Catching Up With Artst Unkwn

How old are and where are you from?

I’m 19 and coming out of Wichita, KS. Basically the middle of nowhere

Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?

There isn’t really much of a music scene in Wichita, and there’s nothing to do here thats not drugs or work at a factory. Growing up I had a really rough childhood, and most of the shit I saw shaped my character. My pops was a drug addict who bailed when I was 6, and my moms has her own struggles. We were always getting evicted or having our bills shut off, like every single month. Thats really what made me shoot for the stars and want more out of life.

Who are your top 5 favorite artists?

Right now?

1. Earl Sweatshirt

2. Xavier Wulf

3. Lil Tracy

4. D Savage

5. Future

What made you start making music?

Honestly my home situation growing up, I started rapping in 4th grade. Every day of 7th grade at lunch me and my brother Tay would rap battle and freestyle. We recorded our first songs off of a rockband mic on a shitty laptop with Audacity. I got “bullied” all through school for it because I went to a school where the majority was racist white preppy kids. I stopped making music a year after all that happened and didn’t start back up until my senior year of high school.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Prolly Sixth Sense by Surf that shit stays on repeat

What keeps you going? How you doing mentally?

The struggle keeps me going. There are times where I just want to close my eyes and disappear, but that would make all of this for nothing. I’m really hard on myself, but I feel like every true artist is. I love interacting with people who listen and understand the music, that puts a genuine smile on my face. Lately since this EP is finished I’ve been pretty happy. Before I decided to make it I was really down, maybe the worst I’ve ever been.

How would you describe your style?

I just make whatever I feel like making at the time. I don’t really limit myself to one genre or style. I’m just an artist, making music with my voice.

What do your parents think about you doing music?

I didn’t tell anyone for the first year and a half, hence the name “artst unkwn.” I just found some people with a studio and would upload my shit to Soundcloud. I didn’t care about plays or anything, still don’t. Like I said before, haven’t seen or heard from my pops since I was 6. My moms doesn’t really think about it. I think her and my grandparents assume I’m just another drug addict in the family who wont go anywhere, but they’ll learn very soon. It’s not really normal for someone to pursue a music career where I’m from.

Outside of music, what keeps you busy?

Not only am I an independent artist, but I do a lot more than just music. Music is closest to my soul, but I have a pretty decent photography career. I’ve shot for PnB Rock, Tee Grizzly, Xavier Wulf, Hurt Bae, and I just got booked for Blueface too. I also shoot and edit my own music videos. I also manage a shoe store for money lol.

Where do you see yourself this time next year?

Hopefully far away from Kansas solely focusing on music. I was supposed to move to LA this March but some shit went down so I’m stuck here for now. Hopefully I can grind it out and start doing this shit professionally.

Keep Up With Artst Unkwn:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/artstunkwn

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artstunkwn

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/artstunkwn

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