Flo is a new artist on the rise. Get familiar with the budding artist as he strives to be the best at his craft. He has an interesting story to follow along, from the way he was born, to moving to Canada. All of his upbringing experiences reflect in his music and some (if not all) of his fans can relate or at least understand where he is coming from. Overall Flo is a dope artist to check out and his humbleness is refreshing!
I got a chance to interview Flo about his music, growing up in Africa, working on his mixtape and what’s next for him. Peep the interview below!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Flo: My full name is Florent Munyange Alimasi, was born in 1996 in Kindu, Congo RDC, grew up in Uganda before I came to Winnipeg, Canada as a refugee in 2007.
Music been a drive in my life since I can ever remember. When I was really young every time my dad would play some songs that I like I would go in the middle of the crowd and start dancing and singing even tho I couldn’t speak well, and I remember people would just be like this kid got Flow (laughs). I officially started rapping at the age of 14, but I’ve been writing poems and rhymes since I was like 11.
How would you describe your sound?
Flo: To be honest my sound describes itself. My sound is a sound of a heart of soldier. I tell stories to remind my childhood friends that still remember to keep their heads up, I tell stories to remind my friends here in Canada, how fun Africa was as a child. I love it when my music inspires a person.
Now I’m doing HIPHOP and Afro Beat; so I’m mixing up with that African style just enough to make Ma people smile and understand me more! And I think that’s what most rappers should do especially when English or French is not your first language, you’ve got to mix it up with your native language sometimes, so ya family can understand what you talking about! So Yeahh Ma sound will make you cry, it will make you smile, it will make you remember, it make you happy, and will make you dance (laughs).
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Flo: I love making songs. I love the idea of getting an idea and letting people hear your idea. The experience I got making songs now is amazing. Mich2050 studio has been like a home to me. They’ve provided me some amazing opportunities that I had never thought would happen. I got to meet a lot of different artists, that are amazing, and the more I meet amazing people the more I get the strength to push even more to make my craft amazing. I want people to hear my songs, albums, mix tapes and say “AMAZING!”.
When I was doing my mixtape, I was working at McDonald’s and I remember I had 1 to 2 songs to record every Week! As soon as I got my paycheck I would go buy my beats right away and book for studio time right away! I was making minimum wage but it was worth it because I only worked for my music. I never told my mom where the money was going she thought I was just saving for college (laughs).
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Flo: Right now all I can say is stay tuned! I got lots of new materials coming! I got “Wota Fall” music video dropping soon. “Wota Fall” is a party song on my SoundCloud. Check it out @Florent-FLO-.
The song is an Afro beat song with a mix of hip-hop, can’t wait! I’m too excited. I also got another single dropping before the “Wota Fall” video called, ‘Save My Story’, that song is in Swahili, my native language. The song is about 2 friends, a guy and a girl, that grew up together and separated for a long time, and now the guy came back to the city looking for the girl just to find her as mom, to him his life story do not make sense without the girl in his life, that’s why it’s called “Save My Story.” After the song drops start expecting for a video.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Flo: Biggest highlight so far is been to drop a mixtape! Just all the work that I’ve put in, the energy, the sweat, the tears, the blood. You will literally know me by listening to my mixtape, Winter Soldier! (Get it on iTunes, amazons, Google play, Spotify, anywhere).
Yeah my mixtape is definitely one of the biggest marks ‘cause I went all out in every single song! If I had a second highlight it would be the music video of ‘Right Now’. By the way it’s got 41k views so far on YouTube which I appreciate a lot
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Flo: Mainstream, independent is too hard. I’ve been independent for a while and sometimes it’s just too much! Definitely mainstream.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Flo: People do not know that I was born in a war. Search it up first Congo war 1996. That’s when I was born.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Flo: One thing I’ve learned is that in order to make your dreams come true, sometimes you must give up sleep! You must be able to give up sleep and work work work!!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Flo: I’m also going to Toronto Films school in January. So expect big things from me in the future like acting producing and stuff. This is just the beginning.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
R: Make sure y’all follow me on Instagram @florentalimasi. Check out my SoundCloud and my YouTube @florent-Flo-.
I promise ya boy is coming up! Support!
Youtube video: https://youtu.be/Er9Lux4a7F0