When the Poetic Becomes Contagious!
Let the Interview Begin with El-Sharieff (Captain Kirkman)
(CCM) Let’s start by where were you born and raised? Where do you hang your hat now?
(PC) I was born in Brooklyn, New York City, and I grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City. I will “always” rep where I’m from, I am a New Yorker, loving Yankees, lol, but right now I am in Binghamton, NY.
(CCM) How did you come up with the band name ?
(PC) The name “Poetically Contagious” came from a discussion with a “very” talented poet/writer by the name of Rahmel “Thee Azure One” Mc Nare, who I toured with for a short stint, doing poetry shows, back in 2009/2010. During the conversation it was brought up, how we are “Poetically Contagious,” and then we decided that we should just keep that as an official name. And since I was a song writer, writing songs for some really talented singers, I decided to make it even more official by making that the name of our record label.
(CCM) How many full time members are in your group?
(PC) At the moment, there are 5 official members (Song writers/recording artist) at Poetically Contagious Records, LLC, but more are on the way.
(CCM) How did your band get its start?
(PC) The night before one of my big poetry shows/plays, with “Thee Azure One,” I met up with a very talented model (I feel bad that I can’t remember her name at the moment, but if she’s reading this, I apologize for forgetting your name, lol), to talk about her, and some of her model friends, performing at the show. And while I sat with her to go over the script, and where she, and the other models would enter/walk across the stage, she noticed, in one of the sections of the script, that there was a part in the play where the “legendary” Michael Jackson would be talked about, and that’s when she mentioned that one of the models that she worked with, danced “a lot” like MJ. So, since it was less than 24 hours before the show, I told her to point him out. She pointed him out, he started dancing, “and I loved it,” so we agreed that he would perform in the show. That next night at the show, when he started dancing, he got a standing ovation, so after the show, back stage, I asked him if he would perform at our next show, and this is where he informed me that he could do more than dance at our shows – he said that he could sing as well – so I asked him to sing right there, and he sung Michael Jackson’s “I want to rock with you” – and did an AMAZING job. After that next show I introduced him (his name is Jason “J-1,2” Gutierrez) to a music producer that I knew, and we started recording songs that I had written; starting with the song “Inspired into Stardom” – And from there, “Poetically Contagious was born.”
(CCM) What instruments do you all play? Which ones do you wish you could play or incorporate?
(PC) I play the piano/keyboard, but I am still a beginner, so I have a lot of growing to do, lol! I want to learn how to play the guitar too (Ever since I saw the movie “La Bamba” as a kid, and seen the way Lou Diamond Phillips (As he portrayed Richie Valens) played the guitar, I fell in love with what a person could do with a guitar).
(CCM) How do you approach song writing?
(PC) My answer to this varies; I am a natural writer, so I carry a pen and paper around with me wherever I go, just in case an idea for a book, poem, or song, pops in my mind. But as far as setting aside times to write, whether by myself, with the artist at my label, or with other artist I work with, if I/we’re working on a Hip-Hop song “I have to” listen to “It ain’t hard to tell” by Nas, before my pen hits the paper. If I/we’re working on a Pop or R&B song, I have to listen to 1. “This woman’s work” by Maxwell, 2. “Fortunate” by Maxwell, 3. “Get up on it” by Keith Sweat ft. Kut Klose, 4. “Love you 4 Life” by Jodeci, 5. “Always on my mind” by SWV, 6. “Why I love you so much” by Monica, 7. “Candy Rain” by Soul For Real, 8. “I gotta be” by Jagged Edge, 9. “Never make a promise” by Dru Hill, or 10. “Tell Me” by Groove Theory. I have a few I-Pods that I carry around, and all eleven of these songs, are on each of them because they continually give me GREAT inspiration.
(CCM) Tell us about a time that was really embarrassing on stage if you have any. If you did, also tell us how you overcame it.
