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Life & Work with Antonio Metcalf

Today we’d like to introduce you to Antonio Metcalf.

Hi Antonio, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
When I was about 5 or 6 I remember going to the studio with my uncle and watching the recording process of his then rap group “Without Warning”. I also remember hearing their song on the radio for the first time and being completely blown away that someone I knew and looked up to was on the radio. That’s when I first got the interest in writing. I kept up with it off and on throughout the years but really started up again in Middle school. We used to rap battle each other at the bus stop.

I actually didn’t start recording until I was around 19 or 20. I put my own studio together and kinda became a YouTube rapper for a while. Then started doing shows and collaborating with some close friends for a while.

There’s a lot more but I figure this is a good start.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The roughest road would probably be the road itself lol. To be more clear. My band decided to hit the road along with another band we were good friends with.

We kinda self booked the tour with the other band and hit the road for 3 months. We traveled and played up and down the east coast as well as some cities in the Midwest. It was very rough but we made some awesome memories and was able to make friends and connections we needed to get to the next level.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a recording artist/songwriter. I’m lead vocalist in a band called Discrepancies and I also make solo hip-hop music as well. A few accomplishments I’m proud of would be reaching 3million video views on YouTube for the song “Not Alone”.

We have 4 or 5 tracks with a million plus streams on Spotify. My band was able to play the last Vans Warped Tour which was another bucket list event for us all.

I would say my ability to adapt to almost any genre of music kind of sets me apart from other artists/rappers.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I personally define success as reaching your goals.

That’s why I believe you are the only one who can truly determine y0ur success. Every year, I write down my goals for the year and if I crossed off those goals before the end of the year, I look at that as a successful year.

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