We had the good fortune of connecting with Goldmine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Goldmine, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Music was never really a conscious decision for me, I really just fell into it at a very young age. Growing up I always loved hip-hop as a fan, but my personal musical journey began in middle school when I started tooling around with production softwares and learning how to make beats. A couple years after that I realized I had a skill for writing and rapping, and then all bets were off; I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I applied to music school and ended up in Philly studying production and recording, and around this time is when I first started performing my records. Hitting stages and doing shows made me fall in love with music as a career even more. And that’s where we stand today!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been rapping and producing records for almost 8 years now, and it’s been one hell of a ride. I think all the progress i’ve made and achievements i’ve earned in the last couple years can be chalked up to hard work and dedication. The life of an artist can be difficult mentally, and it can be a challenge to maintain when you have huge dreams and aspirations. Some days I shock myself and create something I didn’t even know I was capable of, and other days everything I try to make is complete trash. I find it’s important to do your best to try to stay level headed. I try not to get too high on the highs or too low on the lows. Personally, I have an addiction to making progress and that’s what keeps me moving forward. What makes me happy is being able to look back at myself from the year prior and see how much i’ve learned and improved. Last year if you told me i’d play for a crowd of 1,000 people in my home of Philadelphia I would’ve you you’re insane. However, in October I was blessed with that opportunity. Blessed may not be the right word though because it took everything in me to get to the point I’m at now. All this work has culminated into my debut album, Secret Handshakes, that released on June 17th. I’m super proud of the way it came out and so far the response from listeners has been nothing short of heart-warming. For the first time people are coming up to me and doing things like quoting my lyrics to me and talking about different aspects of the album they like. Nothing makes me happier.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s definitely a couple spots in Philly that I’d recommend to people. Some of my favorite places to eat include La Chinesca on Spring Garden, Ed’s Pizza on Drexel’s campus, and Jim’s on South Street for a great cheesesteak. Some of the other places I frequent are Repo Records on South Street, The Illadelph Gallery in Old City, and the attractions at Penn’s Landing. Usually though you can find me in my home, making beats and hanging out!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Huge shoutout to my talented collaborator and one of my best friends Hue Hinton for recommending me for this interview. If you haven’t heard his album “Out Loud” yet you’re missing out, it’s a masterpiece. Also big thanks to my parents and my sister for giving me the support I need to keep following my dreams. It’s a tough industry out here so it’s nice having family that always has my back and has genuine interest in what I do. Lastly, I wanted to shoutout everyone who helped with my Album, it was a real team effort putting everything together. Thanks to Nicky Ra, Hue Hinton, Israel, and Young Wabo for featuring on my records, thank you to the legendary Jacob Haag for helping me with my visuals and music videos, and thanks Joe and Nick for the mixes and masters.