PM LOWE Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you? 

  • I can say it had to be in kindergarten, when I made a DJ a turntable set when the teacher asked the class what did we want to do in life. But what really made me say “Oh yeah, this is it” was when I walked in on my cousin making beats on a program called FL Studio. I was 6 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Everyday, thanks to technology, is a new way to sharpen your skill. Any skill, mine just so happen to be music. 

 

 

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

  • First and foremost... Whitney. Mariah. Michael. You don’t even have to say their last names and you know exactly who it is. Those are who I grew up on, due to my grandmother making me the DJ when we clean the place up on the weekends. Of course there’s more, you have Sade, Rick James, Timbaland, Missy, Kanye, JAY-Z, DMX, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Johnnie Taylor, MASTER P, AALIYAH, Marvin Gaye.. I can keep going but I’ll stop there. All these artists have gave me light in my darkest of times, memories with my family that as soon as you play a certain song, it takes you back. 

 

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

  • 1. I despise the cold. Anything below 63° I have a problem with. 

  • 2. I love the 007 franchise. I can watch those all day with no problem. 

  • 3. I love driving. I love to take those long road trips. 

 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

  • That’s a good one. Over the years, I always wanted to step and move forward on every release I have, as every artist should.. I hope. 2013, I released my first “Album” Liberation, and had this being 2013, I would’ve sworn to you that song would’ve been “Long Road.” Then 2014 would’ve been “Opening Act” off my tape “BraveLord.”I’ll save the theatrics, so we will go to 2020. My album Rebirth, the song “How Many Times”, with the intro track “Worry Now” as a CLOSE second.. Today is Friday at my time of saying this, so it’s going to “How Many Times.” The first few bars, “I came from humble beginnings, whatever I start I finish, I can’t put up a front like it wasn’t blurry but I ain’t lose the vision”, I can’t tell you how many times (no pun intended) music had my back. All the things I went through, going through the proverbial “Hell and back” isn’t really the best description but it’ll do. 

 

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

  • Summer 2012; Columbus, GA, Summer Side Show. I was with one of my closest friends, Dezzy Yates, whom I look to as a brother, performed in front of at least 15 people. I know. Grammy’s who? But it wasn’t really the actual performance that made it memorable. It was the fact that we were kids, just seeing a dream through. I’m sure I can speak on his behalf when I say that we were free. That 15 people might as well could’ve been 15,000. And on top of that I looked like a whole damn doofus. I had on this horrendous blue V Neck with another pair of glasses tagged on the collar, seeing I actually wear glasses, don’t even ask me why. Baggy.. and I mean baggy jeans, with some Jordan Fusion 12’s. Cardinal sins of today’s time. Those 15 folks had no choice BUT to HEAR me. Gotta laugh at yourself sometimes, right? 

 

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

  • Three letters: M.S.G. Think about whom all performed there. And as being a WWE guy, the very first Wrestlemania there. Everything about that venue was and still is historic. One day. 

 

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

  • On a personal note, staying alive. There are more of course, but coming from where I came from, who I lost and the current climate, that’s the best thing. Overcoming the stereotypes. The statistics, I’d never forget my 3rd grade substitute teacher told me I’d never make it past 18 or 21, depending on “How they feel.” 

Decade later. Here we are. Like I said in “How Many Times”: “It’s hard to believe but I’m breathing 

Made a way out the Mid, Thank Jesus.”

 

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

  • Back to Summer Side Show in 2012. After me and Dezzy got done performing, these 2 girls approached us. While they told us we did a good job, anyone reading the room could tell what they wanted. Granted they looked ok by 2012 standards, they stunk. BAD. Like wet poodle mixed with the trash after it rained with a slight hint of Japanese Cherry Blossom because, why not? It WAS 2012 after all. And the whole time Dez had this face. It was like the face you made before you sneezed. It just stayed like that the whole way through. Not really the funniest moment, but it surely was memorable. 

 

What do you like best about being a musician and why? 

  • The freedom. The way you can paint with your words. You also got to walk a fine line because those same words you can use to uplift, can also hurt. It’s double edged, but I wouldn’t trade it. 

 

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

  • Music, full time. I really want to get my label, Mellon Street Sound off the ground so a lot more time will be invested in that. 

 

 

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

  • I wouldn’t say a gig per say, more of a venue. It’s defunct now, well at least as far as I know, but it was this place called Gallery 13. Crazy place. The vibes were unreal. More indie pop punk bands than it was rappers but it let the people express themselves with everyone being open minded. 

 

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

  • “The Legends.” Picture Wrestlemania, but for rappers and pop icons. I’m not placing them in order, but Kanye and JAY-Z, TOGETHER ONE NIGHT ONLY. Mariah and Eminem. Timbaland and Swizz. All the heavy hitters, all in one place. 

 

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

  • My grandmother and father gave me many jewels in life, but it’s one thing they both said, wether coincidental or not. As a kid, I’d used to eat everything up in one day, and be mad because there was nothing left the next day. Giving the clean version, my grandma said, “You got to learn how to save and eat for the next day. Because tomorrow might not be as good as today and today is never promised to be as good as tomorrow.” May she Rest In Peace. My dad would say something along the lines of “Save today, so you’ll be straight tomorrow.” Those things never left me. 

