Ria: What is your name? And who do you represent?
HAJ EURO, I’M THE FOUNDER/CEO OF GRINDSEASON MUSIC GROUP.
Ria: Where did the name “GrindSeason” originate from?
THE NAME ORIGINATED FOR ME & MY CREWS HUSTLE. IT REPRESENTS THE GRIND TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO. ALL SEASON ROUND YOU SHOULD BE GRINDING (LAUGHS), “NO DAYS OFF!”
Ria: How long has GrindSeason been around?
IT CAME ABOUT IN 2002, AND I PLAYED AROUND WITH DOING DIFFERENT THINGS, ALL ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC INDUSTRY RELATED. THEN SIX YEARS LATER WE WENT ALL OUT WITH THE LABEL THAT IT IS TODAY.
Ria: Can you write/rap/produce?
NAH, I LEAVE THAT UP TO MY ARTISTS. I HAVE PRODUCED SEVERAL SONGS ON THE GSMG LABEL; INCLUDING CO-PRODUCED BABY BOI NATE SINGLE “I’LL ALWAYS BE THERE.”
Ria: So at what point did you know that you wanted to start your own label?
WHEN I ORIGINALLY STARTED TO PUT GRINDSEASON TOGETHER I WAS TRYING OUT A FEW THINGS. I DID THE MIXTAPE THING, THEN A LITTLE MANAGING SEVERAL DIFFERENT PRODUCERS, AS WELL AS A RAP DUO. AS I CONTINUED TO GRIND AND BUILD MY NETWORKS & EDUCATE MYSELF IN THIS GAME I START TO BELIEVE I CAN TURN GRINDSEASON INTO A RECOGNIZABLE LABEL.
Ria: As businessmen, for some, they have mentors. Is anyone mentoring you? Or is there anyone grind that you look up too and respect?
I HAVE MENTORS LIKE MY TWO PARTNERS, GAZELLE M.C.I., AND DON “THE C.E.O. OF EVERYTHING” THAT KEEPS ME WELL GROUND IN THIS GAME AND HAS ADDED TO THE STRENGTH IN OUR LABEL GSMG. I ALSO DEFINITELY RESPECT THE PEOPLE THAT PAVE THE WAY LIKE ANDRE HARELL, RUSSELL SIMMONS AND DIDDY.
Ria: There are moments when some entrepreneurs have ups and downs. What do you do to push through those hard days?
JUST KEEP A POSITVE THINKING ATTITUDE, AND HIGH ENERGY, AND DEFINITELY KEEP GRINDING WITH THE BELIEF SYSTEM THAT “SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE.
Ria: How long have you and Hip-Hop been acquainted? What/or who made you fall in love with it?
I ALWAYS HAD A LOVE FOR HIP-HOP & MUSIC IN GENERAL. PEOPLE USE TO TELL ME TO BE A RAPPER BECAUSE I HAD SOME MUCH LOVE FOR IT. THE FIRST SONG I LOVED AND FELL IN LOVE WITH WAS DOUG E.FRESH AND SLICK RICK’S “LA LI DA DI,” BUT IN THE LATE 80’S, & 90’S LATER ON AFTER SEEING PEOPLE LIKE ANDRE HARELL, RUSSELL SIMMONS, DIDDY AND JERMAINE DUPRI. I DECIED I WANTED TO DO THIS FOR REST OF MY LIFE.
Ria: As your empire grows, what steps did you take to get to this point?
GRINDING DURING ALL SEASONS (LAUGHS). JUST REALLY STUDYING THE GAME FROM A FANS POINT OF VIEW AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE INDUSTRY. BEING PERSISTANT IS A VERY KEY COMPONENT ALSO.
Ria: What kind of artist does GrindSeason sign? Are you looking to sign any other artists?
WELL WE LIKE TO SAY WE SIGN TALENTED AND DIVERSE ARTIST THAT CAN BRING THE QUAILITIES NEEDED TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL GROWTH AND CAREER WISE. WE ARE A LABEL THAT IS LOOKING TO DOMINATE THE MUSIC WORLD AND OBTAIN ACTS THAT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT IN THIS BUSINESS.
Ria: Who was your first artist? How did you know that he had a unique talent and wanted to sign him to GrindSeason?
OUR FIRST ARTIST SIGNED TO GRIND SEASON MUSIC WAS BABY BOI NATE OUT OF BROOKLYN, N.Y. BABY BOI NATE WAS GRIND’N IN THE NEW YORK AREAS FOR A WHILE BEFORE HE WAS SIGNED. I TOOK A LIKING TO HIM BECAUSE HE POSSESED A NEW SOUND. ALSO AS AN ARTIST THAT NOT ONLY CONTAIN A MARKETABLE IMAGE, HE IS A WRITER AND HAS GREAT SKILLS IN PUTTING A SONG TOGETHER VERY WELL. HE’S A TALENTED BROTHER.
