An Interview With Victizzle | ‘MisFit’ | Faith & Music…

An Interview With Victizzle | Being Misunderstood | MisFit | Faith & Music

MOBO Award winning artist and producer Victizzle is preparing for the release of his new single ‘Time To Shine,’ which he leaked (listen to ‘Time To Shine’) and is preparing to release a new music video for on 24th February 2013.

Victizzle has come under a lot of fire for some of the decisions he’s made musically… When Victizzle started rapping about life (which – by the way – includes his faith, and every day life experiences) people mistook that for him “selling out” or “turning his back on the Gospel” when in reality nothing is further from the truth.

We had a chat with Victizzle and he talked to us about his ‘MisFit’ EP, his faith, his life and his music.

For our readers from all around the world who may not know who you are, tell us a bit about you, your music, who/what influences you and finally how you got where you are today.

I’m Victizzle, I’m a 23-year-old musician, and I rap and produce music. My music is a representation of my life and myself, things I see and go through and experience as a human being and a Christian. My peers and family, God and life all influence me and I use life’s lessons and incorporate them into my music also. I’ve worked my butt off to get to where I am today and I’m still pushing harder for more.

How did you get started in music? What is your first memorable experience of music?

I always loved music. When I was about 12 my friend from school borrowed me a CD that would let me create music on my old PC. I was such a fan of Timbaland, DarkChild and The Neptunes; they were my top 3 favourite producers. I would hear their songs on the radio and download them, then I would copy their styles, which taught me how to create sounds and how to structure songs. I look at them as my indirect mentors at that time because I learnt what it meant to create real music. Eventually, with practice, I began to develop my own individual style of music. This is what kept me off the streets.

What was the first song you produced that was officially released?

I’m not entirely sure what the first song was that I produced that was officially released, but I think it was my first single, ‘Jam Yourself’. It was either that or a song from the G-Force album. But yea, ‘Jam Yourself’ was one of the first. I produced, wrote, recorded and mixed that all in my bedroom when I was 16 and still under the wings of G-Force. I put the song out on Myspace to start with and began performing it at every church and it received such an amazing response from both the youth and the adults. Ironically, for my college media project we had to make a music video for any song of our choice, so myself and my group decided to make a video for Jam Yourself, which we shot, directed and edited, then eventually put it out on YouTube. That was a great time

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist (from the start of the journey until now)?

My biggest challenges were finishing university as I quite disliked being there, but I felt as though I had to complete it, because I don’t like not finishing things that I start. I also had trouble with a lot of negative banter from critics that didn’t understand my music or what I was trying to achieve. People were saying that I had sold out as a Christian or I wasn’t representing Christians anymore. There were times where it made me laugh, but there were many times where I ended up really upset. When you’re young, you feel like you need to say ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ in every sentence to fit in or to sound like a Christian, but as you get older and you build on your relationship with God, you realise that you don’t have to impress anyone and what they think of you will never amount to what God thinks of you, and he thinks nothing but great things about you. So I eventually overcame all of that.

What did ‘In My World’ say about you then…

In my world was my first ever album, which took 3 years to make. It was a representation of my state of mind and experiences at that time. I talked about God, everyday life, relationships, my estranged father, peer pressure as a teenager and about being a Christian from my perspective. It was great working on it. Whenever I take the chance to listen back to it, I realise how young I was, but also how much experience I had been through and spoken about in the songs.

How have you grown/changed since then?

I’ve grown in experience, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I understand that we live in a different world to people that aren’t Christian and if we’re not careful we can end up trapped in a bubble that disconnects us from everyday people, which I believe has already happened

We know that with many artists, when they release an album/EP it’s a reflection of where they’re at in their lives. What does “MisFit” say about where you are in your life and which song do you think represents that best?

I was in my darkest state with this EP, I didn’t care about what people said about me anymore. I was broke; I went through heartbreak and felt very isolated. People took the micky out of my life and I totally despised religious people. I mean religious in the hypocritical sense; always inventing new rules that they expected people to follow, yet behind closed doors they broke all the rules. They thought that they were the voice of God, telling everyone what to do. They were very harsh on us musicians especially and I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to speak up against them and show them that I actually couldn’t care less about their thoughts of me. ‘Free Style Me Style’ was written for people like them. I shot the video in a strait-jacket to represent how much their words and thoughts of me USED to have a hold on me but now I’ve broken free from it and I’m just focusing on whatever God tells me to do.

A lot of the EP seems to be dealing with people’s response to you and you addressing them on tracks like ‘Rumours’ and ‘MisFit’ – What would you say to people who don’t fit in?

Continue to stand out. Not by trying to be something you’re not, but by totally being yourself. Be 100% you. Don’t try and fix yourself, it only gets more messy. Let God fix you and watch all things become new.

What’s your favourite song that you’ve produced and why?

I don’t actually have a favourite song (LOL). I love all my songs so it’s hard to answer that question.

What one quote do you live by or think characterises who you are?

I have loads of quotes that I live by, but there are a few that stand out the most.

“Success = 20% Hard Work + 80% Good Character”

“To be great takes 10,000 hours”

What’s your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

I love watching movies; I’m a big film fan, especially comic book films. I’m a hero at heart (LOL). I love spending time with my girlfriend, she’s a big inspiration in my life and she’s extremely hard working. I also like being on my own and being able to read the bible and talk to God. Priceless moment.

What does the future hold for Victizzle?

A lot is in store. More great music as I’m completing my second album, which will be out soon. The first single release will be called ‘Time To Shine’ and the video will be shot in a few weeks time, so be on the look out for that. I’m also releasing a whole load of things for my fans called ‘On The Beat Club’, which is going to be loads of fun. I love the fans, they support me no matter what, and they always look for the good in my music! True supporters, so I always have to give back to them.

Where do you see yourself as an artist, in 5 years time?

I see my self as a very established artist and producer in the mainstream industry, inspiring people to do great and epic things and bringing God into the lives of those that don’t understand him. I really want to inspire the youth achieve greatness no matter their surroundings or circumstances. It’s all possible, I’m a living example.

Any final words?

Love God, Love yourself and Love people

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