Melissa Moniz
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Friday - October 19, 2007
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Aka: Mr.Bell, Mr.808, spaz dillinger

Hometown: Wahiawa

High School: Leilehua High

Musical occupation? Songwriter/Emcee

How did you get into the music business?

I’ve been writing songs since I was 8 or 9 years old, but I never actually started recording songs until 2000. After that I practically lived in the studio. I wanted to know how everything works and how to run my own studio, so in 2003 I attended Full Sail Academy,the school for recording arts, in Orlando, Fla. When I came back to Hawaii I started Gritty Fifty Recordings.I released my first mix tape, Live from the 808, in 2005, and it’s been on ever since.

What projects are you working on?

Two new mix tapes,Thisiswun.com and Mixplate Mixtape, both scheduled for release Nov.3.I’m also working on a couple songs for the Lands of the Lost compilation produced by Slappsymphony and a YouTube show called Sink or Swim TV.

Can you describe your sound/music?

I really can’t describe it other than saying it’s Hawaii hip-hop. It’s versatile and it’s constantly changing. Bottom line is, I make hip-hop and it’s an expression, so it’s hard to fit it all in one little box and label it.

What is your biggest musical accomplishment?

When my song Waikiki was voted No. 1 on the “Top 10 local hip-hop songs of 2006"on 102.7 Da Bomb’s Stone Groove Radio Show. That was special to me because out of the top 10 songs, like six of the songs were from artists on Gritty Fifty.That,and the release of Sink or Swim Radio. Sink or Swim Radio was huge for us because it really established the buzz behind Gritty Fifty Records. It got really good reviews, and it’s considered by many to be the best hip-hop compilation to ever come out of Hawaii.

What are your goals musically?

Musically I just want to make the best music I can make and maybe one day be considered among the greats. I mean, of course I would love to sell millions of albums and be a star and one day venture out into other things creatively. But I know I’m a long way from that. So, for right now, it’s all about making the best music I can and letting people know that Hawaii has something to offer hip-hop too.

Contact info?

www.myspace.com/thisiswun .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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