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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.
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Q: What is your favorite genre of music when you are not performing ?

A: It’s always been hiphop/rap, but a little bit of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones when I was younger. A$AP Rocky, Joey Badass, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Rich Forever - other than that I’m listening to my own music and looking to dissect my own work before I’m listening to anybody else.

Q: What is your biggest inspiration? What about it inspires you?

A: My biggest inspiration is probably Mother Nature. Just the fact that the weather is forever evolving and moving - reminds me there is an outside force that is controlling all of this. Everything going on around me. This reminds me that there is  something out there that has a plan for me in the future. Mother Nature does whatever it wants no matter what anybody says about it. Doesn’t care about what people want just does what she does. One of the reasons my recent album is called BOLT, the inspiration I feel every time I see Mother Nature in action. And of course my actual mother.

Q: What is something you would want the public to know about you as an artist?

A: I know that I’m white and I know that I’m from the suburbs and I know that rap and hip/hop is a predominantly African American genre of music—I know the roots of the genre - but I think we're all equal we all go through our own personal shit no matter the race - which is why I continue to make music - music has always been a passion of mine and its the best way I know to express myself and look towards music as a stress-reliever/outlet. My goal is to make good music whether it is by myself or collaborating with someone else and have a positive impact on others life through music. If you don’t agree with me making rap music I would be happy to have a discussion about it and try to come to an agreement.

Q: Who would you want to work with in the artist community and why?

A: Definitely A$AP Rocky. I think he has an extremely open mind which I fuck with. I don’t like artists that talk about basic stuff - I like outlandish similes, metaphors - no matter how wild it is or how crazy it sounds in the song. Definitely interested in others too; Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, Joey Badass, Wale, Trippie Redd, Jay Critch, Rich The Kid, Famous Dex. Think I could make a lot of good music with these artists and many others.

Q: When will you be dropping your newest project?

A: I just dropped my latest project, BOLT, on all streaming platforms October 8th. In the midst of coming up with a date for my next one, featuring a lot of RI artists.

Q: What is your favorite song of 2018?

A: Jay Critch - Try It

“You say you gon' do it, why you ain't try it then?

You say you gon' do it, why you ain't try it then?”

I say Im going to make it so i'm going to try it . I stand by going for your dreams as long as possible, until you either don't have fun with it anymore or you can not  physically do it anymore.

Q: What is something you weren’t prepared for in your career?

A: The music industry is a lot more about the business than the actual art. The money that is put into everything. Ya boy would be rich without music. Just economically rich though not emotionally. If I wasn’t investing in myself and my music I wouldn’t feel right because of the joy it brings me and the knowledge that I have an opportunity to better my life through music / make a name for myself / be remembered past my death / be a positive outreach to others.

Q: What is a long term goal with your career?

A: Being able to live in the studio. No hourly rate no nothing. Just me in the studio with an engineer, all the time, playing with new sounds and making new waves. Really exploring my ceilings and what I can do without a time limit and worrying about the money coming out of my pocket each hour. That would make me really happy.

Q: What do you do during your free time ?

A: Smoke, drink, write, basketball, gym, some girls in the mix. School work.  Been doing some yoga which is the real deal. The mind is the strongest part of the body.

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

A: It’s always felt like a home to me. I first met Ben, then JD, and then Lito all in the studio the first 1 or 2 times I booked time at the studio. I think they all saw that I had talent and potential to really make good music which I’ve always appreciated as I’m a kid that’s been judged because of my background rapping to certain "types" of beats, but its never been about color or anything with us. They’re all great dudes I love em all, they’ve all been role models, big brothers to me in the music industry always can count on them for advice or anything. And don’t let me forget about Burrbrato that is my dog. I haven’t personally worked with him on anything yet, but he’s always been there in the studio dancing and rolling up giving me the hype I need to keep going. Definitely look forward to working with him in the future. A.L.I.E.N. Entertainment was right there as I actually began to seriously make music.

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Q: What about music made you fall in love to perform it not just listening to it?

A: It’s the rawness of performing that I love. You can buy followers, likes, and views but, you can’t buy or manipulate a live experience.

Q: Where did your inspiration come from, for your newest project? Where did you come up with the name?

A: My last project Savage Beauty was inspired by the youth. I tapped into those experiences of what it was like trying to navigate from what trapped me in with the hood to a peaceful state of mind. They both go hand in hand. You have to be savage in order to attain the beautiful parts of life.

Q: Who inspires you the most inside and outside the music community?

A: At this very moment, I draw inspiration from Nipsey Hussle and his approach towards the music industry. Especially the fact of how practical he is. His model and his behavior really inspired me to grow my company and scale up in 2019.

Q: What is something that motivates you the most?

A: My biggest motivation is that I have not written my best song yet or the amount of people that I have not been able to reach through my music. There is always more that i can do.

Q: In ten years where would you like to see yourself, what do you hope to accomplish?

A: In ten years I will be alive and well. I will be touring the world and having an even bigger impact on the city of Providence, particularly the youth.

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

A: I’m excited to see where A.L.I.E.N Entertainment grows and its impact on the culture.

Q: If you could work with any other artist, upcoming or “already made it”, who would it be and why?

A: I would love to work with Buddy and H.E.R.

Q: What is something you would like to tell the public on your newest project? Is is a video for one of your songs or maybe a new song?

A: My next project is going to be my most personal. I will be revealing a lot.

Q: When you aren’t working on any of your projects what do you like to do the most?

A: I like to watch documentaries. The most recent one that I watched was Abducted in Plain Sight. Shit was crazy.

Q: If you could be sponsored by any brand who would it be and why?

A: I would love to work with Steve Stoute’s Translation Agency. I love their approach and the way they execute their projects and collaborations.

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