Hailing from Queens, New York, X-YLE (Donald Patterson) has been influenced by artists such as DMX, Nas, and many more. He is an artist and a man who believes in the unity of his community through the power of music. His songs often reflect those of having a good time by enjoying life and the things surrounding you no matter the circumstance you are in. His music also pushes men to question their ambition, hustle and role as a leading man whether it is in their community or home. X-YLE has been featured on various media outlets such as The Source Magazine, Power 105.1 (NY), Hot 97 (NY) and more. He has been interviewed by Jack Thriller for This Is 50 and has shared the stage with Tony Yayo of G-Unit. X-YLE has also opened up for the legendary DMX and the Ruff Ryders. His touring credits includes doing shows for Violator, Street Sweepers, Bad Boy, G-Unit, Interscope Records, and Def Jam Records. X-YLE is also on SHAZAM, PANDORA & IHEART RADIO. His lengthy credits allow for others around him to be able to network as he believes that uplifting other musicians and/or business owners is a priority.
X-YLE- “The Art The Life” Album: http://smarturl.it/2xn6v0
When and why did you start playing? X:I started doing music when I was 11 years old. I did it because I liked the way music allowed me to be who I am.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
X- DMX, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Slaughterhouse, just to name a few. They all inspire me for different reasons. But overall it’s because no matter what they stayed true to who they are.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
X- Oh most definitely lol. I listened to a lot of DJ Clue mixtapes, G-unit tapes, mix CDs with different artists it.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
X- DMX, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Slaughterhouse, G-unit, TDE. My favorite CDs… Damn that’s tough lol. I Would Say schoolboy Q Oxymoron and Blank Face. Anything Em except the revival album. Get rich or die tryin. There’s so many so these are just to name a few.
Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
X- Yea I’ve been in plenty of competitions. Sometimes the prizes we’re money, or blog write ups.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV
X- I most definitely perform in public, any opportunity I get lol. Performing on TV and radio is dope, but there’s nothing like performing on stage. That’s a rush I can never compare to anything. I love it. The crowd, the lights, the energy, all of it. No better feeling to me.
What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
X- The freedom of expression. The freedom to create. To turn words and mold them into something poetic, it’s amazing.
Why did you choose to play this kind of music?
X- I felt hip hop fit me best as far as conveying my feelings and how I wanted to do that. It felt right.
Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
X- Well my latest project is out now called “THE ART THE LIFE”. It describes the parallel of how life can be depicted as art. The album is left to be interpreted how the audience sees fit, just like art. It’s definitely my most diverse body of work to date.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
X- I feel like the internet is very essential in the business today. It made it where most artists don’t need a major label. The fans can really get to know the artists on personal level, they get to grow together. If used the right way the internet is necessary.
What are the plans for the future?
X- Right now my focus is promoting my album, getting ready to push the artists under my label FRONTLYNE and gearing up to release my movie “THE GREY AREA”.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
X- My music has evolved immensely. It’s definitely grown and had a lot more substance than when I started.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
X- Well for me, my process is pretty simple. I hear a beat, if I can think of a hook or concept within the 1st 30 seconds I know it’s banger. I know to keep going, keep writing. Get to the studio, knock out the full song in about 25-35 minutes. Take it out the studio, sit with it at home to see if it needs tweaking. If it’s good we move on to the next song.
Discovered X-Yle using Shazam. https://shz.am/a41771558#x-yle