Ria: Are there anyone else signed to the label? Who are they and why are they different from artists who are already out?
WE HAVE A FEW SITUATIONS GOING ON IN GSMG. THERE’S TWO OTHER ACTS SIGNED TO THE LABEL. AN ARTIST BY THE NAME OF “FRIDAY” FROM THE SOUTH BRONX , AND A GROUP BY THE NAME OF “KLASS ACT” OUT OF DELEWARE BY WAY OF CHI-TOWN, & NEW YORK. WE ALSO HAVE “D.J. FAH D” FROM ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. WHO IS SIGNED WITH US. A PRODUCTION TEAM NAMED “THEE ELITE” COMING OUT OF NY & THE SOUTH (N.C.). TOGETHER THEY MAKE UP THE GRIND SEASON MOVEMENT. THEY ALL HAVE A GREAT APPROACH TOWARDS MUSIC. THIS KEEPS IT CREATIVE, HARD WORKING, FUN, AND ENJOYABLE IN GSMG.
Ria: Baby Boi Nate had a crazy buzz up North and Mid West with hit record “Twitter me.” What made that song a success?
THE SONG TWITTER ME WAS A BUZZ RECORD FOR BABY BOI NATE THAT DID WELL AND HELP TO BUILD FAN BASE WITH HIS GROWING AUDIENCE. BESIDE THE FACT THE IT WAS “HOOK FRIENDLY.” IT WAS RECOGNIZABLE WITH THE CURRENT TIMES WE ARE IN. WITH EVERYONE ON THESE SOCIAL NETWORK SITES IT MADE IT EASY TO RELATE TO. SO WE WENT WITH THAT STYLE OF RECORD.
Ria: With Baby Boi Nate’s most recent project and this new single “Flava in Ya Ear”, what should we expect? Album release name & date?
WELL RIGHT NOW WE ARE FOCUSING ON TURNING GRIND SEASON INTO THE NEXT BIGGEST MOVEMENT. WITH BBN ALREADY ON THE VERGE, WE’RE DEVELOPING A BUNCH OF NEW PROJECTS OVER HERE. “FLAVA IN YA EAR 2011” YOU’LL ACTUALLY HERE ALL OF THE OTHER ARTISTS IN GSMG, ALONG SIDE BABY BOI NATE.
Ria: What recent project are you working on? What’s next?
WELL FRIDAY HAS A MIXTAPE OUT ALREADY YOU CAN GO GET THAT ON DATPIFF.COM “ITZ ALL MOST FRIDAY.” IT’S REALLY DOPE I THINK YOU’RE GONNA LOVE IT WHEN Y’ALL HERE IT. “CEADDA” FROM THE GROUP “KLASS ACT” IS DROPPING HIS MIXTAPE IN THE BEGINNING OF DEC. LOOK OUT FOR THAT. WE JUST FINISH SHOOTING THE VIDEO REMAKE TO THE CLASSIC “FLAVA IN YA EAR” SONG. LOOK OUT FOR A GRINDSEASON COMPILATION CD AROUND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE. WE GRINDING BABY!
Ria: Any tours with Baby Boi Nate and the GrindSeason “mafia” [laughs]?
MAFIA!!! (LAUGHS)… WE ARE CURRENTLY ON THE ROAD WITH BABY BOI NATE AND SOME OF GS, RUNNING THROUGH ATL, NC & SC. BUT BE SURE TO STAY TUNED, WE’LL BE DOING A FEW SHOWS IN A TOWN NEAR YOU.
Ria: Is there anything else EliteDC and the entire DMV should know about Grind Season??
YEAH SHOUT OUTS TO “ELITE DC” YOU KNOW WE ROCKING WITH YOU EVERY TIME, AND THE ENTIRE DMV AREA. WE GOT CRAZY LOVE FOR YALL! WE LOVE COMING THROUGH YOUR CITIES. YOU CAN FIND US ON FACEBOOK.COM/GRINDSEASONMUSIC ADD US. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HAJEURO. ALSO DOWNLOAD BABYBOINATES MUSIC ON ITUNES, CHECK HIM AND ALL OTHER GRIND SEASON MUSIC GROUP ARTIST ON FACEBOOK, & TWITTER.COM…
Ria: Appreciate you rocking with EliteDC Magazine. We look forward to hearing/seeing more of Grind Season.
THANK YOU, ANYTIME. JUST KEEP YOUR EARS, & EYES OPEN….WE COMING!!!