We had the good fortune of connecting with T The Pharaoh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi T The Pharaoh, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When you’re chasing your goal, you have to be ready to make sacrifices. Oftentimes you won’t be able to hang out with your friends as you used to; while they’re out going to the bars or just watching tv, you have to be learning about how your goal and the steps you have to take to make it a reality.

At the same time, I always like to remember that life is short and that you should treasure the moments you get with your loved ones. When I have to read something or I’m watching a video on something new, sometimes I’ll bring my earbuds into the living room so I can block out what’s happening around me and focus on what’s directly in front of me. This way I can work, while still spending time with those important to me

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a recording artist out of Madison WI, and I go by the name T The Pharaoh. My style of music could be considered Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B as well as pop, but when I’d say my music is really mood/situation music. If you trynna turn up I got music just for that, if you trynna listen to sad-sounding music that’s not actually sad- I got songs for just that too.

It’s been a interesting ride to get to where I am today. I’ve always been involved with music ever since I was a jit. In 4th grade I picked up the viola, 5th grade I learned how to play clarinet, 6th grade learned the alto sax and stuck with it all the way till sophomore year high school. My junior and senior year I tried out choir and A-capella and ended up enjoying both. My career officially started my sophomore year of college. I recorded my first song ever called “Splash” over the summer, and STILL to this day, I have people come up to me telling me how much they really enjoy listening to it. I released a few more songs to see how people would react, and the majority of the feedback was positive. This not only motivated me to make my first project, but also learn how to record and mix music myself.

My first project actually made it onto the Lyrical Lemonade playlist. That’s when I knew I had to chase my dream no matter what the cost, for my sake and for the people out there listening to me. I was missing out on a lot of sleep because my recording sessions with friends would run super late, sometimes till 3 in the morning. I started to lose a lot of interest in school because I was originally going to becoming an orthopedic surgeon, but just fell in love with music fully. One of the hardest things I think I had to do was tell/convince my OG I didn’t wanna focus on being doctor anymore because I felt music was my calling. My mom did everything she could for me, so I didn’t want her to be disappointed in me for following a path that not many come out successful on…But she saw all the work I was putting in, all the success that was coming back and she was more than proud of me.

My biggest lesson to people wanting to start something, or even just have an idea of something you’d like to try– give it a 110% attempt. If you don’t put everything into learning something, you’ll never know what could’ve been. I always say to myself when I’m trying to learn something new, “I don’t wanna be at the end of my life wondering if things could’ve been different had I tried a little more at ___”. If you fail the first time good, now you know what not to do the next time you try.
With my music you can hear the progression of my mixing/growth as an artist/engineer from song to song. It’s all about giving it your all and trying new things till you get the results you want.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually visited AZ for the first time over winter break so I don’t know to many places, but I’d for sure say we gotta go to Valley Wings in Scottsdale, Phoenix for bar’s and food, and then Tempe for the people and the vibes

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Big shout out to the entire Local Traffic Only team, to Dj K-yung for taking a chance on me, to the man-behind-the-music and big bro Chris Clutch for believing in me right from the very beginning, and last but not least My brothers Deuce, Mellow G, Cj, Ruup & Stone. And to my OG, who has always supported me in everything I’ve done

Website: https://unitedmasters.com/t-the-pharaoh

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/t_the_pharaoh/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonya777

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TthePharaoh

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TthePharaoh

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