Today we’d like to introduce you to BVLL .
Hi BVLL, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Music has always touched me as a child listening to a mixture of gospel, RnB, rock, hip hop, and GoGo. I performed for my first time on stage at the age of 10, rapping the song “you be illin” soon after my uncle DJ Soprano had introduced me to the rap group RUN DMC. It wasn’t until I was about 16 and on SoundCloud every day that I would truly notice my passion for music and my desire to create music to share with the world—having little to no guidance as a creative or musician, I quickly stifled my creativity to focus on the life and expectations that we’re already in front of me, possibly my greatest mistake. I graduated high school and enrolled myself at the University of Maryland — Baltimore County (UMBC) with the intent of graduating and commissioning in the Marine Corps as an officer. While at UMBC, I met Josh Bondoc, a good friend of mine responsible for the first songs I recorded. On a USB mic, these first songs were recorded in late 2017, directly into GarageBand, where I was finishing these tracks. I quickly realized the need for an engineer and reached out to Siegz, a producer based out of Alexandria, VA, to help me put together my very first EP, “The Matador.”
I would continue releasing singles and EPs, working with other producers for the next two years. In late spring 2019, I began composing on my laptop, and soon after, in august of 2019, I released a 3 song single that was the first music I would say I confidently recorded, mixed, and mastered. On October 25, 2019, I did something I never imagined doing. I released my first studio album, Better Summers, executively produced and engineered by myself. Around this time, I started recording and mixing for others as well. Out of the Covid-19 lockdown, I released my album “Jungle Man” on July 22, 2020. This project was solely produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by myself. I would spend the rest of 2020 shooting music videos, attending online classes, and learning a lot about life and the people around me. Once December 2020 came around, I had my first inquiry about studio time. For the next 6 months, I did a lot of recording and bombing my classes. I began trying to write a business plan for Mad Delta, my platform for creatives and change-makers, that had not yet previously been incorporated. In 2021 I got the chance to work with 30+ artists and record over 100+ songs. Between the music, I put out on my own and the music I get to make with my clients, it’s always a fun day in the studio.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Not in the slightest! I have made sacrifices I never thought I would make, but I know that’s the price when embarking down a road for the first time. Family, friends, and significant others, often do not understand how much I care about what I do and sometimes take it personally when I choose the music over them. I have missed birthdays, events, and holidays that I cannot get back, despite wanting to be there for others. I have learned it’s important to focus on yourself and what you have to do to fulfill your desires. Had I known this from the jump-off and gave no care to the external factors in my life, the two things I have struggled with as an artist are; making my message as transferable to others as I can and learning to not give a fuck, and be yourself in an industry that is full of sell outs!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a human first, a Geographer second, but most people know me for my work as a Record Producer, not to be confused with a beat maker (producer). I make experimental Hip Hop, but with my experimental process, I often will find myself pressing the boundaries of which genre I’m creating. It puts me in a position to make everything sound just right! I encourage clients to do what feels right when they are most comfortable.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Go outside, be present in spaces where you can work on what you need to work on, talk to everyone about what you do, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. GIVE 4 fucks about what you do. No mentor will want to help you just because you are talented; if they do, they will probably use you. Show the world how much you care, and the connection will present itself.
- $60/hr All Inclusive Studio Time
- $75/track Mix and Master
- $400 – Feature
- $80 – LOFFST beat
- $100 – Custom LOFFST composition
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/bvll_4?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/E6FsgoJARdFXqPfj8
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