Interview: Boston Hip-Hop Artist Pareto

Updated: Apr 9

Pareto is a singer/rapper/producer from the suburbs of Boston and currently an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst. His music blends aspects of hip hop, alternative pop, and R&B. You can really see where he gets his inspiration from with vocals that sound like that of Mac Miller and Joey Bada$$. He aims to push genre lines and create music that’s accessible to any type of music fan.

With his new single, "Voices", Pareto tries to express the highs and lows an individual may feel throughout a passionate relationship with heart-wrenching vocals backed by head-bumping instrumentals. With such an emotional song, we wanted to chat with Pareto and really learn the meaning and inspiration behind this single.


FITT: How long have you been working on your Hip-Hop career?

Pareto: I started on the music journey when I was seventeen, four years ago, trying to freestyle over beats with friends. The experience of freestyling was exhilarating to me and inspired me to start writing down bars. Pretty soon I was creating entire songs, and when I was eighteen, I dropped an EP on Soundcloud. I think it’s actually really helpful to have a solid foundation freestyling as it requires the same type of flow state that inspires the best ideas for songs. There’s a saying I heard recently that I love: “To be a good freestyler, you want your freestyles to sound written, to be a good songwriter you want your verses to sound like freestyles.”

FITT: What made you want to become an artist?

Pareto: At first it was because making songs was entertaining and since I’m creative I felt like I could be good at it. Eventually it became sort of like a necessity for catharsis because it’s the easiest platform to express myself.

FITT: What inspired you to write Voices?

Pareto: I wrote Voices during a rough patch in my life with my self esteem, identity, and within my relationship. The song, which I wrote over the period of a month, is about everything reaching a boiling point. It was actually written pre-pandemic and I was really hesitant to release it at all because of how personal it is.

FITT: If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would it be?

Pareto: Probably Frank Ocean. I am honestly so curious about what his personality is actually like.

FITT: What artists inspired you?

Pareto: I am loving Still Woozy, Dominic Fike, and Peach Pit as of late. The Beatles and Kendrick Lamar have also totally inspired my music.

FITT: What is the best piece of advice you could give to other musicians wanting to start their own career?

Pareto: The key is finding people who will give you actual constructive feedback, otherwise it’s a lot harder to improve.

FITT: What can we expect from you in the future?

Pareto: I’m dropping another single really soon. That should be dropping in early May. And I’ll be dropping my new EP on all streaming services in June. And I’ve also got a music video out Friday April 9th.

Clearly Pareto has a lot planned for his fans in the near future. If you're looking for another great up and coming hip-hop artist to check out, definitely give Pareto and his new single "Voices" a listen. You can do that here

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