Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.
I chose music as a career because this form of expression is so therapeutic and so much a part of me as a regular person, I can’t really see myself doing anything else. Or that I really don’t want to do anything else.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.
I’ve received good feedback when I was strictly just the producer for someone else song. As far as my beats when they stand alone; it’s been 50/50 with positive and negative I guess.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
I think social networking is relevant to a certain point. I feel that once you get to a certain place within a specific niche, it’s more of just a plus than a necessity. I haven’t got there yet.
Brief us about the recording of this song.
I dug through some psychedelic and boom-bap samples and just started trying to blend things together. 20 minutes, the session just kind of turned into something cool. It kinda hard to explain haha.
Tell us the story behind the song.
I had just finished listening to a collection of Jimi Hendrix tracks while thinking about how I should approach the last track for my first EP. Then I wondered if I could fuse that type of feel with the classic hip-hop feel I enjoy. Like a trippy-live show feel that still maintains enough of that grainy classic hip hop. As it came into its final form, it gave me a feeling that this is like ending an arch on a good note. Or like sweating out the last of a fever.
State your area of specialization in music.
I wear a lot of hats honestly. I have a rap persona with a lot of material under the name so that could be where I honestly specialize. But I like to keep that persona and my producer alias separate. Like Mac Miller and Larry Fisherman, I guess. I’ve been getting better with my production though so who knows; rapping and production could be neck and neck.
Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.
Sometimes it could take 15 minutes. Sometimes it could take 2-3 hours. I never really know until I look at a base to start from. Plus it just depends on the day.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
The melodies that get developed for my tracks stem from random melodies that pop in my head and then getting as close as I can to that through samples. Sometimes I end up with way better results than stuff that gets stuck in my head.
Discuss music generally in full detail.
My music generally is my spin on a genre that speaks to me the most during a timespan. If I’ve been listening to a lot of punk; I’ll end up incorporating harsh, melodic guitars into my work. If I’ve been listening to a lot of Nujabes, regardless of the genre, I just want to put a spin on whatever stands out to me. I’ll try to put more of a focus on smooth or beautiful-sounding pianos. Now music in general as an art form or the state of it is a different story haha.
State your five favourite genres of music.
Instrumental Hip-Hop – I just love the purity and level of musicality that can be found in some instrumental hip-hop tracks and albums. It lets your ear really zoom in on separate instruments and shows how well they can play off of each other.
Punk Rock/Alternative – Love the aggressive unapologetic approach it brings to music & sometimes unorthodox songwriting. Then if you throw some cool melodies in there, you’ll get some really dope tunes.
Alt Hip-Hop – great “genre” or label that allows the blending of all my favorite types of genres pretty much.
Lyrical Hip-Hop- You can get actual substance aside from just a cool beat. I feel if you find certain people like XV, Charles Hamilton, or Kendrick, you get a good balance on both sides.
Discuss your rehearsal.
I try to make 2-3 beats as a warm-up before I get into a real creative groove.
State your favorite musical instruments.
I can play the guitar and I’m trying to get better at it currently. Other than that, really loving my new SP-404.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
My rap performances usually receive a surprised yet positive reaction to my performances so that’s cool. In terms of doing a set, I hope to bring my SP-404 and some new gear on the road soon. That’d be a great experience. Especially after watching people like Eevee do such through live streams. That really inspired me.
Discuss your personality in full detail.
My personality as a beat-maker is closer to my actual personality away from music.
Tell us about your musical background.
I’ve been recording music since I was 15 and writing songs since I was 9. I really became more of an actual beat-maker when I was 17 or 18.
List your musical work.
I just released my first EP, OUT OF ORDER, and plan to release another project at the end of February called “Green Mornings”. The rest of my musical work can be found within the Young Drastic/DEADBOYS discography.
Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.
Share your memorable experiences with us.
I once made a beat in 15 minutes from scratch for some friends of mine and for them to watch the whole process, hear the final product and show genuine excitement really was a cool moment for me. Sounds small I know.
Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.
The good side of mankind I’ve seen is the pure concern I have seen shown by a few people when it comes to others. The bad side is seeing the seemingly unlimited capacity for evil in other’s hearts as well. I hear or see some things and it just surprises me sometimes.