How old are you and what is it that you do?
I am 23 years young. I am a musician, song writer, model and sponsored skateboarder.
Where are you from?
I’m from the Dallas Fort Worth area Texas. McKinney to be exact.
Do you think your surroundings shaped you in any way creatively? In what way?
Of course, Texas has shaped me in many ways creatively. Chopped N Screwed is one of the sounds that has made me draw inspiration from. I hate when people say “Slowed And Reverbed” like no it’s Chopped N Screwed! Also I like the cowboy shit not redneck shit, don’t get it twisted. You won’t see me dressed up in all cowboy wear but I’ll draw inspiration from it. The classic gunslinger shit was mad cool to me. Although growing up in an area that wasn’t so cowboy. I grew up in a not so nice place. It’s called The East Side. Where if you wanted to be the tough kid or cool kid that’s where you lived. The East always had some shit going down good or bad. All my friends from there wanted to be a hooper or a gang member. I was never fond of that. I was the weird white kid that like 90s hip hop, other old shit, skateboarding and creating music myself. The people I grew up with on The East accepted me for who I was. Today I still find that cool as fuck.
Can you tell us a bit about your recent project “Lost in Translation?” What was the creative process behind it?
I was just mad as fuck. Going through a dark time in my life and I had no why of getting it out. I was lost in translation. Not understanding why things were happening to me and it seemed as no one understood me. I felt like when I told people my problems, it wasn’t translating to them that I was hurting. As if I was speaking another language to them. Also the main purpose about Lost in Translation was to tell them kids they’re not alone. Watch my little documentary to learn more about the meaning of the project. Also the movie Lost in Translation had a lot to do with the creative process behind it. I recorded the project in this little beat ass shed behind my grandma’s house. Nothing covering the insulation, walls were dusty, carpet all beat up and grows, had no lights but my phone, and the power supply was an extension cord hooked up to the house. I kept it dark in there and just set the mood. All I had was my laptop, mic, audio interface and headphones. I sat on this little shitty stool that hurt my back all the time. It was just that set up that put me into that mindset. Something about it just helped with the sound.
When did you get into making music? How have things changed since you first started up to now?
I got into music in late 2013 early 2014. What sparked the idea of music was hearing music. As dumb as that shit sounds that’s how it came about. Listening to a lot of old rock, hiphop/rap, funk, soul, punk and all kinds of other shit. Hearing them tell the stories of their lives or just simply creating sounds made me want to do it myself. I think of music in weird and perverted terms. When I hear music I see colors. Thinking if my voice is glass, what would it sound like on jello. I’m always wanting to create and learn something new. I’m very obsessive over my music. I wanna be the best I can be. Not the best Kanye, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Stevie Wonder, Prince, A$AP Rocky, MF Doom or any body. I want to be the best ME.
What’s your relation with your mom? Notice you mention her a few times in “Belongs To Us”
My relationship with my mother is good. Her and myself don’t always see eye to eye. She doesn’t see the whole music thing as a career path. She doesn’t like how vulgar I can be at times on the track. I always have to remind her just let me be and see where life takes us. I love my mom with everything I got. She’s helped me through so much shit. She made Christmas and birthdays happen whenever we had no money. She’s probably one of the strongest women I know. One thing’s for sure moms didn’t raise no bitch.
What keeps you going? How are you doing mentally?
Music, skateboarding, hanging out with friends and family keeps me going. Knowing that they will always be there for me is amazing. Mentally I am okay not gonna say in the best shape of all time. We all have our battles and demons we face. I struggle with the fact that, we’ve all been raised on television to believe one day. We’ll all be millionaires, movie gods, and rockstars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we are very very pissed off.
How would you describe your style?
My style is versatile as fuck. I can do pretty much whatever I put my mind to. At the time of this interview I am working on something i’ve never done before. I don’t wanna spoil it but it’s alternative. Lost in Translation has some elements of the sound I am working on but not a lot. You’ll have to see in 2021 what I have to show y’all.
Outside of music, what keeps you busy?
Skateboarding man, that shit is cool as fuck and love it with all my heart. Since a kid I grew up on skating. A family friend of mine came over a million years back and had a board. I asked him what was it and he told me it was a skateboard. Then he starts to explain all the cool shit about it. How you can make your own video part, get sponsored, go pro or make your own brand. He gave me this little mag with skate photos in it. I was like this shit is tight as fuck. From the way they dressed to the way they skated. I wanted to be apart of what they were. Getting into it and meeting so many people was so cool. They treat each other like family and accept others. No matter what you look like, sound like, if you like boys or girls, if you’re a boy or a girl shit didn’t matter. If you skated and for real loved the craft you become one of them. I started watching so many video parts like Josh Kalis in photosynthesis. The man is a legend. So much more I can say about but that’s for another day. We’d be here all day and night.
Where do you see yourself this time next year?
I see myself further than where I am now. More well rounded and versatile. Better than who I am today. Gotta keep moving forward!
Anything in the works as of now? Plans for the new year?
As I said earlier on the question about my style. It’s alternative and nothing I’ve done before. I don’t wanna spoil it. We will let time play its course and y’all will see soon enough what it is.