Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Solomon.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a self-taught DJ/Music Producer from Cerritos, California. My love for music grew when I realized that when things got extremely rough in my life it helped me get through the dark days. My production was some kind of therapy for myself. The icing on the cake was that people actually liked my art. At home, my father would always play music in the house ranging from “The Eagles” to “Boyz II Men”. There was something about Soul Music that touches my heart and made me not feel pain and puts my mind to ease. My brother also was a great influence on me with the music that he showed me like “A Tribe Called Quest” and “The Pharcyde”, which gave me my Hip Hop influence. I was actually DJing longer before Music Production and I was mainly into turntablism and actually got really good at it. I practiced my own routines just like how DJ Craze, ATrak, and DJ Qbert did in the DMC Championships. No one really knew my skill in DJing until I went public. My last name Solomon presents so much power to me knowing my parent’s rough story coming to America. From that my stage name became “Sol” because of my everlasting love for Soul Music and to show my parents that we can do so much more.
Please tell us about your art.
Being a Music Producer the art that I create definitely has to have a meaning behind it or a story. Stevie Wonder is such a great songwriter definitely influences the way my creation process works. Not being able to rap, sing, or write poems, I try my best to put out a message in my music to have my listeners tuned in. The certain chords that I arrange to the drum grooves that I process create new sounds with the influences of the genres I grew up listening to. My inspiration usually uproots from my everyday life, issues I deal with mentally and physically, as well as my muse. I hope that when people hear my songs they feel the chords, feel the grooves, and genuinely switch their current mood that they are in. The artwork that I provide for my music is visual aids to start your mind running before you press play.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe that as Artists, we are like warriors. We chose a harder path, an “unstable” route, that does not pay well from the start. Taking this path makes us stronger. Us artists are aware of the issues going on in the world and I myself personally would love to leave a lasting impression that will help the future of generations to come. These events going on the world whether it is bad or good fuel my inspiration for music. Whatever I gain from my art I want to put that out into the youth and show them their power whenever people try to suppress them or kill their individuality. Everyone is so different but everyone has the power to make a change and live a better life by switching their perspective.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see most of my work on my SoundCloud which has some of my most creative art. I also have self-produced, mixed and mastered singles on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and all streaming platforms. People can support my work providing criticism to my art and to come to my shows. Whenever I feel the energy of people coming to hear me I make sure to give you guys what you want!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: solbeats
- Twitter: solbeats_
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/sol-beats
“STARING” by TRINITY
Prod. By Sol
“High Notes” ALBUM by BEZA
Track 5 “Play The Part” Prod. By Sol
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