MrATheMartian, you could call a rapper. But he is a story teller, an artist really, and rap is just his medium. Normally I would call a piece like this an interview, but today with MrA, I am calling it a discussion, because clearly this man has a lot to say!:)
Find out about this artist, their story, and their point of view, by scrolling down.
How did you come up with the name MrATheMartian? Have you had any other rap names?
In middle school I had some ridiculous names literally just going off my own name such as: M Double A because my last name is two last names hyphenated which both start with the letter A. Then came Mr.Flow, well because a lot of people said I had a good flow. Finally I decided to go with Mr.A as a short form for my name and added more context to it after some serious soul searching, “Mr.A” is an acronym which stands for Musically Rising Above. A few years down the line I decided to add The Martian to it because of my love of all things space related. It also worked well with my acronym, Musically Rising Above just like the Martian. Many people ask why it’s musically rising above, well to put it simply I use it to both come to terms with my growth and fears and get on top of those negatives that I’ve personally been dealing with. I put it forth through Music and thus I am Musically Rising Above. The Martian is just a nod to space.
What jobs have you had before this rap shit?
Well I still do have a job, I work as a line cook. Before that I worked lots of manual labour jobs. I made a surprising amount of connections while I was doing factory jobs. You’ll be surprised how many musicians and artists are doing factory jobs now a days.
Instead of braggadocious lyrics, you focus on storytelling, why is that? what influenced you to do that?
I like telling stories, I never really could communicate or articulate my feeling and emotions well and that all changed when I started rapping. I don’t want to be boxed in the typical lane of a Rapper that simply says the same thing that you’ve been hearing for years. I want to really tell you who I am and why I do this and just tell different stories that aren’t even about me but also about what I’ve witnessed through my own personal growth or those around me. I would say my own life experiences and lack of conventional communication influenced me to be more story driven as an artist and really try to paint a lyrical picture with each project whether it be about aliens or simply growing up and being more comfortable in who I am as a person and as an artist.
Where are you from? Does that any influence on your music?
I was born in Germany, but I am from Africa. I would say that it does influence my music because my parents always tell me about being the best person that I can be and always finding ways to stay true to myself and that’s what I try to emulate through my music. Both my parents and my cultural upbringing is the reason why I am the way I am and how I view life and I thank my parents for that for teaching me.
Are you involved in your local rap scene or no?
Yes I am. I find it weird how most up and coming artist aren’t as supportive of their fellow artists.
How old are you?
What’s the dopest (coolest) thing to happen to you since you started rapping and releasing product?
The coolest thing to happen to me since I started rapping, would have to say the time where someone asked me to perform for their organization at Nuite Blanche. Also just having some out of country magazines contacting me, that’s WILD (shout out to Feetrica).
The production you find to rap on beats is pretty fire. Who are your favorite producers you been working with?
Thanks for the compliment. When choosing beats or producers that I really like I tend to pick ones that have a habit of doing things that are wild or more unconventional. Some of my favourite producers that I’ve worked with are JL (Rock). Just because his SYNTHS oh man those synths are MAGIC. I really loved working with MG (Hello), WaMoo Papez (Uphill, Viol-Ent City, Pillow Talk) and Hectic Zeniths (First Steps, Lone Nights, Warning). All of these producers have a super wide range with their musicality, they could do a trap beat in a second and switch to a ballad and straight into something tribal or even jazz with no thought ad make it super clean. I like that type of musicality because with their beats in themselves it tells its own story.
What are your goals?
I would say my goals are just to be known as one of the great story tellers in Rap. I just see myself as creating constantly so I guess that’s what I would want to be known for and a goal of mine, to be knows as a dope story teller and musician and not just a rapper. I also want to be known as a great performer point blank.
What did you do 2day?
Woke up and went straight to hunting for beats to hop on. Contacting producers and different magazines and bloggers trying to get my name out there. Listening to instrumentals old and new and working on lyrics for the new project. Also, lots of freestyling.
Have you done any shows yet?
As of the start of this year none, yet. I have done shows before. I do plan on doing more shows in the summer as well as continuing to get my own name out their as a dope performer.
What are your plans for 2018?
This year I’ve been focusing more on producing myself so I’m just learning the ins and outs of producing my own beats. For so long I’ve had so many ideas for beats that I just didn’t know how to articulate well enough so why not create them myself right. I also want to branch out of music and do more story telling in other avenues outside of music.
Any new projects coming out?
Yeah, I have a few things i’m working on actually. I don’t know when it’ll be released as of yet, but I am working on new music.
[music is out on all major streaming services]