Tech N9ne Provides Advice To Independent Artists

During an appearance on Revolt TV's "Revolt Live," Tech N9ne reflected on his early years working with Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Quincy Jones.

Strange Music co-founder, Tech N9ne was interviewed on Revolt TV’s Revolt Live today [March 24]. While speaking with co-host DJ Damage, Tech N9ne—who is the top selling independent Hip Hop artist in the world—offered advice to aspiring artists.

“It starts with the music,” Tech N9ne said. “People want to hear good music. After you do good music—after you do pure music—don’t do what everybody else is doing. Don’t get cloned. It’s the music first. Then it’s the shows. If you have a wonderful show, people will talk and they will return. That’s my story. They heard my music—beautiful. They saw my show—beautiful. And then the third thing: Connecting with the fans and doing meet and greets for the people that want to see you and talk to you and connect with you. We do those. Every tour we have meet and greets for the VIPs that want to meet me or give me presents. [Laughs]” 

Tech N9ne also discussed how he first started in the music industry. He explained that he began rhyming in 1985 and shared his experience working within the major label system before deciding to pursue music independently.

“I got my first record deal in 1993 with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis,” he said. “They did Janet Jackson’s music. That went sour even though we’re still cool. They didn’t know what to do with me. I’ve always been ambidextrous. I’ve always been different. The people that worked for them didn’t know what to do or what genre to put me in. That didn’t go right.

“In 1997, I got signed to Quincy Jones,” Tech N9ne continued. “So from Michael Jackson to me—they saw the star quality in me, I guess. After doing that in 1997 and then signing with JCOR/Interscope in 1998, I met my partner Travis O’Guin in 1999 and we started Strange Music because who knows better how to do me than me. We’ve been doing this for 15 years strong. It’s a beautiful thing. We’re still on the incline after all these years.”

Recently, Tech N9ne discussed Strange Music’s upcoming album, Collabos: Strangeulation [March 12].

“I’m done working on the new project,” he told HipHopDX exclusively following his performance during the Strange Music showcase at SXSW. “It’s all the [Strange Music] artists together having the industry in a chokehold. That’s why it’s called Strangeulation—like “strangulation.” We just got the master back yesterday. It comes out May 6 [2014]. We’re about to start a fucking 70-plus city tour on April 9. It’s called the Independent Grind Tour with Freddie GibbsJarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies, Tech N9ne and big Krizz Kaliko.”

Revolt Live airs Monday through Friday at 5pm EST on Revolt TV. View images from today's show below.

Images by Javoni Gayden

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  • riv216

    and it's a lot of niggas sounding the same...check for my new project RIV&WOLF this summer ima shake this sh*t up....also, fall through my youtube page and check out my new music video -->

  • Anonymous

    Kold Breeze - Could it be Tech talks about the occult on every album, or the fact he himself mentions it in interviews, or paints his face. Just cause that weird shit doesn't bother you doesn't mean others just aren't into his music. Oh, and O' Gunn banks half. He basically does everything except rap. He sets up the shows, the merchandising, the signing of their artists. Tech is getting raped out of millions while you blindly follow these fools. Dumb motherfucker.

  • I Never Respected This Nigga

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    Tech is getting a little grey in his beard. Better put some Just For Men in that shit haha. Fuck you niggas that don't know shit about Strange. Just hating because dope, real music is selling instead of that faggot mainstream shit that plays on the radio.



    When people started saying to me "have you heard of Tech nine?" "He did a song with Lil Wayne." I cant lie I was offended because I felt people didn't know Tech like I did when he used to come down to Springfield Missouri and play shows every month and now I look up to him even more! When mutha fuckas was like "fuck Tech nine" and now its like "man my cuzzin knows Tech nine, We chilled all the time." Man what ever ive been a technician and i cant wait to see Tech in Springfield for the independent grind tour April 9th shit I got my tickets!

  • Anonymous

    U ain't independent nikka, u got a major label behind you doing the distribution, so stop talkin like u sellin the shit out of your car

  • Anonymous

    My advice to tech is to stop worshipping Satan, and letting O' Gunn bank half his dead presidents.

    • Anonymous

      why shouldn't O'GUnn get paid? He runs shit don't he?

    • Kold Breeze

      Nigguh you sound like ognito with your sorry ass.......I'll give you the benefit of the doubt tho, but how do you kno he worships satan? never one in any song has the big homie ever said 'hail satan' or anything of the like. O'Guin don't bank half either, he banks 1/3rd with N9nna banking a 3rd and a silent partner banking the other 3rd. #StrangeGang

  • Anonymous

    one of the illest

  • ungrateful ninja

    Much respect to Tec9 and the whole strange family crew. He's was alway ahead of the times with the indie grind.@Peace

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