Interview with Songwriter & Artist – Antoine The Icon

Born on April 5th 1993 in Philadelphia, PA Antoine Acosta also known as Antoine The Icon is a rapper, performer, producer, recording artist, and a songwriter. He started along this musical journey at the age of 12, and he is 26 years old now. There has been trials and tribulations along his way and ever since then he has come a long way. Antoine has grown over the years in both his character and drive, due to the many struggles he’s faced, both professional and personal, throughout his life. As a result, his Flow is unique and very creative; he mostly makes music that not only a certain group of people can relate to, but also mix-cultures of people as well. 

What inspires you to be creative? Is there anything special that you do to get into a creative mindset?
What inspires me to be creative is being able to reach out and get the crowd involved due to the lyrics of my songs. A lot of my music comes from pain and or experiences in life.

When did music start becoming a career for you?
Music became a career for me when I realized every time I went through a bad experience in life & I would write a song, not only helped me cope with my own demons but it helped me cope with others who either can relate to my songs or know someone who is going through the same thing. 

Antoine, according to you as a singer-songwriter, what stands you out from others?
My personality, I can’t sing unless I have auto tune although I have been taking lessons. I am a rapper, producer, songwriter, performer, engineer & a DJ. What makes me different is due to the fact I am the jack of all trades and everything I learn and do I put my all into. 

Who has inspired you in your life, and what is your greatest achievement so far?
I have been inspired by Tupac, Drake, Nas, & many others. My greatest achievement in 2020 so far is my music being played on sirius XM radio channel shade 45.  

How important is personal branding and what do you do to grow your personal brand?  
My personal branding is important because it is my image & my reputation. I continue to do the footwork by hanging up posters, speaking to the youth, sometimes even doing free events. It continues to help my image because I am getting out in the world & I am meeting people I am networking refusing to take no for a answer.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
My tips for the readers is to never give up, never worry about age, time & negative energy. Just do it continue to push through even when the going gets tough.

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