By: Bryanna Perez
The South Norwalk pop teen sensation artists (South Boyz or SB), who were last seen in an interview with PrideTime in October of 2018, have now hit the billboard charts of the local community, aka SoundCloud, as viewership increasingly rises.
Back in 2018, three boys with big aspirations and goals decided to create a home music studio using their oldest pair of apple headphones and a macbook laptop.
For South Boyz, making music turned into a serious endeavor. What was at first a fun hobby quickly became a way of life. Going forward, they want teens from all over the county to enjoy what they believe is good quality rap music.
Rick Arce ('19) photo credits to Marco Ceci
Back in January, the boys were invited to be the opening act for local artist, Kirarc, at a small venue in Darien.
“I felt honored that somebody would come out of their way and just give me that opportunity. It made me feel like I was doing something right,” Alan Montgomery (‘19), who goes by the name, Creflo, said.
However, because of the fact the the Venue had found out that the band was from Norwalk, CT rather than Darien residents, they shut down the concert leaving lots of fans, including the artist themselves, disappointed.
“Basically, it got turned down because too many people knew about it, it blew up. A couple of Stamford kids’ mom found out what we were doing and it became a bigger problem then what it was. With that, the owner of the venue in Darien found out that we were kids from Norwalk and after that they didn't let us perform,” Andrew Trujillo (‘19), who goes by the name SB Drew, explained.
However, that didn't stop them, the boys brought their ideas together on how to involve their local listeners into creating a fandom. Some of the ideas that they have in the process is creating merchandise and ‘clean’ versions of their music to be played in all settings.
With the failure of being able to open up a concert due to misunderstandings, the boys took this time to figure of what they needed to do in order to become more successful and eventually try again.
“We had to improve on our background knowledge on rap music and it's origin with the development. We structure our music way better now, and we found new flows by being able to count beats,” Andrew mentioned.
The founding fathers of South Boyz, Alan Montgomery (‘19), Andrew Trujillo (‘19), and twin brother Carlos Trujillo (‘19), decided to build notoriety by promoting themselves more on social media and SoundCloud.
One of the major changes that has been made to South Boyz was the addition of three other kids who took their talent to the test.
“Our new members of SB are; Brian Andrade (‘19) (SB Brazy), Will Acuna (‘19) (SB Supreme), and JR (‘19) (SB Flexx), a high school student from New Canaan High School.” Andrew said.
While music that includes these new artists are still in the process of being recorded, the boys are taking a step further on focusing on their future music careers and goals.
After a couple of songs were shared across the internet, the boys renovated their studio and upgraded on equipment.
Carlos, who goes by the name SB Los, has been playing lacrosse for three years in highschool. He once had a love for the sport, however, as he got older different passions and emotions started to set in.
For Carlos, music became more important which meant that sacrificing time had to become a main priority.
“I quit lax to start working again and i'm still saving up money to get more things for the studio,” Carlos mentioned.
So far, the boys have saved up enough money to buy two new speakers, an audio interface, a new mic, a new midi keyboard, and they're in the process of renovating a small area in the house of South Boyz member, Alan Montgomery.
Outside of school the boys are very involved with sports and work. Andrew is the captain of the Brien McMahon Lacrosse team and both Alan and Carlos are picking up more shifts at both Chipotle and Rowayton Pizza.
“We’ve grown a lot as a group, more and more people want in on what we’re developing because to me, SB isn't just rap, it's a group that influences others to do what they truly want in life,” Andrew said.
To listen to more of their music you can follow them on SoundCloud at South Boyz.
Check out South Boyz’s new song, “City Boyz.”