Today we’d like to introduce you to Vonté NYC.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Vonté. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started media in April of 2013. It was a random thing. There was a group in Brooklyn by the name of ‘CommonWealth’ and I was friends with one of the members. He told me that the group was looking to book some interviews. Me being a big fan of the entertainment industry at the time, I said why not? We did the interview under my former brand CHiiNOTV. That day literally changed my life. I didn’t think people would watch it or support the videos at the time. Especially considering the fact that there was little to no promotion. Under that brand, I did about 13 YouTube interviews and then I stopped to finish up school and see if there were other things in life I wanted to pursue. By 2016, I was “retired”. Fast forward to January 2018 and I’m totally rebranded as VONTÉ NYC. There is a running gag that no one knows what the NYC in my name stands for, and I have $500 for anyone who can guess it correctly.
In January 2018, I started the Vonte NYC podcast and while using my previous style as a guide, I started hosting interviews exclusively for streaming services. I’ve had some notable names on the show, such as Funny Julius, Wavey’s World, Chessie Keebaugh, Jules Walcott, and many more! With the podcast getting positive feedback, I knew I couldn’t half-a** the people so I took some time off about six months in to grasp the whole concept of podcasting. In that time, I created Lyrical Flexercise. Lyrical Flexercise is a freestyle rap platform currently exclusive to IGTV. With 50 freestyles available and over 100K views collective, I knew I could chase other avenues as a creative. November 2019, I reintroduced the podcast, now with in house DJs and my co-host, Ash Dollas. The dynamic I wanted to bring was wanting the listener to be able to relate to more people. The concept is when you listen to the interviews, no two guests are alike, so you’ll always get new conversation, and I wanted to double, triple, and quadruple that with the additions I made. I’m working on a lot more for 2020 and beyond, but those are my two current brainchildren and I couldn’t be more proud!
Has it been a smooth road?
Honestly, yes. It’s honestly at my pace, so everything I do doesn’t feel forced. A few NYC based companies and labels have reached out to me to work for them, but where’s the fun in that? We are in a time where we are our most creative. Why hinder that for someone else’s rule? Create your own and build! Struggles only happen when you allow them, in my field at least. It’s a learning game. Learn and execute. You do those things, and the rest comes naturally. I’ve had ups and downs, but those come with the industry!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an Entertainment Host, Executive Producer and Content Creator. My idea is that I want to make sure talent gets displayed, all while displaying my talent as a personality. There are so many movers and shakers and people with gifts that don’t really get to the platforms that they need to be on. That’s where I step in. People know me for this kind of work. It’s gotten me into doors I would have never imagined and have put me in good contact with people I actually idolize. I’m most proud of the genuine and hospitable environment I provide. Everyone is a celebrity when we work together. I take pride in my guests and who I work with. I can recite all of the freestyles on Lyrical Flexercise! That’s huge. I’m sure Big Tigger didn’t rewatch his show this much!
What sets me apart from the rest is the fact that people can’t control me. I’ve been offered opportunities from every which way, and I know it confuses them as to why I never agree or sign on. I’m having fun and making an impact at my own pace. As Kendrick said, “B*tch don’t kill my vibe.”
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love LA. I’m based in NYC, but I got big love for my folks based out there. The atmosphere is great, the people are amazing (most of them) and it’s a land of opportunity. Or what you make of it.
The thing I like least about LA is that it’s not NYC lol.
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