What would you say is the most important element of your music?
I believe the most important element would be my story telling ability. I try to paint the picture for the audience, making the song more relatable. Also choosing relevant topics are important too.
Where does your inspiration come from?
As cliche as it may sound, I am inspired by the world. Current events and issues really make me think of creative way to address them. Like with “Don’t Care”, I wrote that after the Michael Brown killing. I had recently received the beat from X the misfit, and that issue was the first thing that came to mind. Honestly, that song crafted itself. It was just built off of raw emotion.
We’d love to hear about your latest music video. What did you want to achieve visually to reflect you as an artist?
Since it has a rock feel to it, I wanted the video to reflect that. Thats why I had the leather jacket, the band shirt, a lot of dark shots, and of course the mosh scene. I also want to show the raw aggression of the record; this was not meant to be a beauty shot, its rage in it purest form. Middle fingers in the air, screams, smoke, darkness; this is the feeling that many african americans have when faced with police brutality and racism.
You talk about really specific issues in your music, this is SO important for people to hear, tell us your thoughts on why it’s important to talk about it in your music.
Its not something I do on purpose. I honestly sometimes wish that I could write less political, less “conscience” music; but thats not were my heart is. There is a famous quote from Nina Simone (one of my favs). She said “You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” I feel like that is the reason I was born, to be a narrator, to give music to issues that plague our generation, our society. It is my duty.
What is your creative process?
I need solitude; I can’t release creatively around a lot of ppl; blame it on me being an only child. It all starts with a beat, the beat speaks to me and literally tells me what I should write. There are certain feelings and vibrations you get from instruments and music, I let that take over. I start with the verses, then frame a chorus around what it is I am trying to say. Then after I adjust it a million time (lol) I have a song!
What’s to come? Shows/Tours/Releases, etc.
I will be releasing my next single “Colours” very soon (in the next two weeks), and my EP will follow, being released 8/11. I am in NYC, and have shows every week this month, so follow my IG or Twitter for dates :).