Artist Interview – S. Burley

S. Burley is an upcoming Hip-Hop performer and producer who is originally from Georgia but currently is living and working in Tampa Bay. When we first checked out S. Burley’s track “Off In Da Club” on Twitter we loved the vibe and were therefore delighted when he agreed to complete a feature interview with Essential Pop. Read on to find out about S. Burley’s musical inspirations, what he’s currently working on and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.


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Q: Who are you called?

The name I was given at birth is Shebastian Burley so I wanted my artist name to still represent me so I chose S. Burley.


Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Young poet with a unique style and persistence to be a successful entrepreneur.


Q: What is your musical background?

I was signed on an independent label now I’m an independent artist under TBJRentertainment, John Casablanca Modeling and Talent Agency, Hollywood Auditions and Star Video Productions.


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been a long lesson. I’ve learned so much in the past year and continue to seek knowledge.


Q: Who inspires you musically?

I’m inspired musically by life in general. I’m more of an observer so when I write. My music reflects the true emotions and feelings I have upon the world.


Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I look up to 50 Cent and Jay Z a lot especially from a business point of view. I mainly listen to Kendrick Lamar and follow his music. I like the messages in his music. He’s really saying something.


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Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I would love to collab with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil Wayne, The Game, Eminem and most of all my favorite rapper 50 Cent.


Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

At the moment I listen to Kendrick Lamar a lot. I love music with soul, passion and a message behind it. I feel I can relate to his music cause I’m also an artist trying to find myself in this world. Also he doesn’t follow others. I also create my own style and continue to reinvent myself.


Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Since I create all my songs from scratch, I start with an idea or melody and build from that sound till I feel I have created a masterpiece defining a part of who I am as a person in a soulful type of way. As far as my writing creativity goes, it’s more of a feeling or inspiration I get from the track. I feel sometimes the words just come to me subconsciously and I always try to incorporate some type of knowledge or inspiration for the enlightened listeners that keys in to every word so that they fully understand the message. My ultimate goal is to create an art form that connects with the listener to the point where they become believers instead of just fans.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Personally I think the lyrics are more important. I’m more geared towards the conscious art form of rap and like to have a strong and sometimes deep message in a track that shows off my knowledge and creativity. The way I see it is if your not making somebody else’s life better then what are you doing with your thoughts? Positive thinking brings a positive aura; negative thinking brings a negative aura. I’m a strong believer in thoughts creating reality.

I love to create melody’s I feel that if your melody, lyrics, and song as a whole connect with you. Nowadays it’s all about being yourself as a artist and branding yourself. If you’re imitating other artists its shows that your not original.


Q: Where are you based?

I’m based in the Tampa Bay area but I’m originally from Georgia.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s a little tough but with faith and persistence you can overcome any obstacle.


Q: What are you currently working on?

I do more then just rap and make beats. I’m a model/actor for John Casablanca and Hollywood auditions as well in California. I’m currently working on getting my clothing line ‘’S.Burley By Conde Couture’’ launching off soon. We’re gonna have the S.Burley shirts up for sale for everyone who wants to support.

My album ”Through It All’’ is in the works. We have some amazing songs on the album that I personally think touch many topics and show my creativity like no other. I’m really excited to release my album I will definitely key yall in when we find out when it’s releasing. It should be within the next few months.


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Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I would say the respect and advice I got from the people I look up to, One of my best friends Andres Yepes of Star Video Productions taught me a lot and my clothing designer from Conde Couture just the positive people I put myself around. My manager is most definitely the most influential person in my life, how much more blessed can you be to have a mother who’s there for you and believes in you when nobody else believes.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Within the next year I feel my limitations are limitless. With persistence I hope to have a successful clothing line, excellent career in acting/modeling, get my music widely known to the world and keep making songs. I feel will gain a larger range of audiences.


Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I’m currently working more towards my fashion shows to start marketing my clothing line and launching it within the next few weeks.


Q: What do you do to relax?

I meditate a lot its keep me stress free and I feel like I gain an abundance of wisdom after every session. I strongly recommend meditating its part of my way of life.


Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My favorite places to vacation would be either Las Vegas or California because I have always wanted to go for as long as I can remember.


Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be yourself, stay positive and humble If you’re planning on being successful and growing your brand. Don’t just do music, try to be an entrepreneur. The more you can venture off into other positive aspects of business the more knowledge you can gain and opportunities that can come your way.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

This is just the beginning of my career I plan on many other ventures and success stories to come I’m looking forward building my exposure and gaining new fans/ believers I plan on having many more music videos and many more albums to come. I want to thanks Essential Pop for believing in me and allowing me to gain more exposure. Much love and peace to all.


Editor’s Note: S. Burley utilises his infectious, dynamic personality to create some very appealing Hip-Hop tracks with a commercial. We’re looking forward to how his career develops over the coming and years.


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