An interview with Thurz?
Q: What was it like to grow up in LA? Can you tell me about where you grew up?
A: LA is a fast city, so growing up here you have to learn to pace yourself and constantly learn new things to not pigeon hole yourself in this marathon of life. Learning and applying knowledge and networking can take you to desired destinations and beyond. I grew up in Inglewood on Queen St. Most urban neighborhoods are the same with gangs and some violence. I played every sport at Darby and Rogers, and tried to learn all the lyrics to my favorite songs as a kid. Music and sports guided me through my years of adolescence and help me keep pace as I realized what I wanted and who I wanted to be.
Q: How long have you worked in the music industry?
I guess the past 6 years would be the only period of time that I “worked” in the music industry. In 2013 I did work with Red Bull in the Culture Marketing Department helping to produce and curate music events and shows for the now defunct Sound Select Program. The past year and a half was the first time I worked as a writer on a project with my first placement on Anderson .Paak’s “Oxnard” album with Dr. Dre
Q: Who are a few of your favorite artist? are there any old school songs that you still bump every week? Did your family/friends ever introduce you to new music(a new genre) that you enjoyed?
A: A few of my favorite artists are Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Beres Hammond and Michael Jackson. I play Marley’s “Kaya” on a monthly basis and “These 3 Words” by Stevie every week. My uncle and older brother introduced me to Hip Hop. My Uncle would play De La Soul, Cypress Hill and “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre. My brother introduced me to Wu-Tang and A Tribe Called Quest.
Q: When you make music what audience do you want to reach? who do you wish to inspire?
A: When I make music I’m trying to put a spirit on a record that strikes a feeling every time someone hears it. The desired audience is the world, because I want EVERYBODY and they Mama to hear it, lol.
Q: What do you think influences you the most to create music and art?
A: Hearing a dope beat and melody idea to go over it is what usually sparks my song concepts. I pull from my reality and tell stories that relate to the human experience. After the music, I create art to help enhance the experience I want the listener to never forget.
Q: Is there something about yourself, or a situation you experienced that you think helped you speak through music, that you would like to share?
A: I think being an underdog, as someone who loves to create and hasn’t received the right recognition, helped to push me to sharpen my craft and be an overall better artist. I am able to present ideas well and make them sound even better due to my journey in music and working with some of the greats.
Q: If you could work with any artist who would it be?
A: I just want to work with friends that have the same passion in creating. No chasing, just receiving