Welcome back from your long weekend of voting! Have you heard of our brand-new Make A Band Famous category? Allow us to explicate: We have chosen 10 up-and-coming, awesome bands with thriving fanbases to face off in the ultimate competition. Five will be chosen — by fan vote — to play the O Music Awards on June 19 (those will be announced on May 31) and one of those five will get a HUGE opportunity: a once-in-a-lifetime shot to play VMA weekend in August, as well as the distinction of becoming MTV’s Artist to Watch, VH1’s You Oughta Know, or CMT’s Listen Up highlighted band. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of those 10 acts, Chill Moody.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Chill Moody is a rapper with a mission: to make lyrics and substance the centerpiece of his music – an explosive collection of jams featuring lightening-fast lyrics and inspired samples (dude samples President Barack Obama – enough said). Moody aims to live “a life dedicated to them never saying I never made it!” – a goal that he’s certain to achieve in this competition.
Check out our Q&A with him below, and click “vote” here.
What is your earliest musical memory?
My earliest music memory is probably stealing my big cousin’s Ghostface Killah Ironman album, taking it home and learning all the words. Fitting in with my big cousins was a big deal to me growing up — especially as far as hip-hop was concerned — so I had to learn those words so when I went back over there I could sing along and impress them. Funny thing, the CD broke on the way back to their house one weekend when I planned on returning it.
Tell us a little bit about your songwriting process.
My songwriting process differs from song to song. All my music comes from real-life experiences, so a lot of the songs are just what happened to me on that particular day that I wanted to share with the listeners. Some concepts come from the producer of the track, and in those cases we sit in the studio and construct the song from start to finish.
Which of your songs do you think is the most representative of your music? Why? Tell us about it.
I have a song called ‘iNSPIRED’ that I make sure I play at every show; I think it is the best representation of myself and my music. My goal at the end of all this is to be an inspiration to whoever is listening or following my career. I want to inspire people with my story to make them want to better themselves. The song ‘iNSPIRED’ speaks to what has inspired me to do what I do, in hopes to inspire you the listener.
What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you?
A couple of people have painted me or made very creative fan art for me, those are the things I’m most proud of. I wouldn’t call them crazy, but it’s just crazy to me that people are going out of their way spending their time and money to show that they support me.
What’s running through your head when you’re performing live?
Once I hit that stage my mind is clear. I sometimes black out and just float through the performance. My mom says my eyes look like I’m ‘in the zone.’ Prior to the performance I’m basically thinking about how I am going to get my message across and reciting lyrics I know that I’ll probably forget on stage, anyway.
Which musicians inspire you and why?
I am inspired most by Philly musicians. People like Black Thought and the Roots, Will Smith — people like that. The ones who I know came from the same hoods, went to the same schools as me and made a way out and have made a serious impact on the world. I want to carry that torch, follow that path so when you ask this question to a nominee 10 years from now my name comes up in their answer.
What do you hope people do when they listen to your tunes?
When people listen to my music the best reaction is when they want to make someone else listen, when they want to ‘put someone else on,’ I think that is what I want people to do most when they listen, think to themselves ‘this is great I have to let everyone know.’
Do you have signature style? If so, what is it?
Someone once referred to me as a lion in a lamb’s body. I didn’t understand at first. They were basically saying my musical style (especially my performance) and my day-to-day demeanor are like night and day. I am a very laidback, easygoing guy off stage and when I’m not in the booth, but when I hit the stage or the camera is rolling I kind of transform into this ‘lion,’ if you will, and I demand attention.
Kittens or puppies? Explain.
I think cats are sneaky, plus I’m pretty sure I am allergic to them, so I have to go with puppies.
Why should we vote for you?
Me winning this award would be the culmination of this ‘I Made Chill Moody’ campaign me and my team embarked upon about a year back. I basically came to the realization that I am a 100% fan man; I couldn’t have done anything that I’ve done without my dedicated fan base, and I urge them to take pride in saying ‘I Made Chill Moody.’ I think someone who understands the importance of the fans to that extent definitely deserves your vote.