• Allie Russell

MNA - A genre bending star in the making | Exclusive Interview

It's almost friday and international song release day, but we still have to wait a whoooole day until those new song drops. Worry not, 24 Carat Sounds got you covered with a new exclusive artist interview! This time we are accompanied with a genre bending artist that is combining the art of hip hop and electronic music, no other than MNA! We had him spill the beans on his motivations, the role of an artist in the society and much more. Without further ado, lets get to it.

What is your musical background? How did you get into music?

I started making music when I was 16. I needed an art elective in High School, and I was so bad at photography and drawing that I was placed into an electronic music class. I fell in love with making beats and recording songs. Never looked back.

What are your biggest motivations?

My biggest motivation is growing as an artist, mastering the craft of making music, and showing the world who I am.

What's the role of an artist in the society?

Art means to reflect the inner voices of the self. It means to be able to speak and be strongest while creating. It means to show the world who you are in some of the beautiful ways. The role of the artist is to provoke thought and create beautiful colors in a world of darkness.

Why did you choose to be an artist?

I think for me, being an artist is less of a choice, and more of who I am. I don't know how to be anyone else. I can't stop even if I wanted to. There is simply no place I'd rather be.

Where are you from and how does that affect your work?

The state of Hip-Hop here has always been interesting to say the least. Out of the Washington DC Metro area we’ve had so many great music acts come out of here and reach new levels of fame and notoriety. The D.C. area has gone through so many waves and revolutions of sounds. Namely ten years ago, go-go was a big scene. Now the DMV is starting to formulate its own trap sound, with artists also giving unique visuals that I don’t typically see in places like Los Angeles or New York. The Washington DC area also has such a diversity of artists. Everyone is represented here.

How do you define success as an artist?

Success as an artist to me means that you get to make art as much as possible, that people know how much you love it. It's so subjective, we can't really measure. Artists are never truly happy or satisfied anyways.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on my new album "Blessed" a new poetry book called "Chalk" and making some cover songs.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your career this far?

So far, hitting 200,000 streams on my song Overtime, and having 30 TikTok's made using my song "You Got a Big Forehead" these things seemed very out of reach before.

Anything you would like to tell your fans?

Times are tough right now and it’s so easy to get consumed in dark periods and become discouraged. I say to look at this moment (in whatever your dreams are) to keep fighting. See this as an opportunity to build something when the world has gone quiet. Things will get better, and by building yourself up now, you could really set yourself up in your industry in the coming decade. Keep going, keep having faith, and please never give up. Life is worth living!

We couldn't agree more with the wise words at the end there, what a great way to finish up the interview MNA! Thank you so much for being on 24 Carat Sounds. We wish you all the best in your future musical endeavours, and hope to see you back here soon!