Interview with Mark Thomas Rhodes (@prod.mtstreets)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Tourette ’s syndrome defined me during my young boy years. Bullies bullied me, teachers punished me for disrupting their classrooms. It was bad, and I am stronger for those experiences.

Breakthroughs came when I played tennis and the piano. Turns out, I was really good at both so I played as much as I could… and poof… the symptoms of Tourette’s disappeared.

Good things happened.

I became the #1 junior tennis player in California and by the time I was fifteen, I had composed 31 songs. World-class tennis coaches and big record labels courted me before I was sixteen.

Tennis or Music? I had to make a choice.

I love hitting tennis balls, but nothing makes me happier than creating music. I wake up in the middle of the night with new songs in my head and run to my studio.

My passion for music is an unexplainable, unstoppable force. I particularly love Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B music.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I was set to become a music producer. My younger brother was blowing up as a trap artist. He was on fire and about to drop his first album. Everything was going our way. On December 1st of 2019, he overdosed on Fentanyl and died. He was 19. I was shattered. To honor him I made the decision to become an artist in addition to a producer. I have dropped three singles so far; “White Roses,” “Masquerade,” and “Who Started It.” My next single “My Dawg” drops this week. My first album is scheduled for release on June 12th, 2020.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Surround yourself with supportive friends, colleagues, and fans. I focus on progress, getting better and better as I am inspired by those around me. They help me through the hardest days and help me celebrate the best ones.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My dad, Cicero, & Beanie. My brother hit up a multi-platinum producer from 808 mafias, Cicero, to create a 12 song album to jumpstart his career. When they started working together they had pure chemistry. The vibe was electric. Although the initial idea was for Cicero to just help with his first album, Cicero surpassed all expectations. He’s simply awesome! He helped us in countless ways, giving us our first intro to the music industry. Since then, my approach to making music has jumped to higher levels. My Dad is an Ivy League-educated international businessman. He has taught me that once the music is recorded, the rest is all business. He’s taught me about marketing, finance, law, and the industry. We have a business plan and are executing it. The results have been fantastic.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

It turns out that what I love more than anything else is collaborating. I love working with talented people to create awesome music.

One song can save someone’s life. The topics I sing about hit a variety of both raw and relatable emotions, letting people that struggle know they aren’t alone. My hope is that they find hope through my music.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Treat people the way you’d like to be treated,” the “Golden Rule,” was a huge theme growing up. My grandmother drilled it into my dad’s head, he drilled it into mine. But truly, what a way to live! NBF (Nothin But Family) is a fanbase, and soon to be a label that is all about the Golden Rule and helping others reach their dreams. NBF helps build relations with people that drive true connection. I love building personal relationships that inspire great music. When the vibe is real, the music can change lives.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram: prod.mtstreets

Website: http://www.mtstreets.com

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