The Artists

Skinny Joey Murtle

November 18th, 2013

Hip Hop Oakland, CA, USA •

“I’m a musician and entrepreneur determined to motivate younger people to follow their dream.”



Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: I made the song “Fuck This Rap Shit” because in the Bay Area it’s a pond full of musicians. There are some good ones and some not-so-good ones; and somehow the not-so-good ones get more exposure and spins in the club. As for the great musicians, it’s really hard for them… They work twice as hard and make great business moves, but it still remains a challenge for them to get their records played in the club and on the radio. I consider myself a great musician. I’m constantly working hard, but it doesn’t get recognized by the people who can take my music to the next level. So I decided to make the song “Fuck This Rap Shit,” and I’ve decided to do this independently – meaning, no radio or club spins.

Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: I want listeners to understand that even though the club Djs and radio Djs may act like they don’t see you working twice as hard as everyone else, don’t give up. There are other avenues and different resources of people outside of your area who appreciate your art. Don’t give up. Stay true to your music. I’m watching myself do this.

Q: How can people support you further?
A: Visit my website. You can also check out my bicycle line here. There’s merchandise on the site you can check out. I also have a Twitter and you can find me on Instagram at @skinnyjoeymurtle. You can download my latest mixtape, “A Million to One Shot,” from Soundcloud and my single, “Be your friend,” is available on iTunes and Vevo.

Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: I express myself through my work. There are a bunch of visions. They are different every time I produce a track, pick up a camera, and write a song. It’s a different feel every time I go to work. Music is like painting almost; both crafts require you to express your inner thoughts – especially producing. You can hear the different tones in the instrumental, which explore through how I feel. So if I’m angry, I may use a brass in a low octave. Certain instruments help bring out a certain feeling within.

Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: I try my hardest not to fall under any category. I have my own style that can’t be compared to other artists which I’ve perfected over the years. My style changes up so much, but I do that on purpose so it can’t be mimicked. I try not to leave a trail other artists can follow. If I were to describe my music In 3-5 words I would have to say “an unspoken side of me.”

Featured image (above) photographed by Seyoum for Unraveled during the Unraveled Music Festival at Machine Inspired Art in Downtown Los Angeles on 2/13/14.

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