Biography: Seeymoore Bell was raised by his grandparents on Detroit’s (Motown) Westside only blocks away from Hitsville. He delivered newspapers at 10, sold health and gas enhancement products, and assisted with setting up instruments for the “Johnny Trafton Orchestra” at Wayne State University. He has served in Navy Medicine which took him on journeys to numerous states and countries where listening and learning from “all” expanded his global perspective.
He started writing poetry as a child. A longtime fan of music spanning many genres, elements hip hop helped shape some of his life philosophies and even mantras prior to his formal education.
Seeymoore has worked with the Floaters, sampling their hit “Float On” and released “Float on Away” on a compilation album with several other aspiring artists. He has opened for hip hop and rhythm and blues artist during African American History, Juneteenth and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations; as well Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (D.A.R.E.), Drug Education for Youth (D.E.FY.) events.
Seeymoore independently released the first singles “Real Men,” “Kiss You” in 2022, “Reminiscing” February 2023 and on April 7, 2023, “Good Things released- from the forthcoming untitled EP of poetry to music works on Seeymoore Bell Music and Poetry. Real Men has earned both DC Wammie and American Song Writer Award nominations. A memoir and book of poetry are in the works.
Have you always been interested in music? What is your story
and how did you start making music? Absolutely! I grew up in Detroit, Michigan blocks from Hitsville USA. Of course, our home was filled with Motown and many other types of music. I have written poetry for years. I opened for several hip-hop artist during African American History, Juneteenth and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations; as well Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (D.A.R.E.), Drug Education for Youth (D.E.FY.) events–while serving in the Navy (Navy Medicine) with the Marine Corps while stationed in the southern California area. I got my haircut at Unisex House of Style in Oceanside California. There I would meet Danny Lando, west coast management for the Detroit based group “The Floaters,” got to legally sample the song through the Harry Fox Agency and released “Float on Away” on a compilation album with several other aspiring artists. I never got to fully see the fruition of the work due to being transferred to Okinawa, Japan for 3 years; a long way from the United States; so, no promotion, no sales, and a halt to the short-lived music stint. in 2013, after performing at another cultural celebration event, I was offered the opportunity to transition the poems to so by Elijah “LX” Harvey. Elijah would mentor, coach and guide me through the process. It was a tough but rewarding journey but led to the first single “Real Men” released off of the untitled forthcoming album.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look
forward to? Yes, since “Real Men’s” release I have continued to record songs, about 12. I released “Kiss You” a track with my high school sweetheart and wife, followed that with the release of Reminiscing just in time for Valentines Day 2023 and then Good Things was released in April 2023. The next song, “Tough Son” and its alternate version Tough(er) Son are set to release just prior to the Father’s Day weekend.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? My initial goal was to simply finish what I started those years ago. Especially since it was kind of taken due to a misunderstanding with a senior toxic leader who thought I was doing something illegal because I owned a home and a Nissan Pathfinder. He never asked me a question and though exonerated once I was asked and shared that I did not drink, smoke or have other costly vices, I simply saved and with family support purchased our first home at a very junior rank. Now with more life experience, feedback and response from listeners and supporter…who knows. I may have more lyrics left to share that will hopefully inspire others… So we will se!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far? The transition from military medicine and learning the business of the “show Business.” There was, and is, a lot to learn. But I have some great mentors, family and other supporters helping. Marketing and promotion, airplay and bookings are an interesting process to navigate. So, I want to say thank you for this one!
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in
your head and then write the other music for it or what’s Your typical
songwriting process? Wow! I sometimes literally am hit rather urgently with words. They flow in. I do have writers block, but then without rhyme or reason I can really explain, the words start to flow again. There were times, my mind would receive words in rhyme, and I would have to pause and realign my thoughts to no speak or reply in rhyme. There are times whole concepts flow in and other times that I will get a piece now, then something later– and then circle back to put the pieces together. So, it varies.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business? Creatively, independent artist, many artists in general, can more freely express themselves artistically; without imposed timelines and other type nuances. I recall a time when potential could land a deal, over time that became industry does not, and seems to prefer not to “develop” potential. Fully polished seems to be the thing. Conversely with technology and the internet, artists are able to create (both as individuals/groups or collaborations), market, develop, distribute, navigate law with study and establish LLCs, view analytics, and collect monies either by computer or even smartphones. Of course, the ability to stream just a single and not purchase full albums had a significant impact.
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist? J Cole, Lucky Daye, Anderon Paak, Chole, SZA, Elijah “LX” Harvey, some guy name Seeymoore Bell:-) Dixson, Prince, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, LLCOOLJ, RUN-DMC, Euge Grove, Marcus Johnson, Dee-1, Gabby Callwood. I am all over the place musically!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music? Coming up, paper courier, Fire cadet, Police Cadet, setting up instruments for the Johnny Trafton Orchestra, then joined the Navy, became a Hosptial Corpman working on hospitals, with the Marines, and other aspect of Military Medicine around the world. It is easier to list the countries I have not seen over those that I have seen and visited. I currently continue to teach as part of navy Medicine Education and Training.
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow
in your footsteps?
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be? Ahh, continuing to enjoy music. I am looking forward to releasing the rest of the album I would love to open for other artists. Though considered “Golden Age of Hip-Hop, I would love to perform with LLCOOLj.
How do you feel about originality? Some say, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” Trends come, go, circle back around. But I feel originality is still important. I certainly do not appreciate, condone or support plagiarism. I love cross-genre collaborations. Well done sampling with permission is great for new artists and breathes newness or reemergence of former music greats! When done with permission and creative alterations there have been and continues to be great new and good mole music!
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something
that you would like to add? Faith, family, friends, fishing, exploring nature and giving back are all important to me. My songs are not an indication that I got it all right. Quite the contrary, I share both successes, mistakes and lessons learned in both music and education and training so others can do it better, safer, more efficiently, and are able to enjoy a balanced life. As it is said, there is currently time to make money, but no amount of money can make more time.” “I rather try and fail than to live with wondering if I would succeed had I tried.” And when it comes to ridicule or haters that tease, “you’re a one hit wonder. I am usually thinking, “Better a one hit wonder, than to wonder if you will ever have a hit.” “Never allow insignificant people to create significant events in your life; and it will blow your mind some of the people you may have to render as insignificant.” This enables management of emotions, expectations and hopefully responding over reacting. deflecting, spasming etc. The moment we react, someone else is more in control of us than we are.” And lastly, “People forget what we say and do, but seldom how we make them feel.” How one treats others today will directly impact or determine who is there when glory days conclude, no one is chanting your name and you may not be able to remember the true impact you had when it counted.” Those are some of my guiding principles I hold on to and would like to share. Again. Thank you for this interview… SB
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