The kick off to our “Introducing” series: an interview with a wonderful upcoming talent. His music: Rap, Hip-Hop and some Trap elements. Razor sharp drum and sample editing. His productions: captivating and unique. Are you “Awoken” yet?
ToxSic Dream – Alex Edwards
Who are you? Tell us about your artist name and profile!
My name is Alex Edwards, I’m 28, living in New Jersey, but originally from Jacksonville, Florida.
I go by the Artist name “ToxSic Dream”, emphasis on the “Sic.” It’s a name I conjured up for myself, following many “night terrors” of the destruction of Earth, possibly due to human negligence. Believe it or not, but I sometimes have premonitions in my dreams and some come true. So I took what I saw in my dreams and started to make a Rap EP. The main theme is a warning to people, based on my premonitions.
What would you like us to know about your music?
I have been making music for nearly three years. I got into making music with my best-friend Cody. He’s also co-ceo in my company, Shattered Dimensions Productions (SDP).
In February 2015, Cody and I were having a light night hangout. We’d both been experiencing stressful situations in our daily lives. We started discussing how we, mankind, could better work together. How the sometimes toxic and negative environment doesn’t help. We only had very little music production experience. but our first idea, to get our voices heard, was a music album. It basically meant firing up Fruity Loops, the DAW which we both use, and experiment. Some might even say, ‘wing it’.
Aside from being in the school band class (not school band), I’ve had no real prior music schooling. But I did try out and play instruments during my middle school years, like drums, saxophone, trombone. And everyone’s favorite, the recorder! lol.
What is unique about your music?
Anything you’d like to share with us on your (music) personality?
Typically I’m relaxed, outgoing. Always up for an adventure type of guy. I like almost every kind of genre of music. But, I would say I am most heavily influenced by Rap and Hip-Hop. Having a variety of favorite artist like Eminem, Tech N9ne, Tyler the Creator, Childish Gambino and many others. Also having a big interest in the EDM genre with many favorite artists including my friend Cody, his artist name is NovaKast.
If you couldn’t make music, you would be…?
Explain to our readers how you work from new idea to finished song
It usually starts with a mood or situation I’m in. A person could have made me feel wronged, treated unfairly. Or it’s this cool sound I made and I turn it into a track. Majority comes from the second one. I start out with a chord progression or a drum pattern I’ve made, then start fine tuning it using my DAW, and using a lot of saw and pluck VST’s.
Introducing Alex Edwards "ToxSic Dream" - on Mazeter Music
What do you do next to your music?
It’s all about creativity. I like to write poetry and do spoken word lines in my songs. I feel it adds more soul to the track as a whole. So I produce, write lyrics, and sing vocals on all my tracks. Pretty much do everything myself, except mastering. And I like to make video edits and music blogs talking about/featuring my music every few months or so.
What artists would we find on your personal top list?
I’d have to say Eminem. I connect and empathize with his raw passion and cut-throat attitude.
Also Tech N9ne, love how he naturally flows over the beat, almost rapping along the sound. His own way and need to be different. And last, surprisingly maybe… Bob Marley. He speaks about nothing short of world peace and harmony and the world working as One. No matter if his marijuana consumption had anything to do with it all, he was also a leader of “Free Life” and One Love. Respect.
What was the last concert (or most impressive one) you visited or watched?
What other types/styles of music influence you the most?
Two styles/genres that interest me. I was heavily influenced by Hard Rock and Metal as a teen. The other one is EDM. Since the early 90s, techno and dance have been in my life. It made me feel the beat, and wanting to learn. Musically, I can now express how I really feel. Influenced and inspired by artists like H.I.M, Daft Punk and Marshmello.
So if you wouldn’t be making the music (style) you do now. What would your style be, or maybe, what would it evolve into?
Probably, my style would turn into a more Rap/Metal/Dub-Step style. That would focus on warning of future corruption. Think Cyborg DJ.
Say you could work together with an artist or producer of your choice. Who would that be?
I’d probably choose SonReal, a rapper/singer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I choose him because he is a young artist in his 20’s like myself. And I feel like our sound and lifestyle are very similar. I think our sound would match well together.
So one day you wake up and you are famous!
I hope that my fans would hear the words I rap about and they’d be using it to change their daily lives. I have chose the name of my fan base to be “The Awoken”. It refers to the ones that hear the truth in my music and want to help spread it. I hope to connect with the underdogs and unknowns of this world!
What would you do if… you have all the money to spend on you and your music!
With the profits I plan to open my own personal studio, to be called Hazard Inc. I’d buy various ethnic instruments to bring a whole new sound to my genre. Made a few promises to close ones, Cadillac for my mother, house for myself and close friends. Oh, and don’t forget the Private Island…lol! A man can dream. Most other would be spent on yearly charitable donations and travel expenses. Got to have some wine in Amsterdam…
Do you work together, maybe on collabs, with someone, or do you like to work alone?
I work mainly by myself music wise. But I constantly discuss my music and the projects im working on with my friend Cody Kimmell (“NovaKast”).
Your latest (or best) release is?
My first and thus latest release is called “The Awakening”. It was released on November 14th, 2017, on SoundCloud and Hearthis.at. I have been working on this EP since February 2015. I made to have a theme behind it being “Music with a message.” So throughout the last two and a half years, I have committed many hours with my friend Cody to make an EP that would make people think, feel and see.
What content or links should our readers visit to get to know you?
What would your best advice be to our readers?
There are NO rules or boundaries you have to stay in. Just know the basics, focus and like what you make. Chances then are someone else will/does too. Patience is key!
What do you think might change about yourself or your music?
I will take the time to get that perfect sound and not rush it out the door. I like learn, control and inspect every little detail. Feel I am proud of it. Be calm and just let it flow.
So if we talk to you in say 15 years, what might we expect?
Good question. In 15 years I do see myself still making music. Hopefully having made a career out of it. I hope I will be famous for the way I’ve brought rap and industrial EDM beats together. A rap style that ensnares the mind, makes you think.
Along with SDP, we plan to build a successful company and I’d hope for giving people long lasting careers. In 15 years, it would be nice to see myself doing EDM festivals and maybe still drop a rap or EDM hit every couple years. Yeah, I’ll be doing music til I die. I hope to have gotten to the point where I am completely self-sustainable. Who knows, maybe have a giant homestead far off. But still plugged-in to the music world. Most money I’d save though, for my kids and so on. And alot will be given to charities like support for single mothers, and CBD medical marijuana for kids.
Open question. What else do you want to share with us?
I would just like to end on a closing statement. Dream, and then after you dream… Put your dream in motion!
Conjure it. Seeing is believing. We have hidden powers. Ancient energies instilled in us that we are suppose to learn how to unlock. These abilities allow us to FLOW. To be become one with our surroundings. Find your energy. Wake up!
Thank you ToxSic Dream for the opportunity to interview you!
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