For our 7th Clapper Sounds Interview, we are highlighting a true Clapper performer: @Loboirap!
@Loboirap is a committed rapper and songwriter on Clapper. He recently enter the music scene 5 years ago, and since then, he has put all of his commitment and dedication into his music. We had an intimate Clapper Sounds interview with Loboi, where he shared his songwriting process, his beginnings as a musician, and told us about the importance of investment when it comes to new artists.
Clapper Sounds is meant to be an intimate musical experience, and we want that mission to translate into our written interviews too. As you read about @Loboirap, play their music in the background with our Spotify Playlist, and really get to know this artist’s unique sound.
Don’t miss Clapper Sounds Live Sessions, every Monday at 6pm CT!
Let’s start from the beginning. What is your first memory of being involved with music? How did you start your artist journey?
My artist journey just started not too long ago. It’s really crazy. I’ve been doing music for 5 years. I didn’t have groups that I rapped with growing up. It really came to me out of no where. My family has always been in music, they have all the instruments. So, it just came to me really late in life. A lot of my music is pain, I went through it and I’m still going through it.
How would you describe your musical style? Who are your biggest inspirations?
I was locked up, and back when Kendrick Lamar came out with “Drink Poet Drink”, it really caught my attention. He made me really want to rap. I think he gave me that push even though my style is nothing like his. If you listen to my music, it varies. I sing, I rap, I got different styles. I would say my style is rap/hiphop/pop.
What is your songwriting process like?
My songwriting process can be from me seeing something to hearing a tone in my head or something playing a beat. Sometimes I hear a song and have a whole new melody from their music. When it comes to writing, most of it comes in the spur of the moment. So, when I get a couple of words in my head I go get in front of a mic and I make this song. Sometimes I also write it down, but some of my best work happens when I don’t write it down. Now that I am going to music school they are making me write down songs and trying a new editing process.
What are your thoughts on content creation as an artist? How do you feel about artists having to balance their social media presence and still be committed to their art?
I love social media, but you have to have a team. It’s hard if you don’t have a team. You have to have someone recording and helping you out. I just build a team and we are really strong. On the music side, I do all of that, and then for social media I got my team to have my back. We have almost 8 people working together.
Do you have any side hustles other than music?
Right now, I sell all types of merchandise. All my merch comes with the ape symbols. I produce music too. Most of the beats you hear in my songs, I produced them, and sometimes I sell people beats as well.
Deciding to be an artist can have its ups and downs. What advice would you give to that young artist who is just getting into music and their dream is to be a musician?
The number one thing is do not be scared to invest in yourself. If you are not investing in yourself as an artist, there is no hope. You can write the best songs in the world but if you don’t have investment behind it there is no hope. It can happen, but you have to push yourself. Social media is the first thing. You need to get on all the platforms and take control of them.
Make sure to check our recorded live session on our account Clapper Sounds and in our reels on Instagram. Enjoy the Clapper Sounds live session of the week!