Freestyle rapper, Silex, is one of music industry’s hidden gems. The Rotterdam, Netherlands rapper has once again championed the hip hop music competition, Battle 4 Exposure, and was briefly able to stop by to answer a few questions for Zee of Almostfreebeats.com
Almost Free Beats: So, how did you begin your music career?
Silex: I used to be in a rap group called illasonz…we had to make a demo
because somebody we knew in The States worked at a hair salon where
Heather B came often…She told us if we could send her a cd
she would give it to her… we did the demo and went to Velvet, our local music store,
to let them listen to the cd…a customer heard one of our songs and asked
who it was and where she could buy it…from that point we knew this music stuff
had our name written all over it .
Almost Free Beats: How did you go about choosing the rap name, Silex?
Silex: I got my name from my brother. Before it was Silex, I used to be C.A.C. (Committed a Crime). The name Silex came from a dictionary and it is some kind of firestone. I now say Silex stands for “Songs I Lost Each X (time)”.
Almost Free Beats: What projects are you currently working on?
Silex: My debut single “Just You And Me” is now out on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/just-you-and-me-single/id489914643
and the video for it premiered on Allhiphop.com. http://allhiphop.com/videos/ahh-exclusive-silex-just-you-and-me-yak-cognac/
We’re working towards a follow up single and the release of the EP later this year.
Almost Free Beats: How do you think the internet is changing the music game in 2012?
Silex: The internet made it easier to be heard, but at the same time made it harder to stand out…if anything, the internet changed the music industry to where its no longer for the lazy artists. We all have to work harder to stay on top .
Almost Free Beats: Who has inspired you musically? Who or what are your influences?
Silex: To be honest, I dont feel like I sound like any of the artists i “admire”. If anything, the only inspiration would come from artists like Biggie, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne to not write down lyrics and create songs in my head.
Almost Free Beats: How can people contact you?
Silex: Publicity: Melanie [at] thestreetsavvy.com, http://www.silexmusic.com