BREAK OUT HIP HOP/RAP ARTIST: WHITNEY PEYTON

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Even though SoWhat?! Music Festival was a couple of weeks ago, and all bands are probably back at home or finishing their leg of tour that brought them to Dallas. But I think the purpose of a festival the size of SoWhat?! is not just for fans to see three days of back to back bands on three stages, but it is just as important for the artists that participated to be dropped in on fans that may need to be reminded of an artist they saw for the first time. 

So, in the spirit of keeping SoWhat?!'s memory alive with fans and those new artists fresh in the hands of fans, SomeKindOfMedia decided to stretch out the interviews and do one or two a week. Last week we featured Mime Game and Plaid Brixx and I hope we hope y'all checked out those two rad groups! Man, talk about both bands just killin' it!! 

This interview is with (believe it or not) the only female artist I had sit down with me. This is Whintey Peyton and she is a force of nature! She's young, smart, on her toes, and best of all - she loves finding ways to entertain her fans. There is a video you can watch and as always, her social media links are below; just click on the icons.

Enjoy!

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CB
Hey Whitney! Thank you for giving me the time this afternoon. I gotta tell you, I was sitting here listening to you do the on camera interview and I thought to myself, "Man this kid's really got it going on!" You're just darling and I'm so looking forward to chatting a bit here in the Media Room at SoWhat Festival 2017!! I know you had your set earlier this afternoon and I was interviewing another band. But I did hear you from the balcony and I say your pink hair!! Love it! I was totally into the song you were doing at the time! Killer! Ok, so now we are going - well you are going to pick questions ouf of this pile of questions on paper. Some are funny some are serious, some are music related some are not. This just throws some fun in the mix so I'm not asking everyone the same boring questions! Ready? Pick a question! 

WHITNEY
Name a character in Greek mythology?
Wasn’t Aphrodite the goddess of love? YES! I got one! IS this like jeopardy?

CB
Yes!! *humming Jeopardy theme* Only I am not Alex Tribeck! Ok, good job on the Greek mythology question! Next question!

WHITNEY
Pick a Broadway Musical and sing a song from it. I’ve seen The Waitress... but I can’t remember any songs from it.

CB
Someone earlier got the same question and they picked "The Lion King".... 

WHITNEY
Did they sing it? 

CB
Ya, he did - LOUDLY!! It was awesome, you know that loud yodelling like part from the beginning of the movie - it was a member of the band MIME Game. It was ballz!! So, How long are you in Dallas for and tell me where y'all are from again? 

WHITNEY
I just came in from this festival, and my backup band is from Phoenix. Music brings us together and the traveling at times feels like I live in a musical!

CB
Obviously you can’t rehearse, so do you use like pre recorded ideas and file share them? 

WHITNEY
We do use that at times. But we usually come in (a few days) early and rehearse. I just really like to be prepared and imagine it, and I pretend the crowd is there and how it goes. I’d be so nervous if we didn’t.

CB
Technology is killer, no? I know a lot of bands to this especially if they live out of town. Ok, pick another question. 

WHITNEY
Ok, let's pick this one. Ha! Favorierite chewing gum flavor? Favorite flavor of gum...I always have gum because when I meet fans after sets I don’t want my breath to smell.

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CB
I hear ya - I'm the same way. I have been chewing this gum for a few hours. It's terrible - but I don't want to throw it out. I think it might have a little more mint...haha! So, getting back to you - what is one of the worst things about being on a tour for a female?

WHITNEY
Well, I guess when you’re a guy, you can just roll out of the van and jump on stage and be like YEAH that’s me. And the girls are like, Oh my god he’s so hot! One of the hardest things is curling my hair and doing my makeup. I wish I could just roll out of bed and be done. I love ripped jeans and being comfortable, so my hair and makeup are really the major feminine things about me.

CB
I bet that would be difficult to have "fresh" hair at every appearance and sometimes I bet you just don't want to wash your hair in a sink or on the bus. So I ask a variation of this question to most everyone I talk to but it's very interesting to me. When or what or even who was the deciding with you or for you rather, in deciding to do music full time? Like putting everything else down and focusing on being a hip hop/rap star?

