- Flashy Things - Fan1
The dream started back in 2013 when Acee and Dro aka Fan1 were just playing around with making beats and putting lyrics to the beats. Acee and Dro are from Atlanta, GA, born and raised. They met in church as little boys and their friendship developed into a brotherhood/cousins as they became young men. Their love for music increased as they began to realize the talent they possess. The dream didn’t become a reality until the summer of 2016 when Fan1 dropped their first project, the Summer Grynd EP. This EP opened up the ears of many family members, friends, and peers. Under the management of SAS Entertainment, Fan1’s fan base increased as the awaited Hug the Moon Mixtape was released in January 2017 with rising views, streams, and downloads.
The sounds of Hug the Moon captivated its listening audience. Their new, fresh organic sound will take the music industry by storm. Being new to the industry, Fan1 hasn’t’ even scratched the surface with their pure, raw talent! They plan on moving their generation from Trap music to their innovative, futuristic sound. Fan1 recently received an award from Mymixtapevotes for the “Highest Voted” mixtape 1st Quarter 2017. Fan1 declares that their music will catapult them into the future of Hip Hop.
“Music is our escape from a world full of chaos and destruction. We want to show our generation a way out of darkness through positive music. Our music is unique; it’s the beginning of a new era in Hip Hop! 2017 is our year to blast off to the moon!” says Fan1.
What is your background? Tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
Padro: I came from a pretty decent background. It wasn’t perfect nor was it horrible. I moved a lot as a child; moving from parent to parent after their divorce. I was born in Decatur, GA but didn’t grow up in one particular place because running from my father was a huge deal. I witnessed domestic violence, threats, and verbal abuse. Seeing this as a young child and in my early adolescent years, helped me to see life differently and adapt too many environments. I was able to see things more clearly.
Acee: I’m from Covington, GA. Raised in a family of 5 including me. I am the youngest of siblings. I grew up in church along with my cousin Padro. My main interest used to be basketball, but music took over in my early high school years. Really not much to tell. My family has gone through hard times but thank God we made it through them and I am here to tell my story through my music.
At what moment did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music?
Acee: I knew music was a part of my life when I was in the 8th grade; I used my hands to make beats on my desk for my friends while they would rap. I loved the sound and the way the beats and lyrics came together! During this time. I wasn’t thinking about the impact I could have on my family and friends with my music; that came later.
Padro: I would always dangle on the fence; I never put deep thought into music growing u, although I possessed the talent. My cousin Acee and I would record raps on cell phones from time to time. After playing around with making beats and writing dope lyrics, we recorded our first song about taking someone’s girlfriend and having all the swag while doing it! This song was a masterpiece to us! From that day, music was a domino effect. We been making hits ever since.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
Acee: Travis Scott inspired me back then and he still does to this day. He made dope music as a underground artist; people “slept on him” in my opinion. His still was different, his swag was different. He was a missing piece of the puzzle to the music industry. He influenced me because he started off making beats like me and then became an artist. I would love to collaborate with Travis Scott, Rae Sremmurd, Key, and London Jae! They all have a distinguished sound. If Speaker Knocker was alive, I would choose him too because two futuristic sounds would make one new sound.
Padro: Michael Jackson, Nickleback, Chris Brown, and Usher all inspire me! Just seeing them on stage and how their music and lyrics captivate the crowd. Their fans’ reaction is amazing and priceless! They make the young realize they can reach the stars just like them! They define “rock star” and they wear it well. Artist would collaborate with would be Chris Brown, Usher, Rae Sremmurd, Justin Bieber, and Tupac if he was alive. Their sound is unique and they all are hardworking celebrities.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
Acee: Hip hop today is very catchy and dope! It crosses over to many different audiences and cultures. Sometimes when I’m riding in my car with the windows down, I hear rap music playing in the car someone else’s car, and to my surprise when I look up, the person is of a different culture. I just love it. This lets me know that hip hop has no color!
Padro: The beats to today’s hip hop are very catcy with great story lines! Music is the one thing that brings people of races, creeds, and cultures together. If it isn’t bringing people together, then what is the point?
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
Fan1: We are currently in preparation for our first video shoot for our smashing hit, Hug the Moon. We also have two upcoming shows, Coast2Coast Live and Undiscovered Legends here in Atlanta, GA. Both events will be major performances for us. We are super excited to showcase our talent!
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months?
Both: Since we are just getting started with this music thing, in the next 6-10 months, we are making plans to record in a professional studio. We are also currently promoting our Hug the Moon mixtape to raise money to put back into our music. And the most important thing of all is that we plan on making sure we get the Fan1 name out there to continue building our fan base.
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
Acee: School is still I priority for me; so I would like to go to school to obtain a degree in Sound Engineering and one day possibly own my own recording studio in Atlanta, GA. I expect to be working on Fan1s’ second or third album; and waiting in the audience at the Grammy Awards for the announcer to announce Fan1 as “Best New Artist of the Year!” I also would love to be touring the USA by this time!
Padro: School is also a priority for me as well; I will have hopefully graduated from college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Like Acee, I expect to be working on Fan1s’ second or third album; and waiting in the audience at the Grammy Awards for the announcer to announce Fan1 as “Best New Artist of the Year!” I also would love to be touring the USA by this time!
If you had one song out of the catalogue you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
Both: We would have to choose “Flashy Things.” This song explains why we grind so hard and states the things we want for ourselves and our families. No, it’s not about material things, but why not enjoy the fruits of your labor! This song encompasses all directions for us; it’s new, real, catchy, and futuristic! It’s one of our favorites and a fan favorite.
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
Both: First and foremost, our music is clean. When we first dropped Hug the Moon and our friends and families heard it, they were excited to say how clean the music is. Our fans expressed that same thought. Even though our music is hip hop, it also has a little mixture of R&B to it. Padro be on the mic singing sometimes. We’ve been told on many occasions that our music can go “mainstream” because the sound is unique and futuristic. The Fan1 sound appeals to many different audiences; anyone can listen to our music. It will have your head bobbing’ and foot tapping’! And of course it will sell out shows!
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
Acee: Dope, new, catchy, jaw dropping, real!
Padro: Lit, cutting-edge, futuristic, heart-stopping, mind-blowing!
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
Both: Our sound is distinguished; our music has space related concepts. We want to reach all ages so we strive to keep our lyrics clean and with a positive vibe to them. We rap about things we can relate to. We want to show the hip hop community that you don’t have to rap about the negative stereotypes that society tends to put on our generation.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
Both: First and foremost, always keep God first, no matter what because when hard times come, He is there is guide you through the dark times. You have to work hard at your craft because anything you want in life will not come easy. If it comes easy then it’s not right for you and it will question your integrity. Your hunger will push you past your limits! You must remember that God’s delay is not His denial; meaning that just because it does not happen when you think it should does not mean it won’t happen. You have to have patience in this profession. Our moms always tell us that good things come to those who wait. The second most important thing is good things come to those who wait. Your time will come when it is supposed to.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
Mixtape: Spinrilla.com, Mymixtapez.com, Mymixtapevotes.com, and YouTube
We also have CDs for purchase!
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out?
We have to say a major thank you to our management team SAS Entertainment, Let’s Play Records, our promo team, and our spiritual advisor. They work hard and put in countless hours making sure we stay on top of our game. We wouldn’t be Fan1 without our families, friends, fans, and supporters. We must give a big shot out to you, Moe Rock for allowing us this opportunity. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our direction from here is up!