Today on Guitaa Artists Center stage, we have an amazing rapper with us, “Iluminative“. Iluminative is a rapper, singer, songwriter, music producer from Byron Bay, Australia.
After releasing of an independent album ‘The Awakening’ EP, Iluminative got featured on mainstream radio stations, along with internet-based radio stations from all over the world. Let’s get to know the musical journey of this amazing rapper and when his upcoming album will be released.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Hello readers, my artist name is Iluminative (iLUMiNATiVE) it represents the infinite (i), lumi (light) and native (native people). My genre of music is a mixture of Hip-Hop/Rap and Rock. I sing and rap over beats/instrumentals. I rap verses, hooks, bridges and back up vocals. I sing hooks, back up vocals and bridges.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
In rap, my early influences were Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Eminem. Eminem continues to keep me interested in writing and rap music. I was and am just a fan of great music, great music artists and great rappers or singers.
Life inspires me to write, also create songs to share stories and perspectives that may resonate and connect with people. Great producers that make great instrumentals and beats inspire me to record over music that I love.
Spiritual experiences have also inspired me to write lyrics that I use for songs. I went through a conscious awakening in 2012 and produced a music album called ‘The Awakening’ then this year I produced an album called ‘Kundalini Rising’ Both projects are connected to the personal shift I have been going through for 7 years.
My new album with 9 tracks is available on all digital distribution sites from the 9th of September 2019. It can be pre-ordered on selected sites.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
In 2013 I performed at the biggest hotel in my home town and there were a lot of people. I got to perform my project called ‘The Awakening’ right when I was going through this conscious shift I spoke of earlier. I had to walk through a crowd of people to get to the stage, by accident I knocked over a wine glass breaking it on my way, which is a good omen. The show set went well and I had good feedback.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
Yeah breaking that wine glass I mentioned earlier is one.
Another was at a festival and the feedback from the mic was so bad I stormed off stage during my song, they fixed it a bit which still effected me but I was so pissed off it made me fire through my set anyway.
Another show I did I had not been on stage for 3 years and I was a bit rusty, I forgot a couple of my lyrics but people didn’t notice.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
Dead or alive?: I would collaborate with rapper 2pac and do a remix of the song ‘Changes’ and ‘Ghetto Gospel’.
Alive: It would be nice to collaborate with Eminem but he seems to destroy most people on features, I would probably just do the bridges and hook lol. To name a few others: Yelawolf, Logic, Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
When I first stuck my neck out for some respect I got it chopped off publicly in mainstream circles. I was like a green banana not ripe trying to put myself out there and it was premature. I was not mature, I had not really mastered who I was or my craft, I was not awake. My past music was a reflection of my lack of awareness and unconsciousness. It took going through ridicule to destroy my ego, a mini-career death to be reborn.
I went through a spiritual awakening which gave birth to my last two projects, that I am proud of. Even if my music doesn’t make dollars it makes sense. Some spiritual masters of the world teach that mans greatest achievement is awakening and realizations. “Our greatest awakening comes, when you are aware of your infinite nature.” Lifting the veil and viewing the world for what it really is…a mirror, a persistent illusion; therefore changeable.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I sing along with songs that I love and that improves my singing. Its good to sing along with a song and find your own voice, your own pitch too. Be able to sing other peoples songs helps a lot, it is like coaching. The same goes for rapping.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
I use a zoom voice recorder hooked up to a music program on my laptop, to be able to live stream the music and vocals, instant feedback to my headphones.
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
I would like to say thanks for the interview and opportunity, it has been a pleasure. I am happy to be on the Guitaa site and thanks to anyone taking the time to read this.
My new album ‘Kundalini Rising’ is available online digitally: 09/09/2019. I will also be distributing CDs for those that still have older cars with no Bluetooth system lol that’s why I still buy CDs.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
Literally follow your positive dreams/visions, a lot of premonitions happen when we are out of our body, out of linear time when we are dreaming, some future events/experiences are downloaded via the subconscious mind.
So, this was Iluminative. Want to know how you can follow his songs online? Then, check out the link below: