We had the good fortune of connecting with Manté and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Manté, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
I read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in its entirety one Christmas Eve. I love this book especially in the context of my music career because it teaches the importance of paying attention to the signs. Omens are powerful. Good and bad. They exist solely to guide us to our respective treasures. I strongly believe that we are able to manifest and co-create whatever life we want for ourselves. The time period in which the manifestation takes place represents the journey and since reading this book I have been able to identify positive as well as negative omens within mine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Charlotte NC native but my sound reaches much further sonically than the confines of of my region’s musical taste, especially where hip hop is concerned. My sound is effortlessly unique. That coupled with my vocal tone and lyrical ability allows me to be overtly versatile, of which my catalog is indicative. Oddly enough -or maybe not depending on your perspective- I started out as a guitarist. My grandfather taught me the blues around age 12 or 13 and even though I stuck with playing, it took me 9 years from then to consider music as a professional career. My biggest accomplishment thus far is signing for distribution through Sony and The Orchard. To get to this point I had to take the initial risk of not being at the level I wanted and trusting that I would get there. When I first decided to make music I wrote at least 20 verses that same night just because I knew repetition and consistency was key. I was ready to get through all the bs and to my greatness. Challenges in the industry vary from gatekeeping to scammers to life getting in the way at the most inopportune times, etc. A few of the lessons I’ve learned through everything are to remain humble, work hard consistently and to retain my faith in self and in God. The biggest lesson I have learned is to remain Grateful through everything. Gratitude is the highest vibrational frequency along with love. Practicing gratitude can raise our vibrational level as high as 540 MHz, to put that in perspective vibrations can range from as low as 50 MHz to as high as 700 MHz. The higher our vibration, the more we are able to receive what is meant for us, which is why my first independent Album, releasing August 2021, is entitled 540 MHz.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take a friend to the studio, either Loud House or Rare Sound, Slutty Vegan or Green Soma, being pescatarian I love trying different vegan spots and these are my two favorite in ATL. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dedicated to my family at Amare Dolore, Verified ENT and the Coalition of DJs NC. Much love to Jaron Smalls, Giovanni Beats, Prolific and Prolific Productions, LLC, Joshua Igbinazaka, Akil Martin, Aliyah Gadson, Julius Graham and Joe McDonald.
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