Yo Rourky! In the beginning, tell our readers which city you rep?
Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Can you please introduce yourself in greater detail so people can get familiar?
I’m a 24 year old rapper with a great love for music as a whole but obsessed with hip hop. I like to think I’m more of a lyrical artist than anything else. I love story telling in music so I think that’s what I base my style around, I’m a story teller, just trying to get my story heard. I work with my music group Talent Sounds Music Group and an independent label here in the UK called TigerBloodMuzik Entertainment.
How did you get your rap name Rourky?
Being from a family that’s half Irish, my last name is O’Rourke as I took my dad’s last name. Growing up everyone my dad knew called him Rourky. I wasn’t really motivated to make my own rap name so I stole Rourky from my dad (laughs). I’ve wanted to change it for a while but I’ve released so much music under that name it would be too much effort so I’m stuck with it now.
How long have you been making music, and who are some of the artists that inspired you to want to make music growing up?
I think I recorded my first track back in 2007. I wasn’t really thinking about music the way I do now, it was just something to do back then that I liked doing. Obviously, I was inspired by Eminem. I think from the start he taught me white guys can rap and sort of be accepted in hip hop. It’s ok to be different and from the start I was kind of worried about how people would take it. 50 Cent was another one. I liked his music but it was more about how he performed on stage if I’m honest. He was just a boss every time he hit the stage. I was inspired by a lot of musicians but those were the main two.
Tell our readers more about your style of music?
I like to tell stories in my songs. I’m more about lyrics than the beat. If I listen to a song and the beat is banging but you aren’t really saying anything substantial then it’s not appealing to me. I like to keep the beats simple and the lyrics hard hitting. I’m also obsessed with wordplay. I try to mess around with words as much as I can, just to see what I can do and how clever I can make it.
With the year being past its midway point, what have been some of your highlights?
I’ve been working on my newest album for most of it. I managed to work with a lot of artists from outside of the UK this year which is exciting for me. Also, I have a single dropping soon called “If I Come Back” featuring American artist The Jokerr, which is a really personal track to me. It tells the story of what I’ve been going through for the past year, and the problems that I’ve had. We’ve gathered some attention in the US, been played by some DJs in Texas and Denver so that’s another thing I’m really happy about.
What are you currently working on as we speak?
I’ve just finished my newest album called “Puzzled 4”, which is set to be released on iTunes, Spotify and all other digital stores on October 5th. The album and the single “If I Come Back” are finished for release so right now I’m trying to plan video shoots for them and just trying to write and record as much music as I can.
How important is it for artists to build relationships with DJs?
To be honest, I still think it’s important to know who loves your music, but I also think in this day and age because now we have the internet not a lot of people are aiming to get their music to DJs for the club, it’s all radio.
What are your personal and professional goals you have set for you and your music?
To just keep motivated and working hard. I just love making music. If I make enough money off music to quit my day job and just be able to live off it, make a solid career and discography, then I’ll be really happy.
Do you consider yourself a rapper, an emcee, or something else and why?
I’d have to say both. I have a rapper side but also I’m an emcee too. Guess it depends if I’ve written a song or just featuring. I think my label would say I’m more of an emcee though.
What has been your biggest hurdle in this industry so far?
Building a decent fan base. I’ve been doing music for many years and I still have a long way to go. There’s always someone who hasn’t heard my music. I’m grateful to the people who buy and listen to my music, and also support me 100% but there’s always someone I can turn into a fan.
Before you go, where can people find your music and keep up with everything you have going on?
Everything you need is on the website www.rourkymusic.com from project release dates to shows and other links it’ll all be on there.connect
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