Hip-Hop/Rap lyricist and recording artist Michelle Cadreau (Blue Sky) has developed a writing and rapping style with both subtlety and introspection to reflect her Native Canadian, Indian and Polish ancestry. With four CDs to
her credit, the Hamilton, Ontario artist melds hypnotic and soulful beats with her trademark urban poetry to create a performance style that is equally juxtaposed and complementary. Cadreau is using her lyrical deftness and distinct vantage point to create music that is true to her while paying homage to the complex backstory of rap and hip hop. College Underground Radio was able to catch up with this busy artist. here is what she had to say:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
My musical genre that best describes my music is Rap/Hip Hop. My sound consists of great production and good beats with lyrics that are catchy and articulate.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name Michelle comes from my parents to give reference to my dad who's name is Michael. My native name Blue Sky comes from my grandmother who was born on an Indian Reservation in Northern Ontario, Canada.It is a physical reminder of my spiritual relationship to the earth and heavens and my family.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
With musical influences that include Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, I proudly emulate their style. My ideas often come from a word or phrase that sparks inspiration and builds from there. I also credit my parents for my love of music. Both played in bands most of their lives – my mother (a nurse by profession) is a vocalist and drummer and my father a vocalist and bass guitarist.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am currently working on a rap song. I have others completed to make another album soon.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the music industry is to hit the Top 40 Charts for both radio play and digital sales. I've written some hits and would like music lovers to enjoy them.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track is Bitches Snitches Witches and Riches because it was in a record pool and the DJs got a great response from it. I feel that this song connected well with people and that's why it's one of my favorites.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
My biggest challenge in my music career has been to be patient for the right time to come for my music to be exposed to the world. Patience is a virtue.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My typical songwriting process is to start with a chorus of 8 bars from a rhyme that comes into my head at that moment. Then I'll do a verse and either complete the whole song right away or wait until I feel inspired again.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has influenced my career as an artist by getting positive feedback from listeners from twitter, soundcloud, and facebook. I'm currently doing a campaign through facebook to promote my latest single. With this promotion, a lot can happen as others share, like and comment on fan page. I feel confident that it will go well.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Among my releases is the breakout number, “Precipitation,” an articulate and explicit song that boldly details a rapper giving a slam performance for fans; “Like a Killer,” uses boxing to symbolize violence; and “Hip Hop Clerk” is a commentary on making it in the music industry.
Also included is “Ineffable,” a look at fan adulation; “Give Me The Prize,” a nod to intelligence and the rewards it can provide; and “Tallest Mountain,” a heartfelt look at making your way up the hip hop ladder. My strongest response by far from both fans and critics online has been for the song “Ghetto Survival,” which equates creating powerful rap music with persistence and success. Another tune ready to take hold online is “Bitches, Snitches, Witches and Riches,” the story of a notorious “player.”
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Before music, I made and sold jewelry and painted pictures on a canvas. I still do it. I like to multi task.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Don't take it too personally if you don't succeed right away. Just keep on creating your art and be persistent. Believe in the power of music.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would make it a lot quicker process for great talents to get noticed by the world.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I love originality and speaking for myself that's what creating art and music is all about. Be yourself and make something that distinguishes you from other artists.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Thank you for this opportunity. I enjoyed the interview. Peace!
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