Spictacular reps Victoria proper [Profile]
Victoria, BC – Spictacular is on the come-up in Victoria but make no mistake, he’s been grinding for a minute. With his current release featuring production by Vancity’s DJ Kemo, we thought we would catch up with the Latin prince to see what’s good and what’s next. Check our latest prolific profile on Spictacular after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Spictacular: My definition of hip hop is purely one hundred percent puro, if i could break it down in one word – lifestyle. I fit into this definition because it reflects who I am as a person, the way I think, the way I act and speak. That’s why most of us choose our given alias because it gives us an identity in a community and culture that is well known to embrace those who show love.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Spictacular: My drive is the competition that one can encourage on an independent level. Being a hip hop artist in Canada is a difficult task. We don’t have many major labels or A&Rs interested or willing to invest in an artist or the genre, so the competition is high stakes. Artists are forced to invest in themselves and create their own moves. Most of the artists in the country have created
their own buzz strictly through their independent work ethic. What it really comes down to in the end is who can outshine the next man and who can deliver better material on a street level.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Spictacular: I’m based out of Victoria, B.C
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Spictacular: Growing up here and living in different parts of the city has influenced my sound in many ways, surprisingly this little island is diverse with a lot of culture. I met and grew up with people of the same or different cultures, backgrounds and music. Also being raised in a Latin home I was always exposed to Latin music and that’s where the Spanish influence and sound in my music comes from. Hip hop comes from growing up in the city – from graffiti on the walls, b-boys, emcees, cyphers and going to various hip hop events and being exposed to the culture at a young age.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Spictacular: I’ve been doing this for a minute now. I started off as a battle emcee when i was 15. I won various local competitions and events and back then I gained a reputation in the battle scene with a growing fan-base. I left the battle scene because I wanted to take my music serious and when I turned 20 I started to record. Throughout the years I’ve created a bigger buzz for myself by dropping a few small EPs and doing shows. I started to get recognized as an artist and not just a typical freestyle rapper so my primary fan-base is a combination of fans I had in my battle days to new fans I’ve gained though my music.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would
have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Spictacular: Invest In yourself. I cannot stress this enough. If the rap game is something you really want to pursue then your gonna have to be ready to give it your all. Sacrifice your heart, sweat, tears and finances. We live in a country that doesn’t
offer much to hip hop artists on the come-up, so your gonna have to create your own moves and build your own network. Number one rule is no one does anything for free. Everyone trying to eat just like you so you gotta keep in mind if you’re gonna take this music hustle serious at the end of the day you have to treat it like a business and not a hobby. If there was one thing I wish someone told me when I was on the come-up, not to believe hype and not to rely or wait on people to make things happen for you. If you want it done, go out there and make it happen for you. Nothing’s ever gonna fall in your lap you have to invest in yourself.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Spictacular: I interact through social networks – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. Also by hosting and putting on shows in the city. I personally think for an artist that’s the best way to interact and reach out to the community. Apart from already giving established fans a show, you also get to reach your music out to new faces and potential fans of your music.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Spictacular: Wow, this is honestly a tough question because I’ve been blessed to work with a number of artists and producers. I would have to say DJ Kemo and his brother Sazon Diamante (R.I.P) were a huge influence on me growing up. I remember hearing Sazon’s track “La Calle” on the radio for the first time and I knew right then and there that I wanted to pursue a career in hip hop and record music. When I found out Kemo produced the track I was blown away because Kemo – now in a legendary lane – was already one of my favorite producers at the time. Down the road I actually got the opportunity to work with him in the studio and we’ve had a good friendship since.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Spictacular: As of right now, I can proudly say that Canada has some serious talent. In all honestly I’m blessed to have a solid team out here – Block Royal Canada is the squad. Young, hungry and talented individuals on the come-up. Andre Anthem, Wiz, Geebz, Fyfe and producer Oso Smooth make up an incredible team to work with. I’m really diggin’ Sese right now I think he’s got serious bars, Gangis Khan is on the list, I respect his grind and he holds Canada down 100. Luu Breeze and JD Era are nice. Legends Like Checkmate & Concise – I’ve always been a fan of their music. Kardinall Offishall has always been an
artist I’ve wanted to work withand Drake is an obvious given because he’s the biggest artist to come out of Canada.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Spictacular: Past is simple – it was all a learning process from writing to recording, learning how to work the stage and interact with the crowd and create a foundation. Present is just taking what I’ve learned about building and branding myself as an artist and setting goals. Mixtapes, albums, videos, promotions – I’m all ready for the future. Look out for my street album, it’s a second in The Resume series hosted by DJ Kemo. The Resume: Part 1 is available now. Block Royal Canada compilation called Goonie Muzik is also available now. My self titled album will be dropping in May.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Spictacular: Thank you to the real fans, artists, DJs, producers, b-boys and graffers out there that make our hip hop community and big-up’s to HipHopCanada for always keeping us covered with the latest that our community has to offer. Be on the look out for Block Royal Canada – we here to make noise. Bless!
Download The Resume here.