Interview With Hip Hop & Rap Artist ‘Corey Higgs’

Tell us a little about yourself?

I was born on October 21 1998 and grew up in Wales, Cwmbran. I became interested in music after listening to artists like Tupac, Logic, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole. My first introduction to hip-hop was N.W.A, Later inspired by Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion. At the age of 12 I took inspiration from my favourite artists to create my own rhymes. A few years later I started recording my own music from my home studio, self taught.

How did you come up with your artist name? 

I used my name. I am my own brand. I want people to know me for me, plus any other way I venture out I want to be known or associated with me not a fake name being a fake person. Keep it real always.

How long have you been in the music industry? 

I was learning for three years and put it into practice for a year now.

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

I was sitting down one day after a few traumatic events happened. Losing someone to suicide, Trying to take my own, The girl I loved left cause she didn’t believe, things kept going wrong in my life. I wanted to share my experiences and help as many people as possible. I thought how can I do that? I loved Hip-Hop, and I always listened through school (was not the popular kid) it helped me through. I thought if it helped me maybe I can help others. I released some singles I class as practice tunes that go by the names of “MeForMe” “ThisIsMyLife” and 3 more. That practice helped me in the music to come. I then took the next months very serious, learning to make “NUMB” an album of 12 tracks that talks about my struggles, suicide, drugs, etc.. Intended to help the listener while keeping the sound fresh. I want people to know I didn’t come from anything, no money, nothing. I choose to do this to show people that you can come from nothing and make yourself something.

How would you describe your latest single? 

My last single is a prediction called “COCKY” It’s the last song before I found my true sound on the album. I am from the UK so there is music called “grime.” I liked the sound and flow so I did a YouTube exclusive experimental track. I want to be versatile. I get that from Drake, he sounds different every track. I like that.

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

I would love to do visuals, money is tight so everything I do is on a budget. Imagine if I had help. We’d be on top already. To answer that I will do a video of that song when I find a team that wants to shoot it with me. A good team. Sign me already.. πŸ˜‰

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

I am Inspired by a lot of different people from different genres. I was inspired to rap by Logic, Drake, Jay-Z, Tupac, J.cole, N.W.A, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & Joyner Lucas. They were my lyricists. I was inspired emotionally by Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion. Even people like Bob Marley for the realism. I take the best points from all these artists. From the “grime” scene even people like AJ Tracey, Aitch and Big Zuu.

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

I wait until I feel the mood for a certain song type. For example, If I’m angry I will write to an angry beat then stop when my mood changes. If I start feeling sad I switch beats and write between songs and moods. I might just do it all in one sitting depending on the mood. Let me plug my new album “NUMB” I completely closed myself off to get as low as possible and then began to write. I keep it real.

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

The concept of my upcoming body of work is “NUMB” an album that talks about my experience with suicide, drugs, feeling alone, women, heartbreak and emotion. I feel men struggle and don’t open up about any emotions. Men take their own lives due to this so I want to bring light to it.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

I would love to tour and meet fans. I believe my shows would be incredible. I would love to have the right team around me to do it.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

I re-invest. I don’t buy material. Boring answer I know but if you want to succeed that’s what needs to be done. I have major goals, It takes major money. “It takes money to make money right.”

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

Nobody. Me and my producer that is it. If i’m recording to send material through email I want it just me and the mic. Zero distractions.

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

“Network is your networth.” I got told that and it stuck with me.

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

Of course, yes.

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

I’ve done a story collab for promo with @MooshMoney and @OnlyFuturistic, now inchat of doing a collab with Moosh. I’m also talking to LawTwinz. Iv’e done collabs with little artists that now don’t talk to me. I’m very precise and when I don’t get the same energy that I give/put into music I don’t stay interested. I want to work with people with the same passion.

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

I want to collab with the likes of drake, eminem, Jack Harlow, logic, Joyner, J.cole, and Kendrick. who knows? My dreams are big and I believe I can do it. The more the merrier.

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

Lyrics and beat. Both go together and are important. A true artist knows this. The beat helps amplify the lyric. For me both.

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

Marketing. I spend so much time working on music, writing etc.. I would love a team to be around me to push it out.

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

Juice WRLD – Moonlight. That’s a vibe, going for a drive listening to that song. Vibes.

What was the last album you listened to?

Kendrick Lamar’s newest release Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

I don’t like the term “favourite”. There are so many talented people I love for different reasons. I would have to say the person I admire the most is “Tupac.”

Whose your favourite five artists right now? 

Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, Joyner Lucas, Jack Harlow and Drake.

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

Tupac. His beliefs are still valid today. The music Industry back then was allowed to be brutally honest without anyone taking offence. His views from back the hold up now.

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

Honestly.. It sucks. All the real rap music has died. It’s all about women and money. That’s my USP now. Bring back real while keeping the sound pristine.

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

All of them.

What is your main goal as far as music?

To influence as many youth and as many people as possible to understand that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. That you learn and grow from it, to help as many people that have struggled with what I have to get through it, to let people know they are not alone.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

I’ve taken my sound from a few but I can’t pin it to just one. I would say Juice WRLD, XXXTENTACION as that’s who inspires my most recent project.

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

I keep it real, my emotions are real, I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not. I talk about real issues. Most today don’t. I aim to be at the top.

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

Long drives listening to music. I always am doing music it keeps me alive. It’s my vice.

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

Dr Dre.

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

I’ve had many. From working with LawTwinz to Futuristic, even getting featured on this blog. My highlights are listening to my own work that I put into this and being proud of it. The people I have met along the way are always the highlight.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Wembley or AT&T.

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

Ant middleton – The fear bubble

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Will Smith – Hancock. I’d rather play video games than watch a movie though.

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

Eminem. Purely because of what he’s been though, the attempt of suicide, the place he’s from and made it out, It’s inspirational.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I will release albums, singles, merch, tours, popups, books, movies, music videos, YouTube videos (tour vlogs+bts). I will do it all. I want to be the voice of a generation and an influence for many.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple, All platforms you can think of. More content will come to youtube though as videos, bts, tour vlogs, etc.

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