Check out our interview with talented actor and singer Titus Makin (Butterfly Ali.)
Butterfly Ali, whose blend of progressive R&B, indie hip-hop, thoughtful chillwave, and all-out pop explosions is a psychic liberation from genre, expectations, and convention. If he looks familiar, you’re right to assume. Born and on IMDB as Titus Makin Jr., Butterfly Ali currently stars as gritty rookie LAPD officer on ABC’s “The Rookie,” and is recognized from his teenage breakout roles in the hit TV series “Glee” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Now for the first time with his music, Ali has created a space where he can be entirely himself.
In his new single “Listen to Me”, Butterfly Ali makes a true musical statement of who he is in under three minutes. Though a backbone of warm bass wrapped tightly around “Be My Baby” drums, along with a soulful Gibson guitar and shimmering piano, he delivers a jaw-dropping throughline of emotion and melody which evokes the legends of Motown and Stax Records.
Follow Titus at @titusmakin
Hi (Titus) Butterfly Ali, please tell us a little about you?
I’m an actor/singer. Grew up a military kid moving every 2-4 years. Born in Honolulu Hawaii.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Trusting, loving, open.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
My parents. They’ve just been a fantastic example of love, & are two beautiful God fearing individuals, with a relationship I aspire to have in my own life someday.
How did you get started in the business?
Went to the NY conservatory for Dramatic Arts out of High school. Moved to LA and did an acting showcase that landed me an agent. And the rest started rolling from there.
Did you go to music school?
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Soul Funk Pop
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
So many influences. Main ones being Marvin Gaye, Andre 3000, Anderson Paak, Bill Withers, Pharrell , & CeeLo Green.
Do you ever get nervous?
Absolutely. I just try to use the nerves as fuel.
What is your next goal as a musician?
Hoping to land a good label deal.
Now tell us about your new single “Listen to Me?”
This one was written after a break up. It’s more of a prayer to God, asking for guidance to know if it the relationship was meant to be it would be.
And about the success of your singles “Rose,” and “Righteous?”
Been blown away by the love and support, and how people have embraced my sound / music.
Do you have a tour coming up or where we can see you performing?
Nowhere as of now, due to current times.
And your roles in hit series “Glee,” and “Pretty Little Liars?”
Such fantastic opportunities. Been amazing steppingstones and I have learned so much from them. The cast of each show I’ve been able to be a part of has been amazing.
What we can expect of Butterfly Ali in 2020?
More and more music. Hopefully some bigger releases as well.
What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
Honestly I love doing rap songs at karaoke. I get to tap into a part of myself people don’t get to see very often, and let loose. LOL
Name one your strengths?
What is your own definition of happiness?
Following God & loving wholeheartedly.
Any loves other than music?
I love men’s fashion.
How’s a typical day in your life?
During the current times of quarantining, my day is looked a lot different than it typically does. Now it is filled with Bible studies, home exercise, and finding an outlet of daily creative.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Church, family, & a good meal.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Cucumbers & hummus.
And your favorite cheat food?
Nutella spread on bread.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson. Musical genius
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully married, starting a family & on a worldwide tour for my music.
How would you describe your fashion style?
What do you think of Social Media?
I think it’s cool how were able to reach people we were never able to reach her for but I do feel like it can be extremely toxic at times.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Song: “Evergreen” YEBBA
Movie: Independence Day
Travel Destination: Ireland
Sports Team: Atlanta Falcons
Photo Credit: Alex Stone