Versatile Excell... Bridging genres
Interview: Versatile Excell
Published on July 24th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Brooklyn singer/rapper Versatile Excell recently dropped his latest mixtape DiVERSity2: Growth, so Rocksucker fired him over some questions to find out a little bit more about how he operates…
How long have you been writing, performing and recording music for?
I’ve been writing since I was a young pre-teen, beginning with poetry and scripts and just drifted off to doing music. I’ve been recording and performing since 2008.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
Simply iPod shuffle music: a blend of reggae, hip-hop and R&B.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
I’m based in Brooklyn NY
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
Nope currently unsigned, trying the real independent route.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
No album, just mixtapes. I recently came out with DiVERSity2: Growth. Speaking on payola in the industry, struggles, love, home pride of my borough and state, corruption of authority and of course you have your fun tracks. But not necessarily for the weak-minded who wants to hear something they’re used to listening to.
Where can we hear your music online?
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
Opening up for Foxy Brown, Sizzla an Serani, as well as doing a show in Baltimore during Homecoming.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
I have a performance coming up at Venus nightclub and currently working on a few. Just getting some guests to make it a special night..
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Many of them: Princess Menen, Jace Excell, OhNo, Xyclone, Just Flow, Doc, Yung Joka, Jon Dready Kruger, Young Aura, MacMittens, B-EZ, Damier, Hymm and Dizzle.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Notorious BIG, Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill.
Versatile Excell, thank you.