I usually either directly show them by the inflection/tone of my voice so if I’m trying to express anger maybe I’d yell out the lyrics. Another way is through production so if you want to translate sadness you might choose a more open and slow production.
“As an artist, do you find it important to continually reinvent yourself or more to stay original for the sake of creation?”
I find neither important. I think the biggest thing is making music for yourself and if that means constantly changing or trying new things then so be it but it also might mean sticking to one sound. Make music for yourself first, if others enjoy it too that’s just a bonus.
But personally I enjoy pushing boundaries and trying to pursue creating something no one has before.
Especially with my lyrics. Someone might already expressed an idea that I want to, but I’m going to do it in my own way.
“Can you name some influences outside of music that end up being portrayed in the music you make?”
I tend to reference my mom a lot in my music and life lessons she’s instilled in me on how you should care yourself and treat others. Movies and TV are also a big influence in my music.
I feel like past relationships have a lot to do with my music as well.
“Is your songwriting process completely guided by freedom or more is there more organized thought and structure?”
It’s completely guided by freedom, I try different structures and toy with different thoughts every time I make music.
“Can you speak towards your progress as an artist and ways you have noticed yourself going through various transitions?”
I used to focus solely on my rhyming ability and trying to have the craziest flows I could, but then after a couple years I realized how important it was to not have a good sound and rhythm, but to have meaning behind all that. I love trying to make all my bars connect now. I know I wrote a good line when I look at a verse and every word contributes to the theme.
So I guess at first I was trying to showcase lyrical ability but as I got older I transitioned it making music instead because it was lethargic and I wanted to share my story and thoughts with others.
“Do you feel like the environment you grew up in and the community you were around has an effect on your creative style?”
I moved around a lot as a kid and lived in everywhere from the sticks to the bricks. At a young age I learned what it was like to have close to nothing and it teaches you a lot of values. You have more respect for those in your community in the same boat as you. Then as I got older and things got better I moved in with my dad and it really dawned on me that my peers in the new suburban area were blind to things outside their bubble.
Because of that upbringing and my experiences I tend to speak on that in my music from time to time and try to shed light on it.