Curci is a hip-hop artist from Fort Collins, Colorado. He started dabbling in releasing music in 2012 by releasing songs and mixtapes with his friends. This lead to a growing fanbase that made him take his career more serious. In 2016, Curci released his first full length album “Figuring It Out” entirely produced by AC3Beats which went on to be successful enough to sell in stores around the US and UK. Touring was an inevitable next step. Curci has played many shows around the US and toured Europe with The Pharcyde. Leading up to today, Curci has put out a few projects under his “Robots & Rocketships” series and has recently released his new album titled “Create Your Own Luck”. Check out the Exclusive Interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?
Curci: I’m from Fort Collins, Colorado. I started making music in a middle school class and started taking it more seriously once I met my DJ in Highschool and we started releasing songs and playing shows.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
Curci: Mostly self taught other than in that middle school class where they taught me how to count bars.
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘Curci’?
Curci: Kanye West and Pharrell largely shaped the first half of my musical influences and as I got older my influences were still coming from people out of their “family tree.” Curci is my last name, and lots of people at school would just call me that so I thought I would keep it that way.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
Curci: SOUL. I feel like the one thing that stays consistent in all of my music no matter what tempo or vibe is it’s always soulful. I always want to put an essence of something you can really feel in my music.
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?
Curci: My music is such a part of me and my personal narrative that witty lines about politics or spiritual beliefs get thrown around whenever I see fit. There’s not a limit that I have in my music that I’ll stop if it’s the way that I feel or it’s a part of my truth.
7. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it, or are you expecting something more, or different in the future?
Curci: Music has given me a lot in life and is the only thing that feels like it fulfills me. But I know that in the future it’s going to bring me even more, and I’m excited about that!
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do you usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
Curci: I’m constantly writing in my head and recording or writing lines down on my phone. I have so many different song ideas that by the time I hear a beat that I like, I remember topics and story lines I had thought about and then structure what I want around the beat.
9. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
Curci: Being an independent musician, you have to learn every single part of the industry meaning marketing, outreach, directing, writing, producing, managing, packaging, etc. This is physically and mentally draining work for one person to do and doing it with little to no help for my entire career has been a lot. But I keep the engine pushing.
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
Curci: A very proud moment was being able to tour Europe with The Pharcyde and meet a bunch of my fans in different countries.
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