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"You see, we ALL Slitty Wrists"

Meet Rhode Island Artist Slitty Wrists

Q: When did your interest for music first start? Is there a specific experience that you remember?

A: I never thought I wanted to be a musician growing up but I was always a writer. Ever since I was 8 years old. I was growing up in D.R. and I wasn’t exposed to music unless it was from the radio. I took a tune that I had heard many times and remixed it into a funny spoof to show my mom and her guests. Comedy was one of the main things that led me to be an artist.

Q: How would you explain PunkTrap to people that have never heard of it before?

A: PunkTrap is a series of events that I do that combine local asks from around the state to come together bridging the scenes of hiphop and punk as well as the different areas.

Q: Where did the name Slitty and Slittywrists come from? What is the story behind your stage name?

A: A lot of people ask me where my name came from  or tell me that I should change it but I feel it is so fitting to my artistry. One of the main reasons I am called that is to bring awareness to mental health issues and talk about depression in an open way that lets you express that through alternative methods. Rather than commit self harm or hurt others why not instead play some Slitty Wrists and convert those negative emotions into positive ones. The name was given to me by an old friend that noticed that similarity between my previous name “Sidivs”. 

Slitty Wrists Sidivs 

People that are close to me know what I am about and hopefully you know a little more now too.

Q: Where did your inspiration come from for your newest released project Asthma?

A: Asthma is a title for a project that I have been holding onto for a while along with many of the ideas for the final songs. Once I met Jesse The Tree and started making music with him we instantly clicked and I knew he was meant to contribute the other half to the project. We both had ideas of our own and we’re able to find a common ground in which our styles mesh without compromising our individuality. ASTHMA is something that I have that makes it hard for you to breathe in the same way societal restraints and problems in the world might make you feel like you’re gasping for air. 

I hope by listening to this project we can help the listeners fill their lungs with air once more.

Q: What is one thing you would tell your younger self, being an artist or not?

A: One thing I would tell my younger self is to follow my  dream and disregard anything that anyone else had to say about it. I feel like hearing this would’ve set a lot of things in motion sooner for me but I do not regret the way that things happened because they molded me into the person that I am today.

Q: What do you know and like the most about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment?

A: What I like the most about ALIEN Ent. is that you guys are selflessly reaching out to people like me who are in desperate need of support from people around us. The goal is to rise and change everything about our surroundings and just by giving me the opportunity to get interviewed you are contributing to that. Thank you very much!!!

Q: What is something you would want the public to know about what you are working on?

A: I want to let everyone know that my event #SLITFEST occurred on April 27th at The Morgue. This was the first of many and I had a wild lineup of artists as well as a few very special guests that will be joined. For my next performance that is like this I want as many people to come, come. It is a great time all around.

Q: Do you like performing? About how many shows have you done? What was your favorite show and why?

A: Performing to me is the closest thing you can get to heaven on earth. I was very shy growing up because I was scared to show my mind to the world. I feel like that is why I was attracted to performing because when you’re up there, all eyes are on you whether you like it or not. At first I used to get stage fright and be so nervous but after so many years of doing shows I have grown to love the feeling of excitement. The energy of the entire crowd flows as one and you become a composer of different frequencies and vibrations. One of my main thoughts on stage is, “How do I want these people to remember me?”. I don’t really remember how many shows I’ve done in total but it’s definitely been 100+ at the very least. I don’t ever want to stop it is a more addicting high than any drug in the world.

One of my favorite shows that I have done so far is open up for Bas and the Fiends crew at The Met. I was able to perform with Jesse The Tree which was so awesome. The reason why is that I won the opportunity by competing in an event where I went head to head with other MCs. I literally had to battle for the spot and I won which confirmed everything that I know about myself. Shout out to Spocka Summa for giving me the opportunity.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? 

A: If you ever wonder what I am doing at the moment I am probably writing. It’s my favorite way to express myself and if I am not doing that than I am probably making a different form of artwork. 

I enjoy the process of making things. 

I was created in order to create.

"BITMO" (Prod. B.Young) - Slitty Wrists Directed by Errol Danehy Filmed by Thomas Walsh Recorded by @B08Studios Mixed by @seandizzyblade Mastered by @3astman Cover Art by @ThurGoxd Real Rap is Back!!! Everyone needs a lil bit more of something whether that be time, money, health, etc. Everyone needs a little BITMO.
Meet artist group Decofam

Q: Where did your inspiration come from for your new single YBMB?

A: So our new single ybmb is for everybody. Really inspired by the things we were seeing happening in the night scene in CALI AND BOSTON.

Q: Why did you leave puma?

