Jackfroot.com Exclusive Interview with Lil Crazed
Lil Crazed is one of today’s hardest working artists. His musical grind has consisted of touring all over the world, collaborating with numerous artists, and developing his music label. All of this while raising his two sons and being the best father he could be. Jackfroot recently had the opportunity to sit down and interview Lil Crazed to go a little deeper into his “crazed” world. Check it out!
Jackfroot Exclusive Interview With Lil Crazed
J:Â Being a rising star in the music industry, what’s it like to beÂ recognized by people all over the world when you’re traveling or going onÂ tour?
LC:Â It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s not even just shows now that I get recognized. I get recognized in public more often than I would’ve ever expected, at least this early in my career. Just recently, I was recognized at a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game and even at a casino. Just the thought of all these people from all over the world watching, listening, and supporting my music, is just amazing.
J:Â How did you come up with your label name and what influenced you to nameÂ it King In Disguise aka K.I.D.?
LC:Â When I was younger, I was known as The Kid Crazed or Lil Crazed the Kid. After it started sticking with me, I wanted the “kid” part to mean something. That’s when I made it an acronym for “King In Disguise.” “King In Disguise” represents my team and I because we’re all kings disguised as regular people. Every man or woman is a king/queen if they believe they are. A king is a leader and if you believe you’re a leader, then you are one. If you’re one to take initiative for the better of your people, whether that be your family, your team, or your friends, then you’re a leader. It all depends on how you portray yourself to the world.
J:Â If your fans wanted to get you some candy, what candy would you prefer?
LC:Â Whatchamacallit. I love those!
J:Â Everyone knows that you are a father of 2 beautiful sons. What’s it like being a father and a traveling artist at the same time?
LC:Â It’s tough. Well, it used to be. A little less than a year ago, I was also working a part time job. I had to balance out work, fatherhood, and traveling. It was tough, but I feel if you have enough passion for something, you’ll make it work. The traveling multiplied but it was also paying my bills so I ended up leaving my part time job to pursue this full time. I’m fortunate enough to have great family and friends that are close to me and my kids so they help watch them whenever their mother isn’t available to.
J:Â Being an artist comes with a lot of stories. Can you tell your fans one of the craziest stories you remember?
LC:Â The craziest story I will never ever forget is when I went with a fan to get my autograph tattooed on her back. I was in Virginia for a show and at the meet and greet, a fan asked me to autograph her back. I did. She said she was going to get it tatted the next day. I thought she was joking but she was dead serious. My friend, Benji, and I went with her the next day and got it all on video. This was over a year ago and she e-mailed me a few weeks ago telling me she still doesn’t regret getting that tattoo. I’ll never forget you, Rae!
J:Â Who are some of your role models that you look up to and why?
LC:Â As cliche as it may sound, I look up to my mom a lot. She went into the restaurant business awhile back and became successful. A lot of our family members didn’t think she’d be able to do it, but she’s pulling it off. In my case, a lot of my family and friends didn’t think I’d be successful doing this, but like my mom, it’s been doing pretty well. I’ve still got a long ways to go, but I’d say I’m doing well right now.
J:Â What are some tools or technology you utilize that helped you get to where you are today?
LC:Social networks. Of course, you need your obvious tools: a computer, a microphone, studio space, and such, but the power of social networking has helped me become who I am today. MySpace helped start a fan base for me. Then came YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter which have all been necessary for artists to come up nowadays.
J:Â If you weren’t doing music, what do you picture yourself doing?
LC:Â I watch or listen to other people’s music. Any genre. It stirs up new ideas in my head and it usually helps out a lot when I hit writer’s block.
J:Â If you can travel back in time to tell a younger version of Lil Crazed one advice or tip, what would it be?
LC:Â I’d tell him to watch out for people in this industry. There’s a lot of shadiness that goes on.
J:Â If you can be any superhero, who would it be?
LC:Â Superman. He’s normal and lives an everyday life but when the time comes, he becomes who he needs to be for the world.
J:Â Are there any tips or suggestions you can give to some artists that want to come up and succeed in the music business?
LC:Â Whenever Iâ€™m asked this question, I always tell people about the saying I wrote as my senior quote in high school. â€œDonâ€™t follow your dreams, lead them.â€ What that means is take initiative in your goals. Donâ€™t wait for something big to happen, make something big happen.
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