Mr. Boy Wonder is an artist from Salem, Oregon. He grew up surrounded by music and nowadays he’s a rapper and is working on some amazing new original music. His goal in music is to make a difference in people’s lives and be a full-time musician.
How did you start making music?
I’ve been pretty much up around music since I was born. Growing up my parents were DJs, and from age 3 I was going to different gigs like weddings, birthday parties, and basically, anywhere that includes a DJ. I learned how to work the equipment at a pretty young age, and I’d always end up singing and dancing and kind of performing at these random events where my parents would gig at. So, I’ve always been around music, and I’ve always loved it.
And what type of music were you surrounded by when you were a kid?
My parents liked everything, but I’ve always been into rap and hip-hop. The first rap song that I genuinely remember hearing was The Way You Move by OutKast. That song used to just keep me going as a kid.
As an artist now, what genres do you like making?
I love rap, but I also love R&B very much. So, I’d say rap and R&B are my main two genres. Although, I try not to box myself as an artist, because I like experimenting a lot with music.
You’re a songwriter, do you also like making covers?
Yeah! I used to do a lot of covers and post them on my social media. I used to do it once a month or every two months. I’ve kind of ventured away from that, not because I don’t like doing covers, but because I’ve been busy making my music. But I do like making covers and I believe they’re a fun way to promote yourself as an upcoming artist.
How did you find out about Make Music Day? And how has your experience been with Make Music Day?
I think I found out about it by seeing posters in downtown Salem. One day I looked it up and signed up to participate. The experience was super awesome. Salem is not a super big city and there are not many super exciting things going on all the time, so it was really cool to see so many people from so many different backgrounds and genres coming out in the middle of summer, setting up stages in front of storefronts, playing music and people walking around and enjoying it. I played like 17 songs and had a great time!
How would you describe what music means to you?
Music is genuinely everything to me. There is not a time during the day that I’m not listening to music. I’ve personally been through some pretty rough times in my life, and I don’t think I’d have been able to get through them without music. It also gives me purpose and allows me to give purpose to other people. Music is just everything to me!
What would you say is your goal in music?
My goal in music is really to make a difference. I honestly think the sky is the limit. I want to make a difference in people’s lives and to make a living for myself. I know my hard work is going to pay off so I’m sure I’m going to achieve everything I desire with my music.