Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: My mantra is to “Be a better Ree, than the day before”… That’s my ninja way, and that’s why I’ll be hokage one day. Lol.
Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car?
ANs: Yoooo, I’m mad gun shy about singing in the car. Like, I had a traumatic experience. I was gripping the grain of my lil sh*tbox Civic hatchback, back in the day. I had Usher “Confessions” on deck in my CD player, windows down, subwoofer being a subwoofer, me in the moment singing my heart out like I was the voice of the song. I’m sitting at a traffic light, in my zone. As I’m crushing my own personal karaoke moment, I casually look to my right and both driver and passenger in the car beside me were looking at me like “you ain’t give Usher No respect just now”. So I rolled up the window (it was a hand crank window) and sped off in anxiety. I can geek about it now, but that doesn’t change the fact that I tinted my windows the very next day after that. LMFAO!
But all jokes aside… Young Bratz by XXX & Ski… That’s what I’d vocalize in the car nowadays.
Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?
Ans: Sometimes, no words are needed.
Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the proccess?
ANS: Deadass, I just toy around with sounds and end up with a digital “cool contest”. Depending on the type of vibe I wanna convey, I’ll immerse myself in songs around the genres I’ll be incorporating to help me gain more influence before creating a “Loaded” feel.
Q: At what age did you start producing?
ANS: I started producing when I was 22. I got put onto game with drag n drops with Sony Acid Pro. My beats were sh*tty, but my concepts have always been considered solid for the most part. I peep my first SoundCloud post from time to time just so I can witness my own growth.
Q: Which instruments do you play?
Ans: Ha, I play no instruments. I tickle the keyboard to create my rhythms, alongside of my pad controller for drum patterns, but I’ve never successfully learned how to play anything at all. I tried to pick up the guitar… let’s just say it didn’t end well. Lol.
Q: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Ans: I’ve learned a good bit of game from DJ Pain 1 actually. I’ve networked with him and I’ve low key been studying his moves as a producer. Sh*t, the man cut one of the dopest tracks for one of my favorite artists (Young Jeezy- Don’t Do It). Like, why wouldn’t I wanna work with a producer who had reached a level in self marketing that allowed him to cut a classic for a classic artist? I got much respect for him allowing for the opportunity to be an option in the first place. Salute.
Q: Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
Ans: It was a recorder… The f*cking recorder. Lmao. I felt kinda cheated though. All I ever learned was Hot Cross Buns… 20 years later I stumble across YouTube vids of folks slaying the recorder. I never knew it could be so awesome because I had only seen it as only being so basic.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Ans: Just do it. Don’t expect gold on your first swing. Understand there’s really no wrong way to make good music, some music isn’t for everybody to vibe to. The music sounds we create is a direct reflection of what we personally consider tasteful in some aspect or another, so the key to this whole industry is to be unique… Be iconic by being you.
…but if you don’t put your heart into it, the sounds are just noise.
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Ans: Yooo, when I say the struggle is real…. Bruuuuhhhhh, lol. But I make it happen. My keyboard availability is madd tight right about now. I grind long hours on my day job and I have a family to build with, often times my headphones are hung up for days at a time… But when I get it in though, I have no choice but to learn on the fly because my time is limited in the now. But in that learning, each project is more polished than the last… I want that to always stay true.
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