Interview: Margaret Tra, Director of Stimulate Your Soul, Writer & Publicist
Our latest exclusive interview is with Margaret Tra, an Australian writer and publicist (Stimulated Media) and director of Stimulate Your Soul, a Hip Hop, Soul and RnB website. We connected with Margaret a few weeks ago and needless to say, we hit it off immediately due to our mutual love of DOPE music. We have some things cooking that I can't get into yet, but I can tell you about our Q&A with Margaret below as we discussed who she thinks will be the Australian version of Drake, how she got to this point as a globetrotting entrepreneur, what prompted her to create Stimulate Your Soul and Stimulated Media, and much more.
Enjoy our exclusive interview with Margaret Tra and then go to the Stimulate Your Soul website for the latest and greatest in Hip-Hop and urban music, and follow her on social media. Lastly, be sure to read her newly published article "5 Tips For How To Get A Music Blogger's Attention".
Who do you think will be the Australian rap artist to break through in 2018 and gain an international audience? In other words, who is the Australian Drake?
Sampa The Great, hands-down. She’s already garnered international success and toured a bit of Europe already. I think she’s on the cusp of breaking-out even more this year. I followed her journey from the beginning, when I first saw her opening for a friend of mine’s gig I knew straight away, this lady is going to be big. Fast-forward a few years later and she’s progressed so well. Her lyrical content has gotten more deep, more meaningful and her production process has upped the ante. She’s the future of hip hop in Australia and I can place all my bets on her that she’ll kill it in the music industry.
What do you enjoy most about Hip-Hop, or urban music in general?
I got into hip hop a bit later in life, yes when I was younger I loved Biggie and Tupac, but then in my teen years I went full into electro. I wasn’t liking the rap that I was hearing, but then people started introducing me to old school rap. Like The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Dilla and ATCQ. I was a bit behind, so excuse my late pass but once I heard them it was all over. I was in love. I love the way it makes me feel free, happy and in the moment. No other genre has that affect on me and I feel so privileged to be working in the hip hop industry.