Have you heard? James Fitzpatrick, a carpenter with Colonial Systems is also the successful rapper “Avenue”.
Here’s an interview we did with James. Check out his music!
When did you first get into music?
I’ve always been writing and into music since I was young. But started to take it seriously in 2011 after being dismissed from college and back in the city, I needed something to occupy my time.
Did you know from the beginning you wanted to make a career out of it?
In the beginning it was more of a hobby and just something to do. But the more music I released the more it started to gain traction locally. Eventually I didn’t have a choice but to take it seriously and make a career out of it.
What is your favorite thing about rapping/making music?
My favorite thing about music is the therapy. It’s an exercise for me that allows me to release my feelings freely.
How did you choose your stage name?
I grew in the south end/lower Roxbury section of the city. One of the main streets in the area is Mass Ave. I spent a lot of time on and around the Mass Ave & Tremont intersection as kid and teen. So it developed overtime just from always being outside.
Where do you perform?
I’ve pretty much performed at every venue in the city. From House of Blues to Big Night Live, I’ve sold out Middle East twice. The plan is to tour again in the near future.
Do you have any favorite stories or special moments that stand out to you?
I have a ton but, just recently I did Boston Calling which was a full circle moment being one of the biggest stages the town has to offer.
How do you manage your day job as a carpenter alongside your music?
Ha! I laugh whenever people ask me this because I honestly don’t have a answer. Between family, music, and work it is tough at times and a bit draining. But I enjoy both jobs so it makes it a bit easier.