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- Published on Sunday, 12 June 2011 20:00
- Category: Artist Profile
The last time we met Azad Right, a young Iranian-American Hip Hop artist from LA, he had just released his debut album “A Piece of Mine” and was tirelessly working to spread his stylistic words and upbeat tempos to the music community at-large. After months of promotion and years of fine-tuning his craft, Azad Right’s ambitions came to fruition last Wednesday night when he delivered his first major performance, opening for international Hip Hop star, Tinie Tempah, at Hollywood’s well-known Key Club.
The concert marked a significant achievement for the up-and-coming musician, whose lyrical talent and on-stage swagger introduced audience members to Hip Hop rooted in authenticity, reflection, and determination.
After the concert, Azad Right chatted with Aslan Media to share his thoughts on the performance, his recent success, and what the future holds for the rising artist.
Aslan Media: The last time we met you had just released your debut EP album "A Piece of Mine" and the "Spiderwebs" video. Three months later, Spiderwebs has over 60,000 hits and you're performing with the likes of Tinie Tempah. To what do you credit your recent success?
Azad Right: I spent dozens and dozens of hours reaching out to blogs and different internet publications in regards to my EP/the "Spiderwebs" video. Unlike the majority of artists nowadays, I built the relationships that are responsible for the 130k+ hits on my YouTube page. ... having absolutely no budget, I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish. People have been so receptive to the video and it's encouraged me to work twice as hard on the mixtape and album. I credit the small amount of success that I've had to the persistence and work ethic of my team -- we hit up booking agencies non-stop until we found the right gig...
AM: Opening for Tinie Tempah at the Key Club seems to be the coming out party for a promising career. What did it mean to you to have a big debut like that in your hometown, L.A.?
AR: We all felt like Tinie Tempah was the perfect artist to open up for because of how versatile his music is. Not only is he a good lyricist, but he also understands how to make a great pop record. It was very important for me to introduce myself to L.A. in the right manner and I feel like Tinie helped me do that.
AM: You just finished shooting the video for "Player's Club". Take us into the filming process and how the feedback from Spiderwebs impacted the video.
AR: Player's Club is a great follow up record in my eyes because I want to show people that we can also have a good time. The video was shot over a span of three days (Santa Monica, Venice and West L.A.) -- all I can say is that it is going to have a ton of replay value simply because of the comedic aspect we have added to it.
AM: It seems like you're coming out with new songs every week. What has helped you maintain your creative stamina?
AR: A lot of my new fans have been asking me for new music so I recently started releasing songs bi-weekly in anticipation for my upcoming mixtape. I only write and make music when I'm inspired so I don't really exhaust myself or force anything.
AM: Now that your following has significantly grown, what kind of relationship do you have with your fans?
AR: I feel like I have a great relationship with my fans. I respond to every single e-mail and I re-tweet their tweets and try to respond to every single message on Facebook. My movement is truly organic in the sense that my fan base has grown simply by word of mouth. Like I mentioned before, this has been done/we continue to do this with absolutely no budget. I'm extremely thankful for all of the support the people have shown me on my first EP/video.
AM: How has the roller coaster ride of the past few months affected you? Do you think it's giving you momentum moving forward into new projects?
AR: It has really been a roller coaster these past 4 months. I know that on my biography on the website it says that I've already graduated, but I'm still in the process of finishing up this last quarter at UC Irvine, so I'm constantly driving back and forth from L.A. to Irvine while we record music, rehearse for shows and take meetings. I've had a lot of music ready and I'm always writing so I haven't necessarily gained any momentum creatively, but I definitely feel the small buzz we have in the industry.
By Aslan Media Staff Writer
Photo Credit: Azad Right
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