ARTBOYP NEW RELEASE “ACT UP” INTERVIEW
We went live with DFW based artist ARTBOYP and talked about his new releases “Heartless” and “Act Up.” He shared how he got through the barrier of having a filter and reflecting his real life in his music and the pros of building a team that believes in your vision.
Here are a few Q&A’s from our interview:
THE HONEY: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE LYRICS AND WRITING OF YOUR NEWEST RELEASES ‘HEARTLESS’ AND ‘ACT UP’
ARTBOYP: “I try to write what I’m going through in my music which I think most people do. Act Up just hit 35k amen but I wrote that last year and I had just got out of a relationship and I was like ‘man I just wanna act up.” I wanted to make a song that was super fun and people don’t care; we will just act up and go crazy. But at the same time I felt like I didn’t have a lot of people in my corner so I was also writing how I felt at that moment. I’m pretty bad at that; I’m a feeler, I get hurt but I was like ‘yeah I’m gonna act up and I don’t care who cares.'”
THE HONEY: MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS THIS WAS SO DIFFERENT FROM YOUR SONG “MISSES” ‘YOU COULD BE MY MISSES,’ AND THEN “HEARTLESS” ‘MOMMA SAID DON’T MESS WITH NO HARLOT’ AND I COULD SEE A CHANGE. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE CHANGING IS REFLECTIVE IN YOUR MUSIC CHANGING?
ARTBOYP: “Yeah, to be honest I always kinda put a barrier on my music. Some people know I’m a Christ follower, I love the lord. But I always wondered what people would think if I put like harlot in my song which is like a hoe. I’m not trying to dishonor women, I’m still going to keep my morals and keep it clean I guess but like taking the filter off; and once I started doing that I feel like my music started becoming a little bit better and people started liking my music more. If I’m putting a filter on that music or my lyrics then it’s not real. I had to make a decision. In real life, relationships get heartless so I just took the filter off.”
THE HONEY: HAS THAT BEEN A HARD TRANSITION?
ARTBOYP: “It’s hard being a leader; sometimes you feel like you don’t have the right to mess up. I want to still be a leader but I also still want to be real. When I started doing that some people left; some people left my life. They were like “oh, I don’t like what you’re talking about,” but to me that’s not Jesus in the first place so I just didn’t care anymore and I just started making music that I wanted to make.”
THE HONEY: WHAT IS YOUR RECORDING PROCESS?
ARTBOYP: “For me, I have to be inspired to write songs whether it’s what I’m going through or I hear a new drake song…. like that song Roxanne that song really inspired me. So, I have a song “Toxic” that’s not out yet but it’s that type of feel. For me, I write a beat and the beat has to speak to me; anything that challenges you or motivates you is art because it just is. For me, I can’t just write a song, I have to have some sort of motivation or something to inspire me. So, from there I’ll find a beat, it needs to speak to me, then I’ll start writing the lyrics. Sometimes, I struggle because I’m like how do these artists write all these songs on all these topics? So, I challenge myself with that. Then, I’ll send in my beat and the lyrics to Blake (TRND MUSIC) and Brooks (Manager) and we will go record. I don’t go in and freestyle. I have to write; i’m a poet”
THE HONEY: YOU’RE ALWAYS ABLE TO MAKE THINGS POSITIVE AND HAVE GOOD ENERGY. HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO ALWAYS BRING A POSITIVE PRESENCE?
ARTBOYP: “People want what you have but they don’t want to have what you went through to get it. A lot of people see me smile or see me happy but it took years of pain to learn how to get that hardshell I guess. Even though I’m a feeler it doesn’t ruin me; it doesn’t take a part of me. When you know who you are, you won’t let anyone else take value from that. I think that’s something a lot of people don’t value is value. When you value yourself that’s all you need. We all live for validation; that’s why we want people to share and comment and post. It’s validation. But when you validate yourself and you know who you are you can be happy where you stand. So for me, I just learned whatever I have, I can give. And if you don’t have anything to give, you can’t give. So that’s just for me; I love helping people.
THE HONEY: HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY OR HAS IT BEEN A JOURNEY?
ARTBOYP: “I think it’s been a journey; I don’t want to sit here and act like I have it all together. I’m a people pleaser. Which is a blessing and a curse at the same time because I look for that confirmation in people. I want to love people and I want people to love me. I think the key in that is loving yourself. But it’s been a journey… I have bad days… I think I’m the hardest person on myself.”
THE HONEY: YOU MOVED HERE FROM MODESTO CALIFORNIA TO HELP PLANT THE HOUSE FORT-WORTH CHURCH A FEW YEARS AGO… DID YOU EXPECT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE DFW MUSIC SCENE THE WAY YOU ARE NOW WHEN YOU MOVED HERE ORIGINALLY?
ARTBOYP: “To be honest, I didn’t think I would be so heavily involved in music like I am now. We came to plant the church. I was talking to one of my good homies the other day and he said ‘sometimes you just trip into your destiny.’ So I feel like I kinda just made a left when I should have made a right but because of that I tripped into something new. I’m not super involved right now as I was when I first moved out here or even in Modesto. I thought I was going to be a youth pastor and that doesn’t mean that I can’t be but I’m just kinda pursuing career type things. I’m going hard with my job right now, I’m 24 so music makes me feel a certain way, I’m happy about it and I don’t want to stop chasing my dreams. I think we let fear stop us from chasing our dreams or what people think. A lot of people think I should be more involved with the church right now but I still go to church, I still love the Lord but my method is different. My message is the same it’s just my method has changed. But yeah, I think I’m at where I need to be right now. I’m very happy with life and it’s only going to get better. The best is yet to come and that’s for everyone watching this.
THE HONEY: HAS THE CHURCH COMMUNITY PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR MUSIC?
ARTBOYP: “I don’t like to be called a christian rapper. Or, my music is not necessarily for Christians but i’m trying to make music for just people. Like why do we have to label people? I think certain people have helped me along the way and some people haven’t and you learn from both sides.”
THE HONEY: WHAT’S TO COME IN YOUR NEW MUSIC?
ARTBOYP: “I can’t be afraid of what people are going to think about it. I’m not putting anyone down in my music but I have to be real about stuff that’s happened. So, the music that will be coming out is very deep, very real, very personal and I think people are going to connect with my music a little more. I think they are going to see that I am taking that filter off and really letting people in. It’s getting more uncut and more raw and I’m liking where it’s going and I can’t worry about what people are going to think.”
THE HONEY: FOR ARTISTS WHO ARE STARTING OUT, WOULD YOU RECOMMEND HAVING A MANAGER?
ARTBOYP: “Yes. I think if you’re doing music and you want to get to the next level, you need to build a team. We all grow from it. You have to put that trust in other people. They have to catch the vision.”
Watch the full interview on Instagram on IGTV here.