When did you first start getting into music?
I’ve been making music as far back as I can remember in some capacity. I started off playing drums, when I got to high school I started writing a lot of short stories and poetry. My older brother was actually a recording engineer at a studio in Evanston so I had access to watch other musicians record and was immediately inspired to do the same.
At what point did you realize, this is what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life?
I think from the moment I recorded my first song (which was terrible) I knew that I had to find a way to make this a part of my everyday life somehow. I don’t think I ever realized music would take me this far honestly. For me, it’s just something I need in my life to maintain sanity and happiness. I’ve been really fortunate to find a path where I can make a living off of it also.
Your style of music is genreless, however, it’s a fusion of electronic beats, with hip-hop deliveries. Do you think by not being boxed into a genre it has helped you to try and constantly create new sounds?
I’m not sure. I think that I am inspired so much different music that I never know which direction the influence is gonna come from. I just try to leave myself open and take risks with my music and make the stuff that I wanna hear.
You just dropped your new EP “Distractions” drops. What did you differently on this project from your past projects?
Yes, this project sounds so different from my past work some people may not recognize it. There are no features on it, it’s all me. I’m singing and using my voice in a lot more creative ways, it’s much more musical. I get kinda pop with it on certain songs. I also get very political and hip-hop on a couple songs. I believe it’s a project that shows more growth than anything else I’ve released in the past.
You’ve been able to work with a ton of the big guys in the electronic scene, from Griz to gramatik, Russ liquid, manic focus, and many others. Who are some of the newer guys in the scene you would like to possibly work with?
Aww man, there’s so many! It’s a thriving scene. I love Daily Bread, L8night radio, statik, Maddy O’Neal, Jaw Gems to name a few!
You and Elijah Alvarado do a great job of creating these visual animations. Do you ever think of creating a show or animated series together?
Yes! We have some reallllllly dope stuff in the works. It’s coming 🙂
For the past couple of months, you’ve been on tour with Grieves. How was that experience?
Honestly one of the best touring experiences I’ve ever had. I learned so much from him and his team. It’s really awesome to be embraced by the Rhymesayers family who I’ve looked up to forever. That’s my family for life now. Definitely be on the lookout for some collabs and more touring together!
A few years back in an interview you were asked “Who do you dream of working with? And you said, Gramatik. Gramatik is my number one.” Now, a few years later, you have multiple records with him. How does that feel?
Damn really? That’s crazy lol. I’ll tell you – this sounds corny, but I really believe you can manifest anything into reality that you want. It is all possible. Just set your intentions in that direction and work your ass off. It’s not magic it’s just energy. Lol, I probably sound crazy but I really believe that.
For someone who has never listened to your music, what would be three songs you would tell them to listen to?
1. Pale Moonlight
3. White lies off my new EP.