MACKAVON Exclusive Interview With Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
Honestly, it took me a minute to come up with it. I came up with it after I wasn’t rocking with my old rap name, I felt like I needed something that represented me through and through. It’s a funny story though, I came up with it in class while the teacher was teaching a lesson, I completely wasn’t paying attention and by the end of the class, I had my new rap name. I don’t regret it though.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I discovered it young and I’m extremely grateful for that. I was always creative and always had a huge imagination. I think what made me want to pursue a career in making music was seeing Michael Jackson on the TV as a kid when my mom played his sets and it used to just captivate me so much, I was just blown away by how he could capture people’s attention.
Then I got a little older and discovered rap, my mom loved 50 Cent so that was my first introduction to rap, seeing his movie made me think “Wow, if he can make it happen just by going after it, surely I can do it too.”
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My sense of style is really weird, and I say weird because it always evolves. But I’d say my dad first because he was always such a suave guy and I always want to come off like that. Then I’d say A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti, they push the boundaries for what’s acceptable in male fashion.
People are still close-minded when it comes to certain things. Much like Rocky, I do things for the females not dudes so I don’t know why guys get pressed when I rock certain things, that’s just weird man. The girls love it.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Haven’t revealed anything on that yet, everyone will have to wait and see, but I think they will all love it, especially my day one supporters.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenge has always been myself, no one else can stop me. My mom told me to always keep going, I’m always going to pursue this. I have a mission, that’s to help these young kids and help the next generation, a lot of them feel helpless and struggle with mental issues.
Music helps, it helped me, man. They need to seek resources too but when they feel like they need coping methods, I want to be able to offer a way and an option, with relatable songs. Because I’ve been through it.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Yes. I’ll be the biggest!
What are your plans for the near future?
This year I’m doing so so much, it’s going to be a crazy ride. I’m going to be dropping a lot of music. I don’t want to spoil too much but I can say that I have a music video coming out with Lil Shock soon for our song “Iced Out Feelings”.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I’d like to thank my supporters. Shout out to Lil Shock, major thanks for him believing in me. He’s a star in the making. He’s a humble dude.
How can fans find you?
Everywhere, I try to be as accessible as possible. My music is on all major platforms.
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Be yourself and go after this with no holding back. That’s the best advice I can give you, you’ll surprise yourself. Don’t give up and manifest the reality you want for yourself.