Interview With Rap Artist ‘XanDan’

Tell us a little about yourself?

I was Born & Raised in East Baltimore in 1990 and also had a love and passion for music and entertainment and always knew one day I would have some parts in either of those fields whether in or behind the scenes. I come from a small neighbourhood Marble Hall In northeast Baltimore where I spent most of my years and going thru a lot of ups and downs that’s skit people go thru when coming up as I did separate homes, poverty, police brutality and more.

How did you come up with your artist name? 

When I was younger I use to take a lot of Xanax/Benzo/Oxy and my Close friend/Brother Gizzo Said my rap name should be “XanDan” because it fit me plus everybody in the hood Already Called Ne DanDan.

How long have you been in the music industry? 

I have been doing music for a little over 10 years but started taking it seriously and learning the business side like 4 years ago.

How did you get started in the music business in the first place? 

I was a big fan of music and when I was like 14 I use to play around and freestyle in the car with my woes while we would smoke.

How would you describe your latest single? 

My latest single is “Something To Do” it’s basically a song emphasizing that this girl who is not wifey material was just something to fool around with or just having a day party it’s just something to do

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

“Something To Do” visual is currently on YouTube here. But I got more visuals on the way off my latest Tape I plan on Dropping Jan 24th Called “GeekD Up” Produced by Parellie Got That Work.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

My inspiration in the music industry are DMX, Lil Wayne, Tupac, Da Baby, many more n even Young Dolph.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

Me personally I go Off how I’m feeling at the moment and however the beat makes me feel that I’m writing to, Then once I get my spark of line n or topic it’s Adobe deal from there.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one? 

“GeekD Up” The Mixtape is more like me given a little bit of my life as well as me given my perspective on certain topics or situations….all in all this project is a piece of me I have given to the world.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

I do plan on making moves from city to city soon to promote and push my music I’m just executing one thing at a time before I make that move.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

Ima an independent artist and tbh I haven’t received a huge check YET but the most I got for the feature was $500 and at the time I put that to Bills.

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

I mostly only need my phone a charger and some Getty Green and only like minded people in the studio other than that I’m good.

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Invest in yourself and believe in yourself and your craft as well as do your research.

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

I actually got a feature tape that I polishing up now with a few artists from my city…. But I’m big on vibes n good energy so right now hard to say but who knows.

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

Haven’t worked with any big names But most of the artists I worked with bare very talented and got dope vibes.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

I would love to work with Duece Duke and or Dababy RichDunk Stunna4vegas WillTheRapper & QuinNfn.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

To be completely honest I think it’s everything about it from what some people tell me.

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

I would say just get a little bet with stage presence I honestly got everything else down but I work on stage presence for some time now and I think it gets better each time the crowd has never been disappointed with performances but practice makes perfect.

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

Now if you’re talking about the industry then it’s hard to say Got a few songs off Lil Wayne Dedication Alone & Tupac Brenda’s Gotta Baby, N more but if your talking bout my songs have a lot but I would Say Lottery Right Now Off Latest Mixtape.

What was the last album you listened to?

The last Ep I listened to was “Back In My Baby Jesus Shit”.

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Tupac, Dmx and Lil Wayne.

Whose your favourite five artists right now? 

Da Baby, Est Gee, MoneyBagg Yo, Lil Wayne Morray.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

I would say Soulja Boy & Drake because everything they do everybody copy’s or they trend weather it’s fashion or a dance a song they influence you that and more.

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with? 

Bossmanthegod and Lil Crow.

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

I feel like it’s a lot to handle as an independent artist but also if you don’t learn the business then the business will screw you in my opinion due to a lot of bad deals a lot of big artists got.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

Any award show I perform at would be a pleasure.

What is your main goal as far as music?

My main goal honest is to fully understand the music business in and out as well as generate some revenue from it along the way plus I got a story to tell.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

I would say it relates to people from the mid-teens and up due to content that I put out due to my story and lifestyle I once lived are what I rap about from time to time But I do have universal songs as well as in clean music

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you  different?)

I think my sound and the way I deliver things plus ima conscious rapper I rap bout what I’m going thru and what I’ve been thru as well as paint a picture for you thru music.

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

The crazy thing is I don’t relax much but when I do I play with my daughter and or make family time and sometimes I create graphics for a clothing line I have Called “Goals And Success” Ent And May Edit Some Videos Just Live to stay busy and creative.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Zaytoven and 808 Mafia.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

Tbh learning the business is the biggest highlight but also me going down to Atl doing Consultation with Authentic Empire And seeing what they were about also performing at the indie fest down Atl & Gucci Mane Performed To.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

I guess all the greats would like the perform at Madison Square Garden Anything would be a blessing to me.

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

Tbh and said to say I haven’t read a good book in a while I do a lot of reading and researching but just haven’t thought to read a good book.

What’s your favourite sports team and why?

I’m not really a big sports fan and I don’t follow what’s going on with it much either.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Denzel Washington Definitely My Top and then Martin Lawrence, Will Smith and Wood Harris Favorite Movie is “Paid In Full” and “Shottas”.

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

Woody the great, Micheal B. Jordan and Adam Sandler.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I got a lot more new designs coming soon for my clothing line here. I Also Got More Skits Coming Soon To on my Skit Page & TikTok …

Where can the fans check out for your music?

They Can Find My Music On All Platforms and here.

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