We would like to introduce you to ShaoDow who is not only a successful rapper, but also entrepreneur and martial artist. It was is China when he developed a hard work ethic from studying Kung Fu. We were able to ask him some questions:
Hi Shao, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. How are you today and would you mind telling us a little bit about you?
I’m ShaoDow, a full-time rapper, entrepreneur and martial artist. I’ve recently released my third album and my first book. It’s a manga series, so if you’re into cool music and intricate lyricism made with passion and skill then I’m your guy!
Can you remember the first memory you have that is connected to music?
I remember when I properly fell in love with music. I was living out in China and training in Kung Fu. I had the 36 Chambers of Wu Tang album on CD player (thought it was an appropriate soundtrack). I was listening to it and got inspired enough to write some lyrics that didn’t totally suck. From then on I kept writing and kept improving and my journey has not stopped since then.
Your music is all about Rap, Grime and ‘Do It Yourself’. What is it that makes you excited about working on new music independently and what makes Rap special to do?
Well, I can’t sing and you don’t want to hear me try! So I guess rap is the best way for me to convey my thoughts and feelings with the world. Plus lyricism, word play, metaphors, finding clever ways to say things. That’s all me. I love it. Making music for me is something that I need to do. It’s a part of my DNA. I feel lucky that I’m able to share it with the world. That I have a fan base who genuinely enjoy what I do. It’s a blessing.
The mission of our website is bringing people together with the power of music and letting them share a story to a song that helped them through a tough time. Is there a specific song that helped you through a rough time?
I normally take difficult or tough experiences and express them lyrically in a song. But it’s generally a while after I’ve been through it so that I’ve had time to analyse the situation and deal with it in my own way.
Having said that, I’ve met a number of fans who’ve told me that my music has helped them through tough times of their own and it makes me very happy that something I created was able to provide some level of comfort. That’s why I take what I do very seriously.
In your opinion, what makes music unique? What is the difference to other artistic expressions?
Music is an expression of self. Whether you use your voice or an instrument, the whole point is to put your personality, experiences and passion into the music and convert it to the listener in such a way that even if they haven’t lived what you have, they can still feel it. I think to a degree that level of musicianship has been lost. It all feels a bit too manufactured and mechanical to me at the moment. At any rate, I’m doing my best to hold up my end of the bargain.
People have very different views about the power of music, but do you believe yourself that music has the ability to save a life?
I definitely think so. Music is a sound track to your experiences, if you listen to the right (or wrong) music at an emotionally charged time it can definitely help amplify what you’re feeling and affect your actions. It’s a concept that I explore in depth in my manga シャウ道。The Way of Shao.
Is there anything you’d like to say to people who are struggling at the moment?
Only that time is a powerful healer. And given time, even the worst experiences become more manageable. So keep your head up and keep fighting, cos even if it gets worse. It’ll get better.
Thank you so much again!
Thank you for the interview, please check me out at www.DiYGang.co.uk and on all social media @ShaoDowMusic