How did you come by your stage name?
Before I had this name I was a DJ by the name of black blaze. I kept that name for a while, but I never actually felt that it sat well with me or presented who I was or what I was trying to bring to the table. So in searching for a new name my sister, my cousin, and I came up with KatchUp in the context of don’t sleep on me, I’m the one everyone should try to KatchUp to, whether it be in music, DJing, entrepreneurship, whatever I put my mind to.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
As a kid, I would accompany my father who was a DJ to gigs around our hometown. My love for music became more profound when my dad started teaching me how to play and would even let me play at his gigs. In high school I started throwing parties in order to practice playing, my parents would even let me throw a few parties at the house when my friend’s basement wasn’t available. I decided to delve deeper into the music scene by becoming a producer and putting together my own studio, during that time I was also going to school to become an engineer.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I would say my sense of style doesn’t come from one particular person, but from multiple people, specifically my dad and other members of my family.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
‘Vini’ is a long time in the making (about 3 years). Urging to increase the play of Haitian music between DJs and in the clubs, but specifically, globally I chose to create my own genre which then yielded the creation of ‘Vini’ and the plethora of other songs to come. The concept of ‘Vini’ was created due to the time I spent in the clubs during my DJing days.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
One of the greatest challenges came when I decided to create this genre, very few believed in what I was doing, therefore, I was left to tackle this mission all on my own. I wanted to be more in the background and have others sing on my beats, I didn’t want to be the artist.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people were interested in being the face of this movement, when I did find one artist that was willing on taking the part, things just didn’t work out business-wise. So I had to do what I had to do to help me get here, I know this is just the beginning, but I made it this far, I don’t plan on giving up anytime soon.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
In my opinion, I believe I am the best at what I do because I am the only one doing what I’m doing so far for the Haitian culture. A lot of Haitian artists make great Haitian music, but globally they do not relatively go far. When was the last time we heard a Haitian song receiving an award in the U.S. or anywhere else for that matter?
When has a Haitian artist done a collabo with an American rapper or singer on a Haitian song? We haven’t been there yet, that’s where I’m trying to get us.
What are your plans for the near future?
To keep working, pushing my genre, my music, as far as I can, as much as I can.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Family and my day one friends that has been around through my whole journey, know who they are. Thank you for the support and for holding me down!
How can fans find you?
My name across all social media platforms is itskatchup and KatchUpn on YouTube. Streaming, download, like, subscribe, follow me.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
For all upcoming artists in the game like me, all I can really say is don’t let anyone deter you away from your dreams, continue pushing hard and continue to do what you love.