What were you doing before you became GrandBuda? How did you get that name?

Before becoming GrandBuda I was part of a band called New Apple Taste. It was a mix of hip hop, jazz fusion, guitar distortioner, drum solos, bars on bars on bars, and I was one of two emcees. My name came from how I look I guess.

For those who don’t know you, how would you describe yourself as an artist? Where did it all begin?

When I started making music 10 years ago, I was a huge fan of J Dilla, Slum Village, De La Soul (and still am). I started making music with their sound through samples and that kind of thing. Then there was the band, which completely opened my eyes to so many new sounds that, I guess, helped mold me musically.


As an artist, I make music. I love what I do and I have fun doing it.

What would you say are the three main qualities someone needs if they want to become a DJ, a barber or a rapper?

Patience, rhythm and self-criticism.

Is there one quality that applies to all three jobs?


You have so much going on, how do you manage to juggle all three jobs (or should we say passions) at the same time ? Is there one that you drives you more than the others?

Music takes 100% of my time and then I need my Sundays to recover, haha! There’s a spot for each passion in my day, my week and my month.

What has been your biggest challenge so far in all of your careers?

Without a doubt, creating my album If It Happened To Me that was released last October.

Clearly you’ve been successful at turning your passion projects into a career. What advice do you have to give to those who want to do the same?

DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Stay humble. Do it for yourself first, then for others. Never let the criticism of others determine the quality of your music.

Looking to the future, what dreams and goals would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Travel, inspire others, make music and share it with the world.

Where do you get your motivation? What inspires you everyday to keep going?

Every morning I wake up with my two dogs jumping on me. I get up to let them out into the yard to do their business. I listen to music, I make music, I get inspired by anything and everything. And I say to myself that someone, somewhere is listening to my music and it makes me happy.

What are your top 10 favourite songs?

Celia cruz – Carnaval
Travis Scott – Apple pie
Kanye West – Father stretch my hand pt.1
Kanye West – Power
Slum Village – Untiled
Slum Village – Fall in love
Kendrick Lamar – Lust
The Zombies – Time of the seasons
Nirvana – Rape me
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop till You Get Enough

You have two dogs, Pablo and Eevee. What made you choose those names for your dogs?

Pablo is named after Kanye West’s album, The Life of Pablo, and Eevee is the Pokemon that Brock is given in the show. Pokemon is life!


Want more GrandBuda? Don’t miss his show at the OUMF Festival in Montreal on September 8th.

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