The Lowell music scene is a hotbed for musical talent from a wide variety of genres and subgenres, with rap and hip-hop being no exception. Nestled within its lofty mills lie a wide swath of different sounds ranging from the timeless old school of D-Tension to the noise experimentations of Kofi The Spiderman, all in synchronicity with the booming modern sounds of contemporary hip-hop. SoloArtist, aka Curtis Ambe falls under the final category, producing smooth, slick, club-ready tracks. Ones that also exude lyrically dense and emotionally open alternative hip-hop vibes at the same time, that are equal parts introspective and isolated but also hopeful and celebratory. We at the Spin simply had to learn more, so we prepared…
5 QUESTIONS FOR CURTIS AMBE
What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?
Before Love Came To Kill Us, by Jessie Reyez. I’ve had it on repeat all year. I just can’t listen to one song. Just love how vulnerable she is while also being a complete savage.
What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?
I’ve never really been a concert goer to be honest, but I would love to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise again. They perform with so much energy and love
What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?
Does watching tv count as a hobby? If so then that. I’ve clocked in more hours on my TV than God. If I’m at home and not writing music, I’m in front of my TV watching some insane action film or show.
What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?
Locally, Lowell has a great music scene. A lot of talented people, a lot of people really working to make a career out of their art. There’s just a huge lack of support. Actually even worse, there’s a lot of trying to destroy others. In the six years I’ve lived in Lowell, I’ve been painfully aware of the amount of hate between the local artists. Instead of building each other up they’d rather tear each other down. At our label, Mill Side WorldWide, we try to rise above that. Refrain from being in “beefs” with other artists, and try and support our peers as much as we can.
If you had unlimited time and resources to learn and become skilled with an entirely new and different musical instrument, or a different method of live performance, (Dance/Acrobatics/Etc.) what would it be? (This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Lillian Martin) (Hey, that’s me!)
Currently trying to teach myself the piano. I played for under a year as a kid, and as an adult I regret quitting before I knew what I was doing. It’s a skill that I think will be very useful throughout the rest of my career.
SoloArtist’s various singles and EP releases can be found at his LinkTree central hub page, to purchase and stream wherever music is found. His music videos can be found at his YouTube page, while additional news can be found via his Facebook page. His label/music collective, Mill Side WorldWide, (Also the home to frequently featured Lowell Spin artist Chi Tashi) can be found via their Twitter page.