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musivv.com’s digital magazine dedicated to young artists making waves in the music scene.

june 2021

The first song that I wrote, would be my song called Myself. The track talks about how I can do things without getting assistance from anyone and that time will play its part for me to get better at making my own music.

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His latest single 'Top Of The Game' was written to take a shot at getting featured on NBA2K21. 17-year-old Malayali-Tamil rapper Vinnin recorded, mixed, and mastered the track with Nate Swift on the last day of submission. "The next day, I got an email back saying that my track will be part of NBA2K21's in-game soundtrack in the 'My City' section and part of the NBA2K21's Next-Gen Soundtrack as well." Vinnin describes the process as an extraordinary "proud moment" an achievement and an opportunity that not many 16-year old artists get. We checked on this young virtuoso to see how he is coping amidst the pandemic.

How are you?

The pandemic was really a boost for me as an artist and as a human being. I had time to focus on myself, find out and new things that I never would have done before. The pandemic impacted me and turned me into a more wise and positive person. Been starting to do daily affirmations that motivate me and get my day going. Just trying to become the best person myself. The pandemic affected my music a ton, I used the pandemic to my advantage to find my sound, and work on more quality content over quantity content. People are going to see the work I'm putting in this year, I am really proud of myself as I improved a ton from my first song.

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How are you?

The pandemic was really a boost for me as an artist and as a human being. I had time to focus on myself, find out and new things that I never would have done before. The pandemic impacted me and turned me into a more wise and positive person. Been starting to do daily affirmations that motivate me and get my day going. Just trying to become the best person myself. The pandemic affected my music a ton, I used the pandemic to my advantage to find my sound, and work on more quality content over quantity content. People are going to see the work I'm putting in this year, I am really proud of myself as I improved a ton from my first song.

I used the pandemic to my advantage to find my sound

How did your musical journey start?

Music has been revolving around me ever since I was a kid. My musical journey started in grade 5 when I played the trumpet. In grade 6, I learned how to play the violin. Growing up listening to NAV, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Eminem, I learned how to sing and rap on my own. Being from a Tamil family, I was always listening to cultural beats and music from, Anirudh, Sid Sriram, and even the legend, Ilaiyaraaja. I took my take on practicing different flows and started to do my own covers of songs. I took my shot in the talent show in grade 6, that's when I started to show the whole school what I could do, and everyone really supported my talent and said I should keep going. It was that day that gave me the motivation to get better at what I can do. Ever since I have been always part of the talent shows in my school. When I was part of the talent show in high school, more and more people asked me: "Do I make music?". Most of my close friends and people in my school pushed me to create my own music and ever since I started, I fell in love with creating music that means something to me.

Process

Can you tell us a bit more about your songwriting process?

When I first started to make my own music, I was really just trying to experiment with my voice and see what type of sound others and myself love. I always hear the beat, have some sort of melody in my head and then just write about a topic that fits the beat, and something that others and I can personally relate to.

What was the first song you wrote?

The first song that I wrote, would be my song called 'Myself'. The track talks about how I can do things without getting assistance from anyone and that time will play its part for me to get better at making my own music.

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What message would you want your listeners to take away when they listen to your music?

I just want my listeners to listen to the pain in my music, and relate to relatable topics. Being from a brown family, things are quite different. I want to put on my culture, make as many people happy, motivate people to stay positive and prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

What's the biggest dream?

The biggest dream for me is having a name for myself in the mainstream hip-hop scene. I want to hit the milestone of 1 billion streams and also create something that would never be forgotten in this world: whether that be my music, my legacy, or my presence.

...create something that would never be forgotten

What is it that you enjoy doing outside of music?

Outside of music, I enjoy playing basketball. Being tall from a young age, I always played basketball with all my friends. Thanks to Kevin Wilson, I have been working on my fundamentals and skills through NBYMP Canada. I currently play in a rep team called: Lights Out Basketball Academy. I just fell in love with the game, it's a great feeling when you get that ball into that hoop.