Mayne is a spiritually focused artist speaking to the emotions and psyche rather than the mundane pressures of society (ego) which helps in crafting his songs to hopefully lift up the consciousness. Mayne is a connoisseur of all genres of music and has realized that all forms of music has an energy that’s connected that’s older than time. Mayne thrives off originality and thrives off trying to bring back an element within hip-hop that’s rarely seen today, guidance through the act of music and song to help overcome and break through obstacles that leave most in depressed states. He believes his music is necessary and is what the people have been unknowingly waiting for, and if it’s not his music to shuffle in this new age it is the energy that’s growing and waiting to be heard. It’s all spiritual.
1-When and why did you start playing?
I started rapping when I was 15 years old with other neighborhood friends, but it never grew into anything, at that time it was just something to do. My passion was always writing poetry not until I joined the Marine Corps my drive to record actual music happened. And how it happened is a story within itself.
2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Hmmm. I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to other musicians. I can listen to Pink Floyd, and Jefferson’s Airplane. Jimi Hendrix to 70’s Soul..James Brown, Aaron Neville, The Isley Brothers, Boostie Collins…Curtis Mayfield to 90s alternative to today’s hip hop artist..2 chains, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco….The list goes on and on I can’t even do this list or myself any justice to name a few so I’ll stop right there….But what all the music has in common, is content. Some words that are put together sometimes are just magical.
3-Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Oh, yeah. My mother would clean every Sunday morning and play Keith Sweat, Betty Wright, Parliament Funk some music speaks to your soul, change moods and give you the energy to keep going…. even if it’s just something like cleaning.
4-Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
I don’t think you can’t compare musicians and my favorites change as my level of understanding changes…as my mood changes or personal growth changes.
5-What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
What makes good music, well being able to take away something from the music, a lesson or a good feeling makes music good in my perspective.
6-Why did you choose to play this kind of music?
My style has always been a little political and conscious in nature even during my first album around 2006 which I won’t push because I haven’t found my song at that time. I tried to cater instead of being confident enough to do what I wanted to do completely. I found my sound now and I’m comfortable with my sound and the songs I make.
7-Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
First, I would like everyone to check out the EP Soul Speak, I know everyone won’t be able to get what I’m talking about but it’s okay because those who do or those who are trying to make that effort to are the ones I represent and make music for. The whole EP is about Spiritual Awakening, I speak with a lot of double meanings and symbolism. So, when you think you got the picture your own mood can allow you to pick up something different from the song. I love to make music that’s deeper than the average, I want to give my fans and the listener something to take away and the EP Soul Speak does that I believe.
8-How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
I think the internet is the machine, fast moving and fast changing machine that augments to meet demand at the drop of a dime. and how it’s so easy to advertise yourself makes you your own label allowing you to do everything yourself, but you have to act fast or you’ll be forgotten within the next mouse click.
9-Music evolved since you first began playing music?
I am defiantly more confident in my craft, I can say what I want now without feeling like, I need to say this or that to make it more acceptable. I don’t really care about appealing to the masses, I just create it how I see it..
10-Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
One thing I love about today’s resources is that you can easily build a process that you can tailor for yourself within your own budget. Finding a beat, recording to that beat and distributing the track is the easy part nowadays, oppose to early 2000’s. The process that helped me tremendously after failing many of times was seeing the music as a rocket or ship. Having a budget set-aside to market, promote and to come back with another track after seeing numbers rise helps the rocket take off further and further with each project launch. Your fuel for the distance you go is all up to the artist, being able to have access to the same resources as bigger names and being able to market within those platforms with a reasonable price makes it the wild west. Now the process I use to create my tracks comes with forms of meditation, I never force write or record. I could have two hours of studio time and walk out with just two hours of conversation. I hope I answered that question.