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What made you want to be a performer?
iiThink iiVe always been a performer at heart. iiStarted off in the marching band in high school, and that was a performance in itself getting on the field every friday and entertaining the people. Growing up in the south, where the marching band culture is prevalent, added to my desire to excel in music. iiThink the specific moment when iiKnew iiWanted to perform music as a solo artist is when iiFirst discovered my singing voice. It was like a miracle because iiD found something so beautiful that iiNever knew was there. It felt so right. It felt like, “Oh yea, this is what iiM supposed to be doing.” And it’s what iiVe been doing ever since.
Is there anything in particular that pushes you?
Love is the greatest motivation. And iiDiscover that more everyday. For me personally, if iiDon’t have love, iiCan’t remember why iiAm doing anything. A lot of people say hate is their motivator, but haters don’t make me feel sexy, smart, or otherwise worthy. Love is the only force that can do that. So, when iiThink about love, iiM reminded of my purpose on this earth; iiM reminded of why iiWake up in the morning. iiM reminded of my heart and music (life) comes that comes from the heart is the only kind of music (life) that matters to me…
Where are you from?
iiWas originally born in Alta Dena California, then we moved to LA. When iiWas 6, my family moved to Decatur, GA, and here’s where iiGrew up. Decatur where it’s greater.
What influences you the most when it comes to your sound?
Back to Love…iiFeel like that’s the ultimate high. When iiCan see better, iiCan hear better and think better. iiM more sensitive to what’s going on around me, and iiCan sense a change in vibration more, so iiM able to create a sound that is reflective of my environment. Beyond that, iiThink my family’s background and traveling give a great deal to my sound. iiThink my community has a strong focus on knowing the self, and traveling to other countries has been a great way for me to see myself in several different lights. Really seeing what the world has to offer. iiThink the icing on the cake when it comes to creativity is a little sadness…a little wanting for things to get better, and the soul telling me they can only get better if iiCreate something that makes it better for others as well.
What do you think will set you apart from everybody else out here?
Describe your sound
iiVe started telling people that my music sounds as if Lil’ Wayne & Lauryn Hill’s baby had a baby with Jill Scott & Kanye West’s baby…all grown up….iiThink iiRemind myself of their influence because these are contemporary artists that never limit themselves in their creativity..The official name for this sound as iiPerform it is called, “Acoustic Gangsterism”. The Acoustic part refers to the idea that iiStarted my performance career with a guitar, as a singer/songwriter, and being very genuine in that idea, my sound developed into something a little more like the Gangsterism part when iiStarted producing and singing over tracks, even rapping a little. The beauty of doing things my way, is that iiGet to express myself in every way iiCan imagine and not feel limited by a box iiVe put myself in.
Where can people go to listen to your music?
People can visit my official website @ http://www.nefertitiandtheneftunes.com (be sure to sign up for the email list for monthly updates)
They can also visit my music store @ http://www.neftunes.bandcamp.com
For my facebookers @ http://www.tinyurl.com/nefTUNES
And my myspacers @ http://www.myspace.com/nefTUNE
They might also want to check out the nefTUNES Blog @ http://www.neftunes.blogspot.com . It’s a really neat entertainment source in the world of nefTUNES.
Who do you look up to the most when it comes to the music game?
iiLook up to the Creator foremost cuz iiVe gotten into a lot of trouble looking up to people. iiDefinitely respect OutKast for maintaining their integrity in what seems to be a sheisty a** game. iiLove Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone for the same reasons iiLove Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Kanye, and Lil’ Wayne…never held up by someone’s idea of a genre or what kind of music black people should be making. And iiVe got a new found appreciation for Prince & Ani DiFranco for doing things their own way.
Who do you hope to work with in the future?
Really wanna work with OutKast, KIN4Life, George Clinton and all them over @ Parliment Funkadelic. iiD Love to make music with John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Marshia Ambrosius, Maroon 5, MC Skim, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Dr. Dre, Eve…and the list goes on…
iiWant to first give thanks to The Creator for allowing this opportunity.
Love & Honor to my mother & father for being so supportive of my creativity.
Shoutout to Phoenix for making this happen.
Shoutout to the homey Nicole for putting this together.
And big One Love to anyone who’s seen me perform, given compliments on the music, bought my music, or said, “good job” cuz that keeps me encouraged in an incorrigible world. In case you were wondering, You ARE the nefTUNES, so Nefertiti and the nefTUNES is nothing without you. Thank you.