Meet Shotty – an up and coming hip hop artist ready to break out well beyond the infamous confines of Sin City. Based out of Las Vegas, Shotty recently unleashed a collection of tunes entitled Through The Static, and it’s sure to garner the artist a good deal of recognition from music fans as well as the fickle record industry types. The official music video for Just Breathe is boiling right under the 200,000 mark, showing off Shotty’s rapping skills and wondrously charasmatic presence. And now we present an all encompassing interview with the one and only Shotty! Read on…
What was the name of the very first song you wrote, how old were you, and what was the song about?
Wow, haha I remmber I was 10 years old and I made a song about my neighborhood, lol! It was actually a super cool track I wish I stil had it.
Introduce yourself and tell us how long has the Shotty project been in existence.
I was born Willard Bucky Howard III in Atlantic City New Jersey and I have lived in Las Vegas, Nevada most my life! I was able to turn my life and what inspired me to make music into over a million views on YouTube, over 2,700 subscribers, over 10,000 followers on Instagram, and 7,000 likes on Facebook in under 5 years! I Dj, I produce beats, and my main passion is writing and recording my vocals. I make real music with a refreshing, full of energy, real to life track that creates a whole new sound combining all genres of music into my own sound!
I have performed on stages all over the United States opening up for big name people such as Doug E Fresh, Kid Capri, T. Mills, Hypercrush, Coolio, Hunter Moore, This Romantic Tragedy and many more. At an early age I traveled a lot with my family all over the United States. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi, and then to Las Vegas, Nevada. My family was already very musical and they ended up getting me a drum set and a piano and I soon started taking lessons and getting the hang of it.
My whole life I was always around musical people, my God Father is “Joe Guercio” who was Elvis Presley’s musical director and conductor. So I started learning many different styles of music. Rhyming eventually turned into a hobby for me. All my close friends would meet up in my room and would freestyle about anything and record it with my laptop. The passion grew as time went by. Shotty turned into a real person who fell in love with music. I decided to see where my music could take me, so I started putting together professional vidoes and making my vocals sound as best I could by upgrading all my recording equipment. Soon after dropping some new tracks online I watched as my views and followers kept growing! It was the start of something amazing.
I just recently dropped my debut album on Itunes and youtube called “Through The Static“. My album gained so much attention on the Internet (youtube search – Shotty Just Breathe) that Deadmau5 himself tweeted about the song “Just Breathe” on his Twitter! Shotty continues to gain loyal fans and impress even the worst critics because I’m not afraid to be myself and branch out into anything I want to do! Join the movement!
Where you involved with any other bands or projects prior to Shotty?
Ive always been Shotty. I did meet with alot of bands and solo artist that reached out to me because they liked what I’m doing and I recorded songs with them.
Where are you based out of, what is your local music scene like there, and how does Shotty fit into the scheme of things?
Im based out of Las Vegas Nevada. The local scene is alright, I think there is a lot of Vegas talent out here in all genres of music. Vegas is very underrated! I fit into this scene because Vegas does have a loyal fan base of music heads that like to come out and support shows and they let me be me and do my music and support my movement! I think they respect the realness and how they can connect with the lyrics!
Is there any story or concept behind the full-length title Through The Static?
“Through The Static” is something I came up with and it just represents all the things I’ve been through leading up to now! I used to record using my laptop and the quailty of the vocals was horrible – sounding like static. So I just wanted the title of all my hard work to be Through The Static. We did it!
What is a live Shotty show like for those of us who have yet to see you perform?
My shows are full of energy from start to finish. Loud Bass. Crazy vibes. I react with the crowd and climb on stuff on stage to keep the show interesting. I’m usually drenched in sweat afterwards!
Has Shotty ever played in the Los Angeles/OC area or plan to do in future days?
Ive performed in Long Beach. and yes I will fer sure be back soon!
If you could open up for any artist or band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I love all genres of music so there is so many, I guess just any big stage with a big crowd that’s where I wanna be!
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
My music would be double chocolate chocolate because it’s good everytime and you might need to grab another!
Have you ever been approached about seeing signed with a record label?
Yes back like 2 years ago when I was with my boy we used to do music together and we were approached after a show in Las Vegas by a rep for a record label. The label was Dynasty Records a branch off of Interscope. They super liked my look and sound and told me that my style could be super marketable. We eventually parted ways but still cool with them. I’m independent but definitely not against getting signed.
What does 2013 have in store for Shotty and have you broken any of your New Years Resolutions yet?
What you can expect in 2013 is me getting more professional from the sound to the videos. Making really good music people can relate to and get down to. Im still right on track with all my plans this year. 2013 is looking good. Thumbs up!
Any final words of wisdom?
Expect me to keep making music no matter what happens in my life. I just make music because it’s inside me. I’m just a fan of it and ima do it till I’m an old old man. haha thanks for this oppurtunity!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)