So for this next interview we have the silver-minded Mercuryism, a twenty-three year old rapper who’s very much in love with music and has decided to pursue it to become a locally well-known rapper and one who’s loved by many for his humble yet fresh personality, and unique voice. I’ve taken the time to ask about music-related questions and how his artistry has transcended.
Mercury is a low-key popular local artist who was born in Port Elizabeth and grew up here for most of his life. He has grown to love music to which he decided to become a rapper and vocalist releasing a number songs and EPs; Mercurywaters being his first, and dropping two in just one year (2019), The Year Before 2020 and Kill Your Idea Of Me. Talk about hard work.
Side note – he also attended the same high school as I did, back when he was known as Mordecai, or Mondecai, was it? Either way, he then graduated in 2014 and has since gone to study architecture at a local university. His main passion though goes to music, and he’s here to share that with us.
- What does being an artist mean to you ?
To me, being an artist means that I get to live the way I choose & want to. being an artist is just me being me, I don’t know how else to be.
- What does being a rapper, specifically, mean to you ?
I guess you can say that being a rapper is one way to be able to express yourself as an artist. I love being a rapper, but for me it just isn’t enough anymore.
- Describe the way you exhume your art (your style) ?
What a question. it’s all about the energy & the feeling you get from the song, that’s where it all starts. Most times I get beats from producers, so I start by listening to them. The overall feeling that I get from listening to them is where I begin my process. Focus on those energies and try to put them into words. be it a story I tell or just saying how I feel on a song, as long as the message gets across the way i want it.
- How long have you been doing this and how did it begin ?
If we’re talking about just rapping, it’s been 11 years now. I used to live with my sister who is way older than I am. She has kids. One of her kids, who is the same age as I am, is a music lover. At that time I never cared about music really, I just wanted to play. I remember one day she (my niece) was listening to some songs on the DVD player and I was just there in the house, you know. The next minute here I am inquiring about these songs, little did I know that’s how I would fall in love with music. What a feeling. I started recording music in 2013, but we don’t talk about that because nobody knew anything about me then.
- What are your short term goals (less than a year) ?
Hm, short term goal. I have always wanted to grow my reach. I feel like I’m not where I wanna be in regards to that, so yes, I want to grow my reach & have more supporters who actually listen to the stuff i make. I’ll also be focusing on marketing kill your idea of me, an EP that I released on the 2nd of august.
- What are your long term goals (more than a year) ?
Focusing on ways to make myself better, more quality music, start learning cinematography, try to work with more people — I’ve never been a collaborative person honestly, I only do that with my team (villain avenue).
- What motivates/inspires you to do this and keep doing it ?
The love and passion for it. Simple as that. On top of that, the people who can see where I’m going with the vision for the music.
- If you were to do anything besides this, what would it be and why that ?
Architecture. There’s a certain beauty that draws me to this field. I mean, have you ever seen a building that makes you want to cry? That’s what architecture does to me.
- Who else do you recognize as doing what you are doing and love locally ?
This actually feels like a shout-out 😂 Well, there are a lot of people that do what I do. SKYY, Lexx & Godson (who are part of Villain Avenue, but Godson is the producer), Ill Com, Saantsi, Shaun KLaas, SLVEY, they form a group called Swiinta. There’s quite a lot so that’s where I’ll end.
- What advice would you give anyone who’s following the same path ?
Learn how to be your own critic. Learn how to listen to your songs critically so you can point out things that don’t sound right. Trust yourself, but also question your trust to yourself, just to keep yourself in check. Don’t keep a bunch of yes-men around, They’ll hinder your growth. Don’t take criticism personally, rather let it motivate you to do better.
As much as I’d love to also dwell into how amazing his music is, why don’t you judge for yourself, (*whispers* but trust me, you’ll love it) and he can be found on almost every musical platform. Make sure to check out his latest EP, Kill your idea of me, and comment down below any questions you have for him. Warning though; you may find yourself listening to it all day.