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First Day Feature: V-LO The Maestro chats about his return to college, how he’s occupying his time in the midst of quarantine and more

With all that is going on in the world with the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic we all have one thing in common: an increased amount of free time. Now I’m not one of those who will tell you it’s mandatory to be productive every single day right now. In all honesty life is totally different than it was mere weeks ago and it’s never returning to the “norm” we once knew. That’s hard to grip. This being said though, too much idle time is never a good thing. It’s always a good idea to go ahead and try to reach some of those goals that have been in your mind and heart.

Louisiana Actor and MC V-LO The Maestro is doing just this as he recently announced a return to his educational journey. After completing his initial stint in 2012, V-LO shifted his focus towards his career as an entertainer. The rapper, who is aligned with Roc Nation’s Equity Distribution, has since gone on to collaborate with artists like Kevin Gates, Project Pat, Young Buck and others. Furthermore he made his debut appearance on BET Jams with his 2019 single “Can’t Phase Me”.

8 years as a successful indie artist and entertainer may sway some thoughts of returning to further your education but that obviously isn’t the case here with V-LO The Maestro. We wanted to dig into his decision and how he planned to balance things in the midst of the pandemic. To follow the full Q&A read below:

To kick things off, tell everyone a little about yourself for those unfamiliar.

Hello everyone just to let you know a little bit about myself I’m a community activist, hip-hop music artist, and an actor. I’m a very ambitious person, I believe in working hard at everything I do, and I strive for the best with whatever it is I’m doing.

How long have you been doing music and what are some of the things you have accomplished in your time doing it?

I have been taking music seriously and doing it full-time for 9 years now. I’ve released three hip-hop music albums so far. I’m very happy with how my music career has turned out thus far. I have been able to collaborate with some legendary artists and producers in the industry. Music artists that I have worked with include Kevin Gates, Young Buck, Project Pat, and more. This has been a really good run for me thus far. I’ve also been able to work with some legendary music producers. I’ve worked with producers Ronnie King, Scoop Deville, Lou Dog, and more.

How do you feel your sound separates itself from some of the more familiar artists in rap music?

My sound is very unique because I come directly from the heart with my music and I share my life experiences and I talk a lot about positivity and overcoming the odds.

Switching lanes a bit I want to discuss your recent choice to get back into college. What was it that made you want to go forth with it?

I decided to put my college career on hold back in 2013 to pursue my music and acting career. In doing so I didn’t really give myself a definite timeframe as to when I was going to return to finish my master’s degree. As time passed, I begin to feel like I started something but didn’t go back to accomplish it and that bothered me. So, I said to myself that now is the time to go back and finish it and this time I’m going to go all the way until it’s done.

Where did you attend school previously and what was the experience like for you then?

I graduated from the University of Phoenix with my bachelor’s degree in business management in 2012. My experience then didn’t feel the same as it does now because back then I didn’t really know what I wanted to do once I received my degree. Now I know what I want to do with my master’s degree once I complete the program.

Have you always wanted to get a master’s degree your whole life or did this desire develop over the years?

I actually always wanted to get my master’s degree at some point in my life because to me that really puts you in a good position in your life and sets you up for success.

You are a busy man obviously with your ties in music and film, how do you think you’ll be able to balance being a student again as well?

I think I’ll be able to balance it in a very good manner because I’ve been an entertainer for years now and I’ll be able to navigate through college with no issues. I’ve developed a really good routine over the years with my entertainment career.

Do you think your music output will slow down while your in the midst of getting this degree?

No, I really don’t think it will slow down at all because I’ve recorded so much music over the years and I have a lot that I haven’t released yet.

Do you feel more musicians should take time out to develop their knowledge as well? I know often times musicians can kind of hone in on only music.

Yeah I do believe it is a great idea for musicians to develop their knowledge as much as possible because when it comes to the business side of this music industry you definitely want to know what your getting yourself into and you want to understand how to apply your knowledge when it comes to you being in the middle of a business deal that will affect your career.

What do you feel is the single most important thing you’ve learned in college that you apply to your life today?

The most important thing that I learned in college that I apply to my life is to read everything thoroughly, don’t take any shortcuts, and take time to understand what you are getting yourself into before you do it. Use what you learned to get where you need to be in life.

Outside of school is there anything else you have planned in the immediate future?

I started my film company Maestro Gang Films & Television LLC and I’m planning on bringing my first film under my new company to theaters in the very near future. That is the next big thing that I have planned.

We are obviously in the midst of a pandemic with COVID-19 taking it’s toll. How have you been able to remain positive and productive in these times?

I have been staying home and doing social distancing by all means. I’ve also been doing as much as I can while I’ve been staying home to stay productive. I know that we are experiencing a very tough time right now with the COVID-pandemic, but I have to remain positive and take all safety measures throughout the process.

Any last words before we conclude?

I want everybody out there in the world to stay safe and continue practicing social distancing. I also want to thank all the healthcare workers out there for their services and their commitment through this tough time. Everyone stay safe out there.

To keep up with V-LO The Maestro follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/themaestro_

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