In this series, we’re getting to know the finalists who have defeated the other contestants from their cities to reach the Rap Wars Final, which is being held at Oasis’16, BITS Pilani on the 21st October 2016.
Full name: Anant Mohanka
Stage name: 1AM
DHH: What are you currently doing?
AM: I’m working towards a career in rap music.
DHH: When did you start rapping? How old were you?
AM: I’ve been rapping my own material for over a year now, but I started writing songs at 17.
DHH: What attracted you to rapping?
AM: The realisation that nothing else will bring out this much passion in me and understanding that that’s the only way to choose a career path.
DHH: What is your inspiration behind the lyrics that you write?
AM: The desire to give people the same inspiration and catharsis that music has given me.
DHH: Where did you learn to rap from?
AM: Studying the greats.
DHH: What are your songs generally about?
AM: Introspection, social commentary, struggles and lyrical miracles, haha.
DHH: What is the best part about being a rapper?
AM: The moments that make you think, “Whoa. That verse/ performance/ crowd reaction was something I did.”
DHH: What is the most challenging part?
AM: Turning a dark room to a well-lit concert hall.
DHH: What are you working on right now?
AM: A couple of one-off projects and refining my flow.
DHH: Do you plan on pursuing this full-time in the future? If no then why and what is your career choice?
AM: Even my last words are going to rhyme, lol.
DHH: What has your family’s reaction been to this talent of yours?
AM: Incredibly supportive, they helped me find the courage to even start.
DHH: What does rapping mean to you?
DHH: Which artists, International or Indian, are your inspirations?
AM: Em, Kendrick, YelaWolf, Mac Lethal, Macklemore, Kanye, Tupac, Dre, Jay-Z, I could go on.
It’s also inspiring to have a group of talented rappers in Calcutta with guys like Cizzy and Joe.
Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and Lukas Graham, outside the realm of hip-hop.
DHH: What was the feeling like when you make someone listen to your rap for the very first time or when you performed your rap on stage for the very first time?
AM: Nervousness and anxiety the first couple of times, but connecting with an audience always provided a buzz like nothing else.
DHH: What’s the key to being a successful rapper?
AM: Hard work and staying true to yourself while still being relatable and entertaining. Give me a couple of years to confirm that.
DHH: If you had to describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you at all, what would you say? (What are your interests other than rapping, are you an introvert/extrovert, what is the one thing that you are well-known among your friends for other than rapping? Are you always bubbly and cheerful or do you often keep to yourself etc)
AM: I’d ask him/her to wait until mixtapes and albums are out.