Involving or producing a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.
At the time of this writing, the past five solid years of my thought — ALPHA — is incomplete. Mastering is one fuck of a process. And I wouldn’t wish anyone to learn it by trial and error; much less mixing or sound design. But, my fervor propelled me to this point. Youth is deceptively predictive; if not because of the intensity of experiences, definitely because of their ability to define you.
In the summer of 2015, I told Frontiers magazine that my passion was to tell the truth on records. A passion which has only strengthened with each passing day. It’s painful. The multiverse — being youthful, queer, black, working class, and creative — is daunting. One minute, you’re praised for candor, and the next, everyone is uncomfortable. Staring into your own reflection, sharing it, and then asking others to do the same, isn’t a wildfire, fly-by-night proposition. It takes will. You insist on your own existence and thwart any proof you are mutable.
The talking heads and the voices you trusted for all other types of guidance, are irrelevant here. The art is solely your mimesis. All that input from people with no vantage point, creates dissonance. Bad Chords. It’s the reason we trust our confidants with much information, and all others with the minimum. Musical influences are people who have earned our trust and proven their wavelength is a superset of our own.
Artists are responsible for creating universes. We turn ideas into tangible change. We are the editors of generations; authors of algorithms. Big shout out to Jay Storm, Sam Rothstein, Mr. DC, Nitro Geez, ENIX-INRI, D.I.O.N., and every other artist who saw what I had to say and declared it worth manifesting.
Let’s start a conversation about musicianship and influences. This dialogue is open to every artist from whom I am built. I am an unintended effect of your vision.
Seal, Usher, Kanye West, D∆WN, Sade, Drake, Le1f, The Neptunes, Kenna, Imogen Heap, Anthony Green/Circa Survive, Phonte/The Foreign Exchange, Talib Kweli, Kaki King, Alex da Kid, Timbaland, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Illangelo, Craig David, Les Nubians, Keane, Citizen Cope, RJD2, Yes, Nobuo Uematsu, Sting, David Byrne, Mr. Bill, Wolfen Technologies…
…the list could go on.