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ILLASTRASHAWN representing North Carolina.
Why this name?
I am a visual artist too so the name just worked itself out.
Do you play live?
Not any more.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It has opened the door for cats like me that aren't signed to still get worldwide exposure. On the b-side it has hurt record sales for the artists/major labels. But times and things have evolved so we all move with the changes and create some of our own.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes and no. I do it for the love, but there's nothing wrong with getting that money. On the other hand so much is driven by chasing sales that really creative artists and the ones that do it for the love/art really only get exposure through the internet. I rarely listen to the radio or watch video's because I only find about 10% of what I see/hear these days inspiring or entertaining.
Your influences?
Production wise, locally it's my man DJ SKAZ, KING JAMES, and TRACKHEADS PRODUCTIONS. In the majors its Dr. DRE, KANYE WEST, ALCHEMIST

As far as R&B and songwriting I have to say Babyface, Prince, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Musiq, Bilal, Jill Scott, W. Ellington Felton III, Eric Roberson, Ryan Leslie, OMAR(UK)
Favorite spot?
Raleigh, NC, ATL, Chesapeake & Norfolk, VA
Equipment used:
PC Software programs
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