Read below to learn about ATM Quote
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Mario Watson was born and raised in the “B.O.” or, the Bottom Community on the south side of Wilmington, NC. I began rapping as a joke amongst my friends who were in a group called Y.B.G. (Young But Grinding) at a local studio. The joke became something serious after everyone who heard me rap agreed that I had something special. My career took off in 2008 gaining a large following throughout NC and also regionally.
2. Who was some of your musical influences coming up?
Notorious B.I.G. is my all-time favorite artist. As an artist, T.I. was the most influential in my style and delivery early on, followed by Jeezy.
3. How would you describe your style of music? How has it changed over time?
My style is like putting a lyrical/punchline/thought provoking artist on beats that are current and it coming off as effortless. I can tell you an intricate story over a trap beat and it make you want to nod your head and listen closely at the same time. When I started I was very monotoned and had to find myself overtime.
4. Describe what your process is like for making music? Do you have any rituals or specific routine?
For me I like to be alone when I’m working on music for the most part. Just me and the music. I’ve never used paper and pen when creating music. I learned to “write” in my head. So for me, I like to drown myself in the beat and start piecing ideas together one thought at a time. No smoking or drinking or surrounding myself with people, just the music.
5. Who are some artist that have inspired you and why?
Biggie has always inspired me because of his story and where he came from. T.I. inspired me as far as being in the game and having to overcome putting out his first project and not getting the exposure from it he felt he should have. From that I learned you have to have patience and perseverance in this industry.
6. Which song of yours is your favorite and why?
Right now, my favorite song is “They On Me”, my new single which releases September 9th. I like the energy of this song and for me just returning back to fully focusing on music again, I think it fully embodies A.T.M. Quote, from the energy to the lyrics, to the subject matter.
7. What are your thoughts on the current state of hip=hop music today?
I think it’s cool how diverse and different it is right now. You can get your lyricism, your street, your conscious, your fun and everything else all at the same time. It’s not like how it used to be when only one type of music was working during a certain period then it switched to something new.
8. What’s the hardest challenge of being an artist in today’s era?
I think maintaining who you are while gaining the exposure you have to have to make it is hard. A lot of artists switch up who they are to fit into what they think will get them on faster.
9. What music are you listening to these days? Any artist that you think is SuperDope?
I think Nick Grant is dope. I think Tory Lanez is making some great, diverse music.
10. If you could work with any artist you wanted, who would be your dream collaboration?
I think me and Jeezy would create something crazy together. That may happen sooner than later…
11. What can people expect next from you?
I just locked in a single deal for my single “They On Me”, so that’s the main focus. Just pushing that along with working on the visuals for it and working on a new project that will follow soon after the release of the single.
17. Where can fans listen to your music?
All new and exclusive content will be available on atmquotemusic.com. They can also follow me on all social media @ ATMQUOTE for the day to day of what’s going on with me.