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Hip Hop Artist 5ve talks New Music, Experiences, & 'Universal Language' in an Exclusive Interview w/ Mistah Wilson

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"The day I got out of a 3 year relationship summer 2017, my Great high school friend, extended musical family and associate for decades invited me to join this movement/Local label he and another best friend manifested, where music is universal, and no one but talented Individuals will be making the music for the world, and doing it for all the right reasons"

Mistah Wilson: Yo, 5ve! It's a tremendous honor to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with thawilsonblock magazine! What's tha latest & greatest, fam?
5Ve: Man life is great. I'm in a good spot in my life, and really enjoying my creative freedom and the momentum me and the rest of Universal Language Entertainment are building. With an amazing support system and a positive perspective on things, 2019 is bound to be an incredible year of music video and album releases, shows, touring, and a ton of other fun things for us..and the recent release of my album, 5Ve & GaDJet - Facetious...There's that (wink)

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself?
5Ve: Detroit born, moved to Atlanta for 9 years as a kid, lived in the GA country for a few years before moving out to Boulder Colorado in 1996, where I picked up making original hip hop soon thereafter. I graduated high school in Boulder, went to Full Sail University in Orlando Florida to achieve my associates degree in recording engineering.. i Moved back to Colorado in 2004 to start performing shows with my Colorado formed first group, Audible Audities. Basically I've been a local ever since, making records, doing shows and building a position and role in the local music scene.

Mistah Wilson: Music first! You recently dropped "Facetious" and I must say, you've released an incredible piece of work! Aside from how good it sounds musically, I truly appreciate the UL presence on the album. A 2-part question, what inspired the album title and how was the recording experience?
5Ve: Much love I really appreciate that! It was a year and a half in the making so that great! I was able to get all of us UL members on it, minus our wonderfully talented producer, Geoff Grey (next round homie I promise), who happens to have a pivotal role in a lot of the production for our upcoming collaborative label album dropping this summer! As far as the album title is concerned, I just wanted to use one of my favorite words initially, which ended up perfectly describing a big part of my lasting, permanent character anyway. I think I'm hilarious, hence Facetious. (thanks dad haha).

Mistah Wilson: If you could recommend just one song off the album, which one would that be?
5Ve: Push featuring the lovely Jade Elise

Mistah Wilson: Tell us about Radioland and some artists that you've collaborated with on that project...
5Ve: This project is what I describe as my attempt at a throwback soul and R&B album. During this process I put down listening to any hip hop for about 6 months in order to study and apply from older, more pure music from the likes of Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and and alot of the sounds of old soul and R&B. I pulled inspiration from everything I heard, started writing and producing outside of my comfort zone of hip hop in the style of a totally
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different genre I was used to. After that the songs started writing themselves and I had a singing record before I knew it. It has helped both my singing and my hip hop and vice versa in an incredible way, and it also opened up new doors to a fan base with a much wider age age range than hip hop. I've been wanting to start building my solo catalog for a long long time before that, coming up from hip hop groups..but I also wanted my long time high school friend and musical associate, whom I call my soul sister and taught me to be an actual singer, involved in this project one way or another. I wanted the hardest working female vocalist I've ever known or been personally involved with. Naturally, I chose the amazing and beautifully seasoned Jesicca Jones. So I had her kind of act as a backup singer, laced within but not forefront, and respectively in the background throughout the record. Although, we do have the pleasure of hearing her take the reins a few times through out the album though on her own solo parts. This was also my 1st time writing from a female perspective for female vocalists on my album.. Turns out I'm pretty good at it, and boy it was fun.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to join the Universal Language family and how has it made a difference in your life/career thus far?
5Ve: The day I got out of a 3 year relationship summer 2017, my Great high school friend, extended musical family and associate for decades invited me to join this movement/Local label he and another best friend manifested, where music is universal, and no one but talented Individuals will be making the music for the world, and doing it for all the right reasons... A force to harness my talents I have wanted deeply and passionately for so long along my very self taught journey... So that was quite the roller coaster but happened for a special reason. A sense of purpose and motivation to my already deep hunger for music and what it does for me, my soul and sanity. The UL movement and everything it represents has improved not only my music, my music career, and sense of purpose, but also my confidence and very being.. The person I have become and was born to be. I have never gained so much momentum or buzz, nor received so much love, respect, recognition, or anything I have worked for in my whole time doing this since universal language took me in. Yet I respect the fact that it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. The whole time. Grateful for it all and count my blessings everyday. I love the life i/we have manifested. UL is the most supportive, communicative, competent, consistent and talented group of individuals I've ever worked and existed with, and I couldn't ask for a better team.. UL has taught me so so much, and we're just getting started really ;)

Mistah Wilson: From your perspective, what's the local music scene like in Denver, Colorado compared to other cities you've been to?
5Ve: In my opinion, I absolutely love the diversity of the music scene that has presented itself in the last decade in a big way. There's a lot of love and support in this city if you have really paid your dues and worked hard for it, and I see that in other fellow extended musical family and associates doing their thing in the music scene as fellow seasoned veterans to affirm that. So proud of so many of
them. We've also got a wonderful array and abundance of venues that are available to artists of all kinds to perform, all over the state actually, not just Denver! Of course, in the end, there's always things that could be better or improved upon, no matter where you live. And so is life haha

