Princeton Perez talks Mindless New Begininngs!
When you start in a group, most members think becoming a successful solo artist is probably impossible. Well that’s not the case for former Mindless Behavior member Princeton Perez. Starting in the music industry at such a young age, Princeton has had time to nurture and develop himself into a hardworking and dedicated solo artist. Trust me guys, he’s one to watch and one you just can’t stop listening to. With new music on the way, Princeton shows no signs of giving up or slowing down to build an empire of his own. Take a look.
Growing up in the industry, you’ve been exposed to so much. From TV, to being with Mindless Behavior, and now a solo artist, what do you feel is the greatest lesson you’ve learned?
I’ve learned to block out the noise. That’s the greatest thing I’ve learned in this industry. Especially when you’re young, because older artists and executives look at you like your naive. But it’s your mindset overall. When you look at artists that have been in the industry, you realize that you’re doing the same thing they’re doing in the same industry, so it’s no different. Also I’ve learned to work hard no matter what, and that keeping your mind and head strong is important. Everyone looks at you like you’ll be this young artist forever, so as you get older, you have to work harder to prove your growth.
Tell me about the development in your career. What exciting projects can we look forward to this year?
I’m excited about putting the music out. We’re really close to getting it done. I’ve been in the studio for about two years now and I didn’t think it’d take this long, but I’m glad it did because I can perfect and get the music right. I’m happy because I get to do things I couldn’t necessarily do while in Mindless Behavior. As I got older, I got to go to clubs, hear different types of music, hang with friends and be able to really listen and take parts of the experiences and add it to my music. The genre is R&B with a Latin twist. I know it’s going to be hot.
What was your inspiration going into the business? Starting young, was this something you’ve always pictured yourself doing?
Funny thing is, I’ve always wanted to be in a group. I grew up listening to groups such as Destiny’s Child and N’SYNC, and I loved how everyone was different and played their parts in the groups. It was interesting and an inspiration to me. So when I was 9 and got the chance to audition for Mindless Behavior, I was excited. Even though I didn’t know the development process would take about 4 years, I stuck it out because I was ready and wanted to be in the music industry. I was fortunate to be able to get that chance and I’m still young so I have time to develop my music and myself.
In a world that throws so much controversy at entertainers, how do you deal with controversy on a daily basis?
I don’t even pay attention to it, and that’s how I’ve always been. I never pay attention to any drama or things of that sort. I’m a Taurus (laughs), I’m a bull, so I can have fiery mouth (laughs). I try my best to focus on myself. If it does come to me, I have a strong and very close tight family that tells me if it’s not worth stressing about, don’t stress. You can’t pay attention to any of that. The way social media and the internet is these days, you have to stay focused.
Out of everything you do, what’s the one thing you want your fans to remember and know about you?
The one thing that I want my fans to remember about me is to never give up. I wasn’t the typical member in Mindless Behavior, not the lead and I was the person people really didn’t see making it big. But I never gave up. I push and I continue to work hard on my music and keep growing.
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