Similar to the story of pop singer Justin Bieber, Hofstra University student Patrick "SoLo" Jamieson, 19, is pursuing his hobby in becoming an artist. Jamieson, a Miller Place native is majoring in marketing at college. His passion for music began in the sixth grade. Using a computer, and his voice, Jamieson says he would rap or sing to his favorite lyrics. Later, he began creating his own lyrics.
Are you looking to record professionally?
I am signed to a development music group titled SWAGGA SQUAD. It is run by writers signed to EMI records, Swagga Bob and Kasual Kas. My manager is internet sensation Jon Kilmer.
Where do you record your music?
I record in either NYC at Jon Kilmer Studios or in Swagga Labz in Hauppauge, Long Island. Both places are professional recording studios.
What is the most rewarding part of being an aspiring artist?
You get messages from kids all over the country letting you know how much they love your music and how your music makes their day. Whether they’re listening on their way to school or at a party it's rewarding hearing my music can do that for people.
What are you currently doing to promote your music?
I am involved with an up and coming digital distribution company and promote my music via Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and blog sites all over the nation.
What is your message to any potential fans out there?
I am dropping my second professional mix tape in April. My first mix tape was a top download on the popular online mix tape site DATPIFF.COM. I answer almost every fan I see who speaks to me about my music because staying in contact with your fans is something some artists lose sight of.
Why music as opposed to anything else?
Music is addicting. Being on stage in front of people seeing them sing along to your songs is a great feeling and it makes you never want to stop making music ever. Being on stage and the recording studio is second nature and I want it to be my home and career for a long time.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Who do you look up to?
I look up to all sorts of different artists. I listen to almost all genres. I mostly look up to artists who have created their own lane, like Drake and Sam Adams. Anyone who is a pioneer as an artist I admire.
Do you wish to become famous someday?
Being famous would be wonderful. I would love to one day be recognized as a successful, established artist in the industry. The bright lights and concerts and fans are what I want.
Is there anything in particular you try to write your music about?
I write about things that kids my age relate to. Whether it’s the life of partying and jamming out as a college kid or struggling in your classes and keeping up your grades I keep it relative. I don’t rap about things that don’t relate to me.
What’s your genre specialty?
I don’t call myself just a rapper. I like to call myself an artist. I belong to one genre. I don’t mind making mainstream music and I love making lyrical records as well. I will always give my fans a taste of everything therefore they can always enjoy it.