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SPATE Magazine Interview with Mix Fox

What's up Mix Fox? For those new to the name, where are you from and what do you do?

I am a Hip-Hop artist and I represent Northern Kentucky, just over the river from Cincinnati, the place where I was born and raised. I've been making my own beats since I was 14, writing rhymes since 16. I just released my first project earlier this year called "The Mix Fox LP" and I think its crazy to be in such a position at such a short time. I feel blessed

What's the story behind the name 'Mix Fox'?

I struggled for many years not only trying to find my craft, but to find myself musically, as well as find a name for myself. I was having a party one day at my crib, and this girl was drunk as hell talking to me. She kept calling me Mix instead of Mitch, then at that moment it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Mix Fox, it was right under my nose the whole time. I really love my name and it represents me well.

When did you know music was your calling?

I always knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life but the one moment that I knew I had to take this to the next level was the week that my mom passed away from cancer when I was 18. Realizing that I gotta do something big to provide for my family and my people. I will die trying to make it in this game and do great things in this life I lead.

Who are some of the emcees that inspire you, new and old and why?

I am an old school guy all day, mainly the 90's. A Tribe Called Quest, J-Dilla, Pharcyde, Dj Premier, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick, Hopsin, 2pac, BIG, but the biggest influences that I have always are Dre & Em. I have been studying Dre since I was a kid, it molded me to like the Hip-Hop style I live off of today. Eminem taught me so many things, from not giving a F@#% about what people think and just be yourself. FEEL the music. BE the music.

Let's talk about your powerful video 'After the Rain' Video. What's the basic concept & For those who haven't watched it yet, what can you tell them to convince them to click the link?

Well I really wanted to put you in my shoes and bring you into my world for 5 minutes, losing someone so close to you is a tragic thing. It leaves you with an unfillable void in your life,and it feels like no matter what you do the hole will always be there. I think this video has the potential to give people hope and bring an awareness to a terrible disease.
I would tell the people, I don't care if you have lost a parent, sibling, friend, or the hamster you had when you were 5. I feel you and we can get through it. So come vibe with me.

You seem to put alot of emphasis on lyrics. In today's dumbed down climate of cookie cutter artists, why is it important to you to prove you can actually spit?

I will never get in front of a mic and spit bullshit, you gotta feel this shit. Talk about what you have experienced and express yourself. I focus a lot of time on my lyrics and what I want to get across to the people, I gotta bring it.
I see all these emcees now and I see all the potential that hey have but most of them are just rapping about complete bullshit, I wanna bring back the times when lyrics were dope and meaningful.

What do you want your current and potential fans to experience when you they watch you perform?

I have a great stage presence, and performing is one of my favorite things to do. I feel like I was born for it, I wanna make it something you won't forget and give you everything I have. It's all about them, because without them there is no me.

What was your Direct 2 Exec experience like in NYC? What can you share with us about the Def Jam A&R's feedback?

Not only did that moment change me as a person. but it changed me in so many ways as an artist. It gave me the opportunity to meet well respected people in this game and not many people can get opportunities like that in their lifetime. They really enjoyed what I went in there and did. Usually I am the the guy in the room cheesin, but not that day.
I treasured every moment and am also really looking forward to having the pleasure of meeting the Atlantic A&R's.
Show them what I got.

What's next for Mix Fox?

Meeting with Atlantic A&R's to show them what I got to offer, I know I am gonna kill so hopefully I am what they are looking for. But whatever happens from that I will have my head held high with a smile on my face.
I am always working on new material, so seeing myself progress and see myself grow as an artist is what I am doing right now. The next project is under way though, I know what direction I wanna go and what I want. Nobody can stop me at this point but myself.

Where can we find you online?

Go check me out at for all my music and social media's, together we can make a difference so go hit those follow buttons. Thanks everyone, much love

Any shouts?

I gotta give the most love my dad Chris and my brother Kyle and my family, without them I wouldn't be the man I am today. You guys mean the world to me, I'll make you all proud and I love you.
Big shout out to Jacob Doherty & Kyle Schultz at Soundlink Records for giving me the opportunity that I've been dreaming of since this all started for me. We are gonna go big guys.

All my homies that have been with me through hell and back that are still with me today. You will always be there for me and I will always be there for you. Love you guys I have the amazing fans and I love and appreciate every one of you guys, thank you.
For those who doubted me over the years, thank you. You made me stronger.