LegendBlog: Tell us a little about yourself. What’s your name, What city are you from?
Young Bob: My name is Bobby Brackins Im from Oakland, CA
LegendBlog: Our blog is based out of Michigan so, what are some things about California life that people in other state might not know.
Young Bob: As far as music and what’s popular out there, and just life in general out there.
The Bay is a melting pot of culture and diversity. It has some beautiful city’s and real down to earth people. Drugs and crime plauge certain areas of the Bay, but the Bay is one of the best places on earth to grow up and raise a family. I live in La now and its great. Alot of places to go and people to see. I’m never bored out there. It has the most beautiful women i’ve ever seen and alot of material things to aspire towards. I love coming back to the bay to humble me down.
LegendBlog: How did you first get into making music?
Young Bob: I’ve always been around music, my dad would take me to the studio since i was a baby. I would go watch recording sessions and be amazed. I started a rap group called “GO DAV” in highschool and we experianced moderate success and got are hit single the radio and signed a deal with T-Pains Manager. The group had complications and i felt it was time for me to pursue solo endevours.
LegendBlog: Are you currently signed to a label? If so tell us a lil bit about your situation.
Young Bob: Yea im signed to T.S.E/ Koch, its a indie label and i got a really good deal. I have two managers excited about working my solo project that have major connections. Im happy about my situation.
LegendBlog: What are some qualities that you feel separates you from other artists?
Young Bob: Im super down to earth, alot of people who get a lil popular start thinking they are some kind of God and lose thier intergrity. Some may consider me cocky i just know im great at what i do and that I make hits, but i still am real and have a lot to accomplish.
LegendBlog: Who are some artists you have done work with in the past?
Young Bob: Although GO DAV didnt work out i learned a lot form each individual member. Especially The Jynx. The Jynx and myself wrote the majority of the GO DAV hooks and came up with the majority of the song concepts. I’ve made songs with Mistah Fab, Clyde Carson, The Jacka, The Pack, and The Cataracs and many more. Those are just some of the ppl in the bay I listen to. I’ve got production from my Hit maker Nic-Nac, he is probably the most talented producer in my opinion. Also Traxamillion, T-case, and even Timberland.
LegendBlog: What upcoming projects are you working on?
Young Bob: I just droped a Free Cd, you can download it from my myspace.
I’ve just been working on my Solo album, and living my legacy.
LegendBlog: Are there any artists out there you would like to work with but haven’t got the chance?
Young Bob: Yea I wanna make music with C-Lo, Drake, Gwen Stafani, Jerimiah, Fabulous, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Wayne, Green day, The 2am Club, Miguel and many more. I honestly love music and would work with anyone who is talented. There are alot of ppl who should not be making music, im sorry. A lot of artist suck and i would never give them the time of day.
LegendBlog: Who are a few of your favorite artists out right now?
Young Bob: Miguel, and Drake. They are young and extra talented.
LegendBlog: How much do you charge for features or shows
Young Bob: It varies, If i respect an artist work then I mostley will colab for free. If its an artist whos music i dont particularly care for im forsure making them cash out. Shows vary too, its just all situational.
LegendBlog: What are some things about the music business that most people probably wouldn’t know?
Young Bob: The music biz makes a lot of people go crazy and lose sight of who they are. There are a lot of talented artist who arent mentally strong enough for the biz. The music bix is more than corrupt, it will minipulate and rape artist ruthlessly
LegendBlog: What advice would you give to people trying to get into this line of work?
Young Bob: If you are trure to urself and make good music, then just get ur music out there and if ppl like it then push and develop a following. If u stuggle to attain a fanbase then try something else, this shit aint for everybody.
Thanks for takin’ the time out to do this interview.
LegendBLOG: Tell us a little about yourself. What’s your name, What city are you from?
Aris: Whatsup I’m Aris Jerome from Fremont, California.
LegendBLOG: Our blog is based out of Michigan so, what are some things about California life that people in other state might not know. As far as music and what’s popular out there, and just life in general out there.
Aris: Out here in California there is pretty much every kind of lifestyle you can think of. We have every race especially in the Bay Area. So growing up here you learn that every one is different at an early age. Its a wild party state out here. People love just having a good time and it shows in the music. Whether its rock bands like Blink 182 and Green Day or rap artists like E-40 and Snoop. They all come from cali and represent a certain life style. Plus the weed out here is crazy in Cali. Especially in the Bay thats where its at. So I guess you can say that effects the music too.
