What’s up everyone my name is Xavier Holliday. I’m a 28-year-old artist from the Internet.
How was life growing up for you?
I got the best of both worlds growing up. I grew up on the West Side of Chicago, but moved to Oak Park in High School. Oak Park is a fluent suburb, very quiet, and a great place to live. I also did a lot of my growing up on the West Side and learned how to move strategically. I had a great upbringing because of my parents, they were both great.
When did you first get into writing?
I always was good with words in a sense of depicting something, or saying something in a way that you remember it.
Was public speaking how you got into music?
I wouldn’t say it introduced me to it, but it definitely made it easier. I got into public speaking when I was young. My mom made me recite black history month and church speeches. At a young age I was always comfortable speaking with large groups of people, but it was never music related yet. I was just memorizing five pages of script. Music then came into play when I was in the fifth or sixth grade.
You’ve discussed how you’ve always had a diverse music selection. What were you listening to growing up?
I listened to a lot of punk rock and pop music and got into that through watching a ton of movies. I enjoyed bands like Panic At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, and then I got into soul music like Frankie Beverly and Maze, and The Stylistics.
You were making hip-hop music before you listened to Hip-Hop. When did you begin to start diving into Hip-Hop?
I started getting into Hip-Hop around 8th grade/Freshman year of High School. The first project I listened to was “Licensed To Ill” by The Beastie Boys and then I gradually evolved into Jeezy, Lil Wayne, and West Side legends like Twista and Do or Die.
Your project “Breeze” was one of my favorites from you. Talk about the concept behind “Breeze”
Breeze is my version of a meditation tape. When you listen to the project all of the beats have a spacey, galactic element to them. I made the project for you to listen with headphones and to relax.
A few months ago you released your debut album “Thrill”. You said with “Thrill” you went through a personal change. What was that for you?
Thrill was my first project that was available for retail on a mainstream provider. That was a big deal for me. It was a personal change for me because I took the abbreviation out of my name and went with my government name. This project was really a reintroduction to me. The marketing campaign for it didn’t go as planned but I made the necessary changes to my circles & now I’m back on business. Thrill is a psychedelic ride, it was a 70’s theme movie portrayed through a current day lens. People overseas loved the album.
Are you working on any new projects?
My next project is going to be possibly my last project. This project is going to be my most up-tempo project, with a few wavy songs. I promise you this will be the best project I have ever put out. I am going to give people what they want on this one. I want people to listen to the environments and the scenery i’m creating with this project. Every song will be & feel like a different season/climate. It’s a project about how I always have had a knack for predicting what’s next & being more in touch with my instincts & trusting the universe. I’m excited for you guys to hear this one.
Within your music, we see a lot of positivity and spirituality. When did you begin your spiritual journey?
I never really started, I just always was. I got more in tune with my inner-self once I got shot. After I got shot I realized there has to be a reason for me still being here. I started to look at life differently. I stopped trying to force things, and started to just let everything happen how it happens.
When did you link up with your producer Dadras?
I was living in New York at the time and working with Lifeandtimes on production assistant work. Lifeandtimes is a digital experience curated by Jay Z, which covers art, sports, music, fashion, and culture. Dadras was working with Lifeandtimes on some music videos and that’s how we met. I had always like his sound, it was very abstract, but still went really hard.
When did you come together with the band “The Thrill”
It was always kind of there. I started implementing the band into my live shows right after I dropped Need To Know II : Luna. I’ve also always liked rock and bands, so I figured I should incorporate this into my sets. Live bands also make the shows so much better.
I see you have a few collabs with Supa and Saba. How did you guys develop your relationship?
Supa and I went to High School together at Oak Park. Saba and I knew each other just from growing up in the neighborhood together.
You’ve also said that Supa and Saba are the only ones in Chicago that are willing to collab with you, is that true?
Yes, and I stand on that. There have been artists that encouraged me to do the song with them and then it never comes out. I noticed I make a lot of artists feel uneasy when I’m in the room. I don’t know exactly why. The personas you hear portrayed on songs aren’t who they are in real life, it’s cool though. It doesn’t surprise me anymore, it’s another game to master, another simulation.
For people who haven’t heard your music, what are three songs you would recommend of yours to listen to?
If you’ve never listened to me, I would say listen to, Tears of legend, Nocturno, and Supernova.
When it’s all said and done how do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as a chill dude and an inspiration to many.
Written By: Nico Rud