A: Puma was amazing, we actually still have projects dropping til this day. The people there are amazing. We had been working there for a while and new opportunities were being presented to us from other brands. We decided to go with ANTA cause they believed in our deco fam squad and wanted the full package, and for us that was important, we’ve been together since high school and who says no to California. 😄😄😄

Q: What are you most excited about with your latest project?

A: MORE FAM. Is going to have some great surprises when it comes to features, marketing, vibes. Completely different from the last project CHINATOWN. SUPR SPORT AND ICEDOUTCHARM killed it with the production and our main sound engineer ARCITYPE slayed the songs.

Q: What is something you want to public to know about what you are working on now?

A: Currently we are working on releasing this ep and the new projects we have coming out for Anta.

Q: If you could open up for any artist, at a live show, who would it be for and why?

A: I would open for the big homies Migos. Currently they have the ear of the culture and they do a great job connecting to everybody.

Q: What is something that you struggle with?

A: One of our biggest struggles is juggling music and design but it’s such an important part of who we are and what makes up deco fam. But I think it’s been more of goal then a struggle, just getting it right.

Q: What is your favorite piece of advice that you have been given?

A: Stay humble. We’re Haitian and many of the fam come from Caribbean backgrounds and hard struggles so however far we get we just need to remember where we come from at all times. Don’t let the lights fool you. -K

Q: What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?

A: Best place ever traveled to lately is Vietnam. The food, the people, the weather is amazing. We used to travel there with puma for development trips but it really felt like vacation cause we enjoyed  what we do especially in sunny Vietnam when it was 0 degrees in Boston where the puma USDC headquarters is located

Q: What do you like the most about music?

A: Music has helped us meet many people especially since we travel a lot going from city to city. The hip hop community always provides a home. Secondly it’s an opportunity to express yourself other than designing.

Q: Where did your stage name come from?

A: Deco fam. Deco= Art Deco/Miami/design/movement. Fam= community, backgrounds, real ppl. Group.

Official Music Video Juug with the Deco mafia, live with the family, be on the grind, this is the sound of the generation living life on the go, on the run, and on the move. If you Juugin' you livin'. "Deco Juug" available now on ALL streaming services!
The Life of Actor and Singer J. Hasan

Q: How did you come across the Hamilton role? What was the process like?

A: Since the show came out I’ve always been obsessed with the show. I always had a feeling that I could play the role of John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton. I had my senior showcase in the city right before graduation. A representative of the casting agency for Hamilton saw me, after that I had 7 callbacks over the course of 4 months.

Q: What do you like most about the Acting side? What do you like most about the music side?

A: I’ve always loved acting ever since I was a kid. Same with singing, i was always the kid singing songs up and down the block, all around the house. It wasn’t until middle school where I started writing poetry. Then in college I started working on my own music.

Q: When dealing with your single projects, where does your inspiration come from?

A: I would say it comes from whatever I’m feeling in the moment. Sometimes I bring up old feelings from the past, and even sometimes I make up scenarios. I just love writing.

Q: What do you like most about performing?

A: I love the feeling I get from it. It’s kind of indescribable, but there’s nothing like it. It’s therapeutic in a sense.

Q: If you could work with anybody in the industry who would you want to work with and why?

A: There’s way too many but Chris brown, H.E.R., Ty Dolla sign, Khelani, Timbaland, honestly

Q: When did your passion for music occur?

A: My family always played music in the house whether when my grandma was cooking, cleaning or someone just needed me to shut up haha. I grew up on a lot of Motown and 60’s/70’s style music. I would say I got inspired to create my own in high school but was always scared to admit it. I didn’t take it seriously till college. Yeah this has been a whole process. I’ve always been so hesitant and scared about putting out there. But I reached a point where I was like “screw it, I gotta start believing in myself and what I can do”. Honestly being part of this show has helped me a lot. I’m surrounded by so many artists that create their own work. Being in Chicago I’ve come into contact with so many musicians and aspiring artists and it’s been very inspiring.

Q: What is a long term goal for yourself?

A: Well I have a lot of long term goals. I definitely want an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). I want to leave my mark on the entertainment industry as a whole. And eventually own my own production company, record label, etc. and eventually give back. That’s something my mother and I have always wanted to do and intend on doing.

Q: Besides Hamilton are there any other plays that you would like to be in?

A: I would love to be in the new musical about the temptations “Ain’t Too Proud”. It looks sick!

Q: What do you like the most about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment?

A: I like that they have created something of their own from the ground up. There is nothing more important than creating something that is yours and building it into something big.

Q: What was one of your childhood dreams?

A: Honestly, I’m starting to live it!