The most influential factor for a new artist is versatility. What we need is more Swiss Army and less switchblade. Feel me? What we need is more triple threat talent, more rappers who can write. More writers that can engineer a session in and out of the booth. Enter the multi-faceted Manny Little. Hailing from NYC, the 21-year-old DIY phenom is making waves via MTV, Thisis50.com and a write up in the Village Voice. Manny recently took a few minutes to chat with us about his songwriting process, the magic of the world wide web, and what’s next for the Skeeter Gang. Enjoy.
Shiny Glass Houses: Introduce yourself, who is Manny Little?
Manny: I’m a young music artist from Harlem. I’m also an audio engineer, producer, writer, vocalist and videographer.
SGH: Your single, “Cold”, is a calculated mix of hip hop and soul. You blend the lines. What’s your approach to song writing?
M: My approach to songwriting is always putting myself in the actual scenario that the song is about, all my songs are about actual events that I’ve experienced or I’ve been a second hand to. Authenticity is important to me.
SGH: No Comply bangs. It seems to pull back the curtains a little…but it’s a tease. You working on a full length project?
M: Actually I am. My goal is always quality over quantity. It would be cool to make an album with more than ten songs, but if I know not all songs can be a hit then it’s not worth it. All my songs have to be the best of the best of the best. All my songs go through a draft pick.
SGH: Menace laces two tracks on the EP, what was the energy like between you two in the studio?
M: The power of the internet enables artists to work with each other without actually having to physically be there. I have actually never met Menace in person.
SGH: I’ve seen the #skeetergang tag around social media. Looks like there’s a whole crew of talent ready to drop. Who’s next?
M: Skeeter Ty is coming out with a single entitled “Tonight” produced by Nate Rhodes, and we’re following that with an EP.
SGH: Where can we check you out along with the gang, the movement?
M: You can follow Skeeter Gang SoundCloud, and me on Instagram and Twitter @realmannylittle.
SGH: Last but not least, what’s your drink of choice?
M: My favorite drink of choice is Ciroc. Shout out to Diddy
A big thanks to Manny for taking some time and to Freddi for making it happen. Get money.