I met SkyBlew at a show in North Carolina a few years ago… and while it wasn’t the most exciting show, Sky really impressed me with his poise and his stage show. We’ve been chatting since then, and I’m really honored to bring SkyBlew on Tour, which starts this weekend. Get to know “The Colorful Dreamer” with this Q&A!
1. What are you nerding out on currently?
I have actually been trying my best to finish some of the anime I started watching – Attack On Titan, Blue Exorcist and Kill la Kill but, my friends always giving me something new I supposedly NEED to watch lol. Im like “Chill, I haven’t even finished this one”. Oh yea, I started Orange is the New Black as well. That show is awesome! I have also, been watching alot of the trailers for games announced at E3, im STOKED on most of these games coming out, sheeeeeeh! 🙂 lol. Lastly, I been nerding out on life….LIVING life, instead of observing it so much… *MESSAGE* 😉
2. What are your most recent games played?
I’m not sure if Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 counts since I play it waaaay too much but, yea I play that game alot. I’m not the type of gamer to brag about how nice I am at a game but, my reputation precedes me in this game. Now, I shall cease speaking on this matter. lol. I keep giving Call Of Duty Ghosts a chance but it sucks. Bad. Especially alot of the players, they camp waaaay too much and snipe you, like TOO much. Stop it. Enough is enough, you ain’t nice with any other guns?? lol. Mainly tho, i’m trying to finish Dragon Ball Z: The Battle Of Z and that game is INCREDIBLY awesome, yet HARD. Like, dang. Why you make it that hard, is that necessary? lol.
3. What music is on your playlist?
Hmm.. My playlist has been very cohesive with my favorite artists for a while now. People I listen to on the daily, so i’m mainly bumping some: Nujabes, Scapegoat Wax, Blue Scholars, Sublime, Common Market, New Radicals, Marvin Gaye, Brother Ali, Anita Baker, Common, Reel Big Fish, Lupe Fiasco, Joey Bada$$, Amy Winehouse, A Tribe Called Quest, it was the anniversary of Nas – Illmatic recently so been jamming to that classic, and a few others. There’s a new guy TDE signed named Isaiah Rashad and he put out a SUPER DOPE project named, Cilvia Demo and that joint rides yo. Waiting for that new Ab-Soul album to drop so I can throw that on the playlist as well.
4. What do you do in your downtime?
Downtime is becoming a rare occasion in my life, so when I get downtime it’s special lol. But, when I do have downtime most of the time im with friends playing video games, watching some anime, eating candy (lots of it), working out (you know, because of the candy lol), or just chilling. I like to read up on things as well, try to learn about the world. Ill talk about that later. I write alot of music but I try not to let it get in the way of my downtime, so I set aside time for writing but, when i’m playing the game or something, rhymes always seem to float around so I jot them down, most of the time… See what I did there?
5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?
I’m all about helping out the community so anytime the opportunity comes up and i’m available, then i’m down. We have done concert food drives, clothes donations and also a Christmas gifts benefit a few years ago. There’s also an event coming up I will be part of, which will involve me and other artists doing workshops and performing for the youth.
6. What are you trying to learn to do right now?
I am trying to learn about different cultures since I want to travel the world, so I been reading alot and also watching National Geographic documentaries. As I stated earlier, im trying to learn how to just live and enjoy life. I had a crazy/messed up life so for a while, all I did was observe life and look at it’s faults, but now im learning to live life and learn from the experience.
7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of our website and collective?
I think everyone should get the feeling of empowerment and equality. They should see this website and collective and feel like they are equal just like the next man. Just because your a different color and like different things doesn’t make you an outcast. I’m Alabama a place where they look at you different if your not with the “norm” you know? We are just down to earth people who like nerdy things, make music about those nerdy things and have fun living life. Being who WE wanna be. Racism has always been a factor in this world but, when we are gaming, going to concerts meeting new people, sharing our similar interests, the barrier of color is no longer a factor. Embrace who you are, the same way we at the NPCC do. Nothing’s wrong with that.
A) Movie? The Wackness .. That movie changed my life yo.
B) Food? Chinese Food and Candy 🙂 Im addicted to both.
C) Website? This one of course lol. I would have to say. 2DopeBoyz, Kotaku, GeekEinc.com, Unexplained.co (Paranormal Phenomena) and this site by the name of www.SkyBlew1.bandcamp.com (I heard, the last person who went here, wasn’t seen for DAYS) lol.
10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.
Contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t always a positive guy trying to spread love. When I was living in Alabama, I lived a total different life that I won’t speak about at the moment. After I got out of foster care, my Grandma (Arnita Tolbert) was the most important person in my life. I basically grew up at her house with my cousins and Grandad. She was a beautiful woman with an equally beautiful spirit. She raised us in the church, showed us right from wrong, and fed us the best food I have EVER eaten lol. Then she passed away years ago, and that’s when I went through a series of events in life that helped me realize what I was meant to do. Her passing was the icing on the cake. She always said, I will do something great one day and music was always in my soul. I started to change my message and what I wanted to represent because I would always think, “what would my Grandma want me to do and what did she represent”? She represented love and peace. That’s what I stand FIRMLY on. She would give someone in need her last dime. I can’t go into everything great she did because I could write a New York Times best seller on her. Just know, that SkyBlew wouldn’t be who he is today, if it wasn’t for Arnita Tolbert. Rest in paradise, I love you Grandma.