We recently linked up with emerging recording artist A Certain Energy, better known as ACE to discuss all things music and entertainment. Check out our interview below.
HHW: First, we need you to introduce yourself to the readers who may not be familiar. Tell us a
little about you.
ACE: Of course. My name is A Certain Energy, or ACE for short. My real name is Shain Romanowski. I am a versatile recording artist primarily of the Hip Hop genre that resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’ve worked with the likes of Mickey Factz, Kota the Friend, Sir Michael Rocks to name a few notable names. I was born in Tamuning, Guam in 1995 and didn’t come to the United States until 2000. From there I moved around a lot as I grew up experiencing a new life
almost every few years due to my father’s job at the time. While growing up I grew a love for music passionately since it was the one thing I could take with me as I moved around, as well as my father teaching me music performance since he was also a ballad singer. He took me to any studio session he went to when I was a child. From there it was a wrap. I knew what I was meant for in this world.
HHW: When did you first fall in love with music, and how long have you been actively pursuing
your dreams of becoming a music artist?
ACE: I first fell in love with music when my father took me to studio sessions back in Guam where I was born. Might have been Saipan too. I always get confused about which one since it was early in my life. He showed me the beauty that music brings to life, and taught me key ingredients to becoming versatile from singing and performance. Definitely wouldn’t be here without him planting the seeds early in my life. I’ve been writing music officially since 2011 but didn’t take it professionally until 2016. Didn’t become a full-time job for me until 2018. Since then I’ve been teaming up with publishing companies and record labels to create the next big hit behind the scenes. Now the time has come for me to be in the spotlight. It’s surreal honestly.
HHW: What differentiates you from other artists?
ACE: I’m sure every artist says they put in the overtime for their craft, but the problem is how much overtime do they really put in? There’s times where I barely sleep for some days due to my drive kicking in to get projects done. Sometimes I go over 48hrs with no sleep. Once I get into a rhythm for it at least.
HHW: Are there any artists in the present day or before you that musically inspire you? If so, who and why?
ACE: So when it comes to me being musically inspired by an artist I’d go with two. John Mayer and J Cole. The writing these two artists come up with are always beautifully composed. They’re the main two I look up to when it comes to giving a song your all while sending a message across in any way, shape, or form. They’re are plenty of artists that do
the same, but these two are my personal go-tos. Whenever I get my chance to work with them I’ll bring an additional notebook whenever I see a moment I can learn as well. Everyday is a learning experience, so you might as well take a notebook everywhere you go [laughs].
HHW: What motivates you in and out of the booth?
ACE: I would say passion both in and outside of the booth. I have a natural love for music, but I also have a natural love for life. Without music there would be no rhythm to life, and vice versa. When I’m outside of the booth I always take that time to collect information to write about. I’m mainly inspired by daily life when I write so it works hand in hand. I also made a promise to my best friend when he passed away in 2016 to make sure this all works out in the end. That’s
where my passionate side kicks in to help drive my career. Everything changes when you make a promise. I take those seriously.
HHW: What are three things about you that would shock the public?
ACE: I’m not a big people-person anymore. Not in a bad way at all though. I am social and love meeting new people. I’m not that guy that looks like he automatically has an attitude. I just feel better when I keep to myself for a lot of things, because I enjoy my privacy. So I tend to keep an extremely small circle. Other things that may surprise people is my love for cooking and I’m not a fan of meatloaf. At all. I think it’s just a slab of meat and ketchup every time I think of it [laughs].
HHW: What do you feel you contribute to the culture as an artist?
ACE: I contribute originality and tenacity to the culture. You don’t have to follow the model of giving a false image. A lot of artists do to meet the trend. I believe being as organic to yourself as possible will give the world your best work each time. Even better is that you’ll grow continuously not only as an artist, but as a human being as well. The more you create the more you get to know your true self. That’s how I see it in my eyes. That’s what originality brings to
the table. As for tenacity I believe giving something you strive for your 110%, because 100% just doesn’t cut it anymore. You always have to push to the next level, or you’ll consistently stay the same. Sure you’ll be comfortable, but for me I just don’t see satisfaction to that.
HHW: How do you balance your career with your home life? Family?
ACE: Honestly I try my best to stick to a strict schedule. Prior to meeting my girlfriend Dana [Harper] or having our pup Kobe I had all the time in the world to just sit in my studio and work. Obviously that had to change, because I want to be there for my loved ones as much as I can. My father lives in Nevada whereas my mom lives in the same city as me. We try to see each other as much as our schedules allow. I have two little brothers, but they’re both in the military. So, we talk as much as we can over time. Other than that my family is where my home is, which is with Dana and Kobe. Best part is it’s easier to make time, because I work out of my personal studio majority of the time. The only time I have to leave is when I have to fly out for work at another studio, shoot a music video, a show, etc. It’s not a bad life I must say.
HHW: What’s next for you? What should we be on the lookout for?
ACE: Well we just partnered up with TheSoul Publishing on an unreleased track Adam Eazy and I created about two years ago. Amir [Hussain], who is the owner of Sight Beyond Sound and the man behind the lens with all my video work this year, and I will be doing some visual work for it. Other than that the “Fake Love” music video will be releasing October 1st with an EDM remix right behind it by Penthox. He’s one of the best EDM producers out here today, so I’m not surprised he signed with Warner Music Sweden. The man can create magic like it’s second nature.
HHW: How can those looking to book you make contact?
ACE: Gemma Pedroza is the woman you’ll want to be in contact with. Her email address is email@example.com. If someone wants to directly reach me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way CC the other so one of us sees it regardless.