Why did you decide to go by Clear Mind?
When I was about 18 is when i choose to go by the artist name of Clear Mind. I was young but I had a ton of things going on within my personal life. I felt like I had finally overcome that black cloud in constant pursuit of me, and everything just became “clear” to me.
How do you feel about the current state of music in our city?
I feel like the current state of music is truly flourishing, and artists are starting to become more supporting of eachother. Something I think is highly important because everyone wants to be the best, so for artists to come together and do that despite the competitive spirit is a great thing.
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made while pursuing your career and how did you learn from it?
Dealing with a local music company years ago who decided to let me go because they didn’t like the music I was putting out. I can’t remember the name of the company but they are also long gone but I’m still here!
If you could compare yourself to any established artist, who would it be and why?
Honestly, people always tell me I remind them of Kendrick Lamar or Nas. I’ve always been one to try new things, and do them differently. I always try to go above and beyond whenever I make music, like what is going to set me aside from everyone else? In that aspect I get compared to Kendrick. The Nas comparisons are due to the distinction of my voice and content
Who is your music hero and why?
DMX is my number one of all time. He has been my number one since I was a kid. He showed me that it’s okay to be yourself, to fight for what you believe in. We all have struggles, and battles we face everyday and he use his to fuel is musical creativity. Everyone knows DMX has always had a lot going on but his love for god has always helped him to rise above those obstacles, he never lets anything hold him back. He’s my hero!
If you could record with any popular music producer, who would you choose and why?
There’s plenty of popular music producers I would love to work with. But I think I would want to work with Noah “40” Shebib, his production is just phenomenal overall.
Do you prefer to stay indie or do you want a major recording deal?
I actually love to be an indie artist, I want to keep as much money in house as possible. But if I got offered a great deal and I was allowed to keep my masters I would definitely not mind signing a deal.
Who are some of the people I’d find in your playlist that you listen to on the regular?
Kendrick Lamar, JCole, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Joyner Lucas, Joey Badass, Logic, The Game, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Dj Khaled, and Myself. Plenty of other artists I could name but these are who I constantly listen too on the daily.