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Monday, July 19, 2010

WBM Features: Photon

If you're not giving the world the best you have, what world are you saving it for ?
-Author Unknown

The ability to give becomes most rewarding when able to do so without expectation of anything in return; for through such means, and without fail, what one receives is the byproduct of what he or she gives. Now when coupled with one's best, the act of extending forth toward another, toward something or for something produces phenomenal results. The results: monumental and can be the catalyst for something much greater than ourselves.

Take Pho,' artist, activist and our next WBM Feature for example. There isn't moment when he isn't giving his best. Time and time again, what he gives, not only in the music he creates but to others is amazing. He commits to his craft and in exchange is able to harnesses creatvity. That creativity bolsters the inspiration of others and that inspiration in turn sparks a movement of epic proportion.

So with some time to give and in a major way, the movement keeps on moving. Here to provide some insight about himself, music, what to expect in 2010 and beyond, Pho' is the next reason Why Blue Matters. What he gives is his best, what you receive that's up for you to decide.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who is Photon and how did you arrive at that pseudonym?

Photon is an artist; always, in the studio and in life in general, always looking for that perfect blend of perfection and communication. Photon, usually shortened to Pho' - to get scientific with you all for a minute (ha) - is the basic particle of light... light, is in the world, but not of it. A creed I strive to live by... keep it objective and SHINE!

Where are you from?

Photon: I'm from New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs. Now ask me where I'm going!


Photon: My passion is psychology, the study of mental life. I'm also a big fan of road trips and beautiful people.

How long have you been involved with music?

Photon: I've been involved in music since my fingers were big enough to stretch cross 5 keys on a piano and before. It's cultural. Music has been around me since I was listening with amniotic fluid as an amp. haha.

What do you like most about being an emcee?

Photon: It's gotta be when you successfully transmit that emotion to your audience, when you get them in the frame of mind where they touch the frame of mind you were in when you picked up the pen. That's art. When you can put an emotion or state of consciousness in a time capsule and draw it out of those who come in contact with your work.

What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?

Photon: I just want to present, clearly, the case for a direction of hip hop, music and art in general, which is reflective of that "golden mean" you know? Beauty. Inspiration. The advancement of man.

What does it mean to be an artist in 2010?

Photon: It means you can cut out the middle man and still make it happen. I hear a lot of talk about supersaturation in the internet age, but there's always room, and a market, for originality. It also means you have a responsibility to keep art alive and tell those that push "factory stock" cloned "junk" as art to go to hell.

How important is creativity to you?

Photon: As important as it must have been to the Creator in the beginning.

What matters most, style or substance?

Photon: That's one of those questions you just can't answer with one word. If anyone has one without the other, they're incomplete as an artist... the only answer is the synthesis of content that is delivered with some sort of spark!

What does success mean to you?

Photon: To me, success is Flow. Being "in the zone"... Joy, Peace, teaching others how to get there.

Has that answer changed over the years?

Photon: Naturally. Especially in comparison to when I was at the point where I was letting others define success for me.

What inspires and motivates you?

Photon: Goals, imagination, potential, the prospect of what could be when we get that determination to make it happen, that sort of thing... you know?

How important has the internet been with your success?

Photon: We're talking virtually infinite resources as far as networking and information... the internet is absolutely KEY to the independent artist that is concerned with large scale dissemination of their work. I supposed this would be a good time to say SHOUT OUTS TO FINLAND AND LEBANON. I get a lot of love from those respective areas.

Speaking of, what's the prognosis, your upcoming internet based platform all about?

Photon: Prognosis Entertainment has been dubbed "The Soundtrack of the Revolution" and its all about setting the stage for creating a cooperative or coalition of artists who desire use their gifts, talents and abilities to get people back into their OWN brands and styles of creativity, rather than the lovely world of zombie like consumerism which is fueled largely by the music prevailing in popular culture. It's about The Movement. We've gotta break the stranglehold on the creative juices. "Ye are all gods!"

What can the world expect from you this year?

Photon: M for The Movement! Tag it and keep moving!

Biggest accomplishment?

Photon: I'm gonna have to go with "as yet to be determined" on this one.

Any advice for those looking to pursue and create movements of their own?

Photon: Crowdsourcing is the future. Look into it.

For More On Pho': (coming August 2010)


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