I certainly get inspired by a number of different things. To sit down and think motivation aspects of inspiration, my peers, whenever someone is in the same position as me and doing something super productive towards their end goal, it makes me want to do the same thing. I've learned to appreciate it like I don't see the competition in it more as the appreciation for other people, taking advantage of it. For creative inspiration I take that most of the time from my imagination, I put myself in a place or find myself in a place and I capitalize on it. I've gotten pretty lucky to be able to convey my thoughts and feelings onto a paper or a song, I can't really do it in person.
“How do you try and stay original while shaping your own sound and finding your unique style?”
Staying original was the hardest thing for me to figure out when I first started making music. As I got older I think it took me longer because I was learning how to make beats by watching other people make beats and remaking them. It took a certain amount of mental capacity of not giving a shit, getting comfortable with my own ideas, and knowing there's no reason not to try something because there's no repercussion of you not getting it right. It took me like 2 projects that i made to learn what parts i liked and i didnt like. I get sick of a lot of stuff really quick, and I'm really annoying, not like a hipster but for some reason something in me doesn't like stuff that everyone else likes (I'm tryna change that shit but whatever) and that crept into my music. It's about understanding yourself and how it translates into music.
“Are there challenges that you find occur more often when creating by yourself compared to collaborating with others? What aspects of collaboration do you enjoy?”
When I make music alone my music tends to go one way and it's one train of thought. I always bring it back to a group of people. I have a reference group that I always want to come back into my studio and help me finish it or take it further So I think the emotional part of the music gets out of the way when I work alone.
I enjoy collaboration because I recognize that a lot of people are better than me and when collaboration is friendly you can make a track a whole lot better. Everyone has their own toolset and why not have the most builders working on your house to make it look as beautiful as it can be. The best part of collaboration is just seeing someone take my work in a spot that I could not imagine taking it and I'm doing that a lot on the next project, it's turning out pretty cool.
“Outside of music, how does your life affect and relate to the art you are creating?”
Oh there's a shit ton of stuff that goes on outside of music that is translated immediately into my songs whether I know it or not it's gonna get in there. One of the biggest ones is just ya know being in love and shit its a strong emotion so i'm gonna make songs about it. Another big one is all my homies and shit, we’re young and don't give a shit and say whatever we want. That fun youthful playfulness around us when were just hanging out is an immediate reflection into the music and thats fucking awesome. I'm not dictated by my emotion so when something happens I kinda just ignore whatever the feeling is but it comes out into my music some way or another. A lot of the time it's like weird random shit that resonates with me internally and I don't know it until I make a song.
“Do you try to and imitate a certain emotion or just set a general vibe when you go into creating a new track, or do you just go in with a clear mind and no expectations?”
I write and then I make instrumentals usually at different times. When I write it's pretty reflective of what I want to imitate or what I'm actually feeling at that time. It's very rare that I write about stuff that I'm really feeling at least consciously. When it comes to instrumentals I just make stuff that I feel. If I wanna make a whole track focused around one thing i can do that but it takes a long time because to get that amount of focus is really hard.