- Say What - Lifted
Adrian E. Soto a 21 year old out of New Britain, CT going as Lifted is making noise with his new single “Say what”. This young man has written music that catches different audiences attention from start to finish. Lifted’s music speaks on his life in Yonkers, New York. Issues from his mothers spouse, heartbreak and his rise out of poverty. Lifted’s character is very genuine but modest. He preaches team work and always speaks about the support he gets from his manager Flo.
Lifted spoke on the day that changed his life. School is a place where we send our children to be taught and encouraged. Lifted on the other hand had a different experience. Lifted was told by his teachers that school was not the place for him. Counselors and teachers planted a seed in his brain. that Lifted took and turned it around. He walked out never to return and now today Lifted spirit is high and motivation even bigger. Besides his up beat lyrical music lifted has a good character. With all his qualities we will be hearing from him again.
What is your background? tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
My name is Adrian E. Soto I am of Puerto Rican descent but don’t speak much Spanish. I was born in Yonkers, New York then moved to New Britain, C.T. At the age of 6 when my parents split up. I have 4 sisters & 1 brother. As a teen, I spent a lot of time moving back and forth from here and NY because I didn’t feel comfortable not seeing both parents. Although I always felt isolated growing up. I realized over the years I’ve made a lot of friends who are now considered family to me. School was a big issue for me, being that I kept moving back and forth my grades declined and I was told by my dean that I was a waste of space and should just drop out. Me being a malleable teenager I did the very same day, and never looked back. Now more wiser and mature at 21, I’ve decided to finish up high school so I can further my career in 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?
My grandma would show me tapes of me dancing to Sisqo and the late great Michael Jackson (who by the way is my all time favorite artist of any genre) but it wasn’t until the age of 17 that I knew I really wanted to make music a part of my life because that was around the time I dropped out of school and made good friends with 2 rappers from my state known as Trag Tha God & Riggz. I wrote my first rap to a 2012 BET Cypher instrumental, ever since then I fell in love with it. I want people to feel goosebumps when they listen to my music. I want them to relate to the things I say. I strive off the genuine connection with the fans that I currently have. They are what keep me going.
What artists inspired/influenced you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
Pretty much the whole 90s golden era raised me my pops would always flood my ears with classic rap, and my mom would clean the house listening to every classic R&B song. Her favorite would be Mary J. Blidge. My biggest influence would have to be Drake. He changed the game for the better if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have the confidence to take my music outside of just rap. I would love to collaborate with Drake of course being that is the lane I’m taking my music.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
I think its Healthy depending on how often you do your own research on the game there are so many different types of sounds sonically in todays music I find it amazing.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
Right now I’m working on a Mixtape titled “No Boundaries” dropping in December. I am also excited for my first studio album that I am aiming to release next year titled “Art Official”
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months?
Touring is a definite, hopefully getting to meet more established artists and A&Rs & Radio Play.
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
By that time I want to be an icon. If i’m fortunate enough to live out my dreams and goals I want to be that artist that everyone looks up to. I would help up and coming artist like Moe Rock does who by the way I owe a great thank you to for selecting me to be on this website.
If you had one song out of the catalogue you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
I’d show them my most recent one “Say what” because its relatable and appeals to both men and women you can dance to it or just vibe out with friends.
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?
I would say just listen to the passion and delivery in my voice I really put my soul into the music.
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
Passionate, authentic, inspiring, relatable, & fun
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
I guess you can say I’m bringing more diversity to the game my music can bring you through a roller coaster of emotions
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?
Don’t look for handouts right away study the game and take advantage of the knowledge you gain while trying to piece together your art. Never delete anything you jot down no matter what. Do not second guess your pen because it’s your best friend.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out?
Shout out Mom & Dad, my manager Flo, my DJ Kenny, My label mates Lefty & Neph, My best friend & Damajah Pellegrini who is definitely my number one supporter and also the rest of my fans that fortunately have today.