iLUMiNATiVE is a creative and intellectual musical project. Songs like “The Spectrum” really help to engage your beliefs and even challenge them. “The Spectrum” is a controversial song because it touches on the subject of autism and about being on the spectrum.
The music video is a mind-melting artistic statement that will leave an impression. “Not as retarded as people think” is a statement many of us can relate to when people put labels on us and try to categorize us without seeing our true potential. There is more than potential with iLUMiNATiVE, iLUMiNATiVE is a creative visionary with a story to tell.
Who is iLUMiNATiVE
iLUMiNATiVE is a hip hop artist who blends rock, pop, and even metal aspects into his music. Overall, he fuses different genres with politically charged lyrics that will intrigue and excite listeners. Charisma and a fierce presence set iLUMiNATiVE apart from the competition.
iLUMiNATiVE isn’t afraid to speak his mind whether it is on the subject of vaccines or about his opinions on fascism. That is what makes his music interesting. Nothing is off-bounds to iLUMiNATiVE and his music raw and full of emotions. For this reason, we had to reach out to iLUMiNATiVE for an interview.
iLUMiNATiVE Interview with Rock the Hip Hop
What first got you into music?
Growing up my family always had music playing in the car and at home, we had a keyboard.
In my early teenage years, I was around friends that were musicians so I got to use different instruments at their house, and at high school, we had music classes. I got my first electric guitar at 16 years old.
At high school, all I ever really did was a sport, surf, skateboard, listen to or play music, travel, and go to school.
During school I ended up traveling a lot for surfing competitions from 15 years old onwards; so music was a big part of the road trips, flights, and motivation before competing in championships.
Who inspired you to make music?
After my school years, I traveled a lot more so I listened to a lot of artists from around the world. I ended up meeting music producers so I got to watch the whole music recording process. I then bought my first acoustic guitar to write and play on recordings. I taught myself to play and sing or rap at the same time.
How would you describe the music that you typically create? What is your creative process like?
I rap and sing over any style of music but my music overall would be categorized as Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, even Metal aspects; so overall it’s a fusion of many genres.
These days I find the beats and instrumentals that I like to write over the top of. In the past I wrote songs from scratch, for example, I would create chords then do a chorus melody, verses, and bridge l, adding sound effects where necessary.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
To list a few: Yelawolf, Token, Joyner Lucas, Slipknot / Corey Taylor, I would say Eminem too but he has a solid record of destroying another artist when he hops on the same song, I could do the hook and bridge lol.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Parkway Drive was enough for me. I did some rap rock songs at that show but brought a few songs that had some metal riffs. I was the gentle opening act lol, apples to oranges.
I don’t think opening shows are my thing. I ended up being the main act at a few shows, which suited me more. I would prefer to come on stage as a guest, not an opening act.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thanks for listening to my music and showing support. I don’t have a lot of followers, not to compare myself to Jesus but he only had 12 main followers but millions after death. Sometimes the work of art someone does is appreciated or a hit when a person is gone, people can be ahead of the time they are in.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I wouldn’t call all of these useless but this one doesn’t help anyone else except myself and my health, it’s surfing. I am most interested in talents that can help me and others. Tantra/tantric practitioner/good in bed; it’s useless if you don’t have a regular sex life, erotic jobs, or partners. Massage therapy; useless if you have nobody to massage, no clients, or your country and states outlaw sole trading massage from home or mobile services unless you get double vaxxed which to me is a noooooo!!!!! My body is not their choice regardless of a fascist dictatorship or proven false-positive testing creating false numbers of cases etc.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
I actually don’t sing in the shower because my showers are so short. I sing more with my son, with a keyboard, guitar, while walking or driving. I have been singing nursery rhymes a lot for my son and my songs to learn for filming the music video performances.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I am doing everything I can to promote my music online etc. I am still doing everything I would be if I wasn’t but I am. I still work for money and I still work on myself. Music saves me and heals me, it’s natural medicine and therapy. Music is something that can be shared with anyone, it’s always been there for me. At school, people would say I always listen to music to escape reality, but to me, the reality is what you tune into. There is not just one reality or dimension, multiple dimensions in one space is closer to the truth for me.
Where have you performed?
Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Zarautz in Spain a couple of times. Pantin in Spain. Byron Bay multiple times, Nimbin and the Gold Coast in Australia.
What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
Least favorite: Any venue that allows smoking, cigarettes/cancer sticks yuck! One time I was on stage and I had the driest cotton mouth from someone smoking hash near the stage, I was struggling to get through the song and I actually started tripping high too.
Favorite: You guessed it! smoke-free clean healthy environments where I can breathe, outdoor venues too. I treat music performing like a sport, to perform well I need to feel good, eat well, and be able to breathe well, etc.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Not at this time as our country and state have lost its rational mind with restrictions and lockdowns. It’s a police state here in Australia. I won’t be getting double vaccination shots to do a show and I won’t perform unless the fascism chills, dies down, or dies.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Pros and cons. It expanded one independent reach but also expanded the major elite artists’ reach creating an even greater division. I describe it based on views etc. as being in the hundreds, the thousands, the millions, or the billions, as clubs, 1st class down to 4th class. I could be happy with 50K on a music video of mine in one month but you look at the rich artists and they get that count in a minute lol so the level goes up.
A lot of major artists are paying their advertising and marketing campaigns too, just on a greater level. I think once artists can break through to where they get what they put outback, even more, then they can put that back into their work and it gets easier. Stock trading in a way has to invest and have to take risks, sometimes the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Nothing is free, artists don’t just make it with no money, money is needed to keep the boat floating or to upgrade it to a speed boat or plane, it’s how it is. No money, no growth, work to feed that child.
What is your favorite song to perform?
My favorite songs are my faster harder edge songs because I can just go harder, it takes the nerves away. Songs that are like a workout take away the performance anxiety. It’s harder for me to chill on stage so being able to use that nervous energy in a hard-hitting song suits.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Yelawolf for his rap rock star swag. Eminem for his superhero raps. Slipknot for their hardcore energy. Justin Beiber for his purity and singing. Kanye West for his indifference and faith. 2Pac for his depth, art, and swag. All artists for balancing the planet.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
1)At high school a few of my friends and I had a desk graffiti war all over the school, eventually, we almost got expelled. I used hardcore animated drawings to fight back against my friends who were messing with me, on desks they were going to sit at, or drawn on paper passed around. I know it’s childish but it was my weapon, drawing was a way to express or defend myself, now it’s similar in a sense but using words via music art.
2)I was detained for a bit at an international airport for carrying a bb gun in my bag, which is illegal in Australia, I got off with a warning.
3)Last time I visited Japan international customs were suspicious about me visiting for only 5 days (like they thought I was drug trafficking) so they questioned me and detained me for a bit until they had no reason to keep me.
4)I was fired from a big company sponsorship and I got so angry I texted the bosses saying they would pay one day. They threatened to report me to authorities for making a threat unless I said sorry, so I texted them one word only.
5)Some coward reported me to the local council for operating a tantric massage service that I was doing as a mobile service interstate in a whole bunch of towns. I did that alongside professional massage for 7 years and I was pretty busy.
I have dealt with false accusations in that line of work too, dealing with psychopaths combined with government fascism, sheeple and puppets had me retire early. Now I can’t even cross the interstate borders unless I get double vaccinated 🙁 I don’t buy into one of the biggest conspiracies of our lifetime.
So as you can read, this is a series of constant bullet dodging. The moral of the experiences is; if you get caught doing things against the rules or laws just be cool and maybe they will be too.
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