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Meet Phvl

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phvl.

Phvl, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Born in Fort Worth, TX. Raised in Fort Walton Beach, FL since the age of six. The city (Fort Walton) is a military city filled with various cultures. Growing up… I had many cultural influences including Latin, Jamaican, Japanese, and many more. I got into music through rap freestyle at the age of five because my older brother was a gangsta rap artist. I was a backpack rapper initially until the age of 15, where I started to dabble in other genres like R&b, trap, & EDM. I also had a huge love for music in its entirety, so I also dabbled In dance, music production, singing, and audio engineering. Fast forward a couple of years… I would move to LA after attending college in Orlando, FL as a professional dancer, work 7+ years in the industry, & finally transition over to music through songwriting & production. Now, I’m an independent artist that does it all (Mixed media marketing, choreography, creative directing, music production, songwriting, vocal production, event hosting, & graphic design). I aim to bring together different communities & merge cultures through music & dance. My style is energetic, raw, & very versatile.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s all perspective for me. I believe the trials & tribulations are necessary for artistic development. To most outside eyes, it would probably feel like it has been a rough road. I was raised in the South where racism was huge. Through my younger years, I dealt with tons of discrimination. Cohesive with that, my family is from a rougher background being mainly from the hoods of Wichita, KS. I experienced drug abuse, violence, & gang related incidents growing up. My parents divorced when I was 5. That is my earliest memory. I thought I would play in the NFL, but ended up giving up that dream because of political complications with my coaching. I moved to LA on a dream. No experience in anything. I came to visit LA with an ex girlfriend & ended up staying. Couldn’t find a job during the first year & freelanced the entire time while living off savings I earned from my first bookings as a professional dancer. My relationship became toxic & needless to say… it ended. The ending wasn’t a good one. It left me homeless, without money, & struggling to find a need to continue my journey. A few flings & a couple missed love connections later… I found myself in another relationship, booking jobs again in the industry, & feeling like I could do anything once again. Fast forward a couple of years & this relationship would end just as sad as the last. I took some time to rebuild myself again & get back to the music. I’ve been striving ever since.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a melodic rap artist. I specialize in versatility. My energy moves crowds. I’m known for a smooth flow in rhythmic dancing & an unpredictable musical vibe. I’m most proud of the amount of people I’ve influenced through my artistry. I’ve been involved in artistic works with greats like Will Smith, Keke Palmer, & Lady Gaga. I’ve performed for Disney, Universal, Asics, YouTube, & many other brands. Even though these are great for the resume, the most meaningful experiences have been the ones where I’ve gotten to put a smile on people’s faces and hear reactions like “you changed my life.” from complete strangers at random events. I think the thing that sets me apart from other rappers is my ability to hold a stage with my dance experience & my ability to connect with so many different styles, cultures, etc.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the diversity. The availability to culture of all kinds on a massive scale. The opportunity to stand so close to all the fields that are most people’s “dream job”. There’s always something going on. The thing I like least is the traffic … I haaaaaate traffic lol. On a serious note … I dislike the breeding of unrealistic self-expectations due to the entertainment field’s competitive nature. I feel like a lot of people are lacking self-love. This breeds insecurity. Insecurity hinders connection. So, there’s a lot of people “out for themselves: in order to protect themselves from things/people that they don’t even need protection from. I’m not saying everyone should be naive. I just feel like more than enough people are too guarded today.

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