Only Okay Talks To Fanbase Music Magazine About How He Got His Name, His Latest Single, And Much More
Interviewed by Duzzy Clayton
Photography by Chyrisse Tanone @Chyrisset



HI Griffin, Welcome to Fanbase Music Magazine, Only Okay is an interesting name for you, how did that name come about?
Only Okay is the name I chose for myself in college when I was first starting out, and it was a way to lower the first-time listener’s expectations before hearing one of my songs or seeing me live. The meaning behind my name has now changed to an overall acceptance when things are just okay
Where did you grow up and where do you live now, what got you into music?
I grew up in New York, Kansas, and settled in Michigan. I’m currently in the Metro Detroit area but have big plans to travel the world. I got into music in 2017 while in college, I found it satisfying to write a clever punchline or find a way to say something in a way I hadn’t heard before. I entered a rap contest that year and got really good feedback from people so I continued to write and put out songs. Now I am making music as a way to process big thoughts and emotions. 
How would you describe sound and genre?
I would say most of my songs are in the Rap genre before I say they are hip-hop only because of my emphasis on lyrics and the importance of them to the song. My music consists of different flows and witty lines. I am not afraid to experiment in different genres, I have put out 2 Rock songs and 2 House songs so far with plans to continue wherever the music takes me.
Who are some of the bands and influences you listen to?
I listen to a lot of Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Eminem, and Kid Cudi. I also listened to Green Day growing up which is why I think I enjoy making Rock songs. The one thing that connects all of my influences is the fact that each of them is undeniably themselves. 
Are you a solo musician or do you also jam with a band?
I am a solo musician, but I have my first performance with a live band on June 28th. I’ll be performing with the Snapcat Bandits out of Michigan at Renegades Bar in Garden City. Rehearsing with them has been a lot of fun and helped me incorporate new things into my live performance. I am very much looking forward to the 28th.
Let’s talk about your new track Mr Sandman, what is the song about?
Mr. Sandman is about staying up late and working towards your dreams. It’s about saying no to sleep and also a way to say don’t sleep on me as an artist. It is a lighthearted, fun song with a deeper meaning.
Where was the track recorded and who worked on it?
The track was recorded on my 26th birthday with my best friend, Lil Rads, and then mixed/mastered at Pearl Sound Studios in Michigan. The beat was made by Chuck Alkazian who also produced 22 other songs on the 25 album. 
How does this track differ from what you have released in the past?
This song is a lot more laid back than some of my music, and I think the second verse is in the top 5 verses on the whole album. This one was more about the flow of my words rather than anything else. I didn’t let myself get too caught up in second-guessing myself and just went with what felt right. 
How many tracks or albums have you released, what can you tell us about each one?
Over the last 2 years, I have dropped a 24-song album and a 25-song album, as well as 45 more songs throughout 2023. I can tell you that each one shows my progression as an artist and in my ability and that I’m gonna continue to drop a lot of music in the coming years. Each one also represents my thoughts and emotions at that time in my life, so going back and listening to them all shows my growth as a person as well.
When you writing songs do you come up with the lyrics or music first?
When I’m writing songs, I usually come up with the title and concept first, then we make a beat for it at the studio, I write the full song and record it, and then we go back and add/change things to the beat to fit the vibe of what I wrote. Sometimes I will have the beat first and the song will come from that, but I rarely write a full song without a beat or anything.
What else do you have planned for the future in terms of new music?
I am dropping a 5 song EP on June 28th called Writer’s Block, as well as two more 5 song EP’s in the coming months. I plan on releasing a 26-song album on November 29th as well as music videos and lyric videos to go with those songs. I plan on continuing to work with Chuck Alkazian when it comes to making new music, and Sarah Ziegler-Heringhausen at Blaize Media plays a huge part in all of the content that I release, from TikToks to full-length music videos, we have a lot of cool stuff planned for this year. 
Do you play live and if so can you explain that vibe for anyone who hasn’t seen you perform?
I play live as much as I can and would always love to perform more. Each show of mine is different, I like to tell a different story with each one. I grew up as an athlete, so I understand the importance of preparation, and I know that once I’m up on a stage, it is game time. I leave it all out there and show how much I genuinely love this music. 
Thank you for doing this interview, do you have any last messages for our readers?
I’d like to say that I believe everybody has a special talent, and it is your job to find out what that is. We all have something that makes us unique and we shouldn’t be afraid to show the world that, doing so has made me happier, at least. If you can find a way to do what makes you happy every single day, then the obstacles that come up along the way don’t seem as difficult. Surround yourself with people who accept you for you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help, that’s it. 
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