We had the good fortune of connecting with Cecil Van Lare and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cecil, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I love music. All of it. Singing, Rapping, Songwriting, Producing, composing. Everything about music I always loved but I wanted to be the captain of my own ship, especially when music was the topic, so I wanted to build my own studio, and perhaps start my own label so I can do things my way while making money for the services I can provide for others too.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Man my music journey is an interesting one. Most people I’d say have a story that starts out with nobody believing in them so they only believed in themselves. Honestly for me it was different. The closest people in my life maintained their faith in my abilities even when I was close to quitting multiple times! I owe it all to my support system of family and close friends for getting this far. I’d say my music is hip hop, but it has a multitude of other influences. R&B, Afrobeats, Soul, Jazz, and Funk are all genres I implement into my style when I’m writing, producing, and recording. The one thing that sets me apart from others is I can do anything. I rap, I sing, I produce, I dance, I write. Also, ain’t a genre I can think of that I can’t create. Throw whatever you want at me, I’ll be A1 from Day 1 like Anthony Edwards would say. Music for me is extremely personal. It’s the one thing I fell in love with and never could let go, no matter how many things got in my way. I’m excited to show y’all what I got coming next year!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One spot I was introduced to awhile back was Azuza Hookah Lounge. I always like going there, or Blue Sky Hookah Lounge. The African American Museum is also a pretty solid place to visit. I won’t lie, I don’t go out much.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Man I gotta shout out my main man Soca Jones. That’s been my brother since high school and we grew up in this music thing together. Always pushing each other to make produce and write better records. I also owe a lot to my family, specifically my mom dad and sister for always supporting me from the jump!