Artist Up Next Interview with: Mbarz




What is your name and what city do you rep? 

Mbarz & I rep Berlin city of the witty a cultural meltingpot and the techno mecca of the world.

What is unique about you and your music?

I think my entire approach and vocabulary are very unique since I started very late in life with music,

at the age of 31. I’d like to think of myself as a 90s rapper minus the gangbangin, I like worldplay and wits

i might not have bangers for the club but for a blunt ride or a chill cipher it shall suffice.

What shaped your music? 

from the slums of Shaolin, the Wu tang clan all the way to Amy Whinehouse as well as wordsmiths the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Belly but

I also let the thriving Techno scene of Berlin and the dynamics of this vibrant city inspire me.

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally? 

Around March 2019, thats when I was unemployed for a solid two months already but subconciously i was already far to gone into this music I just didnt know it at the time, this is around the time i wrote my single Rain Drops

What type of music do you listen to? 

Since I started making music i barley have any time to listen to old music since im too busy creating new one, but I enjoy niche music such as Blues, Funk but also vibrant Tech House beats that are in abundance of my city.

Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist? 

BELLY hands down, i have to say he is the greatest rapper of our generation and the Most Undervalued Player in the Game

Who would you collab with out of any Artist or Producer?

Kendrik Belly J cole, Drake Lupe Fiasco

What ignites your writing & creative juices? 

I actually draw a huge inspiration from diff type of gem stones that get my creative juices going, I also for some reason find it calming to write most of my works amidst publich transits on the Berlin city train system.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about? 

I smoke alot of weed and try to read as much as i can.

If you weren’t making music professionally, what would you be doing?

I honestly think I would be a great fit for a comedian I just havent connected those dots yet and am sure I will reach an outlet for that too one way or another someday.

Success to you is… 

Sucess to me is when people connect with you as a person and the message you are trying to send out with your music, someone telling me they genuinly like my music is one of lifes greatest honors to me because I certaintly am not doing it to become rich fast this isnt about money for me and if you ask anyone close to me in my circle you would find out that I am not a materialstic person, I am rather woke and spiritual there are some things money cant buy and i rather have those in abundance then any materialistic treasure or status one can attain in this life.Being able to move people with once art without jeoperdizing ones core values and beliefs is true success to me.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help an artist starting out? 

Make sure you dont doubt yourself, be your own biggest fan everyone has greatness inside of them and can pursure their lifes aspirations and dreams but we are programmed to unlearn our creative power and spirit at an early age, it starts in our schools to systemitcally wipe the artist in you out and transform you into a compliant pre packaged worker who will get up at 8 am every morning 5 days a week not really living with prupose but rather from pay check to paycheck. I want to be that niche that says NO there is another way and the only way to get their is to stop doubting oneself and just going for it.

Any upcoming projects or tracks you are apart of? 

I am working on my first Studio projects a 5 track EP called Verbal Alchemy, should drop by this summer (2020)

Where do we find you music / social media?

my instagram is full of snippets @i.mbarz and other than that Mbarz on all digital outlets such as Deezer Apple Napster Spotify and Youtube