Far beyond the bright lights, stylists and Billboard charts that engulf mainstream rappers, thousands of emcees are committed to simply making music that they love; Maryland up-and-comer
is one of those rappers. In this exclusive five question interview, Silence jumps
In the Mix
to talk about his more than unusual name, the balance of silence in the making of music and how he defines success.
I have to start with the name - for many a moniker like SilenceofInfinity sounds like an oxymoron for a musician. What does the name mean to you?
The name is Silence because I feel like I can stay silent and let my music speak for me, even if its no words I try to let the music say it all. I'm a quiet dude, so sometimes it's easier to speak through the sound of a guitar or piano and sometimes a chord speaks better than I can. Even if its me rapping its still part of the music. So I try to shut up and let the music do all the talking.
It's also funny because I'm part of a rap group named Infinity, so the alias "SilenceofInfinity" comes from that, and it kinda takes on its own meaning, but really its just me of the group Infinity.
Speaking of attention grabbing names, the title of your new mixtape is Shut the F*ck Up. Who are you telling to shut up, and why?
Spending time trying to do music as a career and actually trying to make it "Shut the F Up" just becomes a state of mind sometimes. Having so many people tell you so many different things and trying to separate the useful info from the BS, sometimes you end up feeling like telling everybody to shut the F up and let me do music. Or sometimes you are the one that needs to shut the F up and just listen.
So I feel like the mixtape title was a statement telling everybody to please just "Shut The F Up" and listen, also telling myself to shut up and do me, don't talk about or worry about what people are going to think or say. If it ain't in a song, just rap and do music.
You've said that your music defies easy categorization...but we're going to try anyway. How would you describe your sound?
I guess I would say its Hip-Hop coming from a guy that genuinely listens, loves and studies a lot of different genres of music, especially rock, old 70's rock, progressive rock and any kind of orchestral music. So you might hear certain elements of that mixed with hip-hop. I know a lot of artist usually say their music is hard to categorize but its like that for me because I've always listened to and been influenced by a lot of different genres of music.
So it's always been hard to put it in a box you know. As far as my rap, I'd say it's words from a quiet man with the sound of a loud thinker.
What would it take for you to think "I've succeeded in music."
Over time it's crazy how my definition of success change,s but right now honestly its just me being truly happy with the amount of ears and fans I have listening to the music that I will continue to make.
Last words? Shout outs? Confessions?
Big shout out to
, big thanks to them and everything they've done for me. Thanks to DJBooth.net for this interview.
Shout out to my rap group Infinity, look out for the new mixtape from Infinity coming soon and thanks to everybody that listens. Check me out at
and download my new mixtape