Hollywood Music Examiner stopped by on fight night to get an exclusive one on one interview with E- Roc Young the rap artist and music producer hailing from the Los Angeles area to discuss his latest project The Family. E-Roc Young is a well rounded person who wears several hats he is a father, record label owner, community activist, and recording artist. Not only has E-Roc Young earned a degree in Recording Arts he comes from a family that has been successful in music. E-Roc Young is the nephew of famous Bobby Day the song writer/music producer.
Read this Q&A session as Hollywood Music Examiner interviews Los Angeles's diamond in the rough, E-Roc Young who studies the craft of music and plans to take rap music and his record label to a new level. Plus learn more about the entertainment industry and new Los Angeles music right now by following along.
Examiner.com : How are you feeling tonight?
E-Roc Young: I'm feeling pretty good. I appreciate you coming out here even tho you can see it is fight night. Well that's how we do it we are always getting it in.
Examiner.com: I see that you were raised around Bobby Day.
E-Roc Young: That was my mother's uncle. I didn't get to spend some time with him. He was actually a little bit before my time. But my mother would play his music and would talk about him. He made the song “Little Bitty Pretty Girl". He use to sit her on his knee back in the day and sing that song to her. I have always know about him and gravitated to his music. Music has always been in my blood.
Examiner.com : I was wondering if Bobby Day's music influenced your music career.
E-Roc Young: Most definitely all the old school cats that had to struggle in this game I studied them. I look through what they went through as artists like dealing with bad contracts. I also look at James Brown and Sam Cooke who started their own label.
Examiner.com: Recently you performed at the Blue X O Lounge. What did you learn from that show?
E-Roc Young: I was actually doing a favor for Snoop Dogg's niece. Shout out to Splashy. She was having a birthday party and she also works with a magazine called One West Magazine. They were throwing a One West/Birthday party. They had a bunch of west coast artists come out. They did it big! It was cool.
Examiner.com: Since Bobby Day is your uncle can we expect to hear any songs with rock and roll music in them?
E-Roc Young: That is funny that you asked that. I'm not only an artist that does hip hop I see myself as an old school cat that is a musician that does not play an instrument. But I know so much about it. I know the chords and I know when something is played wrong. I actually wrote a rock song. I'll let you hear it later. About 4 months ago my mother had breast cancer and I was listening to a sample of an artist playing the guitar and it just felt right. I was sitting there just thinking about all the things I was going through with my moms and with the state of music at the time. I just started writing and it basically wrote itself.
Examiner.com: What is your favorite song to listen to while you are getting dressed for the day?
E-Roc Young: I just listen to oldies like the Dramatics, Sade, and Keith Sweat. But if we are talking about today's music I get amped off that new Jay Z that “Holy Grail”.
Examiner.com: I noticed that you have been giving back to your community by donating money and volunteering your time. What is your favorite organization to work with and why?
E-Roc Young: My favorite organization to work with is www. Yele.org that's Wyclef's organization for the relief of Haiti. I know that a lot of organizations tried to run out there after the earthquakes. But Wyclef's had this organization way before during his Fugees days. That is one that I really put my money on.
Examiner.com: Since you have been working with some of the community organizations do yo plan on performing at any of these centers?
E-Roc Young: I would definitely would like to perform at any center that would allow me to come perform whether it is for the kids or the community I'm always ready for that. Some of the content in my music is not necessarily aimed at the kids there is a lot of explicit words. I would love to but once I clean up my music I guess. Oh I did perform at a Christmas event in downtown Hollywood at the Celebrity Center.
Examiner.com: Let's talk about your latest project. Why is it titled The Family?
E-Roc Young: Well it is titled The Family because I'm moving into doing my own label which is Aint Jokin Music. This is more a compilation album with the artists I'm working with on the new label. I'm basically trying to get them out there. I got a cat from Compton by the name of Freshiano and a female named Melah Deuce out of Los Angeles. She is a beast on the mic. I put my money on her against any female out in L.A, New York, or around the world. We calling out any female or anyone that wants to battle this girl. Melah Deuce go look her up. That is why I call it The Family it is a new branch that I'm working with and these cats are in my family.
Examiner.com: What is your best skill in regards to music?
E-Roc Young: My best skill in regards to music I feel is hearing talent. I think I have a good ear for hearing music. I should be on an A&R team.
Examiner.com: What do you want your music and your record label Aint Jokin Music to be remembered as?
E-Roc Young: I want us to be remembered as putting out quality music. Being trend setters not staying in the mode of what today's music is. And to always strive to take music to next level. Try and stay above what everyone else is doing. I don't like to be stuck inside a box and I try and encourage everyone that is on Aint Jokin Music label to do the type of music that they love and to respect the craft. The fans are the ones that put us where we are and if we are not putting out music for them then we are just going to be putting out music for us to listen to us in our houses.
Examiner.com: What are your top three goals in music?
E-Roc Young: One is to either hear one of my songs or one of my artists songs on the radio or at the club banging. I want to be able to use this music to be able to give back to people. Like the homeless downtown still starving and the uneducated kids going through the system. I want to be a voice for the people. I want to be able to entertain and give people the truth. Those would be my three things to keep giving the people the real.
Examiner.com: What track of yours appears to be your fan's favorite?
E-Roc Young: So far I just put out a new track called “Reppin My Clicc” they have been feeling that one. Go check that one out a lot of cats are feeling that one.
Examiner.com: Where can listeners go to check out your music and your videos?
E-Roc Young: Right now you can go to soundcloud.com/erocyoung or my Youtube channel that is youtube.com/eroc30. Go check out the videos some of the old music that I have done and past albums. Get ready for the new music that is coming out like The Family album and I got my new album coming out. There are going to be some bangers on that joint. The single for my album is called “Turn Up”.
Examiner.com: Tell me something exclusive about your latest project.
E-Roc Young: Well a lot of the people don't know that a lot of the tracks are produced by me. They may think that they are produced by other people but it is your boy. A lot of the hooks that you hear although it is not me singing them I actually wrote them. The album should be coming out in February or the middle of March. This single “Turn Up” has to come out right before the summer time. I also put a couple of filler songs out on Soundcloud four songs off of album people can now go and download them for free.
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Special thanks to E-RocYoung for supporting and donating to the annual Los Angeles Renaissance Radio show breast cancer fundraiser.