Where does your motto “magic happens” come from?
Salakida: “Magic Happens” comes from what I have experienced in life; wonderful things happen everyday man, they really do! I had a near death experience in 2007 and it’s a miracle, or “Magic” that I’m here today.
The term “Blippie Funk” has been used to describe your music, but what exactly is Blippie Funk?
Salakida: I love so many genres of music, and what I create musically comes through me organically, so it’s hard for me to separate the elements that make me/my sound what it is, but I’ll try. My musical tribe is definitely the Prince/Chaka/Jimi family with some Rotary Connection/Minnie Ripperton, Public Enemy, Gangstarr, Heart and Joni thrown in, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Hip Hop. Good Music!
You said a concert you attend that presented Luther Vandross was the inspiration for you pursuing a career in music, but what was it about that concert that influenced you so much?
Salakida: Luther Vandross (R.I.P.) put on a production that touched my 4 year old soul! He sang with such passion, the glamour of it all. I mean he had modern dance, the lights, the band… the joy I felt watching him and his background singers, Lisa Fischer ’nem, do their thing, I walked away wanting to give that feeling to other people.
You have a wide array of artist you personally like to listen to such as Prince and Fiona Apple, but how does having a diverse taste in music help you as an artist?
Salakida: As an artist and a writer, you’re constantly absorbing, filtering and becoming one with new experiences, sounds etc. So everything I’ve ever heard is a part of me and what I put out is a product of all those things channeled through me.
You’ve shared the stage with artist like D’wayne Wiggins and Kenny Latimore and have these experiences helped you grow your craft?
Salakida: Having the opportunity to work with veteran performers set a great foundation for me! I started my career on a professional level and I carry that with me. I know what it is to be a team player and a leader. I respect and love it all.
You grew up in Oakland, CA and how did that city play a role in your music if it did? What has been the biggest difference between Oakland and Atlanta both musically and personally?
Salakida: The Oakland, CA that I grew up in was the most diverse city in the world, so many different cultures, races religions, for the most part living peacefully and sharing experiences with one another. It gives you a more global awareness. I feel like there was an emphasis on community and having a social consciousness, which influences how I write. I’m dedicated to keeping it real and positive with my work. I like to write about the dark lonely tunnel, but I never forget to mention the light at the end of it. Cali gave me that. Atlanta is a great place to grow wealth and observe and participate in the trappings of success. It’s a very alive city. It’s a great place to be right now, and the cost of living is great! I’m still learning Atlanta.
In a city with so many talented female artist what helps you stand out from your peers?
Salakida: I think what makes an orange different from an apple or a plum, is the fact that it’s an orange.
Aside from music you also work with non-profits and What have these experiences meant to you?
Salakida: Working with non-profits keeps me grounded and engaged and aware that the world is so much bigger than me.
What keeps you motivated and wanting to put out the best possible music that you can put out?
Salakida: I’m inspired by the need I see in the market place, positive feedback from fans, my Family, and just plain old Love.