Sexton is working with some big names in the hip-hop industry because she’s that good
Australian born singer, rapper, and dancer, Sexton, is currently in the studio with a big name in hip-hop (sorry, it’s hush hush!), and is also Timbaland’s protégé.
At such a young age, it’s crazy to think that Sexton is already working with some of the biggest names in the music industry. She was recently featured on TK’s single, “Space,” a hit of its’ own. Sexton has also opened for acts such as Bryson Tiller and Tyrese – something many young artists only dream about.
Sexton just released her debut EP, “Flexton,” which features a hit, sure-to-be-on-your-radio track called, “Tip Toe.”
We caught up with Sexton to talk to her about Australia, the boys club mentality of hip-hop music, and what to expect from her next. Check it out below!
Does being from Australia influence your musical style at all?
Absolutely. Australia has a huge live music scene. I grew up around live music and I played in a band, so I learned a lot about music theory and live performance.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from Timbaland?
Timbaland indirectly taught me through his music on how to experiment and go outside the box – both with my writing style and rhythms when I sing and rap. His music showed me how hitting certain pockets and notes can feel really good. We have only had one session in person so far, so I know there’s plenty more for me to soak up in our upcoming sessions.
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Is it difficult getting into the hip-hop industry (usually known as a boys club) as a woman?
Trying to get into the hip-hop industry as a female is like knocking on a door for days and days till your knuckles bleed. But, once that door opens, there’s a beach on the other side. What I’m getting at is, getting people to take you seriously and really listen to your lyrics takes a while.
But, if you push through and you get in the game, it becomes easier to get noticed for being able to get to that position and respected if you’re dope enough.
How are you working towards changing it from being such a boys club?
I would love to have my own label one day, or at least help put as many dope women in higher positions in the music industry as I can.
Favorite line you’ve ever written?
I don’t know if it’s my favorite. I freestyle my work and have so many songs, but one that just came to mind is, “All of these women are reaching for love when it’s right in the palm of their hand, thinking that beauty and love is defined by acceptance from a man.”
What’s some advice you’d give to another young woman trying to make it in the industry?
I will write a book on this but here is some advice for now. Never make rushed decisions. Follow your instincts at all times. Demand respect. Don’t allow fear of being blacklisted put you in uncomfortable positions. Learn every skill you can so you can build your dreams how you see them and gain the leverage you need.
What can we expect from you next?
Elevating my music and shows to the next level and releasing new music with the goats that I’m working with!
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Photos by Crystina Bond