Today we’d like to introduce you to Desmond “Dez The Navigator” Patten, Marcus “ACT” Frazier, Lathan “Chin” Kyles, Broderick “P-Jizzle” Agnew, Brandon “Señor Chase” Marshall, Julian “Julez On The Beat” Clayton and Joshua “Carterboi” Carter.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
If you are looking for high-energy performances, hybrid Hip-Hop lyrics over nostalgic contemporary beats look no further than The Innovators Music Group. Since 2010 we have been pushing the boundaries of music. Our sound comes from combining witty lyrics, off the wall flows, and life experiences. We all met each other in the marching band at The Great Bethune-Cookman University a Historical Black College/University in Daytona Beach, Florida. After college, we decided to move our operations to Miami for more musical opportunities.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Chin: The challenges and obstacles I faced were not having enough finances, notoriety, and disciplined habits that’ll force me to not be so distracted with everything else including the naysayers.
A.C.T: Most certainly not. Self-motivation is one of the most challenging issues we’ve faced. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’ve been grinding for so long and you don’t see the results you want to see. Regardless though, you have to keep pushing.
Dez The Navigator: Nope not at all. To this day, we as a label are trying to figure it out. Music is an art anybody can do it. The challenge is making the music connect with the people. Getting people to believe in the movement The Innovative brand. It’s hard so I commend people pushing to do music in any genre. We did performances when nobody was there. I’m just happy to have a team with me.
Señor Chase: Some of my struggles include but are not limited to: Seldom bouts of low self-esteem, Time management, Closed mindedness of others and Funds.
P-Jizzle: The journey to get to where I am now definitely wasn’t smooth and definitely had its challenges. From having kids in my early 20’s. To not have any equipment to work on my craft. Let alone a computer. I had to depend on others to use their equipment.
The Innovators Music Group – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Innovators Music Group is a recording label founded in 2010. We specialize in Hip-Hop yet we open-minded to create in any genre of music. Over the past ten years, we released over twenty musical projects independently. We have performed at amazing events such as Artscape (Baltimore, MD), Miramar Day (Miramar, FL), Rel Carter Culture Tour (Orlando, FL), Livewire At Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL), and Delandapoolza (Deland, FL) to name a few. What sets us apart from others is what we stand for, how we operate, and our personality. We believe that if we can make it so can you and always chase purpose. Our most proud moments are when we are able to create ourselves an opportunity to perform and at the same time extend the opportunity to other artists. For example, Innovative Activity which is our event we created to provide a platform artist to perform at.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
ACT: I define success as someone who obtains what they work hard for. The criteria for everyone is different. For me personally, it’s celebrating the small victories that will eventually lead to the big ones.
Chin: I measure success on if I fulfilled my purpose for being on this planet. Being successful for me is having music as a career and platform to inspire people to become who they were born to be. I want my life to help shape others into becoming the best version of themselves. When it does that, then I’ll feel successful.
P-Jizzle: Success is when you feel a sense of accomplishment from those around you as well as yourself. Success for me consists of so many factors. Success for me is when someone can identify the innovative sound.
Dez The Navigator: Success for me always various. If you are achieving the goals you set, challenging yourself to constantly learn and evolve and inspire that’s a true success because the money will come. Finding your passion and purpose is important to me.
Carterboi: Success is maintaining vision and being better than I was yesterday.
Señor Chase: Success – the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. I am successful when I can do what I set out to do. It doesn’t have to be the best, long as I put my best into.
- Website: https://theinnovators.bandcamp.com and https://thegeminiproject.bandcamp.com (For Beats)
- Email: TheInnovatorsmusicgroup@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theinnovatorsmusicgroup/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheInnovatorsMusicGroup
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/actdjswiftflow, https://twitter.com/DezTheNavigator, https://twitter.com/Scuba_ju, https://twitter.com/IBSenorChase, and https://twitter.com/PEEJE_JIZZMATIC
- Other: https://linktr.ee/theinnovatorsmusicgroup and https://www.youtube.com/user/Soulsolidforce