I had the opportunity to do an interview with Memphis’ own Coldway. If you don’t know, Coldway is an upcoming artist in Memphis and is a quadruple threat to many. Look below to check out the interview as well as some social networks you can check him out on.
Itsabstworld: How are you doing? How has your day been so far?
Coldway: I’m doing good, same work same grind everyday, how about you?
Itsabstworld: The same. Grind hard now…kick back later.
Itsabstworld: Where did the name Coldaway come from?
Coldway: Lol to be honest, i’m not too sure, I think I just said it one day and it kinda stuck. It was unique and original, and I would just hate to be another ‘Lil’ or ‘Young’ something lol
Itsabstworld: I know what you do but for those who don’t, let them know exactly what you do musically.
Coldway: Coldway is a rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and vocal arranger. Normally when you hear about someone doing everything for themselves, you think it will sound like garbage because of the difficulty level of doing everything. But when people hear my music, they have a hard time believing that I did the entire project from start to finish by myself.
Itsabstworld: What do you like to do more…Sing, Rap, or Produce?
Coldway: That’s a tough one, but to me, I don’t really have a favorite because I enjoy doing them all so much. It’s the ultimate feeling when you complete a song when you made the track, wrote it, performed it, recorded it, and mixed it yourself and it sounds like a hit!
Itsabstworld: I have had the honor of you blessing some my production work….what is it about you that is willing to give the next producer or artist a chance?
Coldway: For me, it’s the dedication that I see in people. If you are positive, talented, and productive, I will work with you because I can remember a time when I was that person tryna work with people and they wouldn’t because of their own ego problems. And to this day, those are the main ones who came up to me now with a hand out asking for something from me lol!
Itsabstworld: Who are some of your favorite artists that you look up to as musical inspiration?
Coldway: Off top, Ryan Leslie! If you know about R Les, then you already know why he’s a major influenceon my music. To continue, Timberland, Swizz Beatz, Musiq Soulchild, Corinne Bailey Ray, and even an upcoming producer named Ryan Tedder. You don’t have to be a millionare to inspire someone.
Itsabstworld: Major label or Independent label? Why?
Coldway: For me at the moment, Independent is the way to go. In our generation, we live in a digital and viral era and it is because of this that cd’s are not selling like they use to. Internet promotion is becoming a key factor in the success of a lot of major artists right now, which I believe is something that a person can do by his or herself. I’m not saying that if Sony offered me a contract that I wouldn’t take it lol, but i’m just not going to spend thousands of dollars trying to get my music to somebody who knows sombeody who knows somebody who’s sister dated an A&R lol!
Itsabstworld: You’re featured on the Memphis anthem “I Am Memphis,” alone with Bonafide and Jaystar. What was it like recording that record?
Coldway: To be honest, ‘I Am Memphis’ began as a freestyle! When me and Jaystar recorded the original version, we just sort of winged it lol! And the intensity of the song just fueled our minds to put it together almost effortlessly lol! But once we added Bonafide on the song and I did the backs to his verse, we knew we had something special on our hands.
Itsabstworld: Now I’ve subcribed to your YouTube channel and I see that you actually take the time to not only make original music but you also remix a lot of other artists music as well. What goes through your head when you’re doing a remix to a specific record?
Coldway: When I remix a song, I try to go as hard or harder than the person who’s song it actually is lol! I also like to have my mixing and sound levels match the actual song to give it a smoother feel. For my song selection, I like to choose good music the speaks to me, I like to do remixes that not too many people would try. ‘Pretty Boy Swag’ was a hot record, but I would not try to remix it because a lot of people would try it because they could slow their flow up and basically just ride the beat. Now the Willow Smith record ‘Whip My Hair’ is a challenge because to make the verse make sense and be in coherence with the song, you have to have a particular flow. I tried that one and it worked! It currently has over 150,000 views and counting!
Itsabstworld: Can we expect anything new from Coldway anytime soon?
Coldway: Of course, I will have multiple songs releasing this year. My first single of the year 2011 is a song strictly for the ladies titled “100 Ways” and this right here’s a panty dropper!
Itsabstworld: If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what would you be doing?
Coldway: If I wasn’t persuing music, I would probably be dead right now cause music saved my life!
Itsabstworld: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Coldway: In 10 years, I see myself on VH1 in one of those ‘Top 100’ shows for the best songs of the decade or somthing lol! I also plan to have the name Coldway branded as a dominant force in the music industry.
“Coldway or noway………”
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