North Carolina Artist, Joe Trufant is making noise across the music industry. He is an independent artist that is signed to Ty Dolla $ign’s label,The MVMNT, and has worked with artists such as K CAMP, Wale, and Kap G. Not only that, but there’s a documentary about his new EP, Fall Through 2 that is out now! (See documentary HERE)
The 23-year-old is out of Brevard, North Carolina which is in the country part of the state. He’s been making music for years. He released his first piece of music he “stands behind” in 2015 when Trufant released, ‘Fall Through – EP.’
Originally from New Orleans, Trufant told me about his family and the reasons behind him jumping into the music business.
“I’m the baby of seven kids and my family from New Orleans,” he said. “So growing up, Lil Wayne was everything to me and was a huge influence on my life.” “I was a troublemaker growing up.” “I switched High Schools every year for the four years, even though that doesn’t correlate with the music it kind of does because it inspired me due to my mom was making music, my brother was making music, we were somewhat a musical family.”
When we talked about his style, Trufant said from day 1 he wanted to be involved with the R&B scene.
“I was always drawn to music, but always wanted to involve myself with R&B music, but also want to verify that I enjoy other genres of music whether it’s making it in the studio or consuming other genres as a fan.”
Trufant told me about how even though he’s signed by The MVMNT, he’s still an independent artist.
“I am signed to Ty Dolla $ign’s label but basically made a management deal with them,” he said. “I am still an independent artist, I own everything I got.”
It’s rare in the industry to find artists who are signed to labels to have complete ownership of their music so, it’s a huge plus for Trufant. He told me how he could not have made an agreement with any label.
“We’re in business together, but it’s not to that full extent,” he said. “That’s no shade to Ty at all, I love working with him.” “He’s great but just with any of these major labels, I did not feel comfortable to commit to them because I didn’t want to get turned over and left with nothing.” Check out his new music video for his song, ‘backseat’ right below.