Interview With Rapper and Artist Selym
Today we are going to interview Myles Borders, more know as Selym, a rapper from Kansas City, Missouri.
Hey Myles, how about you tell us more about yourself?
I’m the second youngest of five children, my first love before music was basketball seeing that I’ve been playing ever since I was 7 years old. I was born prematurely on December 28, 1998, even though I wasn’t due until March of 1999. Just a little background info I guess.
Did you grow up in a musical family at all? When did you start to get into music?
No, my family isn’t big into music aside from my older brother who raps every now and then. I started getting into music when I was around 8 or 9 which was right when my mom put me onto Tupac, Big Daddy Kane, E-40, T.I. and other artists. That really started my love for music, and she’s a big reason for that.
Who do you look up in the music industry?
It’s nobody that I look up to socially or on a personal level, but I would say that my influences are Drake, Lil Wayne, and Tupac.
You still are quite young. What do you think about the so-called “SoundCloud rappers” who are your age or even younger and are all over the charts? Were they just lucky?
Man, it’s a few “Soundcloud rappers” that I’ve stumbled upon that are actually dope, that whole phrase is a just a big misconception and stereotype for the new wave of rappers. Most of these guys are mumbling and shit but it’s still real rappers out of the new generation, people just have to dig deeper.
You said that you’ve been into music more professionally for the past 2 years. What would professionally mean in your case? Were you actively learning everything you could about music production and producing?
Yeah, I’ve been taking it seriously for the past 2 years, I started with Anomalous Intent now in 2016, that’s when Chill D and I started recording songs, and we’re going at it ever since then. As far as music production and producing, I’m still in the process of trying to learn how to do it because I do one day want to become a rapper/producer.
What’s your primary source of motivation? Do you want to prove somebody wrong?
My main source of motivation is the person I was yesterday. I’m aspiring to prove to myself every day that I could become a better person than what I was the day before.
Do you think you have a good work-life balance?
Yeah, I’ve never had a problem juggling school and work, so throwing music into it hasn’t been an issue either. Music is my passion, so I’ll always make time for it.
How’s hip-hop music scene in Missouri? For some reason, I always think of country music when I hear Kansas.
Man, the music scene is cool, but a lot of people in Kansas City are haters and only support people that are popular and shit. I was never popular in school, so it’s a struggle to get my music out, but I take it day by day. But shoutout to Supreme, Khalil, JP Haley, and Derrius man those are the guys that I mess with when it comes to this music shit in KC.
When did you decide to form your rap group? Do you think it’s easier than if you were all solo artists? Like someone always gets your back.
Chill D founded the group Anomalous Intent during our Junior year of high school. I don’t know about easier, but things would have been a lot different, we would have definitely put out our solo projects a lot sooner and shit.
Any big plans for 2019? Have you set any defined goals?
I’m dropping my debut mixtape Overly Misunderstood on June 5, so be on the lookout for that.
Any last words before we finish everything up here, Myles?
Thank you for your time man, I appreciate it.
Where can people get in touch with you – a social media perhaps?
Instagram – selym.primo
Facebook – Myles Borders
Snapchat – selymnotmyles
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