Image result for mike of doomBy: @kindadead_

Mike of Doom is a Maryland born, NY based artist. As a DMV native, i’ve had the opportunity to see him at a few shows and see what he’s about, so i jumped at the opportunity to learn more about him, his journey with music thus far and where he wants to land in the future and few other interesting bits about himself and the scenes in Maryland and New York. Here’s what he had to say:

KD: At what age did you start rapping or making music?

MIKE OF DOOM: I’ve been recording myself since I was about 8, but I didn’t take the rap aspect serious until about 2012

KD: What made you want to start making music in the first place?

MIKE OF DOOM: Music’s always been salvation for me. Even back when I use to stay on punishment, I always had access to music. I always felt like I had a unique ear for things so it was only a matter of time before I wanted to start implement myself into what I loved

KD: How did your friends and family react when you started to pursue music as a career/hobby? Has their perception of it changed now that you’re gaining more traction?

MIKE OF DOOM: My friends were there from the start, so they’ve always been on board. A few of them I brought on board and helped realized their musical aspirations. My mom is real supportive, my music is unpredictable though so I can’t speak on my family as a whole, they probably think its wild.

KD: Where do you think your music is gonna take you over the next few years?

MIKE OF DOOM: Music is gonna take me to this place where my words are a vessel for others and the politics mean nothing. So hopefully a place where I can continue to be true to myself with a larger core base. Maybe even an Oscar

KD: What do you consider to be your biggest milestone musically, Any particular show/project/song that really made you feel accomplished or proud of your career thus far?

MIKE OF DOOM: Hmm. I suck I dont really reflect too much. I’m always trying to outdo myself. MICHAEL felt really great to make. I’m proud of everything though, I can’t pick a particular moment

KD: What do you consider to be your biggest milestone musically, Any particular show/project/song that really made you feel accomplished or proud of your career thus far?

MIKE OF DOOM: I suck I dont really reflect too much. I’m always trying to outdo myself. MICHAEL felt really great to make. I’m proud of everything though, I can’t pick a particular moment

KD: Who is one person dead or alive you wish you could make a song with?

MIKE OF DOOM: At the current moment, probably Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. Truly one of kind voice

KD:  Have any hobbies outside of music?

MIKE OF DOOM: I like cats, COFFEE, intriguing women, old magazines, Home Movies. I could talk about GTA: San Andreas all day

KD: What do you think makes your music good, or what separates it from everyone else?

MIKE OF DOOM: I have a unique perspective. Quite literally 98% of rappers are saying the same thing. Male or female. I’m here to represent that 2%

KD: What is your end game you wish to accomplish through music?

MIKE OF DOOM: Endgame is the scariest word in my life right now. Foresight can be dangerous. I don’t know how to answer that right now.

KD: Do you feel like you ever faced any challenges being a Maryland based artist before you ended up moving to New York?

MIKE OF DOOM: Yeah, there is a true lack of venues and community on the PG side of Maryland. I didn’t think I’d get my name past Upper Marlboro. Or even PG. But with evolution comes expansion

KD: I’ve seen you at a few shows in Baltimore over the last 2-3 years, whats the creative scene like in Maryland?

MIKE OF DOOM: The Baltimore side is BEAUTIFUL. Any opportunity I have, I’m out there. There is a creative pocket in Maryland, but the trap scene currently runs it. So you go to a Baltimore, where the community is open and accepting and create new waves for yourself. It’s not impossible to gain traction in Maryland, you can just hit a ceiling too soon. Lot of artists are making their voices heard and getting the right love though. It’s def a spotlight kinda time right now

KD: Do you feel like Baltimore/MD as a whole, has the potential to be on the same level as other places like Atlanta, LA, or Chicago?

MIKE OF DOOM: Most definitely, we already have a few powerhouse artists. I think once we solidify a sound and overall community consciousness we could infect the world with our culture. Thats a goal

KD: How do the scenes in MD and NY differ, and which one do you prefer?

MIKE OF DOOM: MD/DMV/Bmore scenes are all different I’d say. A regular MD show can be hit or miss. You gotta have the following to bring out the scene. Same with DC but more familiar faces, just a tougher crowd. Baltimore is diverse, you catch every kind of person at a show and its communal. NY is a clout-race. Can’t say I prefer NY’s.

KD: Was there any point in time you wanted to stop making music or felt as though it was going nowhere? If so how did you overcome those feelings?

MIKE OF DOOM: Nah, thats pussy

KD: do you feel your music has impacted the underground scene, if so, how has it?

MIKE OF DOOM: Yeah I definitely feel like I’ve made my mark. In my areas scene, it was heavily boom-bap/90s inspired. I came with the crank and gave a lot of people the confidence to follow suit. Shows went from being displays of bars to displays of energetic passion. I’m not taking credit for anyone’s success but I’ve seen the climate change heavily post-Mike of Doom. And for the best

KD: If you could move anywhere on the planet and live a good full life there, where you moving?

MIKE OF DOOM: Barcelona seems perfect. Good coffee and beautiful women!

KD: If you had to be in any movie/cartoon/video game universe which one you living in and why?

MIKE OF DOOM: Probably Kanto but in the Gold/Silver version. 18 badges my nigga? Need I say more?

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