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Getting to know: SonReal

SonReal is a Juno nominated hip-hop artist now based in Vancouver. He frequently returns to his hometown of Vernon to perform, as he did for two shows during the Christmas holidays, including one for all ages. - Photo submitted
SonReal is a Juno nominated hip-hop artist now based in Vancouver. He frequently returns to his hometown of Vernon to perform, as he did for two shows during the Christmas holidays, including one for all ages.
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Ed Note: This is the third in a series of Q&A interviews with local musicians that are being conducted by Kalamalka Secondary School Grade 12 student Aniko Forgo.

SonReal is a hip-hop artist born in Vernon. He has released many hits including Hometown and Everywhere We Go. His music has attracted a wide variety of audiences including, but not limited to, teenagers and adults. His songs are catchy and fun to listen to.

Q: Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

A: “Hard to say, I listen to so many different types of music. I would say my biggest inspirations would be people like Kanye West, Kid Cudi... Without people like that I don’t think it would be as easy for me to do the style of music I do.”

Q: What inspires your songs?

A: “Living life in its different stages, seeing progression in what we are doing, love, struggle, learning, pretty much everything I go through and live on a day-to-day basis.”

Q: Who would your dream collaboration be with?

A: “Stevie Wonder.”

Q: When did you first discover your passion for music?

A: “When I was about 15 I started writing and recording stuff into my little computer microphone; pretty much been doing it ever since except we’ve evolved to better equipment.”

Q: Do you play any instruments? What kinds?

A: “I’ve been playing acoustic guitar for about a year now. I still kind of suck but I am getting better and I really enjoy it. Look out for a triple disc acoustic album.”

Q: How did you come up with your stage name of “SonReal?”

A: “I have no idea. Everyone always asks me this. I just kind of made it up and rolled with it. I like it. It feels great.”

Q: What advice would you give to an aspiring musician?

A: “Always strive to get better at your craft. A lot of artists think that creating a fan base and making money off music is easier then it may appear. Take your time and enjoy the ride.”

Q: How many albums have you recorded to date?

A: “Like five, I think? That’s a super subjective question with me because some of my work has been free mix tapes but people have labeled them albums.”

Q: Which music video was the most fun to film?

A:Everywhere We Go. It was a blast. We were hysterical the entire time looking at playback.”

Q: When you aren’t performing, what do you enjoy doing with your downtime?

A: “Skateboarding.”

Q: Do you ever get nervous or stage fright before a performance? If so, how do you overcome it?

A: “Yea a bit, nothing crazy, just those good nerves. I don’t really like talking before my shows. I would rather just hang out in the greenroom with one or two people and just kind of relax. I find that helps sometimes when performing. I also don’t really drink before I perform. I find a lot of artists use that as a way to escape the nerves but that can sometimes be their detriment.”

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest if your life, what song would it be and why?

A: “One song for the rest of my life would be a very repetitive life. Let’s just go with Happy Birthday. I love that song. Or maybe like a 10-minute Pink Floyd song.” 

To learn more about SonReal and his music, you can check out his website at www.sonreal.ca.

 

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