A man on a mission, that’s currently Big Mo. Ambitious, with the talent and work ethic to back it up, the Hip-Hop/R&B singer and songwriter has released singles on a prolific basis over the last five years.

After some time away to recalibrate and write and record, Mo is getting set to return with a brand new EP. It’s still a work in progress, but it promises to be the most ambitious piece of music he has yet to put together. Along for the ride will be some well-known peers guesting on the record, including Nessly, Ye Ali, and Prekairo. The EP is nearly completed, with Mo set to soon announce a formal release date.

In anticipation of his highly anticipated EP, the versatile Big Mo sat down with V13 Media to discuss a variety of music-related topics, as well as his new record.

What is your writing process like?

BIG MO: “My writing process consists of a mix of freestyling and writing lyrics out on my phone. For the most part, I prefer to write it down.”

When you write, do you do so with the live setting in mind, or do you write a song just for the song’s sake?

“When I write a song, it is mostly just how I’m feeling in that moment. I’m more concerned with just writing a track that fits with what my mood is. Nothing forced. That’s when the music is at its best.”

Do you receive a lot of support from your local scene and fans in general?

“I receive a lot of support and love from fans all over the world, especially in Toronto, which holds a special place in my heart. It’s a blessing having so many people care about the music you put out!”

Artwork for the single “Chains Seduced Her” by Big Mo

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take three CDs with you for eternity, assuming there was a solar-powered CD player, what would they be?

“If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only take three CDs with me, it would have to be one with Drake’s music on it, second CD would be for a movie, and the third one would be one that has my tunes on it, of course.”

What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

“The most memorable moment of my career so far would have to be collaborating on songs with artists I have always had respect and admiration for.”

When recording your latest batch of tunes, did anything strange, wonderful or terrible occur?

“While recording my upcoming EP, I actually did have something unfortunate take place. My girl and I ended up breaking up after two years together, and it made me just take a break from everything so I could get my head right. But I believe going through that helped me create some of the best music I have ever made.”

If you had an unlimited budget, where and with whom would you record your record? What about production and mastering? And why?

“If I had an unlimited budget to record with someone, then it would definitely have to be Drake’s right-hand man, 40. Same goes for any production and mixing/mastering. The man is an absolute legend and a wizard when it comes to those things.”

This album is self-released; tell us about your experience going it alone as an artist. How hard is it to get your music distributed, promoted, shared, etc.?

“My upcoming EP (name of it will be revealed closer to release date) will be independently released. I am not opposed to signing with a label, but the deal would have to make sense for me. I have had previous offers to sign with a label, but the deals offered would not have made sense for me to take. Labels seem to have a bad stigma around them, but they definitely do help take a lot of the stress off your back if you’re an independent artist. You just have to make sure you sign the right type of deal that will be beneficial for you, instead of blindly signing the first deal offered.”

Share one thing about yourself that has never before been revealed.

“One thing that has never been revealed about me is that I’m a really big wrestling fan. Before I decided to go the music route, I was very close to signing up for wrestling school to pursue a wrestling career.”

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