Since the start of his double digit years(10+), Matthew Lee Beverly As he was born, has been humble to the outside world trying to infect their minds with an uncanny sense that makes sense in his rhymes. Raised in the best of every side because of making the best out of every situation, he came to know the world a lot earlier than expected. The outside became where he stayed as far as a group is concerned for he loved to be different. As a child he grew up back and forth between a trailer park (Staunton,VA) and his grandma's house in the cut (Swoope/Buffalo Gap,VA) bringing him up in a twist of mixes on two opposite sides of the scale. Thus creating this vision we see today known as Phantum Soulja. Given his name from his own conjuring he likes to say it gives him a more keen perspective on life in a way as to let people know in order to know Phantum you got to stick with him because he is always making moves. Forming a legion was always in his head tho never found anyone willing to join forces until he was able to stay in the country with the family he has known to find a common ground and out comes 540 Souljaz. From here he has gone through ups and downs but always seems to come out on top!!!
Websites or Social Media Pages:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
The best fit that would describe the genre of music I do now is Gospel rap. This is based upon the fact that I rap the Gospel. My sound on the other hand is one of upliftment and praise, giving a jumpstart to your motivation and helping you through your rough times.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name does have a story behind it. I got it from being a guy that does plenty but isn't seen much. Partly because he hides himself in the shadows not wanting to be seen and the other part as fighting the good fight behind the scenes as God's unseen soldier. Phantum Soulja.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My biggest influences of course is Jesus Christ! And God, for our Father in Heaven is a phenomenal poet, just look into the Bible and see the many poems. Love and life are big influences too but also other music and musicians. Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd is a huge influence and inspiration and probably my favorite band of all time. I like the old music that actually means something and has sustenance.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Currently I'm working on releasing a new single titled "Bury My Body" through major platforms and distribution. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon, apple as well as all other major online retailers and streaming services such as spotify, pandora, and iheartradio. I have also just recorded another single "Talkin' Tu Thə Shadowz" which will be the second single off my up and coming album "Biblez & Beatz 2.o : On My New Spit" set to be out late fall of this year.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to bring souls to Christ so we all may live in harmony. I want to get myself into position on a high platform that I can use to help those around the world who need it most. There are too many homeless and hungry, too many not feeling loved, and too little effort being put in by those who can. My plan of action is to utilize my God given talent to help as much as I can one act of random kindness at a time.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite song I have is a hard choice to make. Probably my newest single "Bury My Body" just because it's new and sets a new tone in my life. But in all honesty I love a my songs and love performing them because they are not just good music and entertainment but they actually instill something in your heart and soul. Others include "Hopes and Dreams" "On My New Spit" "God's Gifted" plus many more!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
For me I have to say my financials has always been the biggest problem which in turn has put me in a slack mode not giving my all all the time to my music. And knowing where to start or begin to look for things sometimes is a stringent point like trying to connect with the right people to move you forward.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Usually it just hits me and I start writing. Sometimes to a beat, a lot of times just acapella. I'll hear it in my head or something will just spark the flow and off the pen goes. For me there is no set process like there is for some. I can be working or driving or eating even and when it strikes it's a time to write.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I guess you can say its influenced my career on the terms of promotion. It has definitely been a help in utilizing my independent artist status to get me known around the world. Something I wouldn't have been able to do on my own without internet and the different music sites and social media networks that you can put yourself in.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Lately I've been listening to a lot of bluegrass. Mainly just the bluegrass station on Pandora. But I do switch it up with some Lecrae and NF. As I mentioned earlier always listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd. There is some Christian rock and old country like Johnny Cash along with the Animals. Just a variety of different genres keeps me in tune.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Wasn't much really but playing with friends because I started writing when I was around 9-10 years old. I actually began to rap seriously when I was 14 and met my good friend Paul Sobczak in high school.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Just keep strumming them strings or humming them tunes only one way to get there and that's to keep your feet moving. Everyone always tries to make it this elaborate thing but it boils down to putting yourself in the right positions with the right people and keeping aim on your focus and vision and don't ever stop!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would change a lot but mainly the focus would be to set forth reality for the fans and get a deeper connection between musicians and fans because we are all alike and can help each other in so many ways.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Top priority, number one spot. Just be the you God created you to be to create the wonderful works He has stored in you. If you can't be original then there is no point in doing it, not even with just music but with whatever it may be, in order to give credit where credit is due and direct that credit to the Lord.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
That I'm always open for advice or just conversations. I want everyone to feel free to contact me anytime for anything and I will gladly oblige to the best of my ability. I'm just like you! I need help too! We are all in it together! God Bless!