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Meet Shawn Mclemore of Nigo Bands in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shawn Mclemore.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I started getting interested in music around the age of 10. I used to listen to all my dad’s CDs in my room when I’d be in trouble or grounded and the artists would range from 50 cent and Notorious B.I.G, all the way to Parliament and Michael Jackson. Then one day, I decided that music is something I want to do and a way to help get my family in a better financial place. I wanted to get my mom out of section 8 and get my grandmother the house of her dreams, as well as make sure that my future children don’t have to grow up like I did.

As time went on, I got more serious with music and started recording myself on a busted Acer laptop with a 40 dollar mic I got from Walmart and the grind began. Then a friend of mine and fellow artist named Chris Kinney showed me how social media works and how to grow a fan base as an independent artist. Ever since then, things have been going up for me and I have no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

Great, 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?
It’s definitely been a bumpy road along the way with plenty of struggles. There’s been times that I was so broke I’d have to steal food from Walmart just to have a meal for the day. I’ve been homeless sleeping in cars, I’ve had to sell drugs to finance my music career, I’ve been ripped off by fake managers and A&R’s. Pretty much a little bit of everything, but it all made me smarter, stronger and the artist I am today, so in a way I’m grateful that I was able to get through it and keep pushing.

Nigo Bands – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Well, I do a little bit of everything on the music side, but I mostly consider myself a rapper. I still play around with different styles and sounds though, I’m always open to experimentation. As far as what sets me apart from other artists is the realness in my music and the way I carry myself as a person. I look at alot of artists nowadays and I just feel like they’re putting on an act or trying to be something they are not. I want my fans to be able to really connect with me and feel me, not just because I make good music but because they really love and respect who I am beyond the music.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment would probably be getting my first 100,000 streams on Spotify. Because prior to that, my highest number was probably like 30,000 or something. I was a little shocked at the time to be honest. So that was definitely a moment where I felt proud of myself and felt like I accomplished one of my short term goals for music.

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