Behind The Lens: Shawn D Berry
What is a childhood memory which set you on path today?
I remember going to basketball camp at about 10 years old. It was really a dope experience. We made t-shirts with basketball logos and of course ran scrimmages and held tournaments. I can't recall who but I remember a retired NBA player spoke to the kids including me. One statement he said stuck out to me like a sore thumb... "Most likely none of you will make it to the NBA and that's a fact." I lost my zeal to play ball however, at age 11 I wrote my first song.
Who is your biggest influence?
I would say my biggest influence is my sister. She's creative, independent and sometimes a workaholic. When I was young, I wanted to be just like her. She taught me to always do things my way and never hesitate to speak my mind. She's always been supportive of my music. Like she has all of my old mixtapes on her phone type of support. That's rare ASF!
What stands out the most to you when composing a song?
I'm laughing as I write my response because I called myself The Hook God recently. I feel like the hook/chorus of any song should stand out the most. I want people to sing along with me. When writing hooks, sometimes (if not most) simple works best. If you keep the melody simple but catchy.... it's easier to remember.
Name one thing a fan has said that inspired you?
A fan recently told me "you captured something special on this track. It reminds me of a young Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt essence. Great sound and production, keep them coming. Bless you King!" Sometimes it can feel as if you're feeling your way around in the dark but when someone tells me about my growth in music, it means the world to me. It also let's me know I'm on the right track and they felt it. Feedback means a lot, truly.
How do you handle haters?
Honestly, whatever "haters" I have, enjoy the show. Thanks for watching, more to come. *shrugs*
How has your lyrics evolved over time?
As I go through more and more life experiences, that's just more writing material for me. I write based off of things I actually went through. As Lil Baby would say:
No cap in my raps.
I keep it 100 with myself to ensure my lyrics have the same energy. Just be honest at this point.
Can you play any musical instruments? If not which would you?
I do not play any instruments except air drums. Lmao! But if I could choose one to play, I would say the piano. I think if I did, it would be easier to come up with melodies for songwriting.
What do you think is your next biggest challenge?
I think my next biggest challenge is being consistent. It's always easy to start a project but to see it through to the end... that's the hard part. Being consistent despite outside interruptions would enable me to execute properly. So, that's what I'm working on now... consistently finishing songs to build up my catalog.
Pancakes, French Toast, or Waffles and why?
If I'm cooking, I'm definitely going to have to say French Toast! Those golden brown edges with some butter and syrup, God is great, you feel me?! I love cooking, and I might become a chef later in life, who knows. Once in a while, a box of Blueberry Waffles hits. Add a drizzle of agave if I'm feeling bougie.
Where can people connect with you at?
Connect with on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @IAmShawnDeberry