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Behind- Best Wishes

 

  • How long did it take to make your project from start to finish, recording-wise?

 

 

    1. Uhhhh, that’s kinda tough to pinpoint. I started working on an EP last summer, but a lot of the songs I had made for it just ended up being released as singles. After that, in the fall, like around October or November I would say my album, “Best Wishes,” really started to come to life due to a lot of the shit I started to go through. The recording process took around 3 months, but the production was kinda scattered, like I pulled some old beats from the vault that I recorded on, and I made some new ones. 

 

 

  • What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in your mind, prior to entering the studio?

 

 

    1. My production is pretty melodic. I would say half the project’s production is pretty inspired by producers like Danny Wolf, Nick Mira, and Evilgiane. And then on some of the other tracks, the beats have less of an upbeat, melodic vibe, and they set more of an atmospheric mood for the listener. The producers that inspired this aspect of the production were J Dilla, Wheezy, and Ethereal. 

 

 

  • What kind of input did the producer have during the process

 

 

    1.  I make most of my own beats. All the beats on the album are mine, and shout out my homie King Makes Beats for killing it on co-production on “Where I’ve Been,” and the insanely talented Donovan Wayne for saucing it up on “Runaway.” The production on every track is super important. Certain melodies convey a different emotion, and then I let the vocals and lyrics do the rest of the work. 
    2. And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound – production wise)
      1. Yea, I’m honestly so proud of how everything turned out.

 

 

  • Did the producer / (you) use any (weird) experimental mixing and/or recording techniques?

 

 

    1. On some of the tracks I experimented with some more modulation plugins on the vocal mixes, which is something I like to do when I want the track to have a more spacey feeling. I make some of my own presets in different reverb plug-ins and I made a preset in Shaperbox that I like to add to certain melodies. That’s the sauce though, for real.

 

 

  • Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?

 

 

    1. I really like the wordplay on “Runaway.” Lyrically that’s my favorite track on the album. “Where I’ve Been” and “TwentyDays” are both very important to the album’s overall sound, as well.

 

 

  • Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture with the project?

 

 

    1. I mean the overall theme of the project is getting over my past and moving on towards better things. Whether that’s me talking about my unhealthy coping skills, staying in the same toxic relationship, or talking about the things I don’t like about myself I’m trying to move past all of it and turn it into positive energy. This album is great for speakers, headphones, or a night time drive. 
    2. Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
      1. If it has, I haven’t really noticed it, so I’ll say no. Sometimes I get beat block and writer’s block, though. I hate that shit.

 

 

  • How would you describe the sound of your tape to any potential new fan?

 

 

    1. Melodic, very synth-heavy in some of the instrumentals. Sad as hell, but you can still bump to it in any setting, honestly. If you need some music to sit and think about your life to, this album is great for that. If you just wanna smoke up and vibe out, this album is great for that. If you and your people need some shit to bump that’s easy to listen to, this album is great for that. Honestly, I just made this album for people to enjoy. For me, there’s a deeper meaning why.

 

 

  • Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)

 

 

    1. The artists that have influenced my sound in the last couple years are ppgcasper, Kevin Kazi, BigBabyGucci, Jeremy Zucker, and Smino. But like the most influential artists on me musically on a bigger scale have to be Kanye West, John Mayer, Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, 6 dogs, and Young Thug.

 

 

  • If there’s anything you’d like to add, say, please do:

 

 

    1. Drink water, wash your hands, check in on your friends, and don’t let anyone get in the way of what you’re trying to do.

 

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