Artist To Watch Out For: Spose!
With the excitement of his new album “The Peter Sparker Mixtape” set to release on June 10th, Spose answers a few questions about his life and musical inspirations to Stage Right Secrets.
1. What were your motivations to become music artist?
I was motivated to become a musician because ever since I was 4 or 5 years old, music has been my favorite thing on Earth. I got a guitar in fourth grade and eventually started a band called Fight Shirt in 8th grade. I got kicked out of the band after our first gig (I was too bossy, I think) and started rapping shortly thereafter. From that point on, I felt like I had found my voice musically and just wanted to be like my heroes: The Beastie Boys, Beck, The Smashing Pumpkins, Eminem, Weezer, Jay-Z, Dilated Peoples, Atmosphere, etc. So, my motivation was just working to get to that point and discovering new ways to express myself musically along the way.
2. What are your musical inspirations?
I love all types of music and to say I’m just a “hip-hop head” would piss me off because hip-hop head’s are obnoxious. I love hip-hop but my roots are also in alternative rock: Weezer, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc. That music inspired me initially but what continues to inspire me are artists who think outside the box like Kanye West, great descriptions of life in writing (whether music or literature), and new sounds.
3. Of all your music, which was your favorite song to record?
My favorite songs to record are songs that I have my friends on because recording by yourself is never as fun as recording with your homeys. So, I would say “Make Em Say UHHHHH” from my We Smoked It All 2 mixtape was probably my favorite to record because my homeys Cam Groves and Stiky-1 were both going buck on that song.
4. Who was your favorite artist you’ve performed with?
I got to play on the same stage as Weezer once. That was the shit to me!
5. What is your dream venue to perform at?
My favorite venue on Earth is the State Theatre in Portland, Maine but I’ve already played there so I will settle for my second favorite venue: The Orpheum Theatre in Boston.
6. What artist did you admire growing up?
I just wanted to be in the Beastie Boys so bad. I was born in 1985 so the first Beasties album I was old enough to really connect with was “Hello Nasty” and I wore that one out. After that I went back and bought their entire catalog and just dreamt of being them.
7. When performing on stage, what goes through your mind?
I’m always trying to find the hater in the audience and make him/her like me. Then I rap just to them, in my mind, to win them over, and I usually do.
8. What is your favorite thing to do during your down time?
My favorite thing to do in my down time is hang out with my family. I’ve got a four year old little girl so I usually end up making crafts and watching My Little Pony for hours in my downtime. hah
9. If you could tour with anyone, who would you want to tour with and why?
If I could open anyone’s tour ever? Either Kanye or Outkast or Eminem.
10. What is one piece of advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
You’re the only you! Be different, be persistent, and don’t stop.