull Up’ to Rico this past fall when I started putting the finishing touches on my debut tape, and she bodied it. I’m a fan of Rico’s music and I’m in love with the energy that she brings onto tracks. I think ‘Pull Up’ is a mad sexy banger especially with me and Rico going back and forth on the hook and verses. It should definitely get it poppin for any type of playlist.

Q: How would you say your sound has progressed in 2017 and what do you plan to do differently in 2018 with your sound?

A: In 2017 I without a doubt found my most comfortable vocal range and most preferred style of production, along with my true confidence as an artist. In 2018 I plan on focusing on strengthening my pen in order to present more thought and emotion-provoking content.

Q: Do you plan on releasing any projects in 2018?

A: My debut mixtape as ‘TheArtistKnownAsFlair’ drops early 2018. The name of it will be ‘POSTERBOY’.

Q: What are some of your best accomplishments for 2017?

A: Freeing myself from outside notions and opinions.

Q: When you’re not working, what do you love to do?

A: Studying my craft or talking to women haha.

Q: What’s in your current music rotation?

A: Max B “Live Comfortable”, Chinx “How to Get Rich”, and Trippie Redd “Dark Knight Dummo” are blasting something crazy in rotation right now.

Q: How do you remain focused and accomplish all of your tasks at hand?

A: I have really big pieces of paper all over my walls with reminders of why I get out of the bed every morning and go into the booth.

Q: What is your definition of self-love and how do you express it?

A: Self-love is treating yourself like your biggest fan and believing that at the end of the day you may be all that you have so nourish that relationship with self. An example that I practice is getting an extra hour or so of sleep in or cooking myself a nice meal.

Q: Where do you see your personal/career life 5-10 years from now?

A: In 5-10, my run in music will likely be over and I would have pursued something else.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?

A: I just take everything one step at a time and right now I’m just focused on preparing the tape.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians and just to your fans/audience in general?

A: Be yourself and everything will come together.

Q: Is there anything you would like the readers to know?

A: ‘POSTERBOY’ mixtape drops February of 2018 on all platforms!

 

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