Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Wolfgang Mozart, Bob Marley and Albert Einstein, "They all created daily. Bob created every day. Mozart created every day." In addition to their tenacity to create, each in their own right serve as direct inspiration for the next artist featured on A Closer Look. The Neo Elite Presents the distinctive, all-around, Hip-Hop artist, Thraxx King.
Born and raised in Suitland, Maryland Thraxx attended Renaissance Christian Academy, a private school near the area, from elementary school to middle school. However, when middle school came to an end, so did private schooling. Thraxx later transferred into a public school in Waldorf. “It was a slight shift from a private school, but everywhere I went people gravitated to me,” he stated.
Thraxx then recalled a particular nanny that played music frequently, which ultimately guided him to banging and drumming on everything. He stated, “My mom and I always attended church, and while I was there, I would constantly watch the drummer and learned how to play by watching.” After his mom found out, she went and brought him a drum set to further his new craft. Thraxx, as he grew older, would begin discovering his musical talent as a drummer in the church, playing whenever he can.
After graduating in 2009, Thraxx furthered his studies at the Art Institute of Washington. “That’s where I got into making beats and recording music,” he stated. In the beginning, Thraxx was making beats for others, but was never truly impressed with their sound over his beats. “I’ve always recorded things, and knew how I wanted things to sound, but I never released a record,” Thraxx stated.
A push from a close friend, eventually led Thraxx to start releasing music. “Nothing truly was stopping me, it was just an urge and once I took use of SoundCloud, I started receiving genuine support and kept going”. In the process, Thraxx would challenge himself to use his voice as just another instrument, and prioritize his focus on being consistent with cadences and his unique sound.
Thraxx is also co-owner of Flyzone express, a production studio located in College Park, Maryland. “In June, it marked 6 months since it first opened, and it’s been a blessing,” Thraxx proclaimed. “Having my own studio is something I've always wanted. Sound is my service and I believe it’s my job to receive information, and give it back."
Apart from engineering and producing, when it comes to his musical style, Thraxx wants to be able to give the perspective of human experience through sound with use of 432 hertz. By “Playing and listening to music that has been tuned to 432Hz...[it] would fill you with a sense of peace and well-being,” according to Attuned Vibrations. “If you listen, Tribes Ties is actually in 432 hertz,” Thraxx added. Apart from that, stylistically Thraxx stays true to his sound with the use of different cadences across beats.
Regarding the DMV music scene, he believes the DMV holds a vast amount of talent with different perspectives. In addition, he stated, “I feel like we're in motion, and I’m with it all!” One of his favorite performances was at the Motor House Baltimore, in 2018. That day, Thraxx performed and ended up meeting a few go-go band members who genuinely enjoyed his music. After the show, they further met in a studio and recorded live. Another memorable performance occurred quite recently, Thraxx performed for a series by the name of Opaline. “I was able to bring all my brothers from the TribeTies video on stage with me, and the energy was crazy!” Thraxx stated.
His greatest accomplishment so far has been the positive impact received from others. “It feels good to be on stage, and hear/see people rap the lyrics, or upset that I didn’t perform a certain song,” Thraxx stated. Two years from now, he has a goal to perform on many more stages, release new music, build a new aura, and create a forward shift of life.
Aside from music, Thraxx is also passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and does so by committing to a plant/fruit based diet. “After losing both of my parents to health issues, I developed another perspective on what I’m consuming and enhanced my knowledge concerning health.” After making the change, Thraxx admits, he feels way better and lighter. “I’m working on cutting dairy out in all, but I lowkey enjoyed having sour cream and cheese in my burrito, with no meat of course,” we both laughed. His healthy lifestyle has also translated over into a growing all-natural smoothies business, Blendztribe, developed by Thraxx and his fellow Co-CEO.
"Blendztibe is a seed that's germinating for sure; we have great plans for the future."
He’s also a father to an adorable son,Noah. On finding the equilibrium on being a dad and an artist, Thraxx believes “It has to work out because he’s a part of my story; it’s a blessing to have him and watch him grow.” Little Noah has also acquired a bit of his dad musical talents, he is fascinated by the keyboard and the drums, he also enjoys being in the studio, and watching YouTube; “He loves the fact that I’m on YouTube!” Thraxx laughed.
When it comes to advice for aspiring artists, Thraxx would tell them to, “Be the best version of yourself,because I've seen people in the studio shift their projection due to the influence of someone else style, and it's crazy!” In conclusion, you don't have to imitate others to gain success. Instead, you should stick to expressing your own creativity.
Read more about Thraxx King with a closer look below.
What’s one fun fact about you that most people don’t know?
Most people don’t know that I really love classical music. I additionally enjoy museums and art galleries.
It’s a different type of excitement.
What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?
My biggest pet peeve deals with individuals who lie- I don’t like liars.
If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
If I didn’t have to sleep, if possible, I would planet travel,.
If I didn’t choose to pursue music, I would definitely be trying to build a career at NASA.
Would you rather Win $50,000 or let your best friend win $500,000?
I would let my best friend win $500,000, because my best friend, who is more like my brother, also works in our smoothie business “BlendzTribe” with me. I know he will invest in that, which will help us, and put money in my pocket as well.
If you're having a bad day, what is something you often do to turn things around?
If I’m having a bad day, to turn things around I will mediate.
When did you start your dreads journey?
In 2010, my father passed away, and I stopped cutting my hair. By 2011/2012, I started twisting my hair, and then it eventually grew into dreads. Later down the road, I shaved my dreads into a fade.
To keep them looking healthy and clean, I drink a lot of water and use apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil.
Magnified Topic of the Week: Thraxx King’s “Tribe Ties” Album
“Tap-in, breath, lock-in, repeat, repetition is a monster.” Exact instructions from the first song on the track list, “3rd Person Infinite Potential Mantra”. Tribe Ties is filled with explosive beats and was produced by the lyrical genius Thraxx himself.
This project was released this past January with strong confidence from Thraxx. With inspiration rooting from the knowledge he had learned while studying music, and powerful “cranking” beats.
Listen in to Thraxx top favorites “2+3+4", “Tribe Ties" featuring King Lee, and “Mula on Medulla," which is also a fan favorite! Take a look at the fire “Mula on Medulla” visual below shot by Spike Wezy! You got Tribe Ties!? If not, be sure to download the album and catch a refreshing vibe.