(PC) I am one of those people who, even though I am extremely confident in my abilities, I am naturally shy, so sometimes when I perform, even though I don’t have an embarrassing moment, I can say that when I’m on stage, I sometimes wear shades to cover my eyes if I feel that during that particular performance, the sadness in my eyes, will kill my performance.
(CCM) What was the coolest thing that has ever happened to between a fan and yourselves?
(PC) When my first book (“Thoughts of a Beautiful Mind”) was released, and I was at one of my first book signings, at Binghamton University, back in 2010, this VERY beautiful, female, freshman, student, told me how much she was touched by different parts of my book. But what really hit a note in me, with her, is at that moment, we looked each other in the eyes, and her eyes watered up along with mine. That moment left an extremely positive imprint on my heart, that at that particular moment, I really needed. It was surreal – That moment changed my life…
(CCM) How do you describe success, particularly in aspirations with music?
(PC) With “Poetically Contagious,” success is touching more hearts and minds (In a positive way) than I, or anyone at my label, could imagine.
(CCM) If you weren’t playing music what else would you be doing?
(PC) Creating other forms of art, that could put a smile on someone’s face, touch their heart – Inspire them.
(CCM) What concert did you see that was the most memorable and why?
(PC) Michael Jackson’s 1993 Super Bowl performance. It was unreal! Spectacular! In that performance alone, one could see EXACTLY what it means to perfect your craft (Whatever that may be).
(CCM) What do you do first thing when you get up in the morning?
(PC) Write down whatever dream I had the previous night, and try and see, at a later time, what music, poems, or books, that I could create from it.
(CCM) Where is the most interesting place you have ever traveled to and where would you like to visit someday that you have not been to yet?
(PC) “I love Chicago” – When I went there as a kid for a few weeks, “I had the time of my life.” I really want to visit Hawaii. Everyone that I have met, that has been there, says that it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
(CCM) Who are your major influences?
(PC) Ray “Lil Dice” Alvarez, Shardkeith, John White, Margo Moore, Walter Johnson, Miguel Meija, and Michael Gilbert
(CCM) Tell us why you chose to move into the area of music professionally?
(PC) It wasn’t planned, it was one of those things that sort of happened by chance meetings, and coincidences. I just like to inspire people through my art (In large part, through my writings), and when the opportunity to get involved in music arose, I just went along with it, and then just let it flow.
(CCM) What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
(PC) That my first love is football, and my second love is “The New York Yankees” – Ha ha ha
(CCM) What is the biggest life lesson that you have learned in music, and in life, that you believe would be valuable wisdom to share with other artists?
(PC) If you don’t mind, I would like to give 2 lessons that I have learned, from both music, and from the life that I have lived so far, and that is 1. Universally, the most important thing in life is “Self-Respect.” No matter what one does, where they do it, or how they do it, if they do not respect their self, in that moment, they have failed themselves. And 2. Don’t waste, nor undervalue, “time,” because once it is gone, that (or those) moment(s) you will never get back.
(CCM) Do you have any tours coming up?
(PC) Yes! Next year, Spring 2018, “Poetically Contagious” will be taking part in “The Rise Up Tour” in Canada. We’re extremely excited about it. It will be our first tour outside of the U.S.A.
(CCM) How do people discover your music?
(PC) We’re on twitter at https://twitter.com/Poet_Contagious , we’re on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PoeticallyContagious/ , we have music videos on Youtube, such as our “Top 40 song” – Toss him Aside. We also have music on Tidal, I-Tunes, and Amazon mp3, but for those people who want to feel the impact of “Poetically Contagious” up close, catch us on “The Rise up Tour,” next Spring in Canada – That’s going to be something to remember.
(CCM) How did you find out about HGB? Would you recommend this radio station to others? If so why?
(PC) I found out about HGB, through our Management team – Rosner Management. And I would definitely recommend you guys, you are on top of all of the artist that “Have a match on the fuse, and are about to explode!”