|Interview With Wordsmith|
ShockWave-So we hear you’re about to release a new album, can you tell us a little more about it?
Wordsmith-The album is called "King Noah", short for my son Kingston Noah Parker. I created this project as a musical blueprint for my infant son; something he can go back and listen to over the years. It’s a very catchy project with an eclectic beat selection that really symbolizes the different sounds I acquired by growing up around the world. I can't even say it’s a Hip-Hop album; it’s more just good music with deep messages.
A lot of local artists get stuck performing in one area. I notice that you travel a lot for your performances, how did you make so many out of town connections.
I think what helped me out is the way I perform. I have a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts, so when I arrange my sets I use props or anything else that appeals to the audience. I used to get booked just from doing other shows; by having a heavy online presence, my music was reaching many places at once. I received calls from promoters in Texas, California, Georgia, etc. it’s been a blessing. When you limit the amount of shows you do in your hometown, fans will be anxious to see you because it could be the only time they see you that year.
With traveling to different areas and scenes, what do you feel the Baltimore scene is missing?
I think we are missing a sound that defines Baltimore City; I don't know how to describe Baltimore’s sound, so I usually just describe the type of music I make. If an artist from this area reaches a high level I think that will be considered the Baltimore sound, we all need to keep working hard for the benefit of Hip-Hop in this area.
We notice you bring your son with you to some of your events; what is it like having children and being such a dedicated, hard working artist? How do you balance the two?
My son, Ezequiel believes in me so much and wants to be a part of my musical career. I bring him to shows whenever I have a chance because they are teaching moments as well. The balance part is tough, but I love being a Father so God is working it all out for me. I want my kids to know I fought hard to make it in this business, so they know nothing comes easy and you have to put in hard work to get the results you seek.
In closing, if you could give one piece of advice to the up and coming artist reading this article, what would it be?
To treat this game like you’re studying for an exam in school. You wouldn't go into a test blind, so make sure you know every facet of this business before you decide to actually enter it. The business aspect is a bit more important than the actual music itself, and the connections you make will go a long way in your success at times.