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What first drew you into music?

Iʼve always loved music ever since I was a kid. I started listening to bands like AC/DC and Motley Crüe, I just thought they performed and made music so different than everyone else. From there I started listening to darker, more bluesy rock like the Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I really started to appreciate rap when I was about 13. The rap community is huge with the amount of artists and different styles there are and since then Iʼve always loved listening to and discovering new talent!

Your track “Stash Spot” is absolutely amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?

Thank you! Before I started putting out my own music, I was very familiar with the rap game. I knew just about every rap artist that was releasing content and tried to figure out why some artists were more popular than others, and why some would choose to stay underground rather than sign. Once I found artists like Young Dolph, Key Glock, and the $uicideboys, I knew it was time to start releasing my own content. They are really the biggest influence on me in the beats I work with. The dark sounding melodies, bass heavy beats, and old school samples really appealed to me and I knew I wanted to include that in my own sound. As for my creative process, I either start by sitting down and searching for beats I like or Iʼll jump right into my software and start making a beat. If I like it, Iʼll mix that beat to sound how I want it and start writing to it as soon as I can. Once I like how the vocals sound Iʼll master it and send it off!

Going over your Soundcloud we can tell you love experimenting with new sounds. Can you tell us more about your studio setup and some of your favorite plugins/instruments?

I definitely experiment with new sounds! I donʼt like to confine myself to one particular style so Iʼll play with different loops to really get a feel for what sounds good. My studio setup is pretty lowkey! I produce, mix, and master everything I do in GarageBand on my MacBook. I think itʼs a great learning tool for people trying to start making music and it also provides many plugins and features that can make a song sound professional. I use a Blue Snowball ice microphone and a Creative subwoofer and speakers for playback. Thatʼs it! The small setup makes it really easy to move around going to and from school too.

Your music sounds very organic and authentic. Do you play any real-life instruments?

I played guitar and piano a little bit as a kid, but it was playing the drums that really helped me find my rhythm. Knowing the drums helped me pick up the Memphis style beat that I can really bounce to then make that in GarageBand.

What are your musical goals for the future?

My biggest goal is to really develop my sound and contribute my style to the rap game. I feel like Iʼm beginning to really know what I want to sound like andIʼm excited to get there! I would also really like to start working with more artists. I have one collab out right now with OP called “Soldiers at War” on SoundCloud, and I look forward to working with many more artists in the future!

What are your goals for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

My goal for the next few months is to get in the studio as much as I can! I wanna try to put out a lot of music while developing my sound at the same’ time. As for what Iʼve been working on, Iʼm really excited to release my next EPthat is still in the works. I worked with beats by Clams Casino and they soundincredible. Heʼs worked with artists like A$AP Rocky who Iʼve always personally liked and his sound is so unique and wavy. I had so much fun working on it and it should be out within the next couple weeks!

Thank you to HBT Mag for the interview! I appreciate you guys!

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