From Detroit, Michigan comes the soulful and fresh hip-hop sound of Enea. With an album that showcases the type of great art that can be created from bringing in the right people, and from practicing your craft as often as possible, Enea is set to hit the ground running in 2016.
Ryan: The amount of songs on the album is unusual. Was there any time when you thought this might become a double album instead?
Enea: Not really. I made the project for myself to be honest. It’s a reminder of what I was going through written in between the lines. I never really sat there beforehand and said “ok I’m making a mixtape. I need this many or that many songs.” I only released it for anyone who might relate to it. The number of tracks never really hit me as a concern.
Ryan: There are many different producers on this album. Was there a particular reason for that choice?
Enea: Nope. My ear likes what my ear likes. And at the time, those producers had what I was hearing (looking) for. I felt the need to have multiple styles and sounds on the project. Which could hurt or help it. I was willing to take the risk. Regardless, I enjoy working with as many people as I can. It allows me to explore new horizons and methods in creating.
Ryan: What does the song writing process look like for you?
Enea: No specific formula. Sometimes I start with the lyrics of a hook that I play with in my head. Other times I find that my pen can’t keep up with my thoughts and I’m just knocking bars out left & right. I often work on multiple songs (2 or 3) for weeks while scribbling scrap bars on the side to keep my mind sharp. Sometimes I start with the instrumental rather than the lyrics.
Ryan: Where do you gather inspiration from?
Enea: Where I’m at and where I want to be. I inspire myself with my own potential but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t any external inspirations. The biggest have to be Kanye and Mac Miller. I feel like they’re the most creative hip hop artists in the industry. Also, watching how hard my parents work everyday is a huge inspiration. I want to do better for them.
Ryan: At this point in your career what are some of your musical highlights?
Enea: Getting my first solo project out was definitely the biggest highlight to me. Another one would be my first sponsorship by RudeBoy. I was extremely grateful that someone wanted to back me with their company. That just meant a lot to me.
Ryan: How long have you been active in the music industry?
Enea: As far as releasing music to the public? A few years or so. I was in a group called the Cashhounds from the age of 16 to 18. Together we released two projects that gave us a great buzz locally. From there, I went solo. Even moved to California where I began working on my first independent mixtape. Although a major setback occurred when my apartment in South Central LA was broken into and I was robbed of my studio. At that point morale was low but I came back home to Michigan and started over.
Ryan: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to create their own album?
Enea: I can sum up all the hard work and delicacy of creating something masterful for your own taste and others’ in three words: Take your time. I think that’s where I might have slipped up. It took so long to put together that I started getting jittery and anxious to just release it so that I could begin working on something new. I wouldn’t knock it completely though. I have a hate/love relationship with all my music. I’m proud of ‘Accept Me’.
Ryan: How would you describe your style to anyone that has not heardyour music before?
Enea: “You’ll have to hear it for yourselves.” I sincerely believe I don’t sound like anyone else out there. I don’t like to categorize my style, but I’ve heard everything from a young Snoop Dogg to Shawyze and even Outkast.
Ryan: Is there anyone that you would like to work with in the future?
Enea: Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Kanye West, Joey Badass, Isaiah Rashad, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Erykah Badu, Jhene Aiko, Rihanna, Pharrell, Dj Mustard, Ali, Dr Dre, Jay Z, Just Blaze, The Alchemist, Madlib, DJ Premier, the list goes on!
Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time. Is there any upcoming news that you would like to tell your fans about?
Enea: Thanks for having me. Be sure to check out my video for ’21’ on YouTube and I’ve got more singles coming to Soundcloud very soon! Follow me on Twitter @only_enea for more news!
by Ryan Donnelly
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