How did you come by your stage / brand name?
Well, it’s a crazy story, honestly. So starting out, I wanted to incorporate the word “stove” in my name. I wanted to include the word stove because this is what my homies and I named this basement that we all used to party in. It had a whole bunch of trippy lights and posters, a badass sound system, you name it. That was our spot. So I had to incorporate that somehow.
Then I thought “What else am I into? What other hobbies or passions do I have?” And at the time, I was fascinated with the way the human brain works, and I still am. But specifically, I’m fascinated with how the brain works after going through mania, depression, experiencing mind-altering drugs, etc. So I stumble across the word “psychosis” and that’s when I put the name together.
I took Stove and Psychosis and originally made “Psystovis”. When the time came around to claim an artist profile, I then decided I wanted the “s’s” in Psystovis to be dollar signs like “P$Y$T0VI$”. But this wasn’t the case, because most platforms don’t allow artists to have symbols in their name. So, without thinking, I drop the “P” and change the money signs to regular “s’s”, and that’s how I became Systovis. An easier to pronounce nickname that most people call me is “Stovey”. Or, “Stovey the Kid”.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Well, I always knew I could sing, dance, and just all-around perform, but I never actually told myself I could do it for a living because I am from a small town, filled with small-minded people. With small-minded people, comes negative reactions to someone trying to be something great, so anytime I brought it up, people would laugh or say it was impossible. So I just never acted on my dream.
Then, about a little over a year ago I started getting into beat making and wanting to make my own beats. This all started because one of my homies was really experienced with it and had the necessary equipment for it, so I watched him a few times and took a shot at it here and there when we’d all chill at the Stove. Well then about 11 months ago, I decide to buy my own music equipment and try making my own beats.
After I started this, I immediately got hooked on writing my own lyrics to my beats and learning new flows and cadences. Eventually, I started writing full songs, with hooks and bridges, and flow switches and then months later I’m meeting producers and beatmakers online who were willing to make the beats for me, so I decided to focus my attention on rapping and singing solely as just an artist.
I always knew I had a passion for music and entertainment, just never knew I could love it so much as I do. I never knew it could be a legitimate addiction. I love it so much that I don’t know what I would do without making music. That’s one of the main reasons why I have to make it in the industry. It’s not for the fame or the lifestyle, but it’s to make the money so that I can keep making music for the rest of my life. I don’t want to do anything else besides make music.
The amount of stress and anxiety that is taken away from me because of music production is remarkable. I am able to vent and express myself and my views through my talents of rapping, singing, and writing. I am able to help others who have gone through similar trials and tribulations that I have. I can do so much with my music, it’s amazing. With my passion, drive, and versatility, I’m going to create my own genre. What I have to offer the world is unique and creative, and I just want people to hear my music. I know people will dig it.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
This is a tough question to answer because I have a lot of artists who have inspired me to create my music the way I do, but no other artist is doing what I am doing. I don’t think there is another artist that is as versatile as I am, or willing to push the boundaries of music as I do.
When I hear a beat, I start creating what comes to mind and in the end, it is a masterpiece. I can make a radio hit out of any beat. I’d put money on it. I mix elements of Dark Underground Rap with Hard Trap and Ambient, Atmospheric Electro R&B with alternative Hip-Hop, as well as Indie Pop and Old-School Boom Bap. It’s crazy I know. On paper, it probably looks disgusting, but to the ears, it’s so stirring and different, you can’t help but love it.
But to credit some artists that have inspired me in these different areas I’d have to say Rittz, Post Malone, Clever, Tech N9NE, Yelawolf, The Weeknd, Kevin Gates, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Young Dolph, and of course Eminem.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My current project is called “Armageddon”. This album is outstanding. It’s got a perfect mix of emotional story-telling and just flat-out BANGERS. It’s like the good and evil forces of Armageddon. And within the project, you will understand why I named it Armageddon.
There are a lot of battles I fight within myself that I share on the album, as well as a lot of aggression and the burning passion I have for making music. Each song on the album is a masterpiece no matter how you look at it or listen to it. The whole album is a masterpiece. If I had to describe the vibe in words I would have to say, “Dark and Hard Underground Trap w/ a hint of Electro R&B and Pop Rap”.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My biggest challenge would have to be disciplining myself to slow down with making new music. I am always making new content. Always writing and recording. Some people call me a “Hit Making Machine”. And I know this can be bad because I could potentially smother a fan base or following, with too much music, so that would have to be my biggest challenge. But that also answers the second question, and that’s my passion and drive.
Systovis interview with Muzique Magazine
My passion and drive are what create my work ethic, and they are what have brought me to where I am today. My strive to outdo myself with each and every song I put out, makes me become a better artist. I don’t have any other competition other than myself. So with saying that, I think my best attribute is my passion and willingness to push the musical boundaries, as well as my versatility.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Well, this is a tough question to answer because I do so many things. I write my own lyrics, record my own vocals, create my own cadences and flows, structure my songs, promote my own music, utilize my own social media, create my own artworks, etc. I think there are others out there that are better than me in probably all of these areas, but I don’t think there is a person out there that is better than me with the way that I make my music as well as use it in my everyday life.
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans for the feature? I will be a household name. I will be a big-named artist. I will make it in the big leagues. Whether I do it independently or with a label, I will get there. I have way too much to offer to not make it in the industry. And I also see it as I am already this far, so I can’t turn back now. Quitting isn’t an option. Never has been.
I’d say for short-term goals, my plans are to get picked by an editorial playlist on Spotify, network and feature a bigger named artist on one of my tracks, and also start making enough money from my music to support my cost of living. Those are the main goals right now.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I’d like to thank all of the artists that have inspired me. The few friends that still bump my music when the majority of them sleep on my music. I wanna thank my family for still letting me chase my dreams and keep my passion burning. I gotta thank the big man upstairs for the talent He gave me, and the ability to produce music so creatively and efficiently.
How can fans find you?
They can find me by looking “Systovis” up on Google, Spotify, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Apple Music, Soundcloud, iTunes, Pandora, iHeartRadio, etc. I’m on everything you can think of. I usually respond to all of my messages, so if they want to hit me up, they can do that. Just search for my name on any platform, subscribe and follow, hit that message button, or press play and start streaming my music!
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Never give up. I know it is cliche to say, but seriously do not give up. I’ve been through so many ups and downs on this journey and the ups always outweigh the downs in every aspect. It’s a reward in itself to get the accomplishments even if they are small.
Also, expand your versatility and do not be afraid to be different. Stand out and push the musical boundaries. Be original with your music and do what you want to do, not what society tells you to do.