 

 

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

  • What makes me happy is just being around my loved ones, after I can be able to have some time to myself. I’m a simple person, so I don’t have a lot of things to request. What annoys me is when people who think they know how I operate when they never met me at all. 

 

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

  • Rest. I try to get plenty of it. Mentally, physically and emotionally. There once was a time I could barely sleep. I’m talking, up for 3 days, it was that bad. But now, I’m a lot older. Calmer. Wiser. I need to rest. Afterwards, I love driving. Playing the game. Making music takes so much out of you. It’s nice to sit and enjoy the little things. 

 

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

  • Me and Dez were just talking about this very thing. It’s all about moderation. Even too much water will kill you. On one hand, it’s cool for the artist to have that direct contact with the people, if they choose. On the other, you got people who are so fame hungry they will do ANYTHING to get that attention. It can either be a friend or a foe, but that’s your choice to make. 

 

How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

  • It used to be everything. “You don’t look like a rapper.” Why? Because I don’t wear the big Diamond chains? Drive the Lamborghinis? Have the IG model with the butt the size of Kanye’s love for Kanye? I hate that line. Because who said a rapper has to look a certain way? I don’t think they do that to Country singers. People can smell the fake. So why fake it? Be you. That’s the best image. But at the same time, be self aware. If you are wearing blue jean shorts like 2006 John Cena in 2020, you need to check yourself. Would YOU ask yourself to check out your music dressed like that? Be honest. No? Then why present yourself like that? 

 

Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

-I don’t have any tattoos. Never been a needle to skin fan. Respect the art though. 

 

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

  • In a perfect world, I would want peace among us all. We all bleed red and we all breathe the same air as well have the same 24 hours as the next man, so why waste that time hating because the next man is darker or because she has a vagina? More love. That’s what we need. Love and peace. So, if I had to put it in a box, social stability. 

 

What would your ideal day consist of?

  • To go fishing early in the morning with my pops, clean up, work on music if I’m in the mood to and spend time with my grandma one last time, with her having a clean Bill of health. She was my everything. Then if time allowed it, spend time with my closest friends. I love my friends, but believe me when I say they would completely understand if we couldn’t meet up that day. They would most likely want to spend time with her too. She called them her grand babies. A true angel. 

 

What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?

  • Without going too much into it, a friend of mine lost a family friend to COVID. With me truck driving, I try to be as cautious as I can. I have older family members to think about. Regardless how you or I feel, just wear a mask. Be safe. Take those safety measures. 

 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

  • To be honest, I don’t view the people as fans. To be a fanatic is to be extremely devoted to a person and I’m no one to obsess over. We all are ordinary people, just with extraordinary talents. So to the people, thank you. Thank you for taking 2-3 minutes out your day to listen to me compile and twist 4, 8, or 16 line sentences together. I say it all the time, but I’m extremely thankful for the ears I pulled in over the years. And to the potential new ones too. 

 

How would you answer the question Who are you? and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

  • I try to keep it as authentic as I can in music. What you see, or hear in this case, is what you get. But... I can try to say the differences are I’m a lot more reserved. Once I wind down and turn the heat off, I’m calm and collected. I usually pick a time to talk about music, but when I’m not in the mood, it’s a wrap. When I DO flip the switch on, then it’s gametime. 

 

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

  • Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine” promo single CD, remember when they made those? I listened to the instrumental more than the acapella track and I played that CD out. That beat was just otherworldly to me at the time. The harp got me. And don’t even get me started on them vocals. 

 

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

        • If this is what you really want, then go for it. Set your moral boundaries and move. Just be prepared for those long nights and going for a while not getting paid. You don’t do 1 song and get a million dollars. This isn’t the 90’s. There are literally MILLIONS of people just as crazy as you that chose this as a calling. So what makes you special? We have Drake, we don’t need another Drake. But we, the consumers don’t have the first you. In the words of one of my favorite rappers Suga Free, “Before me there was none and after me there will be no more.”

 

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

  • Aside from working with my bro’s, who are some of the most talented people I’ve ever heard, Dua Lipa, Diana Ross, Sir Elton John, Eminem, Kanye, Mariah, Mary J. Blige... the list can go on. They either inspired me or I’m fond of their sound. 

 

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

  • “Purple Rain”, this song stood the test of time. If you didn’t know who Prince was, I bet you knew that hook. 

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

  • I’m a control freak, I’ve been like that since a kid. Might’ve got it from my dad because Mama Lowe wasn’t the type. Whenever I couldn’t control what the situation was, I go into overdrive and get extremely anxious and uncomfortable. I can admit, I’m getting better into learning how to understand that I can’t control everything. And that’s ok. If you are in control of everything, is it really you that is in control? 

 

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

  • Working, wether it’s producing new music or truck driving. I’m constantly trying to learn and I’ll forever be a student of the game, no matter where it takes me