SOTB: How long have you been doing music?
Visto: I’ve been recording music for about 4 years, and writing poetry and songs all of my life. Creativity has always been my getaway and strong suit.
SOTB: How would you describe your style to someone who’s never heard your music?
Visto: I would say it’s a melting pot of individuality. A cauldron of unique sounds and familiar sounds. I love music, so I really grab from all over to create my sound, which by the way is still taking form.
SOTB: What do you bring to the table as an artist and as a young man from the DMV region?
Visto: I bring myself to the table. I bring my Hippie Life Krew and a new mindset. We aren’t idols, we are just ideal in spreading love. I want to bring encouragement to the table through my art. To encourage others to never look at any man like a god, for them to see the god in themselves. I bring awakening to the game.
SOTB: Who would you say was the biggest influence on your approach?
Visto: Life is my biggest influence, I would say. Living, experiencing, or feeling it vicariously. Either way life draws my whole aura.
SOTB: So, what sparked you to get involved in community activism?
Visto: It is our duty to stand up for one another, I want to stand for something in my life. Me and my hippstress Kia went and protested in the CNN building in Atlanta and shut it down. It honestly felt great to stand for others. I felt strong with everyone there. So the spark is just in me.
SOTB: I remember a while back you led a few demonstrations near the Capital. How do you think those were received? First, by those in attendance and then by those you were trying to reach?
Visto: Our “Love Not War” campaign was received extremely well and it was an act of pure action. No thought, we just ran with it, no real planning and overall it reached hippies and hippstresses. It made a statement and we continue to do so on grander scales.
SOTB: How did the idea of Hip Hop Yoga come about?
Visto: That is actually Paperboy Prince of the Suburbs’ genius idea so you gotta hit up my hippie about that one. But if you are in the Atlanta area, join my hippie Eazy at one of his yoga classes.
SOTB: Ah, dang. My apologies. I’ll definitely reach out to him to find out more about that. It’s an interesting subject. But, with all that in mind, what are some of your thoughts on the DMV scene these days?
Visto: The DMV scene is learning, it’s growing, it’s made mistakes, but we all do. The DMV scene as of now is the DMV scene. It will take more togetherness and selflessness to create a real scene so we will see. We will see if egos or awakening prevails.
SOTB: I’ve asked a few artists this question, but do you think that the DMV needs more networking events like #MadeInTheDMV?
Visto: Absolutely! Not just for the artist sake, but for the traveling A&R or label head looking for the spot to find premium talent. It’s a consortium for the artists to meet the resources to reach new heights.
SOTB: How do you respond to people who do not yet get what your message and movement is about?
Visto: There is nothing to say. We lead by example. We do and encourage change with action. So, the ones who don’t get it, will get it my hippie.
SOTB: Is it hard being so positive in a world that isn’t always painted that way?
Visto: It does get frustrating, but it wouldn’t be worth it if it were easy. There are plenty of positive people in the works, plenty. We just have to focus on the good energy opposed to our media and our social networks. We should promote peace and love more. They won’t though.
SOTB: How’d it feel to get Raheem on the remix to “How That Pxxxy Taste?” I mean, I know you and Raheem both work on and with 368, but that’s still gotta be a crazy feeling.
SOTB: So, onto the newest Visto track to hit the world. What was the inspiration behind “On Fleek Tonight?”
SOTB: That track’s blown up crazily over the past couple weeks. Has the response been kind of mind-blowing?
Visto: I don’t get caught up in the awe of a song any more. I’m just putting out music that I hope will catch and give you a form of feeling in an emotionless world. I’m so happy though, it just dropped this week and has gotten played five times on WPGC. Much love to DJ Chris Styles, Tony Redz, and DJ Heat.
Visto: Soon. We are still shooting videos from Before Euphoria, but most definitely. I have a few projects I’m working on, stay tuned. I won’t let the DMV or my Hippie Life Krew down.
SOTB: Do you have final words of advice, shoutouts, et cetera?