Shotta Sho was born in New York and spent his early childhood living in Brooklyn until the year 2000, when he moved to Barbados. When he moved to Barbados thats where he found his love and passion for writing and creating music. He has a very unique style and sound with a mixture from different cultures grounded in HipHop and Reggae/Dancehall flavored with Soca, only one word can explain it: FUSION. We asked this eclectic artist a few questions about his upbringing in music, his style & what is next for him in 2014. Enjoy the interview below!
Entertwine: Thanks for doing this interview with us! Let’s start with a few questions to get to know you better. What is your musical background like? When did you know that you wanted to pursue music?
Shotta Sho: Don’t really have a musical background. But I do remember growing up listening to my mom playing all kinds of music from Prince to Bob Marley to Soca and Disco. So I always had a blend of different types of music around me at all times.
I didn’t really know I wanted to pursue music until I was in high school. I always played around with making little songs here and there for fun growing up. But then people kept telling me that I was good and they liked it so I decided to go after it and actually take it seriously.
ET: You were born in Brooklyn, then later moved to Barbados, which is quite the geographical and cultural change. What was the reason for this move, and how did it impact how you looked at music? How did it influence your career?
SS: It wasn’t that much of a cultural change because that’s where my mother is originally from so I would visit Barbados on a regular basis growing up. But it definitely introduced me to a lot of different things and gave me more of an open mind on music. We moved there because my mom wanted to go back home and live there.
It has influenced my career a lot because it introduced me to other styles of music that you wont normally hear in America, which definitely helped with developing my sound.
ET: When did you stumble upon your style that you call fusion? What exactly is fusion to you, & how did you develop your sound?
SS: I would say I stumbled up my style during 2011 while working on my mix tape Y.O.L.O. Before I use to record songs it would either be all rap or all reggae/dancehall until one day I just mixed it up. I did a few songs like that to see how it would come out and everyone loved it saying it was something they never heard before, so I just stuck with it.
Fusion to me is just the name I give to my style of music. Cause in all I don’t consider myself Dancehall artist or a Hip-Hop artist but I take them both and make a fusion. I didn’t really sit and develop it I just went it and did it and that’s how it comes out.
ET: If you could describe your music in 5 words, what would they be?
SS: Fun, Free, Rebellious, Raw, and Catchy
ET: When it comes to writing and performing, who are some of your main influences and why?
SS:When it comes to writing I would say it all depends on whom I’m around or what I’m feeling at the moment. When it comes to performing I look up to artist like Capelton & Sizzla Kalonji from Jamaica, Lil Rick from Barbados and DMX from America just to name a few. When they perform they are always full of energy and put on a great show, that’s what I want to do for people. Not only give them good music but also give them a great performance.
ET: Tell us about your latest release. What was the writing and recording process like for this?
SS: The whole process of creating IDGAF was a lot of fun. As soon as I heard the beat I knew I wanted it and contacted Mr. 95, the producer who made it, to get it. I came up with the hook as soon as I heard the beat the first time. I wanted the song to be as raw as possible but still very likeable. Its one of those songs everyone can relate to.
ET: What is the main message you strive to get across in your music and/or your lyrics?
SS: The main message I’m trying to get across to people is that you should be yourself and live your life the way you want. Life is too short to be stuck trying to be someone your not or do something you don’t even like.
ET: What do you hope your listeners get out of your music? What is most important to you when it comes to releasing new music?
SS: I hope my listeners get a sense of confidence to do what they are passionate about. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do.
One thing I would say is most important when releasing new music is making sure the track is something people can relate to.
ET: What has been one of your most memorable experiences during your music career so far, and why?
SS: I would say the most memorable experiences I had during my music career was when I opened up for Serani in July 2013. The crowd response was great everybody was showing love and in all it was a good vibe.
ET: What is next for you in 2014? Shows, tours, releases, etc?
SS: The music video for IDGAF is on the way; it should be out in June. Other than that right now just putting together the final touches on my EP, look out for it coming in the Fall. Keep It Solid!!!