seanvatoflaco

 Exclusive Interview 

BIO I’m Sean Vieyra, my friends call me Sean V, my twitter handle seanvatoflaco, and some even still call me Gary lol… I grew up all around Nebraska, I know it’s a weird place to picture a hip hop artist residing, but there’s actually a lot of dope rappers and talented musicians where I’m from. I wouldn’t say I’m ashamed at all to tell people where I’m from, I love it here. I am a bit reluctant though because nobody expects a rapper to be from here and actually be good, but like I said there’s a lot of dope artist from here and all across the state as well. It just kind of puts you in a category of who not to give a chance you know? My goal is to prove the critics wrong and show them just because you’re not from LA or ATL doesn’t mean you can’t, or shouldn’t, record hip hop music, or good music for that matter.I went to several different schools across the state my whole life. Never had too many friends like I do now, but I always had key people who left an impact on me and it reflects in my music. I was born June 12, 1993. I always loved that because I share the birth month of some of the greats, like Ice Cube, who shares a birthday with my baby sister, the late great Tupac, Kanye West and even the god-father of dirty talk in music, Prince. Lil Snupe was born the day after me too so that’s super dope. I started rapping a little bit after 8 Mile came out, but I was more into WWE as a kid, and eventually NBA and NFL as I got older, so I didn’t really start rapping seriously until my Junior year after I got my felony burglary charge. I was 17, they dropped it down to an attempted burglary, but I still have the felony on my adult record because they prolonged it like a MF… I’m 24 now so I look back on it as a learning experience, temporary defeat, and it’s apart of my story so I no longer use it as a roadblock for me. The only limitation one has is the one created in his mind. I’m all about self help and mind opening books, videos, and I love learning from other genres of music, not just rap. Matter of fact, rap isn’t even my favorite genre. I love soul music, my favorite is Al Green, and my favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so I’m out there haha. Any who, that’s my bio so I’ll start answering the questions, thank you again for taking your time to do this for me! It really means a lot and it’s well worth it for me as well.

Who are your top 5 influences? I’d have to say my top 5 growing up was Eminem, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, N.W.A and Snoop Dogg. Now a days it’s Prince, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Nirvana, and everybody I meet on this journey. I believe everything around us is trying to tell us something, give us clues, we just have to keep our eyes, or “eye” open for it.

When are your new projects coming out? I actually just released my album, Baby Cliff on SoundCloud on my birthday, June 12. Last year I dropped Ms. Cletus on that day too so maybe I’m on to something hahaha. The project is 20 songs long and full of bangers! You’d have to listen to it because I can’t put into words how it sounds, I just call my genre, “space” because I don’t really sound like nobody else. I plan on releasing more and more projects this year, with a scary movie on Halloween as well as a compilation album with my little group and what not. My best friends Jeremy and Dequan, I’m working on individual duo projects with them as well. Jeremy is dope! He can sing too, he reminds me of The Beatles. What helped you get into music? 8 Mile got me to start writing raps, but I always had tunes and melodies in my head, and me and my little brother Dylan always made up our own dumb little lyrics for stupid songs we’d hear hahaha… My friend Phil got me to break out of my shell and start freestyling in his jeep with him during lunch breaks in high school. Everybody thought I was cold and I just started to do it more and more often, especially after I got in trouble. What really got it going is when I started recording regularly with Dequan and Jeremy, but after Dequan got sent away, I had to figure out how to do it myself, which is one of the best decisions I’ve made. My grandpa Mony was a clown too, he’d always be singing to us kids so I always like to think of him as the OG rapper in my family hahaha…

What is one thing you would tell your fans? I’d tell them to never stop learning. Not just school, you can learn more outside of the classroom, we have access to YouTube and Google, the 2 largest search engines we have. Peoples biggest mistake is they believe they’re done learning after they graduate high school and especially college, when in fact the learning is only beginning. Whatever you do, never stop working on your craft, whether you coach little league, work on a farm, are in the retail business or even welding, never stop learning, and just because you didn’t graduate or had little schooling doesn’t hinder you from achieving success in any walk of life. Age too! No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to do what you want. Abraham Lincoln was a failure at everything he did until well past the age of 40 until he met his wife, Ann Rutledge. The biggest thing I want from this music business to open peoples minds. I don’t want to have all these followers just to have them, I want to create more leaders and leave them little “clues” in my music for them to catch, and however that correlates with them, however they fit that into their lives, I want them to run with it! I want to make everything, even anything, one thing, something to “click” in their minds, and use that to help them out… I’ve always said that this is bigger than the music.

What are your biggest goals for 2016? Seeing that 2016 has already passed, hahahah, sorry I had to man! …. my biggest goals for the rest of the year is to do more shows, I love performing, release more and more albums, get on the radio, go viral, and if not this year, next year or sometime soon in the very near future to be on the NBA 2k18 or 19 soundtrack… that’d be a dream come true! Until those heights are reached, everybody I meet along the way is helping me out in more ways they can ever comprehend, including you guys! You have no idea how much this means to me… I’m excited about the future, and I understand failure is only temporary defeat and is inevitable to reaching ones dreams, and I’m embracing it and staying persistent on this road. I want to save up money for my little mans who should pop out New Years Eve, my girl is pregnant, so I just want to be the best father and husband I can be for her and a positive role model to her daughter. She’s not mine biologically, but she’s mine in my heart. She sings all my songs and still wants to come to one of my shows, she’s only 4 and I can tell she will be somebody one day as well, she has a good person to look up to as well.


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