Meet “Young N3ss”

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Amin Shah, Music Editor

This article is documentation of an interview I conducted with a local Amityville musician by the name of Elliot Herrero.

Amin: Hello! To start off, how did you start out as a musician, and were there others to help start/support you when your musicianship became major in your life?

Elliot: So I started young. I was about three and my mom was my biggest supporter. She’s my biggest fan overall– she told me to express myself to the world so that’s what I do: express myself to the world. But now that I’m taking it  seriously, a lot of people in my label do too, and my close friends that are like family support me now.

Amin: Interesting. What was your process when you started? What instrument(s) do you play, how did you learn to play your instrument(s), how did you get the exposure of your musicianship, etc?

Elliot: My process started when I was in a band at around 12. I was the lead singer and for 4 years. I had been in and out of bands because people didn’t want to do it or people didn’t want to have anything to do with it or people found other things to do. So I started just doing it on my own and I’ve come a long way from when I started. The instruments I play are the drums and a little bit of guitar. The drums I self-taught myself when I saw guys like Travis Barker, Tre Cool, Dave Grohl, and Ringo Starr do it and I feel in love with the drums, I taught myself a lot of different things with the drums, and yea I’m a huge drum guy I could go on for days about it. Getting exposure to my music was tough. The first album I dropped the way I see things only people in school were listening to it not a lot of my friends outside of school so I learned how to market my music on SoundCloud so with my most recent release ¨IN THE NIGHT¨ which got amazing feedback on and a lot of plays all over the world because I learned to start posting it on social media and everything like that. I also got exposure for performing at Black History assemblies not once, not twice, but three times and people seem to just keep wanting ¨YUNG N3$$¨ Lol. But now with my label LBR PRODUCTIONS GROWING CONSTANTLY, I keep getting exposure and every day there’s always someone in my DM telling me a certain song is a banger and thy’re from like the UK or something like that and they always have to say something about it which is amazing and I always love that.

Amin: Can you elaborate on the musical influences that inspired you to play the instrument you play today?

Elliot: My influences range from a lot of music. From the Ramones to Nirvana to Green Day, Blink 182, Eminem, the Killers, Biggie, Tupac, Polo G, Neck Deep, Pop Smoke, Juice Wrld, xxxtentacion, Lil Peep, Machine Gun Kelly, Sum 41, The Smashing Pumpkins, Post Malone, Clever, Lil Tracey, G Herbo, Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, NWA, The Kid Laori, my inspiration ranges from rap to pop to pop-punk to punk to grunge and alternative rock. It’s crazy but it makes me stand out as an artist and inspires my music. Even Mac Miller, he inspired my upcoming album NOSTALGIA which drops May 10th, 2021 and no one is ready for that I’ve been working a whole two years on this album and it’s crazy how good it has come to be.

Amin: How is your current situation in the life of a musician? (in 2020 and the beginning of 2021) Has your musical life been reduced or improved?

Elliot: My current situation as an artist is me being signed as an artist to LBR PRODUCTIONS, which happened in early September of last year and it has been amazing. The friendships I’ve made and the relationships I’ve made with LBR PRODUCTIONS. Yes, we are small and yes we don’t have lots of artists in yet, but the blessings finna overload by the thousands, I tie that back, the millions and it’s been one crazy ride but I keep taking it with my bro’s. LBR is honestly my family, we always got each other back, we always giving feedback on each other music and everything. We family and we finna get amazing blessings.

Amin: What are your plans for the future? 

Elliot: My plans for the future include dropping the album and then working on the next one and to keep hustling and neva stop hustling until I reach the top and I ain’t neva gonna stop. I plan on releasing a pop-punk alternative rock album called WHERE DO WE GO WHEN WE GO. This has been in the works for some time now.

Amin: Well, thank you for your time. Your experiences sounded great and I wish you the best for the future.