I’ve known Young Sim for a few years. His songs reflect who he is- hardworking, optimistic, and uplifting. Sim has been pursuing his dreams in the Salt Lake Valley, introducing his own brand of positive “feel good” rap onto the scene. This interview definitely shows Sim’s character. He is an intelligent and political young man as well, and the thing I like best about him is that he’s truly trying to make a difference in the world around him. He mentions the beginnings of hip hop culture, the corporate structure in the Music Business, and being yourself. He talks about his life on his MySpace page, if you want to know more about that, and I definitely recommend two songs, “We Grindin” and “Respect Me.”
When did you start to write your own music Sim?
A: I was 17, it was my freshman year in college. I’ve always loved music! I started playing the viola at the age of 8, and that’s when I think I just felt in love with how music can effect your moods, but yeah… my freshman year in college a lot of my peers around me started to rap and sing and I was like, I can do that. When I started rapping I started to realize that thoughts and concepts come easier to me then some of my peers, and that’s when I saw my new found hobby as a gift I needed to nurture. Special thanks to Tone, Cease, Wain, M kala and Mas!
It seems like most popular music where you live is punk, folk, rock, or other guitar-driven music. Do you feel that rap or hip hop is embraced in Salt Lake City? Is it hard to find places to perform and audiences to listen?
A: There is a hip hop scene that’s growing out here in Utah, and what the world doesn’t realize is that there are a lot of talented artists and producers. The scene is growing and there are a lot of venues that embrace the art form. Much love to all the establish and aspiring artists out here in Utah.
Rap has a bad reputation lately as an art form that glorifies sex, violence, and drugs. Tell us about your decision to write a cleaner form of music.
A: Hip Hop is a culture that started in the inner cities. The music within the culture is a reflection of the harsh reality within those inner cities. Rap music has its issues that individual artists need to be accountable for. I also believe that the corporate structure that controls the art form definitely promotes and markets that side a bit too much. Music I believe should always be a reflection of self. The way I write and express myself is based on my experiences. As a man first and foremost I can only be real and honest with myself and my God. I choose to use clean lyrics because that’s what I’m comfortable wit, and mama and grandma like it! “YA DIG!”
Do you feel that you don’t “fit in” with other rap musicians because your lyrics are clean?
A: I’ve never cared about fitting in with anyone. I use the word coward a lot and this is a perfect time for me to define what it means to me. A coward is a man that is afraid to act and think for himself.
What do you write about?
A: I write about my feelings and experiences… I’m constantly using the term “Music you can feel.” I think that sums up what I do! I love being able to take raw emotion and organize it into something you can feel.
Do you feel like your music has a wider audience than the Salt Lake Valley? Where do you want to see your music going? What goals do you have as a musician?
A: I personally want to set up a label to put out artists that actually create music from heart. I plan to use that label as a platform to promote power voices and advocates for our youth. Definitely believe that in order for our future to be better we need to invest our resources in the youth.
Your web site says “Feel Good Music vol 1… SOON”. What is this? Is this a new CD of your music?
A: Feel Good Music Vol. 1 is my first project just to introduce the world into the heart felt music I’m trying to promote and create. Anything you want to know about the project or how to get your hands on it just contact me personally at my Myspace… or look up Feel Good Music ENT on Facebook.
Your family overcame great adversity, and you no doubt were affected by their struggles. Tell us about this, and what we should listen to in your music that helps us understand it.
A: My family has overcome a lot of adversity and that what keeps me level-headed along with my absolute abiding love and trust in my savior Jesus Christ! The attitude I have in life because of the trials we as a family have passed through is, yeah, times are tough, but what can we do to overcome? And I talk a little bit about my family trials on my MySpace.
I just want to say that progress is a process and never stop pursuing what you love. People are going to hate you for whatever you do. Keep the ones you love close to you. Be real with yourself and your God then let the chips fall where they may! Thanks for the interview and support ART! Nothing but love…
Check out Young Sim’s new website at www.youngsimmusic.com
To hear Young Sim’s interview on Linescratchers Podcast, click here: