Today we’d like to introduce you to Fidelis Folifac.
Fidelis, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started writing rhymes around the age of 12. I was inspired mostly by Lil Wayne at the time, and it pushed me to want to become an artist. It wasn’t until I turned 16 that I got into production and making beats. It helped me make my music more authentic to who I was by giving me full creative control over my sound and how I developed it. When I got to college in 2016, I took some time off music to focus on my college career. About a year and a half in, I found myself missing music again so I decided to jump back into it. I dropped a mixtape in July of 2018 while I was taking summer classes. The positive response from my peers encouraged me to pursue music again, so I started releasing music and music related content consistently. In February of 2019 I release a project titled “Quiet Storm”. It was my first project release on all streaming platforms. Then that summer I dropped another project titled “The Summer”. I also went on to be featured at an A3C and Google event, as well as perform at an artist showcase at WISHAtl for Sonny Digital. Fast forward to 2020, I drop a single titled “Under The Influence”. It caught the attention of an artist manager by the name of HL. HL is a very close friend of DJ Premier and he also works closely with an up and coming label “PURE Records”. Long story short, they ended up signing me along with 3 other artists who were already on the label, and now we’re just grinding and making things happen.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road hasn’t been smooth at all. I never expected it to be. Being that most of my music endeavors have been independent, I came out of pocket for all the costs needed to be covered. As an indie artist, you’re going to lose a lot of money but the freedom of being able to do what you love is priceless. I’m blessed that I am able to work to take care of myself until I do music full time but it takes away from the hours, I could spend creating art. Also building a following has been a bit of a struggle because I don’t create mainstream sounding music, so my audience is very specific and niche. Although these are struggles, they are also building blocks for success and motivation. I use them to fuel me in my journey because I would struggle a lot more if I just gave up.
Tell us more about your work.
I am a Hip-Hop artist and producer. I specialize in creating hip hop art and making an experience out of it. I’m most known for my lyricism and stand out production. What I am most proud of is the authenticity in my sound. It’s very hard for most nowadays to not follow trends but it’s something I veer away from. I think what sets me apart is how genuinely my art comes across, like this is what I really do because I love it. I think people can feel that. Also being versatile but also staying within my lane.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t say luck but I would say making the best out of timing. Things won’t always follow the timeline you want them to so you have to stay ready for every opportunity in order to be able to take full advantage of any moment, whether it comes earlier or later than expected. That means having to stay extremely consistent. Consistency allows you to take full advantage of opportunities when they come. So, I would say it isn’t luck at all but my strong dedication to remaining consistent in everything that I do. Both in life and business.
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