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Conversations with Versell “VERSEatyle” Motley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Versell “VERSEatyle” Motley.

Hi Versell “VERSEatyle”, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Born in Los Angeles County and raised in San Diego county, my story ranges between both home locations simultaneously. From street dancing at an early age to music production and to performing on stage in my young adulthood, I started to cover all aspects of Hip-Hop through all types of styles utilizing originality within the culture. From Boom-Bap through Trap oriented music as well as Pop & Locking through Breakdance, I aimed to be one of the most defined all around go to Hip-Hop artists that provide musical & visual versatility to one’s mind, body & soul through a mix of retro early 1990s flavor, combined with modern day sound, frequency, movement & aura. Starting from a street style dancer as an introverted child, I grew to notice the happiness and unity Hip Hop dance provided whenever I showcased my skills, which was a pure way of communicating and expressing myself without the pressure of social acceptance involved. It became to where I was then in a close-knit dance crew who then became signed under a parent organization which helped promote ourselves and elevated our opportunities for performances and promotion. Within the time frame that I would showcase my dance side, I would also be writing notes that resonated with whatever I was going through or what I’ve seen during those eras, which led into practicing composing beats and actually delivering the words with unique cadences while being able to record everything in sessions. Throughout all my conflicts and hard work, I am currently an indie artist and influencer that has a backing of different brands and still in motion of elevating my success still to this day.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Some of my main conflicts on my come up to where I am now would be the lack of knowledge about marketing a brand, maneuvering through growing pains, and budgeting while undergoing financial hardships throughout the whole journey. In the beginning, when I started music, I was always under the impression that if you work hard and excellent at what you do, opportunities and people will gravitate towards you. However, learning over time, I adapted that you have to not only be great at what you do, but you have to advertise and portray yourself in strategic manners that will get a proper reaction going for future engagement involving new people for one’s brand, company, or product. In addition with this knowledge, it was difficult to properly invest in myself with a proper budget due to personal income and financial obligations still in the picture. Now with the situations that I have evolved from and worked hard to execute the best possible outcome, I can definitely say that “the joy is within the journey”.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
The biggest attribute that sets me apart from other artists is that I’m one of the few rap/producing artists that can perform popping & breakdance oriented dance professionally. It took me years of long practice with trial and error to acquire my talents and reach a high caliber of skill within them, and it definitely was not easy at all. Musically, I would say I’m also “versatile” in that realm and pretty well-rounded with all styles from vintage to current sounds due to my open-minded love and appreciation for different genres of music. I think what also sets me apart from a lot of artists in general is that I don’t really tend to initiate the urgency of listening to a new song, album, or artist that’s new and relevant when a generally speaking large amount of people are on the hype of its release, but rather on my own time instead. With this, I feel whatever words and flows that will emit from my creativity will be more likely organic than subconsciously adapting with the current and relevant sounds losing authenticity and originality.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Too many to list to be honest, but I will definitely say thank God for Google.

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