For me, if the music is good, whether the artist is famous or unknown, I love being part of the music and contributing what I can to the bass end.
Music definitely gave me a focus. I was an artist without an outlet. Let's just say if I was not famous, I could have been infamous. I could've had my own episode of 'American Gangster.'
Cartola is an artist from Brazil who didn't record until much later in his life, but had a big influence on a lot of famous artists down there, like Gilberto Gil. I discovered his music recently when I was in Brazil.
When I got into the music industry, I wasn't focused on being the most famous artist or even getting a major record deal. It was just to make music on my own terms or create my own image, do my own hair, do my own makeup.
Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs
Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.