Los Angeles is great in its absurdity, but Seattle’s still where I’m from, and also coincidentally the home of some of my favorite music. A few weekends ago, while back in Washington for Thanksgiving, I saw Nyles Davis open at The Crocodile for Dave B. A great performance and a set list of very playable tracks led me to his Soundcloud profile, which ultimately led me to become a big fan of this town rapper. After releasing a very solid music video to Summer Jam/Real Talk Pt. 3 yesterday, I’m excited to see and hear what else gets developed over the next year. Here’s a little insight:
First off, what inspired the visuals for Summer Jam/Real Talk Pt. 3? And how was working with Lea Godoy and Jon Sal (who are definitely some of my favorite creatives)?
The inspiration for the video really was all spur of the moment and impromptu back and forth brainstorming between Jon, Lea & I. Working with them was most definitely a pleasure. I was nervous because I was worried that we were rushing the product (plus I like to be prepared when working with Lea and it was new to me, working with Jon that is).
Even though I cant exactly describe it, I think there’s a sound that’s unique to the Pacific Northwest and its not like everything else being released right now. So if you had to put it into words, how would you describe your own sound?
My own sound, I would describe it simply as a new wave or else. I say else because if you look it up it means different and in addition, and that's what exactly what I'm going for. I don't want to be different, I just am, in my opinion. I just want to add my perspective in the game and be heard.
Out of all your projects or songs that have been released so far do you have a personal favorite?
My favorite song that I have made to date is "friend or foe", which is on the ep "supply & demand". The way I produced it, the emotion that inspired the song, and how it all came together is what I like about it so much.
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Does subject matter make or break a song? I don’t know if you heard Goldlink’s last album but something that struck me in it was when he mentioned that hip hop will die if everyone keeps lying in their raps, and what I like about your music is that it does sound truthful and personal, not like a façade.
Subject matter is very important to me. I am not too familiar with his last album but I agree that music has taken a turn for the worse because of things as such. I rap to encourage myself a lot of the times in hopes that someone relates and is inspired as well.
Teams are of course important as well (even for stage accompanying purposes) who are some of your people to work with/turn up with?
My favorite people to work with is my squad, FTB. I believe a lot of intentions aren't genuine but with my day one's I know it's purely based from a good space and positive energy which is a necessity for me. Shout out to my bros Teez, Hayes, Erm, Taxman, and the whole squad. I can't forget about my PG bros either (especially when it comes to turning up hahaha).
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Since it’s nearing the end of the year, what do you think about the past year in terms of hip-hop and what would you like to see happen in 2016?
I think hip-hop is in a interesting place. Honestly there isn't as many artists as I would like that inspire me currently, but I like being surprised by someones talent that was unexpected. I would like to see just as much fun in music in a different way. To me that means, less turn up music and more memorable music. Not much is classic anymore.
Can we expect a full-length project in 2016?
Yes, I hopefully will have a project ready to go and released by spring of 2016, with fly merchandise as well.
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