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Life & Work with Levoy Bennett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Levoy Bennett.

Hi Levoy, 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?
I started writing lyrics when I was just nine years old, just something to do out of boredom. As I grew older, I started to become more versatile with my writing, as I began to write short stories, songs, and poetry to express heartbreaks and the feeling of betrayal in a non-violent way. Though my life started to become harder and harder as my age progressed, so by the time I was 16, I dealt with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. So to cope with my overwhelming negative emotions and thoughts, I wrote a least a song/poem per day, as it was my only way to really express myself and get my emotions out in a healthy manner.

By the time I was 18, I had overcome majority of my personal battles from my adolescence, and my writing was at its peak at the time, so I decided to finally start making music professionally versus just writing to cope with my wild emotions, as it was pretty much the only thing I’ve ever done that I was extremely passionate about, with the exception to gaming. Still at age 18. I started watching interviews of big named and local artists, freestyles to improve my own skills, and the overall successes and failures of other musicians in order to figure out what to do and what not to do for when I finally decide to release music. Unsatisfied with how I was performing in college and the college experience as a whole, I dropped out to have a full-time job, but also to put more time into focusing on music, then releasing my debut single “Prince” and a follow up with my remix to “Yes Indeed,” by Lil Baby ft. Drake. Now, from 2017-2021, with one mixtape, BEAST MODE, and six singles out as an independent artist, I have amassed a great following (even if it seems small compared to others), getting 5k streams over all platforms with no major backing of any kind, and getting streams/sales in 30+ countries, two music videos on the way, and an interview on a podcast, my career is in its’ beginning stage and it’s only going to get better from here.

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?
This has been a great road but far from a smooth one. I’ve dealt with struggles, and I know the struggles will only persist the bigger I become: it’s bittersweet. To explain, I’d like to reference a quote I heard before: “If you want to know who your true friends and supporters are, start a business.” That particular quote is something I’m sure every literal person who does what they truly love can deeply resonate with. Starting and continuing my music career shows me who truly supports me versus those that say they do but do nothing to support me, as some of the people I have been friends with since elementary school who I expected to be a supporter and fan are negligent of my music, while people who I have never met are showing me more love than almost anyone else. Dealing with the people who never post my music or share my music on their pages to help me out, but will gladly post their favorite artist on their page saying “happy birthday, I love you so much and blah blah” knowing that artist will never see it. Staying up late hours just to learn how to perfect my voice and breath control, learning how to mix and master by myself because nobody is willing to help me learn, having people come up with a million and one excuses as to why they can’t purchase my merch, and more. Although those are just the negatives of what I’m going through, but I did mention this come up is bittersweet, so of course there are absolutely amazing positives that come with this. For example, having a loving and loyal fanbase, being streamed in countries I’ve never been to or even heard of, having those people know every lyric to my song that I would spend at least three weeks perfecting, being shared and discovered by friends and artists alike, and so much more. I will always appreciate the negatives that come with this, as the negatives help shape a better me, even if it does drive me crazy at times, as they help push me to keep going no matter what I face, as any obstacle can be overcome with a clear mindset and commitment.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a lyricist that focuses mostly on rap music, but because I am extremely versatile, I can easily write music for other genres even if I can’t perform those myself from my vocal limitations. I am known for my catchy but very lyrical songs, as well as being that “weirdo” or “hippy” kind of person while also remaining unapologetically me. Most people hear my songs and assume I’m too cocky or narcissistic for having a high self-esteem, which doesn’t bother me because after having a low self-esteem for majority of my life, my confidence is something I’m extremely proud of. My self-esteem, my lyrical wordplay, my writing abilities, my ability to record some of the most complex verses in just one take, and my creativity are some of the major keys of what makes me Levoy, The Martian. Being able to get on any song, any beat, with any tempo and just absolutely murder my verses is my biggest accomplishment thus far, as this is something I have been perfecting for 13 years.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
What I love about Baltimore is our unique dynamic, as there is no other city that can replicate our sound. Our versatility as well as distinct sound is amazing. Though, the one thing I dislike is the support in my city, as they only ever gravitate towards supporting those who glorify drugs, gang activities, violence and more. There could easily be numerous “popping” artists from Baltimore, but because it’s a city filled with mostly hate and jealously, it is something extremely difficult to stand out and actually gain support if your songs aren’t filled with that name before.

Pricing:

  • $50 for a feature with just a verse.
  • $65 for a feature with verse and I write the hook/chorus.
  • $12.50-$30 for my merchandise.
  • $100 for ghostwriting an entire song.

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