What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is Norris Toney but better known by my stage name LOQ T. I’m originally from Chattanooga, TN but I currently resides in Houston, Texas officially my second home.
What is unique about you and your music?
I honestly feel I’m just simply authentic; I’m in my own lane. No one sounds like me. My music comes from a real place 100% organic and 100% sober. My music is vintage, youthful, and universal. My music displays lyricism, substance, pure soul & heart.
What shaped your music?
The journey throughout life shaped my music, all the ups and the down of life. I grew up hating my life, but I grew to understand my struggles. Many times in the mist of making music I sometimes sit back and reflect back on my life and that’s where I pull my inspiration from to develop my material. I really feel I have a story to tell, and I know deep down there’s someone just like me out there in the world who’s going to appreciate my message.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I honestly never planned anything out for as my stragedy of my music career. It kind of all just happened on it’s own. I just always stuck with it although I dabbled in many others things like restoring antique cars. That’s another one of my passions. I love old school cars. Back in the early 2008 and 2009 I created my first ever mix tape project. Going into that I was inexperienced but all the hard work putting it together inspired me to create more projects. Here we are now 2018 I’m dropping albums. It ain’t nothing but a blessing.
What type of music do you listen to?
My musical influences are Master P, No Limit, Lil’Wayne, Cash Money, Hot Boyz, Do or Die, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Dungeon Family, Lil’ Boosie, T.I, and Nelly. Today its rarely much that cathes my ear, but I do check for J. cole, Big Krit, Kanye West, CyHiThePrynce, Nippsey Hussle, and Jay Z, they the only artists dropping solid material these days that I can vibe to. I also listen to a little R&B and POP music every now and then. I love Calvin Harris music he’s phenomenal.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
The most undervalued artist I would say is J. Cole but I think he’s starting to receive his props. Another artist I would say is very undervalued is Big Krit. Big Krit is so amazing to me.
Who would you collab with out of any Artist or Producer?
As of today I would love to collab with my favorite artist T.I, and production wise I would love to work with Dr. Dre for sure.
What ignites your writing & creative juices?
Normally I create my music in the privacy of my home alone majority of the time. What moves me is beats the instruments. The production has to be incredible. I thrive off the outstanding sounds of live instruments and heavy bass. That’s what gets my ideas bouncing off the walls and formulated into songs.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
When I’m not creating music I indulge myself into another passion of mine, which is spending quality time with my beautiful daughter Lori. She’s the high of my life other than music. There’s nothing else I rather be doing if it doesn’t involve her, she’s my world.
If you weren’t making music professionally, what would you be doing?
Good question ummm… I’m not really sure. Maybe I would go back to school for my masters in petroleum engineering.
Success to you is…
Success to me is when I’m able to sit back in really enjoy the fruits of my labor. As of now the grind hasn’t seem to come to a halt. Everyday I’m constantly on the grind, which takes so much valuable time away from being with my family. One day I want to get to that point where hard work becomes less and stress becomes no more. I want to be able to vacate with my family at any giving moment. Until then the hustle continues. But I do feel success is indeed near.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help an artist starting out?
I would say start early in this music business don’t wait until you in your thirty’s to start a music career. Build you a supportive team of trustworthy people to help guide you. Save as much money possible to invest in your career. And be mindful and aware of any association or alliance that could tournish your image or career.
Any upcoming projects or tracks you are apart of?
Not at the moment. But I’m definitely looking forward to working with some of the amazing talent out there right now. I’m going to keep up the grind and let the powers that be make that happen for me. So we shall see. I hope my new album “Highlights of My Life” open many doors for me. That I think it’s the most solid project I ever created.
Where do we find your music / social media?
Album links: “Highlights of My Life”
Music video links:
I’m A King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5atYfXRk8iE
Bastard Child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwpwuhUXQ98
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