After some time of doing some business with this young talented artist, Corriente Latina has finally gotten a chance to sit down with Big Preme to discuss his music, his thoughts and what is going on with him and his career.
Big Preme hails from DETROIT (not chicago lol), but currently resides in Arizona. "El Primo" as he is called by his friends, is one of those well rounded artists, He not only writes all his own music, but produces the tracks as well.
Whats Up Preme? How are you feeling these days?
Oh wow, i'm good man... I feel real good actually! I'm in the lab working on some new stuff and I feel really good about it.. very positive.
You are a real talented up and comer, but many still don't know who Big Preme is. For those that don't, who is Big Preme?
Thanks man, I appreciate that! who am i? i'm just a regular guy bro. I'm just a fan of music.
There are alot of people who never get the chance to express themselves in this medium, so I'm really thankful that God has blessed me with the talent to create and the opportunities to be heard. My music is based on my life experience, so I think the reason i've been so well received so far is because everyone can relate...I also try my best to stay humble and never talk down to anyone. it's how I was raised so I bring that along with the music. I think people who listen to my music appreciate that i'm speaking to them, not at them.
We know your actual Stage name is Supreme. How does it go from Supreme to Big Preme to El Primo?
alot of people ask me this question and its kind of a long story so I'll try and make it quick lol. Many people don't know this, but i do more than just sing and produce. I rap, do graphic design, video editing / special effects, direct, I mean you name it, and I do it. Not that i'm trying to show off, mind you, just when you don't have a ton money, you have to learn to tackle alot of jobs yourself.
anyway, a friend came over one day and was watching me work on like a thousand projects at once and called me a 'Supreme Entertainment Machine' or 'Supreme' and eventually just 'Preme' for short. anyway, the name stuck. a year later I started working with this dominican cat named mayeya.. super cool cat, just couldn't speak much english at that time. he's actually the reason I got into latin music, but he would call me 'el Premo' so I just ran with it. and the Big part.... hahaha well its pretty obvious why that's there.
You have done some production for our artist under CorrienteLatina Music Group, Kufa Castro. How was is working with him?
Yea Kufa is crazy man.. he's so different you know? like there are tons of rappers, but this guy kind of blends singing and rapping, english and spanish in a crazy way. He's way more musical than the average artist who can just give you an acapella that fits to any beat, so there were alot of challenges there. He gave me the acapellas that he'd already recorded and I just came up with the music behind him. It was an interesting approach, but the end results were definately worth it.
We've done a few tracks for his upcoming album, A joint with Temperamento called "La Muerte y El Diablo", which is just ridiculous, and a real different uptempo joint called "Lokisimo". both songs are fire, but they are so different from each other that it really shows off what he's capable of. He recently dropped a verse for my new project, a remix to my next single which is still hush hush, and we have some really interesting stuff coming out in the future that will blow you away... all i'll say is 'voy en camino a saturno' with it.
Now your production is really fresh and a novelty in the industry. What is your process when created a beat?
hahaha see, i wish i could tell you that i have this really cool approach to making beats and that i've got it all down to a science, but i don't want to lie on corrientelatina.com. Real Talk? I sit down at my keyboard and start plucking the keys randomly... when I find one note I like, i go from there... all it takes is the first note and then I start getting all these melodies in my head.... i'm sure there's a way more efficient way of doing it, but it works LOL.
I never went to school for music production or anything like that, so i play it all by ear... I really just think I get lucky to have it sound ok and not like a bunch of noise, but I have fun.. I guess that's what i'd say is the process... have fun. once this no longer is fun to me, i'll probably stop doing it.
What artist; either with us or not, would you love to do a song with and why?
wow.. there are tons of really incredible artists both major and indie that really inspire me that would be amazing to collaborate with. On a major? names like Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Voltio, Willie Colon... yeah I'm a fan of that old school salsa so it would be a dream come true to work with Wille... indie artists, there's a cat named Benjamin Arce that's like a mix of D'Angelo, Maxwell, Frankie Ruiz and Dr. Dre.... awesome guy, extremely talented. we'll be collaborating real soon for his upcoming project.
There's this cat out of D.C. named Gordo Brega that's just super nice man.. dominican cat that spits in english and spanish, and from the moment I heard Kufa I really wanted to collaborate with him, so I'm really lucky that we were able to work together and the stuff that we're doing is insane. but really, there's too many names to list... but i'm always down to collab with serious people.
Now you are an artist that is not scared to leave your comfort zone. You do Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata. What made you feel like you wanted to dabble in all those different genres?
well that's a tricky question. As latinos, we have such a rich and diverse catalog of styles to choose from and as fan of music, I listen to everything..
I grew up listening to latin music. my dad is a latin percussionist so the more traditional stuff like salsas and merengues feel very familiar to me. From an artist's stand point, I really don't feel like any of those genres are a step out of my comfort zone.. from a production stand point is another story! I had to learn how to compose bachata as i was writing (the bachata song on my album)"No Hay Vida Sin Ti", so yeah, that presented a few challenges, but I really didn't want to get pigeon holed into one type of thing...
I wanted people, who like me, have an eclectic musical taste to have a bit of everything when they listen to my music.
Now you do have a full length CD that people are able to purchase, tell us about that project?
"The Architect". it's my debut latin album and I'm very proud of what I accomplished with that project. we kind of touched on it a little bit on the last question, but just to elaborate, my album isnt just a reggaeton album. I have bachata, salsa, merengue, cumbia, electro flow, balada, hiphop... everything. I sat down one day and tried to come up with, what in my mind was the perfect playlist of other artists' music. the goal was to put together the best songs from all these artists doing all these types of songs...
I had everything from tego, aventura,micheal stuart to kanye west, hector lavoe and big pun... it was basically the perfect playlist, and something that you wouldn't want to skip through. when I was done, I made that my blueprint. I tried to put together an entire album that you can listen to straight through with out feeling like there was alot of filler.
I feel like I came really close to accomplishing that goal with this album, and while I realize that not everyone will like every single song, I have faith that people will feel like they got their money's worth with it. One of the most disappointing feelings is to go and buy the new Cd from your favorite artist and realize that there isn't much there beyond the single... you feel ripped off... I know that feeling and I didn't want the people who buy my album feel that way.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Right now I have two projects i'm working on simultaneously. I'm getting ready to relaunch "The Architect" as a special edition on iTunes with some remixes and completely new material, and I'm also working on my second album, which has no title yet. After the release of "The Architect" I got some really great feedback from people on what they wanted to hear from me in the future, so I listened, and this next project will hopefully be even more versatile than my debut. Other than that, i'm doing alot of production. I have some new stuff coming out from Kufa, a few tracks for this dope MC from arizona named Vpro, and some stuff for my guys back in Detroit, but i'm not to busy to collab so if you like what you hear, I DO WORK! hahaha... shameless plug.
What do you see in the future for Big Preme?
I see myself doing what I do now... making music, having fun and trying to push my creativity to the limit. I'm blessed to have this talent, and if it's meant to be for me go further in this, then it will happen. I would love to go on tour... perform in different countries through out Europe and Latin America... but whatever God puts in my path, i'll always be thankful.
Any last words for your fans and soon to be fans?
yes... thank you! wow, I can't say it enough... I have always made music for me... it's always been my therapy, so for those of you that let me into your homes or your cars and share my pain and my triumph, I thank you. I can only be an entertainer as long as you all are entertained by me, I'm greatful for all you've given and continue to give me. For those of you that don't know who I am, or haven't listened to me yet, I promise you that if you give me the chance, I will do my best to keep making music that moves, inspires and relates to you every time.