I think this is my favorite interview we’ve ever done — and we’ve interviewed a lot of people. Felly & GYYPS have been popping off lately; their respective projects This Shit Comes In Waves and Canoga Park have accrued millions of plays over the last few months, and their fans literally broke the floor when they showed out at 2273’s first concert with us in LA. We got the chance to pour up and kick it with them at their new crib in California, get an inside look at Felly’s forthcoming beat-tape (dropping Nov. 5th), and see what goes into this wavy good-vibe movement they’ve curated. Check it out and be sure to show Felly and GYYPS some love on Twitter, and go look at their website if you’re craving more dope visuals or want to cop some fresh gear..
Got the chance to kick it with Marc and Count Bassy at their crib/studio in Los Angeles, hear some new music, and talk to them about their progress and plans for the future. Check it out, and be sure to follow Marc on soundcloud to keep up with their latest releases.
I chilled with electronic music producer Sango backstage before his performance at the Middle East in Boston, a special event curated by Together Boston. Sango’s worked with artists such as JMSN, Tinashe, and SPZRKT to create soulful electronic rhythms that sample from funk, R&B, and jazz. Watch the interview to hear more about the cultivation of his style and his time spent with the Soulection family.
Your third project, “Like We Used To” was a window into your life. You opened up a lot on that project, and I feel like you got some serious stuff off your chest. Walk us through the development of that project.
Pretty much I just make Life music you know. I try and document what’’s going on in my life at the time to the best of my ability and from that hopefully the people can relate. From both of my grandmothers passing at once, to college issues just was dealing with a ton and that’s how it came out.
You only had one feature on the project, but the majority of the tape was entirely you. Was that a conscious decision, or did it just work out that way?
Yeah it just worked out that way. If I can knock out the verse or the hook myself why not? I just feel like it’s better to build your brand this way that way you know that when people attach themselves to what you have going on they’re doing it for you and they genuinely enjoy the music.
Although every track features a different producer, the tape somehow had an extremely coherent sound. Did you know the producers personally?
I talked with one guy, False Ego he did SYLR but other than that no I didn’t know em. But they’re all awesome. To me like I said I make life music and to me life can be very inconsistent. Some days you’re happy, some days you aren’t, so I try to get my projects to reflect that which is why I won’t ever have the most consistent project but the music will always be there.
The first single you released from the project was Dear Karma. Are you a strong believer in Karma? How long had you been holding on to that track before you decided to release it?
Yeah I had that record for a minute. I’m a believer in Karma but not the biggest believer. I do feel though that, you can’t do a ton of wrong things and expect good things to come to you it just doesn’t feel right. And for the record, like I said with Like We Used To I made it during a time where I was going through a lot man and I really began to wonder why is all this happening you know? Is it something I did that I’m paying for? So that lead to the record being made.
Your unique sound and delivery are one of the many reasons you stand out to us; how long have you been rapping for? How has your style developed since you started your rap career?
Man I appreciate that the most, because when I started in 2010 that was my biggest hurdle that I’m still working on. I never really had an issue with content, bars, or concepts. It was always rapping those bars and sounding good sounding natural behind the mic and having a pleasing voice, and learning how to play with my rapping voice so I’m still getting better at that. I’m just a whole lot more confident than when I first started and a lot more melody is in my music.
Do you have any notable influences?
Too many influences I’m influenced just by life in general. In terms of music I’m probably influenced by Big Sean the most. I just feel like he makes a great brand of content driven, melodic music and that’s what I try and do. Music that gives you something, talks about something, that you can relate to, almost backpacker’ish, but at the same time it’s still an easy enjoyable listen. Like you can still play it on the radio and I think that’s awesome. I’ve studied him for a long time man.
You took a pretty long hiatus after your project dropped; it’s been almost a year since we’ve heard new material from you. Was it just hard balancing college courses and your music?
It got a little tough financially but I just made a conscious decision to finish school first before I started releasing new music. But it’s definitely a tough thing to balance more than anything financially though. Like when I put out a project I really try and put everything into it from the music, to money behind it everything and I just couldn’t afford to do both with tuition, books, rent, all that.
How have you kept the momentum going and kept your fans entertained in the meantime?
Man I don’t know, but I sure do get new fans by the day almost, and it’s pretty cool because I don’t put out new music or any videos but I just promote. I honestly feel like I wanna learn the business more, network, before I put out new music. Like, I always wanna move a step forward every time I put out music. I feel like we make great music and it’s too good to just come out and not make a dent you know? so once I figure it out on that side the music is coming. But Like We Used To is a great representation of what we do and I’m happy that we have that out while we work on the next step.
Having just finished college, I’m sure your mind is all over the place on what the next step is. What’s your plan for 2015? What were you studying in college?
Sort of, I graduated on May 17th, but man I’m still figuring the plan out, but it’s all music from here on out really. 2015 is all music I wanna come with 2 projects by the end of the year at least that’s what I’m shooting for. I was a sociology major in college but I didn’t “study” it feel me? Like since freshman year I knew there was nothing in college that I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to get a degree but it was gonna be music with me. Whatever I achieve or don’t achieve in life it was all gonna be music.
So can we expect to hear some new material from you this summer?
Absolutely. Like I said I graduate May 17th, then I go home we made a studio at my crib and so I have access to record whenever now. I actually have a project ready to go I’m hoping to put it out next month. Just gotta meet with my team, sure up a few things and go from there.
Following up a project as introspective as your last is going to be hard, do you have a plan for your next project? How does your sound grow from here?
Yeah it’s called ‘Take Me To Maryland’, and it isn’t gonna sound like Like We Used To. I’m in a different place. It’s gonna have a more complete sound, I felt Like We Used To was too dark like out of the 10 songs not many of them made you feel good and that’s a product of not being as good as I am now with the music but just where I was in life at that point so just from here I just try and grow and get better and better.
Are you hoping to work with a dedicated production team this time around? Maybe do some producing yourself?
Oh no I’m not a producer in any regard, I wish I was though. But I don’t know man, I don’t go into it saying “Oh I wanna work with this producer” or whatever. I just let things build organically. If that how it ends up coming out that’s how it ends up coming out. At the end of the day the goal is to make the best project possible and that’s what we work towards.
Lastly, what’s the best place to find new free music every single day?
University Hype of course! I feel like that’s a huge thing going on where there aren’t too many people given guys like myself a listen because they aren’t as big. I feel like if you’re in the business of pushing music to the culture you have a voice. Use that to push great music regardless of who it’s coming from.
Met up with Audio Push’s Oktane & Price for a quick interview out at their crib in IE, California. Talked about their latest project Good Vibe Tribe, the future of their music, and what their plans are for 2015.
ACADEMY is a duo comprised of Evan Walsh and John That, two friends brought together by their love for music. These guys bring a chill hip-hop and alternative rock vibe to their music and live performances, but they also know how to tear it up on the stage. I sat down with Evan and John backstage before their show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston to discuss their musical beginnings, their creative process, and their newest project titled “The Beat Generation.”
A few weeks ago, I was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, waiting to interview the night’s headliners ACADEMY. Soundcheck was enough to pique my interest about one of the openers, William Bolton. He’s a 20-year-old student at Boston College who’s musically talented and takes 100% ownership of his career. Watch to get a glimpse of his personal style and hear about how he connects with his fans on a deeper level than many artists you know. Stay up on Twitter to see where his journey takes him next.