Welcome to IndieLand! Who stands behind Gotti Banxx?
North Estate. We’re a team. Everyone has a role that they excel at and together we bring ideas to life. I wouldn’t be able to create as comfortably as I do without the team I have around me.
How long have you been doing music?
I started making music roughly 10 years ago. I would say I started doing it seriously about 4 years ago once the sound and style was developed to a degree where I felt comfortable sharing my art with others.
Can you tell us a little bit about your new album “Very Special”? Who produced it?
Very Special is a handpicked catalogue of some of my favorite songs I made over the last 18 months. It’s really just a project where I picked the songs I thought would resonate with listeners the most and put it together in a cohesive manner to make it feel like a developing story throughout the project.
The album is promoted by your dope single “Premium Snapchat,” did you write it about your personal experiences?
Well actually “Premium Snapchat” wasn’t a single for the album, it was more of an extra release to keep listeners entertained while they waited for the album to drop. The song itself was meant to be more of a funny experience. It’s somewhat about my personal experience, long story short I was talking to a model and I ended up finding out she was averaging 20k a month in income which just marked me, so I made a song about it. A lot of these women get criticized often but I think everyone is entitled to do what they want and live their lives the way they want to.
How has your music evolved during the past few years?
It just got better over the years. It’s like anything else you do in life, repetition channels growth and growth is just essential when making music or anything else you choose to do in life.
What does inspire you as an artist?
A lot of things inspire me, it just depends on the day. Generally my music is based on my experiences, things I do, things I see, things I feel. But I also like to write songs from different peoples perspectives. Sometimes I’ll write a song about something someone close to me is experiencing.
Music or lyrics? What does dome first when you record?
Definitely music. Don’t get me wrong I take my time when I’m writing my songs because I think it’s important to have strong lyrical content and say things the right way. But it’s like that saying “a picture is like 1000 words”, music is a sonic picture. It’s a universal language so I think it’s more impactful than words could be.
Who do you look at as an artist role model?
I would have to say Drake. He’s accomplished so much and put Toronto on. I want to do something similar for Montreal. There’s so much talent here but I feel like we are overlooked. So I want to kick down those doors.
Anything you would like to add?
I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s listening to the new album and supporting the movement. I know the world is in a crazy place right now so I hope everyone stays safe and healthy until we overcome this obstacle.