The number one thing you should know about Michael Terance is that he is not going to do a half-ass job. He is a competitor. And as an emerging rapper and recording artist, Michael is using his strength and determination to make it to the top. “I like to work hard and work better than the next man. Nothing was ever handed to me. I’ll work to get to where I definitely need to be and if I don’t, then I’ll die trying,” Michael declared. With that type of grit and determination, Michael Terance may very well be on the road to stardom.
Michael got his start as a rapper at the age of 17. He started taking his art seriously right after high school. Heavily influenced by hip hop, rap, R&B, and soul music, Michael was inspired to develop a style of his own.
“After I graduated, another rapping friend of mine, Sam Wise, built a home studio from scratch. He went above and beyond for the both of us and we would just sit there and have writing sessions. Every week we’d make a new song and when the time felt like both of us were ready, we started dropping mix-tapes and dope songs,” Michael said.
One of the fastest ways to get results is to enjoy the process. For Michael, the process of creating a song is what he enjoys most about his work. “For me, I take my time writing. I never rush. I’d take as long as 1 day to 3 or 4 months.
I’m really focused and in the zone on how I like the songs to come out,” Michael explains. “I remember when I made the song A1, that process was about a month. 3 days of writing it at my house but a whole lot of days recording it,” says Michael. During the process, Michael takes in a huge amount of feedback and that is what pushes him to grind even harder.
Beyond rapping, Michael enjoys making beats and sampling old school music. He is also an avid basketball player and enjoys video production and photography. He loves spending time with his family as they are usually the first audience to hear his new music. “I love the look on their faces when I show them one of my songs. When they get to bobbing their head, that means they approve. Seeing a smile on their face going to the groove makes me want to make more songs,” says Michael.
“The best advice I ever received from a good friend was to keep going with the music. Even when you have bad days, keep going,” Michael shared, “I was also told to be myself. Never let the industry change you.”
To learn more about of Michael’s growth as an artist, follow him on Instagram @Mikeyballout, Facebook @Michael Terance, and Snapchat @lilmikeyballout.