The Refrain Interview: Master Puff

Massillon, Ohio artist Master Puff has just dropped his debut single single, “Good, Real Good”. The track is feel good, low key track showcasing his linguistic gymnastics. We had a chance to interview Master Puff as part of our Refrain Interview Series.

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called? 

Master Puff: This single is called “Good, Real Good” and the title sums it up. The song is full of positivity!

RMB: What’s the single about? 

Master Puff: Good, Real Good is about staying positive through the bad. My brand is built on this idea so it’s the perfect song for a debut! The lyrics in the hook imply that I don’t want to be happy, and I’ve been self-destructive to confirm that, but at the end of the day I’ll still make sure I feel Good, Real Good!

RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded? The Who, When, Where etc. Was it a long process or quick? Any good stories about the recording process? 

Master Puff: Alex Tortorella of Pistol Whip threw down guitar and background vocals over the original beat after I sent him a rough draft. I loved what he did, so I immediately sent it over to my mixing/ recording engineer John Safier. After John put the “sauce” on it, I sent it over to the original producer, Conz, for mastering. It was a very smooth operation. Those guys are pros, man.

RMB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start pursuing music?

Master Puff: Rap is something I stumbled into by accident. I would jokingly freestyle at pick-up basketball games and people thought they were pretty good. Eventually the regulars knew who I was. They’d ask me to start freestyling and when I did they went wild. That gave me the confidence to pursue music as a career rather than a hobby.

RMB: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?


Master Puff:  George Watsky is who I give the most credit for in that regard. The man is a lyrical genius and his themes are so GOOD. Him, and Jonathan Smart of course, are the two people I look up to the most.

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

Master Puff:   I own my masters, I’m a co-owner in the media company I distribute from, I’m a sponsored artist featured on I don’t know how many publications at this point, but that’s all because I have a trustworthy and hardworking team I am proud of! Don’t think I’m doing the hard work. Everybody from audio engineering to artist management is TOP-NOTCH. I’m so thankful!


RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

Master Puff: I’d say nothing. I’d play 10 seconds of my music and let them decide if it’s worth their time! Usually that works!


RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

Master Puff: Wear a condom. No, really, that’s it. Wear a condom.

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

Master Puff: WEAR A CONDOM. All jokes aside, I’d tell me to research the industry. Learning how to navigate the treacherous waters of entertainment takes a HUGE amount of time.

RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?

Master Puff: I’m working on some big-name collaborations! I also have quite a few big shows coming up. June 18th I’ll be attempting a speed-record-setting verse at Lit Fest 2021 at The Vault in Wooster, OH. I’m also a part of a band called Falcon Fighter Gigatrons! There’s so much going on right now, you’ll just have to look me up!

RMB: Anything we haven’t thought of that you want to talk about? Now is the time!


Master Puff: If you needed a sign to take control of your life, here it is. If you made it to this point in the article then you’ve been invested since the start. PLEASE, listen to me. DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. You can do it, and we all believe in you. The journey starts when you believe in yourself.


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