[FLEET FEATURE] Poni
Straight Official got a chance to chop it with our UK connect Poni!
Hey Poni tell me about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you from,etc?
My name is Poni, I was given the name by someone in my rap group when I was 14 years old, He called me lil Poni but I dropped the lil and kept Poni. Im born and raised in London
Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer?
My mum took me and my sisters to organ lessons every week from the age of 4, I played the organ until I was 18 and also took weekly flute lessons from the age of 10. I started singing/rapping with my sisters when I was 7 years old. Making, playing and creating music is all I’ve known my whole life.
Who and/or what motivates you?
I get motivated by talented musicians, like real lyrical people or very musically talented people. I also get motivated when I hear a hot beat, that just makes me want to start spitting. Also, the main reason i started writing music was because it was my way to get out my emotions, it was like my diary and helped me express whatever I was going through. So I can kinda say that having issues motivated me.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?
I would say remaining motivated to do music in these changing times, when everyone says they’re an artist but not everyone is an ‘Artist’ if you get what i mean lol. But on a real, I would say being able to be playlisted on UK national radio and BET Intl without a deal. Being approached by Lil Wayne’s producer to do a feature with Weezy and then being put on his mixtape. Being featured on a G-Unit mixtape on the remix of Rider ft 50 and Lloyd Banks. Lastly being the first UK artist to work with Shady Records
What projects are you currently working on?
Ive been dropping singles for a while, so right now im considering releasing an album or a mixtape, It will be a body of work. So right now im putting together the final touches.
What changes would you like to see made in the music/entertainment industry?
I love party music and trap, but I would love to see more originality in the game. Everyone now has the same flows and uses the same beats. I miss when I could hear musicians that trained their whole lives making and studying music. Music is an art form, I want the art to be appreciated and respected.
What makes you different or sets you apart?
I am trained technically in music, I also have a Jamaican, British and West African background so my musical style is influenced by these mixes. Ive had to hustle to get where I am now in life and been through a lot of trials and made it out of many of them. I have a hustlers and survivors spirit and show that in my music.
What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs?
I have my own label called Desire Sounds and am part of the Fleet Djs. Some of the Fleet Djs have been supporting my music for years, so a few years ago there was a Fleet DJ conference in Atlanta. I was also in town and passed through and connected with the Fleet DJ team. They then put me on board as a Fleet model then later became a fleet Artist.
What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have?
Im in the process of putting together a new studio based in Atlanta. I had a home studio in London, I used a Mac tower, MAudio and focusrite compressor and a Rode mic, but this time around I want to record with the Bluebird mic and an apollo as I love the sound they produce together.
Im also a bit of an artist so do a lot of graphic design and I write and Act. Ive been in a few Reality TV shows in England and an in the process of script writing.
What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies?
Im a Netflix and chill kinda girl, Popcorn, ice cream, comforter and sofa sounds perfect to me. I travel a lot, I’ve been to 21 countries and counting, so travelling if definitely one of my hobbies and also eating out in great restaurants.
11. Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? What’s your Social Media?
Shoutout Straight Official Magazine to all the Fleet DJS, Fleet Models, Fleet Artists and Producers. You can find me online at www.poni.co.uk and IG/Twitter @RidewithPoni
Thank you Poni Appreciate you taking the time to speak with us! make sure y’all keep with Poni and Straight Official for more dope features.