LegendBLOG: How did you first get into directing music videos/photography?
Aris: I’ve always been around music. My mom would always take me around in her car as a baby slappin’ some old rnb. My brother always listened to rap/hip hop. When I was in elementary school I didn’t really understand the whole music video concept. My older brother was always watching music videos so he got me stuck on that. I started watching videos all the time. I would always be like ” man I can make a video like that”. I was always into doing creative things growing up. Just different kinds of art. I wasn’t really into other classes in school so I took random art and history of film classes throughout junior high and high school. I had my first camcorder around freshman year. It was a cheap $100 camera that I took everywhere and filmed everything. Parties, school, and random functions. Then I would go home and edit it all together just for fun. Then I got into making beats. So I would fuck with fruity loops, reason, and then got a motif keyboard. I just liked editing. I kind of got out of the music producing idea since everybody and there uncle does it out here and decided to buy a camera. A Canon hv30. I put together random videos of Hot Import Nights and Halloween in San Diego. I liked the HD look and bought another camera called the D90 its a little SLR that takes photos and video. I hit up my boy Freddy Benz like ” lets do a video!” we did a song called Gimme that Drank and i took some photos for his promo. It got me used to the camera so I ran into this group the stickup kiddz. They added me on myspace and I had heard that song Turf Banga before. So I told them we should do a video for that. Filmed and edited that video in one weekend and it got me a lot of work.
LegendBLOG: What are some qualities that you feel separates well done music videos from bad music videos?
Aris: I think what’s really important is the editing. You can turn bad footage into good footage with the right editing. Some videos look corny if they have some cheesy editing and just do too much. Then I would say the camera angles are important too. I haven’t took any classes that taught me how to do videos but I can tell what looks bad.
LegendBLOG: Who are some artists you have done work with in the past?
Aris: Since I wasn’t doing music videos before 09. When I was into making beats I did a track with The Jacka, Jynx (Go Dav), Young Gully and Young Dee from YH. Local artists with a lot of talent. You can google the song Do Whatever by Aris Jerome and find it. Its not the best track but yeah.
LegendBLOG: What upcoming projects are you working on?
Aris: Im filming / editing a interview of the Jacka for his album coming out June 16th. Check that out on DJ backside’s website June 6th. The release of Mr Dj which is Warren G’s video that I just got done helping them with. Other video releases that I’ve been holding. Some music videos with Uno from the Pack, NHT Boys, Big Rich, and his group Legends Live Forever.
LegendBLOG: Are there any artists out there you would like to work with but haven’t got the chance?
Aris: Once I really get out there Id like to work with a lot of mainstream artists. Juelz, kanye, nas, wayne, keyshia, and alicia keys. Just some really talented people. Even if they aren’t really big in the industry I just like working with talented people that I can learn from. I would also like to do videos for other genres of music. Alternative Rock, Reggae, and I still haven’t done and R&B video.
LegendBLOG: Who are a few of your favorite artists out right now?
Aris: The Jacka, Eminem and Juelz Santana. I stay slappin their shit. I also listen to a lot of random music. Old songs and rock songs.
LegendBLOG: How much do you charge for your work?
Aris: Right now around 1000 for a music video. I got bills to pay people.
LegendBLOG: What are some things about the video business that most people probably wouldn’t know?
Aris: The video business is mixed in with hollywood. Im not really out there but artists have told me what to watch out for. I can deal with shady people though. There are a lot of fakes out there.
LegendBLOG: What advice would you give to people trying to get into this line of work?
Aris: Just don’t give up. Take advice that people give you. You don’t necessarily have to follow it but just learn from it. You don’t have to buy a $10,000 camera to get started. My camera cost me about 1500 with the lens.
LegendBLOG: Where can the people go to find out more about you and the work that you do?
Aris: Im putting together this website with a friend right now. Arisjerome.com. I also have a myspace, twitter, facebook, youtube, flickr, and a vimeo. haha. Man Im all over the net. GOOGLE ME!
LegendBLOG: Thanks for takin’ the time out to do this interview, we really appreciate it.
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