Heuristic is definied as enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves. That definition is one that holds serious meaning. In a world where much of what is taught to you may not be the whole truth it’s important to have the self-driven desire to seek knowledge for oneself.
That being said, there are plenty of ways one can go about education. Other than your typical textbook work, one can use the internet or even the music they listen to to learn things not known before. A good place to start musically, if that’s your route, is with a certain up-and-coming artist by the name of Chaud.
Coming straight out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Chaud brings versatility and an attention to lyrical detail with all of his work. It’s palpable when speaking of the amount of passion he showcases towards his craft at times. Seemingly with each record I heard I found myself becoming more a fan. As he prepares his “Heuristic” project for a February 10th release, we happily bring you all an exclusive Q&A with the rising talent in effort to learn more about him.
What’s good man? Happy to be talking with you. To start introduce yourself to anyone who may be seeing your name for the first time.
My name is Vacario Michaud Tate, also known as Chaud. I am from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I have been living here all 21 years of my life. I am releasing my project called “Heuristic”. The word Heuristic means to encourage someone or people to go out and learn something for their self and apply it to their everyday lives. That’s basically what I did with my project. I learned how to make beats and I learned how to engineer a little bit. I rap about anything that comes to my mind and put it all into a song. Sometimes my music won’t have a plot to it, but that is just the art of music. I can control what I want to talk about in a song and the outcome will intentionally come out cool. I guess you can call me a cool random rapper lol.
When did you fall in love with music? Is hip hop what you’ve mainly listened to your whole life?
I got into hip hop music when I was in elementary school in the 6th grade. The first song I heard/ saw the visual of was Shoulder Lean by Young Dro featuring T.I. I never stopped listening to hip-hop ever since. I listen to R&B from time to time . If it’s old school, I would have to listen to Mint Condition, New Edition or a little bit of Erykah Badu. I listen to a lot of new school R&B artist like Anderson Paak, SiR, NxWorries, etc.
Who are some of the people you would say helped to inspire you? Both as a musician and as a man.
My family is my inspiration. My mom and my dad can sing. So I figured if they can sing, I can sing. I tried it out on a song, “Groove”, that is going to be my next project, and it turned out well. My dad is really a big inspiration because, he works for himself as an entrepreneur. I love my family and I want to be able to provide/ give back to them, so they won’t have to worry about anything that they need to take care of.
Take me back to the day you decided you wanted to be a rapper. What made you commit to it?
I started rapping in 2011 and to be honest, I was just rapping for fun at the time. I really started taking my craft seriously last year in January 2016. I’ve just been listening to some ideas and learning from my producer, J’Mar Grae. Music has always been a part of my life, whether if it was playing the trombone when I was in the band, playing drums for churches, or just rapping. So it was easy for me to make this commitment and doing what I love to do, which is making music.
Has rapping been the experience that you expected it would to date? I know you’re still earlier in your career so I’m interested to know how it feels at this stage.
Rapping has really been a good experience for me so far. I haven’t had any bad reviews about my music to this day. I love to see people bob their head to my music. It puts a smile on my face every time. Especially when the fact is that I’m new to this game.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned as it pertains to music and why?
Nothing really surprised me when I committed to taking on this business of music. I know that it is going to be a work ethic to get to where I need to be in my career. So I have to go out on my own and do what I need to do in order to make things happen for me. I have to keep striving for better and I can’t let others bring me down while I’m on this journey to success.
Ok, I want to shift gears to your project. The release date is approaching quickly. How does it feel at this stage? More anxious? Any doubt?
I’m really ready to release this project for the people. This project was basically for me finding my sound in music, but now I realized that I can add my voice on anything. The only thing that I would want to change is some of the beats, but other than that everything is cool.
What would be your idea of the “perfect reception” in your mind for Heuristic? Like how do you want it to touch the listener?
I want the listeners to really pay attention the the lyrics, because it’s really something to hear. I really want the people to have a positive vibe to every song.
Can you share any details on the music itself? What’s the vibe you had in mind when creating it?
On a song called “Two man cypher”, I wanted to make it like a cypher vibe with two people, myself and Jasiel Ace, ripping the beat. That’s why I made the beat into a loop. On a song called “Cool (prod. by BlakKat)”, I wanted to give it a old school kind of flow.
Who did you work with on the project? Any features that stand out to you?
The people that are featured on this project are: Jasiel Ace, Vitamin Cea, Alex, Alexander Fre$co, and more. Every feature that is on this project stands out to me, because they are discussing real things about their life and I’m very humbled that they agreed to be on this project with me. You all are dope!!!
Now as far as 2017 goes I understand you plan to drop quite a bit of music this year right? What can you share on that?
After I release my project ,”Heuristic”, I will be dropping a free EP called “Radiant”. Im dropping it somewhere in between March or April. This project is really going to be something to hear, because it’s more for the listeners to vibe to.
Any last thoughts before we conclude?
I really hope that you guys enjoy this project as much as I do. Thank you for tuning in on this road to success that I’m on. God Bless You All !! – Chaud