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An Interview with A.O.C.C.

After picking up from Episode 1, The Agency Operative emerges with a new album Episode 2 – Agent on a Mission. Throughout his career, the agency operative has gone through a series of transformations to reach this point as a hip hop artist. From writing in a journal to writing rhymes. The Agency Operative went from playing trumpet to being a vocalist.

There was a setback in which AO had to take a hiatus. Not seeing financial success on the first album, the Agency Operative was forced to hold back on setting out more projects. The first project could’ve been the last. The reason for making another project is AO does not give up so easily. Even though Episode 1 did not reach financial success, the album did give AO a better look at how the music industry works.

Another reason for putting out another project is that the former graduate of TCNJ in 2009 has not seen much change in the economy. The job market is still limited to job opportunities. Not much has changed from the first album in 2011 to the current album in 2015. After graduation AO has only been working for jobs that are temporary and has not been offered a permanent position. AO has decided to take his life in a new direction.

From the beginning, AO was going by stage name King Kong. The reason for the name change was due to getting legal rights to the name. King Kong came up with the name “The Agency Operative.” Agency is an acronym (Agent Geared for Emissary to Navigate through Critical Conditions without Yielding). Operative means secret agent. The Agency Operative is the secret agent of The Agency Headquarters. The Agency Headquarters is the name of the label. Just recently, The Agency Operative went into another name change. AO decided to go with the name: A.O. C.entral C.ommand. The reason for another name change was that fans have the option to shorten the name A.O. C.C. or can say the entire name. Another reason for the name change is the name would clarify that I am my own boss. The label was created in 2010 with the first single “So Hot.”

A.O. CC returned on a mission with a new album The name of the album is Episode 2 – Agent on a Mission. The album was released on I-tunes and Google Play on December 11, 2015. As an agent on a mission, the journey will continue to fulfill the mission statement.   Regardless of the situation or circumstances, there is a clear decision to continue with the music career by any means.

The current status of A.O. is to continue with the mission. Already putting in 8 years in the game and still going, A.O. strikes back with the third installment to his discography with Episode 3: A Force to be Reckoned With.   This project was released on 12/31/2017.  Up to date, Episode 3 is the best project that is out.  The best quality of mastering that is matched with great melodies makes this album one of the best.

Next step is to drop Episode 4 by the end of the year of 2019.  This album will be one of the most intense albums yet.  This album will show great songwriting skills that will match the current climate today.  This album exploits the hard truths that a lot of artist will not speak about.

In conclusion, the future looks bright for not only A.O. C.C., but with music business in general.  The new age of music business opens the doors in which artist can now control their material and not be blackballed by speaking their minds.  Artist can not only control their music business, but also open to opportunities without having a mega deal.  Not only making music, but we can make merch like shoes, clothes, backpacks, bed sheets, and many more.  The sky is the limit with endless opportunities.   See you at the next episode.

Hamilton, New Jersey – January 1, 2020 – A.O. C.entral C.ommand is stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight with his highly anticipated ‘Episode 4: Operation Blackbox.’

An album two years in the making, ‘Episode 4: Operation Blackbox’ has been a lengthy labor of love. Released December 20, 2019, A.O. C.entral C.ommand’s latest album is jam-packed with 15 tracks that represent this talented emcee to the fullest. Songs like “Damsels in Distress,” “Destination Destiny” and his current single “I Apologize” each bring a new story to life and keep the album flowing from start to finish. Especially, “I Apologize” which is his most recent, eye-catching video, out now.

Having known a lot of good and bad in his own life, A.O. C.entral C.ommand put shadows at the core of this album. He noted, “It represents the darkness in the light; when there is light in the darkness you see shadows,” adding, “Shadows represent standing up to our fears in moments of crisis.”

A.O. C.entral C.ommand has been making music for nearly a decade with ‘Episode 4: Operation Blackbox’ being his fourth studio release.

Define the mission of A.O.C.C.

A.O.C.C.: The mission for A.O.C.C. is to guide his E.LI.T.E. (Emissary Left in the Episode) (Emissary – One sent on the mission) through the end of every episode. Each album will be considered a new episode and every episode will have a new Agent.

Describe the musical frameworks your “Episode 4” album explores. And what is the story behind Episodes albums?

A.O.C.C.: Episode 4 will be under the E.L.I.T.E. – Agent “Shadow.” Agent Shadow represents the Darkness in the Light.  Shadow is the combination when the darkness meets the light.  When light hits the darkness what is left is shadows.  Darkness represents the code of silence.  One cannot live without the other,  We need darkness to see the light.  The code of silence is to stay in the dark.  The only way to stay in the dark is to always hide secrets in the dark.  When you keep your secrets in the dark you never get exposed.  You say well protected in the dark.  The only way to survive is to keep secrets.  Shadows reflect the beauty in the dark.  The only way for us to see light is that we need to see through the darkness.  Without darkness, there is no light.  People were never given light, so people must learn to walk in the darkness.

Have you managed to make any new discoveries as the time passed during your creative process? Do you think that at some point in that process your writing approach changed much?

A.O.C.C.: Not really, this album actually came at the right time.  I released this album in 2019.  I felt the mood set of this album just only intensify as time went on since the pandemic.  The album reflects on what people are feeling this day.  People feel that they are trapped, alone, and in the dark.

What types of change do you feel your music can initiate?

A.O.C.C.: Just more of social conscience as far as being aware of the social changes that have occurred through the years.  This will help people to realize that the same issues have been passed down from generation but has not been resolved.  Things have really transformed and the issues still remain the same.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a song?

A.O.C.C.: I try to keep an open mind when I go through the process.  I try to make sure I try different things and not keep myself in a box.  I want to try different beats and change my tone when I make music.

I love your song “I Apologize”. Where did you get inspiration to write it?

A.O.C.C.: I feel that we have failed for generations to come.  The next generations are going through the same and at times more issues than we did growing up.  Every time when we talk about these issues, we tend to blame generations for past mistakes.  We never leave a marker and say, “This is our fault and now let’s work to fix this.”  I made the song “I Apologize” to let the future know that I am taking responsibility for the mistakes that have lead to this point.  We need to work together instead of bickering with each other.  This is why generations are continuing to fall into the same traps of previous generations.  We have not found common ground where we can come to an agreement.  Without the older generation providing the knowledge of the past, the future generation tends to repeat the same mistakes the last generations made.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

A.O.C.C.: Just write it down and revise it.  Make sure that I take the time to get every point across without leaving anything out.

Describe your approach to recording.

A.O.C.C.: I usually either have a song written out and just try to get a beat to match the song.  Sometimes I listen to a beat and I began orchestrating a song.

What non-musical entities and ideas have impacted your music?

A.O.C.C.: I usually get my inspiration from cartoons, movies, old video games.  I got my whole music ideas from playing a lot of secret agent video games.

What are your plans for the future?

A.O.C.C.: To continue to make music and build a brand that I will have full ownership.

What do you think?

Emily

Written by Emily

Emily is currently finishing her studies in journalism and popular media abroad in the School of Media studies in Tel Aviv. In free time she writes for several popular magazines and loves hip hop culture very much.

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