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    Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:54:51

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Anonymous {And.On.I.Must} - Get to know him

    Anonymous {And.On.I.Must} contacted us via email. We liked his stuff so we invited him into the Take Aim space because he is entertaining and talented.

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    First show: Opened up for a death metal band with my iPod and a violin player on homecoming night in Tampa, Florida. Played at a nudist colony on Thanksgiving once. SMASH CUT. 6 years later. 4 tours. 1 record. Moved to New York. Less nudism. #winterwilldothatoyou #shrinkage.

    If you were not doing music, you would be…

    A creepy (albeit licensed in the state of New York) massage therapist for lonely people…come to think of it, that might not be a bad way to finance the next record….

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    I went to NYU for Television Writing and Acting and right now I'm doing some more acting training at Maggie Flannigan Studio studying Meisner technique. I tend to shy away from the actor SLASH rapper SLASH writer title, because slashes and hyphenates makes it sound like you're just running a list of random hobbies.

    It makes people roll they're eyes, like 'Okay…sure…' But I've been acting, writing plays and movies, and rapping since –-- ever. On my last tour I wrote a draft of my play in the off-time: in the car, before sound check etc. Before I started my next record I starred in and associate produced and licensed songs to a short film called Flip Fantasia, written and directed by the homie Cady McClain.

    I've trained in all three areas, rap is less of a formal training and more of a training by doing --- but it's all story telling. I like to think in archetypes. Like, if I was born three hundred years ago, what archetype would my profession fall under? I'd probably be roaming the land banging a drum, singing songs about what happened in the next town and shit. Nahmean?

    Pick ONE song one your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    So --- hip-hop, is weird because it's the only genre of music where an artist refers to themselves in the third person yeah? i.e. "'oung Hov's a snake charmer' – or - 'One thing about El-Product, these fucks gotta put into they brain is' – or - 'L keeps rappers hearts pumpin' like Reeboks,' etc. No one else does that. Bruce Springsteen doesn't say, 'Bruce Springsteen the ill kid from Long Branch' – no.

    I remember distinctly the first time, (as a rapper), that I wrote….'I'…. and it was so personal, it scared the shit out of me. It was my song 'Cloud Face' that I wrote on the side of the road between Cleveland and whatever the fuck is outside of Cleveland. It had started raining so hard that we had to just pull over and try to wait out the storm. I was with my best friend and tour manager Zack Markel. We had just met Eyedea & Abilities and Kristoff Krane at the Grog Shop and they had let us sleep on their floor in their room at the Motel 6 after the show (we had just met them). Both Eyedea and Kristoff's music is DEEPLY personal. So I don't know if I was inspired or if something had just broken inside of me or what, but I wrote:

    'It's not that I don't want you, I just don't wanna feel like this.'

    And it almost didn't feel like rap. It didn't feel like a song. It wasn't wordplay, it was just the truth. I finished the verse and read it to Zack and he was like… 'Dude…you have to finish that song…' That was a serious turning point for me.

    Finish this sentence: Anonymous {And.On.I.Must} is the artist that…

    …will play a show in your apartment if you ask him to.

    Watch the "Dust & Ash" video.

    Listen to Cough Syrup for Your Offspring.

    Are you totally a fan now? You should be! Be sure to check out Anonymous {And.On.I.Must}'s Facebook page.

    —Amy Sciarretto

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