A conversation with rapper and songwriter Ervin Mitchell
Ervin Mitchell is a songwriter and rap artist from Memphis, Tennessee and currently based out of the hotbed of urban culture: Atlanta, GA. Ervin has quickly gained over 2,000,000 monetized streams and is a Blue Check Verified Artist on Genius, Spotify and Shazam. He has mastered his live performance through everything from shows with OG Maco, festival stages at SXSW and Tech Groove ATL, to high energy romps at iconic venues like The Masquerade and Center Stage in Atlanta. Ervin internalizes the philosophy that the job of a true artist is to convey meaningful messages and emotions in the simplest, most easily digestible way. Ervin is all about the power of dichotomy and often juxtaposes meaningful deep lyrics with light-hearted tropes a la Kanye West or Lil Wayne. He has built a strong organic social media presence and continues to grow a global fanbase with his lyrical wordplay and genre-bending collaborations.
We are sharing our recent interview with Ervin.
Pro Media Mag : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Ervin Mitchell : My career has been guided by my gifts and so many blessings that I know it’s my destiny. I’ve always viewed my art as my purpose. Even as a small kid. I used to draw and I stopped doing that but I never lost my purpose. It just evolved as I grew. When I was about 12 or 13, I started to realize my love for music and that it was the best tool for me to use to express myself and heal with my voice.
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Ervin Mitchell : My upbringing really played a major role in my decision to pursue this career with everything in me. I’ve always been an artist like I said earlier. It was never really about being in the music industry for me. It was about creating my art and getting it out to the people. I was raised with a strong sense of self and strong sense of love and I knew it was my purpose to share that with the world. That’s why I make music.
Pro Media Mag : Tell us about your recent release?
Ervin Mitchell : My most recent release is this track called Pac-Man. It’s a different kind of song then I’ve made in the past but it’s sharing a small piece of me that is easy for people to relate to and enjoy.
Pro Media Mag : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Ervin Mitchell : The response has been great. My fans are always great. They show so much love and that’s what really keeps me going. I know everybody says that shit but I really mean it. Knowing that there are people in the world who really live through what you say is an amazing feeling. It’s a heavy one but I love it.
Pro Media Mag : What attracts you more, performing on stage or working in studios?
Ervin Mitchell : Creating the music will always be my first love. It’s something about the creative process that you just can’t explain. It’s like channeling a super power or something. Performing is like that too in a more intimate way. It’s nothing like seeing that you’re connecting with people in a real way. It’s like a spiritual experience.
Pro Media Mag : What’s the best of being a music artist?
Ervin Mitchell : The greatest part is having a voice that is free and unstifled . Many people don’t have the opportunity to speak for themselves so to be able to do that is like the greatest freedom. Society tells us we have to be so many things other than ourselves. Being able to tell them that there is nothing wrong with who they are is quite humbling.
Pro Media Mag : Have you set some target to achieve?
Ervin Mitchell : My first album is going to go anywhere from triple platinum to Diamond. From there we have a little plan already of what to do with that type of platform.
Pro Media Mag : Are you currently working on any other project?
Ervin Mitchell :
Actually I’m working on a few different projects. We’ve had some major developments lately that I’m not quite yet to reveal to the world yet that I’m very excited about. Right now it’s just about cultivating everything so that it creates longevity. I’m more concerned about consistency in the quality of content at this point than quantity. I mean the ultimate goal is to find the balance between the two and I think we’re finally to that point where we can get this art out to the world.