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Meet Maxtallies

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maxtallies.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Before I started rapping, I was heavily invested in the idea of creating beats. At the time when I started, however, I was not determined enough. Everything I made seemed to not sit well with me because I was always comparing myself to other people. I jokingly made a beat and gave to my friends and they actually recorded on it. To my amazement, they requested that I make more beats for them. I didn’t really start rapping until I made a beat that I felt I couldn’t give out. It was my child and was literally calling for the sweet whispers of my breath. At the moment, I’m 22 years old and I’m a rapper, producer, model and graphic designer.

Please tell us about your art.
At the end of the day, I always try to put forth a message into my songs. In a couple of my songs, I try to talk about the neighborhood that I’m from, the opportunities that I had and didn’t have and how it impacts me and my understanding of the world. In another song, “these things,” I talk about heartbreak after a relationship. Whereas, there’s so many songs out there today about love and the conversation is always “I hate you,” or “I still love you,” after a relationship but me? I talk about respectfully moving on. If two people try to date and it doesn’t work out…just move on. Appreciate the fact that two people tried to build something together and even if it didn’t work appreciate the fact there was effort. Anyways, I also try to speak, in terms of my music, from a different perspective.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
What a time to be alive. I would say, it’s a lot better now to promote music. In the past, if you wanted to sell CD’s you would be doing so from the trunk of your mum’s minivan. Now? Not so much. You could literally be sitting on a couch and sending out tweets or Facebook messages. In terms of cities like Boston, I think we really need to support local talent. If there’s a local artist who’s holding a show or doing a concert, then make an effort to go or even if it’s not possible just listen to their music and try to give them an honest opinion of how they can grow.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find me anywhere by searching “maxtallies.” Or by following my Instagram @junxior

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