P2BL Presents Mori Foster!
(Interview conducted by HollyHood)
HH: Tell us where you're from and why you chose to use Mori Foster as your artist name.
Mori: Im originally from san diego, ca. My father named my brother and I after his two favorite uncle's, Harry and Mori. My legal name is Max, but when it came time to pick a stage name I wanted something close to home and real to me. So i chose to name myself after my farther's favorite uncle Morris. Foster is my legal last name.
HH: Describe "Mori Foster" music.
Mori: When it comes to making music, honestly i just speak my mind. Whatever it is im going through at that time in my life and the world around me, I speak on it.
HH: I know from personal experience that there are TONS of rap & hip-hop artists in LA. What do you have in common with them musically and what makes you different?
Mori: I can relate to these artists. Im one of them. Im trying to get my music out there and hustling to make it in this industry. But as much as I can relate, I think i stand out even more. Nobody sounds like me. I truly have a voice of my own and I think anybody who listens to my music can relate to the things Im going through. I speak about life and emotion. Everybody has emotions. Everybody goings through life. You feel me?
HH: Not too long ago, you released a mixtape called "A Boy Named Max." Which track is your favorite and why?
Mori: The first song which is the title track A Boy Named Max. I put it first cuz I wanted people to hear that side of me first. I love the track because its the first song that I felt I was able to truly speak about some of the harsher things i went through as a child and teenager.
HH: You always seems to be working on something related to music. What is it about music that you love so much?
Mori: Music is the only way I know how to express myself. Im an emotional guy. Music is universal in the way that it allows me to say whatever I want, whenever I want. It allows me to be heard and seen in a way that no other art form can offer me. Music is like air to me. I need it to live.
HH: What other kinds of music are you into and who are your favorite artists (indie & industry)?
Mori: I listen to way too much music. Im always on blog sites looking for new stuff and always shuffling through my old albums. I honestly couldn't give you a list cuz they're way too many to name, but my favorite artist of all time is Ray Charles.
HH: Are you working on any upcoming projects? What can we expect from you in the next 6 months or so?
Mori: I am. I've been in the studio for the last 4 months working on my new project The High Rise. It's gonna be a 20-song full length album that i put out for free this spring. The album is entirely produced by my new producer Chris Hall.
HH: It seems like everybody and their mom wants to "rap" today. What advice would you give to kids who say they wanna be a "rapper" when they grow up?
Mori: Be yourself and create your own sound. I think there are way too many rappers trying to be something they aren't and not enough artists taking the necessary steps to make original music. I think it be awesome if kids would create new beats and rap on them instead of rapping on beats we've already heard a million times.
HH: You wrote your first full song at age 6. Tell us about it!
Mori: (Laughs) I really don't remember. I think it was about my family. (How cute! *HH voice*)
HH: In your own opinion, what does it mean to be "Proud to Be Local?"
Mori: Loving where you're from.
HH: Go ahead & give ya shout outs!
Shoutout to my manger Dusty Angel, my home girl Amber and thank you to Proud To Be Local for the interview!