INTERVIEW: MY$AK

Vents is happy to be speaking today with a rapper, songwriter, producer, and audio engineer MY$AK. How has your 2021 been?

Thank you for having me! 2021 has been great for me so far, as I kept on working on my craft and putting in the effort to get where I’m at now. Every year is a mystery for me, you never know where you will be by the end of it. I love to look back and see how much I progressed in such a short period of time.

Could you tell us about your creative process?

Of course! Most of my stuff is made off the dome, this way I won’t lose any energy that I feel while creating. It always starts off with a beat, and when I find one I really like, the melodies just start popping up in my head and I fill them up with the lyrics.

What is next for you and what’s your plan for the coming years?

My plan is really basic, but it will definitely work. I’ll release as much music as I can, and only time will tell how far I’ll go. I’ve never understood why artists keep thousands of songs in the vault, while their fans are starving for new material, which results in the loss of momentum.

You’ve released your debut album “Welcome To My World” recently. Do you plan to release another one anytime soon?

As an independent artist, it’s much more beneficial to release singles. Every single is a separate opportunity to get in editorial playlists, whilst if you release an album, you’re allowed to pitch only one song . Also, singles let my audience see my name popping up in their “Release Radar” regularly, and it surely makes me more visible to my fans, and makes them get something new every other week or so.

What inspires you to make music and keep creating?

I’ve always loved music. I was born, and still live in Ukraine, where people are exposed to different types and genres of music. In my opinion, the vibe of the song, the melody, the energy is the most important thing in it. When I was little, I didn’t know english well, yet I felt its vibe and felt the energy that the artist put in it. What inspires me the most, is the creative process, as well as the end result that I get. I’m incredibly happy that I can use my musical gift to connect people, help them go through hard times and make them happy.

How did you start making music?

It all started with the thought “I can do the same, and even better“ when I listened to songs from different artists. I decided to give it a try and recorded my first songs with Audacity, a free recording software, and free beats off of YouTube, recording with a mic from my gaming headset. Of course, the first songs weren’t really good and my accent was pretty heavy, but overtime, as I’ve written more and more tracks, I improved my skills, as well as upgraded my equipment to professional one.

What was the biggest challenge for you when you started making music?

I’m a perfectionist, and to be honest, it really makes me go insane sometimes. I used to redo one bar for a thousand times to make it sound the way I imagined it, but now I almost got rid of this bad habit, as it makes me lose courage and feel anxious while making music. Now I understand that your recording doesn’t have to be perfect, and it became much easier for me to go through this process.

Should musical artists get signed to a label or remain independent?

It depends on the artist’s goals. I’m independent and I’m proud of it. Of course, labels can help you with marketing, land you features with huge artists etc., but it feels great to achieve everything by yourself and keep 100% of your royalties, right? It’s much harder to blow up as an independent artist, but definitely not impossibly.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2NTALYcHgfWnbcJpl40wzB?si=a8SK2zlGR6mt0yK_JGAKTA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsmysak/

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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