Interview with New York artist PharaDomo

Hello PharaDomo, how are you?

“I’m good.”

Tell us about your background to get where you are today.

“I come from a dysfunctional family. I lived with my mother, uncle, grandmother and three younger brothers. My grandfather came and went from time to time. My father moved to Florida when I was nine years old and my mother started working two jobs. My uncle became my role model for a while, but we no longer have a strong bond. I attended Catholic school all my life. I spent most of my childhood away from home from early in the morning to different hours of the night, whether it was in parks, at my friends house or just hanging out on the street. When I was at home, I played video games, watched cartoons, movies, and anime with my younger brother. He played sports but preferred baseball. I won some championships and MVP a few times in summer leagues. I fell when I started working at fifteen and started making money. I became a father right out of high school or freshman year of college. I graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn with a bachelor’s degree. During my time there, I studied media arts and really learned and understood the fundamentals of music and started releasing songs. I recently released my first EP called “Bag Season”.

where are you from?

“I was born and raised in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY. I am of Trinidadian, Jamaican, and Guyanese descent.”

When did you start with music?

“I started with music when I got to college when I was 19, but I started taking it seriously a couple of years ago.”

How did you get into music?

“I first dreamed of making music when I was a little kid. In elementary school I mainly listened to 50 Cent, Jay Z Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West. I remember writing a rap in 7th grade to join a group that my friends at school had called “mixed files”, but they didn’t take me seriously. I started writing raps and songs as a way to deal with stress and calm down later in high school, but still never started. I bought a microphone and interface one semester in college and started downloading instrumentals of my favorite songs and recording them in my bedroom.”

What is the hardest thing you have overcome in your life?

“The most challenging thing I’ve ever overcome is paying for college. Those years I was maxing out at eighteen credits each semester and paying out of pocket by working a grueling full-time job putting in long hours, being a parent, and dealing with family drama. It was the most stressful and darkest time of my life.”

Who inspires you the most musically?

“Drake is the one who inspires me the most. I’ve been a huge fan since his Comeback Season mixtape, and I feel like I can relate to a lot of his music. Nothing Was the Same is my favorite album. The title itself could be the title of that chapter in my life when he came out.”

What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

“I want my music to inspire people to work and strive for something higher in life.”

Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When does it come out? What is it about?

“I will be releasing a few more singles and features between now and the end of the summer. My goal is to release my second project sometime in the fall or winter of this year. My music is always about my past experiences or what I’m currently experiencing.”

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