We recently connected with Scott Onu? and have shared our conversation below.
Scott, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Can you recount a story of an unexpected problem you’ve faced along the way?
For me unexpected problems is something that effected everyone, COVID. I remember it was 2019 and I was reaching a creative high that I had never felt in my career. That year I won an A3C contest and performed at a showcase in Atlanta. I was recording amazing demos with dope artists from Vermont, Alabama, & even Australia. We even founded a collective, ROGUES’ GLLRY. I was putting in concrete moves for my debut project. I had a whole marketing plan in place that involved people, but that was put to an abrupt halt due to quarantine.
2020 was an insane year, I went from having a job, to unemployed, to employed, and back to unemployed in a matter of months. The kicker for me that year was tragically losing my father. COVID did not allow myself nor family to physically be there for him, so it hurts more than I can describe. To be quite honest I haven’t been the same since that day. I’m still dealing with the trauma and that’s ok. 2021 was honestly a blur , because it came and went so fast. To answer the question, life has just been happening and created unexpected circumstances. It’s been challenging, but it’s helped me to grow.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your background and context?
My name is Scott Onu? Yes my name has question mark for multiple reasons. I have so many questions about life which I put into my verses, I seem to be a mystery to most people so the question mark is fitting, but the the most important and funny reason is because due to my Nigerian heritage my teachers could never pronounce my name ha ha. My last name is ‘Onuoha,’ but my teachers could only say Scott Onu…when they called role. It sounded like they were always asking a question, so that’s how Scott Onu? was born.
I got into music because I believe the universe chose me. I am connected and I still remember hearing a voice when I was in high school telling me to do this. 11 + years later, and I’m still here.
The music I’m making is a genre I don’t believe has a name yet, so call me a pioneer I guess. I make merch as well. I just take ideas from skate and street wear.
I honestly don’t know what sets me apart and I don’t give it much concern. I’ve been told that I’m very different and eclectic if that counts.
I want anyone that chooses any interest in me to know that I am creating out of pure joy and not out of ego driven advances.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
I’ve unlearned doing things out of ego. Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” shows a lot of this. Kendrick has done a lot of work with spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. I actually read his book “A New Earth” before the album dropped. Someone very close to me had been recommending the book for months. We read it together and it was life changing. When you learn the ego runs your mind and essentially your life, you realize that a lot of “goals” were just to say “Hey I’m so grateful for this look at me, you can do it too.” There’s nothing wrong with that mindset, it’s just when things don’t go as planned you get down bad because the ego only feels good with attention or honestly just a high of emotion, whether good or bad. The goal is to add presence to everything you do.
No one truly has an ego to me, we are conditioned to believe so. I’ve unlearned those conditions. My life has been so much more fulfilling because of this.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
My favorite aspect of being an artist is the creation aspect. I love coming up with new ideas. The art I create exists in its own universe. When you’re “in joy” I feel like that gives you access to an eternal fountain of youthful energy. Think of your favorite artist over the past couple decades and they never really aged because the creative process keeps them forever young in my opinion. Age isn’t more so a number but more of a mentality of how you perceive yourself and with that others view you in a similar way.
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