Micah DuBeau is an American Hip Hop artist known by the alias Motor Mouth. Currently, he resides in the Los Angeles / Orange County area in Southern California where he is focusing on the release of his second studio LP with Multi-Platinum Producer Darren Vegas (former Head Producer for Death Row Records ) in Huntington Beach, California. He released his debut Studio LP “I Always Rise” on February 12, 2019, his first single “You & I” featuring Empress Kush on August 1, 2018 and his second single “Live Fast Die Hard” on October 31, 2018.
Shortly after being born in Honolulu, Hawaii he moved to Seattle, WA where he would lose his mother and soon to be little brother in a fatal accident involving an alleged 19 yr old drunk driver. He would then spend the better part of his life growing up in and out of homes rising above “the system” while battling abuse, neglect, and abandonment. He found early on in his life that music helped him get through it all. In June of 2002 he joined the US Army Infantry and served honorably being released in 2008 including a tour in Iraq in 2004. He has two children, Josiah Steven DuBeau born June 23, 2012 and Samara Leanne DuBeau born March 26, 2015.
Interview by Tim Brown
1 – Which famous musicians do you admire? Why? There are so many I look up to. Tupac was the first great influence in my life. I remember memorizing Changes when it first came out and I would listen to it literally all day before school and all day after. The greatest musical influence in my life would be Eminem. I know that is often the name referenced but he truly did inspire and influence me through most of my life. Even when I was in the Army Infantry in Iraq, I used to listen to his song “Soldier” before every mission while we were gearing up to roll out.
2-Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV. Yeah, actually this year I have done performances at nightclubs in various locations downtown Los Angeles, as.well as a lot of private events. In fact, some local artists and I are putting together a big warehouse concert coming up in late August that is going to be epic. I love getting to know my fans, making new ones, and sharing my music with others who have been through similar experiences. Being on stage is like nothing other. The energy is incredible, and everything else seems to completely go away for that time period. Nothing else does that to me.
3 – What makes this kind of music “good” to you? I know people always say this but I love pretty much everything. I definitely have a passion for hip hop the most, but I listen to and appreciate pretty much everything except screamo. I learned piano as a kid because I loved classical music but I also grew up listening to Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Green Day, Blink 182, Offspring, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and a million others in various categories.
4 – Why did you choose to play this kind of music? The hip hop scene has always grabbed me and I have always gravitated towards it. I love beats, I love words and grammar, and I have always found that its a way for me to get out all of the suppressed things I have buried and work through it.
5 – Let’s Talk about your music and your last work… I met Darren Vegas my current producer last year and wouldnt be anywhere without him in my opinion. He is the former Head Producer for Death Row Records for Suge Knight and had the opportunity to produce for some of the biggest names in hip hop. (Tupac, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs, etc) That being said, he has been the best mentor I could have ever asked for. Hes not just a guy that makes me beats and goes home. He has invested so much of his time teaching me the game and molding sound. So far together we have releaed three singles and one studio LP since last June, and we are currently a month or two away from releasing my 2nd studio LP which I am extremely excited for.
6 – How do you feel about the internet in the music business? I think the internet is the best thing that could have happened for artists. If you think back to even the beginning of Eminems career he was selling his music out of the trunk of his car and even doing well in a day, he would still only impact parts of Detroit. I have mad respect for the OG’s of hip hop like Tech Nine, Tupac, Dre, Snoop, etc because those guys knew how to hustle. I think anyone with a strong work ethic today has a great opportunity because of the fact that with a click of a button, you can literally distribute to the entire world. We live in a very fortunate time, you just need to be creative and set yourself apart somehow.
7- What are the plans for the future? I plan on releasing my 2nd studio LP, continuing to do shows. and Id really love to find a headlining artist I can open for on tour that would continue to help me mold my skills and take my game to the next level.
8 – What is one thing you would recommend to other artists trying to make it? I would say invest in yourself. If you really want to make it, and you really believe in what you do show it with your money and time. Continue to learn your craft, and invest all you can in yourself and your future. You never know what tomorrow brings so dont give up on yourself.