Author: Asia Smith
Early last week I had the opportunity to sit down with ForteBowie while he let me pick his brain about his journey and his future in this growing ATL music industry. Here is a peak at some of the things we discussed together:
So I want to know, who is ForteBowie? How would you describe the man, the artist, and the brand?
I am a guy from the Southside of Atlanta that is really into music and is really into putting his life and experiences into his music. I am all about creativity and keeping it real and true to me and my life experiences. The brand is a man who keeps it true and always has a way for you to be able to relate to him through his music.
What was the moment that you realized that you fell in love with music?
It could have been before I was one. I remember as a kid seeing Michael Jackson on TV and being like “Man I want to do that” and it’s been that ever since I never wanted to be anything else.
I know that your family wasn’t born here, where are they from?
My parents are from Cameroon and I am from Atlanta.
How do you feel like your family feels about the career path that you have chosen for yourself? Like how do your parents feel about your plans for music in your life?
When I was younger, it was always the cute thing to do when you would like to entertain. But when I got to high school going towards college it was like “okay, you really want to do this?” They got to a point where they wanted me to do something very certain and stable. But I chose music because it’s just me. But after a while, they saw that I was making money and there were people who actually liked my music. And I was able to move out their house they didn’t care. I think they are more proud than anything now. They are always showing people my videos and stuff.
Does your cultural background affect the way you make music and DJ and such?
Yeah, when I was younger I grew up listening to the music that my parents would play from home. It was a lot of music that they grew up listening to and stuff. And when I was younger I took it for granted but once I started making beats in like tenth grade and stuff I started taking influences from drum patterns and things. I
What is it like coming up in a budding entertainment industry like Atlanta?
It was interesting and it is something that makes you better. You kind of go through the ropes and you learn. You also meet a lot of people that you see on tv because everyone lives in Atlanta. You just have to figure out what makes you stand out because there are so many artists here in Atlanta in all kind of genres. There is so much music in the world in general now you just really have to show what makes you different and sets you apart. Why do these folks need to listen to you and watch your videos and go to your shows? It’s the same thing in Atlanta because there is so much going on. Growing up in Atlanta you learn how to be your own artist and how to develop yourself. I’m still learning myself.
What are some of your goals for your music?
There is a lot that I want to do next. I feel like there is a lot of things that I want to conquer and that I want to do next. I feel like I haven’t really even reached my peak yet. Even when it comes to mastering instruments, I feel like how can I be a master producer or master music man if I can’t play anything? So I am making sure that I get my piano skills together. I’ve been dibbling and dabbling since I was like 9 or 10 but its time to really getting my piano skills together. And even getting on my guitar and even if my fingers start to bleed off it, as long as I am putting the time in. As far as ForteBowie I mean
So I am making sure that I get my piano skills together. I’ve been dibbling and dabbling since I was like 9 or 10 but its time to really getting my piano skills together. And even getting on my guitar and even if my fingers start to bleed off it, as long as I am putting the time in. As far as ForteBowie I mean Vice Haus 2 is out now and we are pushing that but new projects again this year. But as an artist as ForteBowie I just want to be known as an artist who wasn’t afraid and an artist that took risks and really sparked the imagination and sparked something in someone else the same way that everyone else did for me.
What is one of your goals that may seem far fetched but you know you can make it happen?
Well, I want to say that there is no goal that is unattainable but I really want to do something on Beyoncés next album. I really want to produce something on there. It could happen I just know I gotta put the work in and make my moves.
I would like to say thank you to ForteBowie for allowing me to sit and talk with him and ask a thousand and one questions. It was such a pleasure to be able to sit with you, and I will be checking back in a few months to see how that album with Queen Bey is going.