1. What’s your government name? And how old are you? Give the people a little background about you, who you are, where you from etc…
My government name is Thamon Joyce! I’m 18 years of age (19 in four months.) As far as background information, I’ll drop my biography below…
“Unique, original, complex. Hardcore, yet mellow with a sense of vulnerability. If we had to describe Notebook’s music, I’m sure no one would hesitate to give these descriptions. Coming from a small town called Clayton, New Jersey, is eighteen-year old Notebook. He’s a one-man band who began creating music at about seven years old. It’s hard to place his sound into a single category as he yanks in influences from many variations of punk-rock, hip-hop, R&B, new-wave, neo-soul, and many other genres. Notebook’s material makes for something completely mind-boggling, so dive right in and drown within the music.”
Haha, it’s going sound pretty basic; but, just as many others, I started off writing my poetry & stories inside of a spiralnotebook. I was about seven-years old and would always see other artists with their own little identity separate from their actual name. So, I just went, “hey, why not name myself Notebook?” May not seem so deep to others, but it meant a lot and still means much to me.
I’ve been songwriting since I was about seven years of age. I picked up my own microphone, recording program, and dove into honing my overall craft (audio-engineering, writing, vocals, etc.) at around ten-years old!
I suppose that one can say that I got into “the game” just by mere intuition; more of a destiny kind of thing. I was exposed to many styles of music that I loved dearly, and nothing else really resonated with me so closely. It’s always been something that I was passionate about, and just about the only thing that mattered too much.
5. So why do you rap? Is it like a hobby or a career move?
That’s a tough question. I’d say it’s a balance of the two, along with the fact that it’s simply something that I love. It’s how I connect to people that I’ve never seen before personally, a way to learn a lot about myself and the world around me, and a way to bring about change in my life experience.
6. Who inspires you/Who is your favorite rapper?
My number one favorite rapper would probably have to be Eyedea (rest in peace.) In my eyes, he’s not really just a rapper. That man was an artist in the purest form. I happen to have a LOT of inspirations outside of hip-hop and music in general; guys like Edgar Cayce, Timothy Leary, Terence Mckenna, Eckhart Tolle, etc. Other people within music that I have to mention would probably be Portishead, Burial, Deftones, Sadistik, Pink Floyd, The Weeknd, and many others.
7. What are you trying to bring to the game?
I’m trying to bring balance, equality, love, and versatility to the game. It lacks this heavily. Most of the artists tend to use their fans & keep them crippled more than they try to inspire them / pull them out of a closed-in box. I’m going beyond cheap entertainment. I want to bring new thoughts, new perception, and new head-spaces for people to incorporate with their life-experience.
8. What’s your favorite song or project you ever came out with?
That’s another tough one, man. I think I’m going to have to go with my project The Collage. I produced, recorded, mixed, & mastered the whole tape entirely (and of course wrote) and it just bugs me out every time that I hear the vibe that I managed to conjure up. It came out exactly how I wished; really spacey, grungy, and indie rock-esque.
9. You got any projects coming out in the near future? If so, what are they?
I’m actually working on my full-length album right now, which is entitled skylines | nightvibes. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I can say that I’m insanely proud of how it’s turning out. It’s definitely going to be a very trippy experience for the listeners, haha.
And finally where can the people find you at, online?