We were fortunate enough to interview artist Vidal, with the success of his recent single 'The Devil's Eyes'. He is an Independent Artist out of San Jose, California that aims to change the way people view hip-hop music by combining emotional conscious lyrics with different elements of hip-hop, blues and R&B.
"The Devil's Eyes" is a song about the battle between self love, romantic love, and self destruction. The song is meant to personify the struggle between being your own worst enemy and self love and how different aspects of your life can get caught in the crossfire.
When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
When I was around 13 years old. I was going through a crazy time in my life and would always find solace in playing the guitar or just listening to music. It was like finding the eye of the storm every time I got to play or listen to something.
Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
I’ve always admired lyrical hip-hop artists like immortal technique, J.cole, tupac, and biggie who are able to provide more than just club bangers and make music that really makes you sit down and think about certain subjects. As far as musicians go, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray-Vaugh, Lenny Kravitz, and Bucket-head have been my go to guys. They’re just so unique in their own ways and demonstrate just how dynamic the guitar can in capturing a certain vibe or emotion.
What would you like to achieve as an artist?
My goal as an artist is to inspire other people to be true to themselves and pursue what ever endeavors or goals would make them feel fufilled. I want my music to serve as a beacon of hope to show that anything is possible if you're willing to let go of your ego, put in the work, and most importantly believe in yourself.
What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
My most memorable moment to date was winning a poetry contest in the third grade. I remember my teacher made everyone in class write a poem to be entered for this competition in our school district and I rushed the first poem because I wanted to go out to recess early. When I turned it in she read it over and basically told me it sucked and challenged me by asking if that was the best I could do. I was furious that she exposed me for rushing and went back and worked the entire recess to write a poem. I turned it in to her not knowing she was going to submit it to the competition and ended up getting a surprise visit to class a few weeks later by some guy who brought me a booklet with all the poems written by all the selected winners in each grade level. That moment really changed my life and I was so proud of my work that I kept writing after that day.
Tell us a little more about your recent project?
The Devil's Eyes is a song that aims to personify the thin line between being self deprecating and giving yourself self love and how sometimes things inadvertently end up in the crossfire.
What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
I have another single I will be releasing shortly after this recent one and an album on the way in the summer!
Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
I want to thank everyone for the support and hope that I can inspire people to be the best version of themselves and to live their most fulfilled life!