Etoc is a rap phenom who has music running through his veins and is turning heads in the Hip-Hop circuit. His clever lyricism, magnetic delivery, and efficient wordplay have already earned him acclaim among Hip-Hop aficionados in his hometown and beyond. He has a unique ability to articulate emotions with an unparalleled wordplay. All of his lyrics are relatable, expressing his experiences and emotions.
Within 1 year after officially uploading songs to DSP retailers, the aspiring wordsmith was able to generate more than 1.000.000 streams on Spotify. Furthermore, his recent singles earned him radio airplay on major FM radio stations in Europe.
Authenticity is the key to his growing success. Etoc doesn’t create cookie cutter radio songs. Instead, he concentrates on producing passionate songs from his heart and soul. Etoc is here to break through the monotony and staleness of the current Hip-Hop landscape. His grind is relentless and his vision is crystal clear.
Hello Etoc! Before we get into it, how are you feeling today? How is life treating you?
Hey! Given current situation of the world I’m doing about as good as I can be, thanks for asking. I hope you are doing well.
How long have you been making music and who are some of the artists that inspired you to want to make music?
I have been officially been making music for about two years now. I started writing poetry about 7 or 8 years ago for therapeutic purposes and finally got the opportunity to start writing songs recording. I would say J Cole, Nas, and Kid Cudi are some of my biggest inspirations as far as artists I look up to. They are awesome storytellers and convey emotions through their music so beautifully.
What was the moment that you knew music was your dream?
I would say the first time I ever recorded in a real studio. The feeling of being able to speak into the mic and release emotions that I had bottled up inside me was so liberating.
How did you get your rap moniker Etoc?
It is a play on my name.
Where do you get your influences from when crafting music? How much of your real life comes out in your overall music?
My influences are my own emotions, things I’ve experienced or witnessed first hand, and what not. Things that I would not typically talk about in normal conversation are revealed through my music. That’s something that makes it so therapeutic and fun, and so much of my real life comes out in my songs because of that.
For those who are not familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound and style?
Genuine and relatable. I want to be able to take the listener to a place to escape, to think, or to cope with whatever emotions they are going through. Just as my favorite artists did and still do for me.
What would you say sets you apart from other up-n-coming rappers in the game at the moment?
My lyrics. The concepts of my songs grab the listener. The themes in my music are things anybody can relate to.
You were able to generate a huge buzz so far in your short career. What does it take to build such a buzz to get noticed in today’s music industry being a rapper?
I appreciate the kind words. I would just say being yourself, and being self aware are two of the biggest keys. Don’t be afraid to spill your guts!
Your single “Bad Habits” is going viral with way over 200.000 streams in total online. What is the song about and was it difficult to write?
That is a track about the trial and tribulations of being a person. Everyone has their own battles that they fight every day. It captures the ups and the downs as well as the impacts that these internal dilemmas can have on relationships. It was a difficult song to write, because of the truth it holds in my own life. In order to write that song I had to be incredibly honest with myself, which is not the easiest thing to do.
What can your fans expect from the new single “Too Late”?
A banger! I am super excited to release this track. I don’t want to say too much, but it’s a song about the rollercoasters of relationships, and it slaps.
You are presenting your songs with very unique covers. It seems your fans and Hip-Hop fans in general enjoy you being kind of a mythical rapper who is difficult to grasp in a world where everyone is showing everything online.
Well, I am not the biggest user of social media nor am I very photogenic. But I do want to engage with my fans, so I am working on finding the right balance.
You and your music have been compared to Lil Peep by the media and industry professionals. What do you think about the comparison?
First of all, that’s a very kind thing to say. He was super talented and I am a huge fan of his music. It’s very sad that he is no longer with us. However, I don’t think comparisons are fair to artists. Each artist has their own methods of expressions. He had his own journey in which he reflected in his music, and I have my journey and thoughts.
What are your personal and professional goals you have set for you and your music?
I’m very excited for what the future holds. I want to continue to make music that allows me to vent and provide a therapeutic aspect to my life. I also want to continue to make music for the listener. Hopefully my songs can positively impact those who listen, and I hope I can bring joy, relief, or comfort to the listener through my music.
What is your opinion about the music industry? What would you change if you could?
I’m still new to the industry, so I definitely do not know the ins and outs of it. However, I think, from what I’ve read and seen, that the record labels take advantage of incredibly talented people who are not familiar with how the business works. So I suppose making a change to ensure that artists are signing fair record deals.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I’m not totally sure, but I do know that I am just scratching the surface of my potential as an artist.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Well, thank you for taking the time to speak with me and giving me the opportunity to answer some of your questions. I want to express my appreciation for all the support from my fans, I love you all. And if you haven’t listened to my music before, I would really appreciate it if you checked some songs out! Also, please feel free to DM me on Instagram or anything like that. Let me know what you think of some songs or even just to say hi. It would be great to hear from you!
In the end, let the readers know where they can find you online.
People can visit my official website at www.musicofetoc.com. You can find me on Instagram @musicofetoc, TikTok @musicofetoc, Soundcloud @etocmusic, YouTube @https://bit.ly/3f7CHi9, and Spotify @https://spoti.fi/2WWPDBe. My music is available on all streaming platforms!