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Mistah Wilson: How do you see the music business evolving over the next 10 years?
5Ve: With the way it's going and how being able to be heard is more universally accessible then ever, that will continue to increase and improve as technology does the same. However, People's tastes and appeal constantly evolves with that as well. So I guess to answer the question, it will be interesting either way, and very exciting, and I just want to adapt to the music biz as it unfolds and evolves, as it inevitably will. I believe it's going in a good direction on a whole, and will get back to a place where it once was not too long ago, focusing on real talent and originality, rather than the sheep mentality it has strayed toward time and time again. Back to the music business, not the business of music.

Mistah Wilson: Where do you draw inspiration from when writing new songs?
5Ve: Truth, humor, people I give a fuck about, which is more of you than you may think, the varying perspectives that exist on this planet, nature, everyday things, anything that's relative to a universal way of thinking and occurrence. The small things..Open mindedness

Mistah Wilson: One of many things I like about your music is that you have a healthy balance of singing and rapping. What's your creative process like when scouting new beats and finding the right concepts for it?
5Ve: Thanks I've always sang in my hip hop since the earliest days even..more and more over time! No scouting :) I've made all my original beats for the past 21 years at home give or take a few friends/associates contributing to projects..100% creative control since day 1.. And when I do make a beat, I will listen to it and come up with the concept based off of what the production invokes in me.. And then write a singing hook or chorus perhaps, then write the verses. The beat is the canvas which you need to paint the picture (write to)... however I have done it the opposite way in the past more in my earlier years of writing and making beats.

Mistah Wilson: I can hear different tastes in your songs. Hip Hop aside, what other genres are you exposed to that influence your rap lyrics?
5Ve: old soul and R&B (of course ;)), rock and roll, punk, gospel..shit anything really.. There is Something to pull from every genre in my opinion and experience, and I often compare my palate to music I like with my food and drink..very open. Not too picky.

Mistah Wilson: What are some experiences you had that have helped you create some of your best music?
5Ve: Walking/bussing to work everyday for the past 2+ years (no car), Going to music festivals or good shows, not only to learn as a fan but to vicariously study how artist and fan works together to apply creatively later to my own music.. Death, love, breakups, hunger, financial struggles. Things
like that

Mistah Wilson: Who are some of your top musical influences?
5Ve: No particular order with these kind of questions...Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, 311, Run The Jewels, Beastie Boys, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, No FX, Sublime, The Who, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton...all my local extended music fam for YEARS (too many to start naming), again my palate is super open to music, just like food and drink and for the most part people haha

Mistah Wilson: Streaming vs. Downloads. What's your take?
5Ve: Streaming for those who feel they want a good listen with the given technology at any given time, with all due respect..downloads for those who want to really show interest and support, like a new album drop or music video :)

Mistah Wilson: What are some venues you've performed at and would like to perform at some time in the near future?
5Ve: Over the last 15 years, pretty everywhere in CO, from Cervantes, the Fox Theater and Boulder Theater in Boulder, The Aggie, Herman's Hideaway to Ophelias Electric Soapbox(my former workplace/backyard) minus the Fillmore or Red Rocks(although extended musical fam has already tapped into those markets..ME NEXT haha)..so yea. RED ROCKS, TGE FILLMORE, PEPSI CENTER are a few I'd like to entertain next

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish thru your music?
5Ve: People often ask me once they find out what I do, "Where do you want to take this music?" One of my answers to that? I want to travel the world with a sense of purpose to inspire and entertain. Now THAT alone is one of my next goals...and inching closer..YES to momentum and forward thinking!

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists & musicians looking to pursue a career in music?
5Ve: Do you research, stay positive, respect karma and also the art you make and hard work put into it, Lead by example, and eventually utilize all of this as a source of effortless inspiration and acting as a torch of love to the world.

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the community for you and why?
5Ve: Very. Simply based off the idea and truth of what you give is what you get back..energy wise specifically, but even perspectively. The whole relationship is reciprocal between the community and
I, whether on or off stage. And that to me? An extremely beautiful thing

Mistah Wilson: Where can people find your music online?
5Ve: On all major online distributors and digital platforms including streaming, including iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, Tidal, etc. But just go to 5vemusic.com for all that and more, everything me!

Mistah Wilson: Yo, 5ve! It's been awesome having you here with us for this exclusive interview with thawilsonblock magazine! Much love to our UL family, you guys to me are like cousins of mine that grew up apart from each other. If you have any shout outs, let's hear it!
5Ve: My loving and support families, both blood and Universal Language Entertainment (all of you), including an extra praise to UL DJ and music artist/brother/friend GaDJet, who recently dubbed me godfather of his children at 1 of our recent shows, Jessica Jones, Heather Swaney, all the lovely queens of Sassfactory, Whiskey Blanket, Kallista Alli always for getting us our 1st show in 2005(sold out at the Fox), you the fans...so many more, and they should know who they are...

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