RW: Who is B. Thompson?
BT: Hmmm... B Thompson is a mystery. I find myself surprising myself everyday taking on new things. I'm so much more than what can be described in words. I would like to think of myself as an experimental artist. I look at life as art, and I'm always trying something new so that's what would best describe me. Outside of the music, I'm just Phil or Bucci. The spontaneous, goofy, random person full of jokes that people know me as (laughs).
RW: Is Music your first love?
BT: Music is definitely my first love. It's always been apart of my life. Even before I started singing and writing music...It was there. I was able to relate to what I listened to at times.
RW: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?
BT: My music would best be described as "gumbo," meaning you're going to get a little bit of everything when you listen. It's all about my feelings. Being that I am a writer, I write based off of emotions and surroundings. Sometimes I'm in love, confused; other times I simply want to express myself in a fun way. So you might get the soulful R&B, the pop, the rock influences, the country twang - just a little bit of everything all mashed up in one.
RW: Who are some of your musical influences?
BT: My musical influences are here and there. Although I didn't grow up singing in church; Shirley Caesar, Clark Sisters, Howard Hewitt, and the Winans stayed in the speakers at home, so that definitely was an influence. I listened to a lot of R&B 90's music. Brandy, Usher, Brian McKnight, Donnie Hathaway, Beyonce, Tyrese and Lauryn Hill are some of my biggest inspirations music wise. There are so many more to name, but those are definitely the core artists for me.
RW: When writing, what inspires you or where do you gain your inspirations?
BT: When writing, I tend to use my life as my inspiration. My first mixtape all came from a personal perspective. I go through a lot trying to maintain a career and date (laughs). I like to write about personal instances. I try not to get too personal unless I have to. Sometimes I take the people around me secretly. A lot of friends like to use me as their vent destination (laughs), so I usually use their instances. Hopefully after they read this they'll continue to do so...I'd hate to use strangers (laughs). But yea, me and my surroundings are definitely my inspiration to write. It's usually the best way I can express myself.
RW: Have you ever doubted yourself or your career?
BT: I did. I think all the artists go through a time where they just don't feel that they are good enough. Whether it's from them hearing negative feedback, the public not being as responsive as hoped, we all have stages where we doubt ourselves. For me, it was all about confidence. Being that I chose to go outside of the box people didn't respond immediately when I first started, so I had to ask myself, "Is this right? Should I be doing this or should I be playing Football or in somebodies office filing papers?" Then it hit me, THIS is what I was meant to do- Entertain, perform, sing, write, etc. I'm an expressive person, once I became comfortable with who B is, that doubt went right out the window.
RW: Upcoming projects or events?
BT: Right now, I'm just recording my second album. I've been writing for a few projects under my publisher that I will be announcing shortly that I am excited about. Once my album is all wrapped, I'll be doing more shows and events. Right now I'm just focused on getting the right vibe with the second album. The first one did so well, I don't want to let anyone down.
RW: What can your fans expect from B.Thompson in 2013?
BT: You can expect a lot from me! I released my debut album intentionally. It's called "Evolution" and it's available NOW! I made a cameo in the French hit reality show, "Les Anges De Le Telerealite" where I vocal produced a session for singer, Maude Hercheb. Her song, "Love Is What You Make Of It" hit #2 on the Billboard charts in France and number 1 on iTunes. Let's see, I traveled to France and performed for my album release and I also walked my first fashion week fashion show. I've been working like crazy on features...I'm featured on a few artists' albums, I've been writing for a few acts as well. Shouts to Prince Malik, Tony Dofat, Erika David, Kiarra Ireland, and Myles Stefan. I've also started recording for my second international album for an end of the year release as well as some US material. Man, there's so many other things I wish I could talk about. But trust me, I'm keeping busy - You're just gonna have to stay tuned!
RW: Where can fans follow you or find your music?
BT: I've VERY active on social media! You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram -- I am also on YouTube. As far as music...My music is all over the net, YouTube and more places. My mixtape, "Love & Learn" is available (CLICK HERE). My album, "Evolution" is available for purchase everywhere online. I have some demos and leaks that are online just by name search. Also check me out on MTV.com to catch up and learn a little more about me and my journey.
RW: What is the best advice you've been given upon launching your career in music?
BT: Stay true to yourself. It sounds so cliche, but it's truly what will help you when launching a music career. People focus so much on being what's trendy and what's cool as that point that they lose their artistry.
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RW: Any Shoutouts?
BT: Of course. You know everybody always has to shoutout somebody (laughs). I'll try to keep it short. Of course, the man upstairs for making all possible - Without him, there is nothing! My supportive family, Rashad McCants and the YBG family for the support and their belief in me. To 28 Vinyl and the Cagle family for being a support system. My dear friends Oliv' and Dede over in France and to anyone who believes in me and my art. The fan, the producers, the mentors, the writers, the fellow artist...That's all!