WHITNEY
I worked night audit at Marriot Hotels, updating my website, writing my songs, but I had to make the decision to tour. Knowing that I’m coming back to no job, you find ways to make it work because you don’t have that to go back to. You have to go in 100%.

CB
Was there a particular show that you saw that made you want to pursue your dreams, as a role model?

WHITNEY
Oh yeah, I remember watching Missy Elliot, TLC and Will Smith. I rap and MC, so it’s in me to look up to them. I think music videos back in the day used to have crazy outfits and story lines, the more theatrical outlet. I’m more about putting on a show, and being an entertainer. It doesn’t matter what genre you’re playing, you can entertain a crowd if you’re versatile. I’ll pick and choose songs for my set based on the environment I’m in, although I feel like I’m being genuine because the songs all come from me.

CB
Totally! I love it when musicians or bands know that they are entertaining people; their fans. I think it makes for a better show and the fans/audience has a great time. That's when you connect with your audience because as they're paying attention, they'll pick something out of a song and that will be it - fan for life, you know? Let’s pull another question.

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Ok, the question is...Is Happiness an inside job?

Oh, that’s hard. As long as you’re not letting someone else control your happiness, I think so. Especially as an artist you put yourself out to be judge and criticized. It could be making me unhappy because of their criticisms. The best revenge is success and happiness.

CB
Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

WHITNEY
I think fate is a product of our own decisions. Everything happens for a reason, sometimes it’s something we did or brought onto ourselves. The confusion makes for good song writing, especially not knowing the answers.

CB
A lot of musicians tell me that music is an form of expression or a way to help process their emotions over something good, sad, bad - if they're happy, angry, pissed - any emotional strife they say that not only does their favorite artists help them during rough times, but they use writing music or colaborating - getting that emotion out is helpful. How do you release your "baggage" if you will? 

WHITNEY
Yes, I do write (about perosnal experiences).. I think especially when the fans relate to it, and connect with it, it makes it worth it. It makes it worth for me to know I influenced someone, maybe? I think my music can and does make a connection to my fans. 

CB
Ok, well I know you're probably wiped out. You've had a long day and I am so happy to have met you - you're badass and you have an amazing career a head of you. Oh, I heard you say this phrase during the other interview - you said something about "I don't or we should give zero F*ck$" and it totally reminded me of Otep. Are you a fan of hers?

WHITNEY
Ha! Yes, I do like her and what she stands for. It's kinda awesome that she doesn't want to care or doesn't care what people think about her views, I guess. But yes, I like her.

CB
She's amazing and while I'm like totally opposite in opinions and such - I can tell you I am down with the way she views equality and how she lives for herself. I've learned a lot through her this past year. Ok, so I hope you have a great rest of SoWhat?! Fest and if you come through Dallas, make sure you let me know so I can come to a show! 

WHITNEY
Oh, I will. Definately. Thank you - this was fun. I loved the questions. Thank you and have a great rest of the day!

Y'all I was very impressed with this young lady that has bright pink MLP hair and is from Philly. She is stunning, smart and she can get down with the best of them. I had a great time getting to know her for that 20 or so minutes and really see great things in her future!

Here's a video I pulled off her YouTube page that I not only like the beats, I love the message she's spreading about self-image and the emphasis it is put on girls, teens and women from a very early age. And that's what I love about this click the most - she doesn't take her talent or gift or desire to be an artist for granted. She uses it to talk about relevant and important things that music sometimes is the worst at personifying; the image a person has of themselves and of those around them.  Don't forget to follow her and go see her when she's on tour in your town! You won't regret seeing this "firecracker" tear up the stage and entertain the audience!

 

MORE ON WHITNEY PEYTON: 

Whitney Peyton is a unique emcee, with a firecracker personality, hailing from the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA. Beginning close to home she became, and generally still holds the #1 spot on The Hip Hop Charts on Reverbnation.com in Philadelphia. Her continuous drive has also gained her several nominations (and wins) at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (PA) for categories including “Best New Artist”, “Best Lyricist”, “Best Live Performer”, “Best Female Solo Artist” and “Best Hip Hop Performer” from 2010 through 2014. Whitney was nominated in the 2014 Tri-State Indie Music Awards (PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD) for “Emerging Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” and won.

Follow her on social media and get to know this girl - I promise she's going to make a few dents in the industry in the not so distant future!

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