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Life & Work with Favage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Favage.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
You’re welcome! So, when I first started to enjoy rap music, my parents would turn on our local rap radio station here in Nashville whenever we were driving around town. I was 9 or 10 years old at the time. And when I started writing lyrics, I was on the second week of 8th grade in august.

One day in class, my teacher assigned me and my classmates to do a little rap, so I gave myself a little confidence, wrote some lyrics, and showed it to everyone. They were really impressed by it. From then on, I would write vulgar lyrics too young for my age (wasn’t happy about that looking back) and I had a lot of fun writing them. I was introduced to music production in October of 2018.

I was on my local library’s computer and I was looking up some things on their website and I found a workshop that focuses on music production so I became interested. Monday came and I showed up for the workshop. The mentor who was teaching was the coolest and kindest person I know. He would teach me a lot about arranging tracks, mixing, mastering, etc. From then on, I would produce, record my vocals, and make my own original music and projects.

I had the opportunity to perform one of my songs called “Disabled” in the summer of 2019 at a music-poetry camp.

Now, it’s been a year since I learned how to mix and master my songs all by myself and I’m currently finishing up on my upcoming album that’ll hopefully be released by next year.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was difficult at first, but now it became a little bit easier over the years. When I decided that I wanted to become a rapper, I didn’t tell absolutely NO ONE about it because I thought I would get comments like “But you’re nonverbal! How are you going to become a rapper if you have trouble speaking?” from my own family (I use my text to speech voice to rap my lyrics).

And although I was a little bit right about the comments, they weren’t brought up often now as they used to. But the real problem is when I show people my music, some of them would clown me for my voice, calling it Siri and that kind of stuff, but fortunately, some people weren’t judgmental towards it, which I appreciate so much.

It’s just that one bad situation that went down over text during my junior year of high school that made me very cautious about who I should share my music with (unless I tell them about my text-to-speech voice). But hopefully, one day, I’ll pass over that obstacle.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I rap, freestyle, write, produce, mix & master and preform my own original songs. I usually do all these things in the comfort of my bedroom. Sometimes, I like to visit the library downtown to work on my songs.

I am mostly known for rapping with my text-to-speech voice and my disability, but I am also (kinda) known for being experimental with my beats/instrumentals, narrating my life into lyrics, and crazy bars.The one thing that I’m most proud of is becoming something that I would never think of being.

What sets me apart from most rappers is obviously my text-to-speech voice, but on an artist level, I think it’s me experimenting with different types of instrumentals and writing a variety of songs that happens in my life.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
Honestly, anyone who’s willing to work with me if they find my music interesting, I’ll be down for collaboration!

I will always appreciate the support by commenting or sharing my music.

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Tracy Ratliff, Larissa Ottinger, Alden Gilbert, Amber McCullough, and Fatima Granados Macareno

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