Thanks for having us, and we’re doing well. We’ve been working hard performing as much as we can and writing new music. It’s been helping us stay sane in the midst of the current political climate in the U.S.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dreams from A Cubicle”?
Well, it’s inspired by working a full-time desk job while having an intense desire to create art. I work I.T. and stare at three screens all day everyday. The emotions behind “Dreams From a Cubicle” are filled with the notion of reconciling my means to survive with what I love to do.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I can’t say any one particular event. It’s more of a culmination of dealing with the rigamarole of work and the bureaucracy that comes along with it. This often leads to wanting to bang my head against the keyboard.
The single comes off your new EP Native Brains:Foreign Hearts – what’s the story behind the title?
I’m second generation and P. Cruz is first generation American. Our identity is a push and pull of what it means to be American while having an attachment to a foreign homeland that we’re simultaneously rooted in and disconnected from by virtue of growing up in the states.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was pretty smooth. P. Cruz is a hell of a producer, and being close friends makes the whole process of creating organic and fulfilling. It’s gotten to a point where we hang-out and music is a bi-product of our friendship. Technology has also played a significant role in our process. During times that we can’t see each other in person, we can create remotely through e-mailing demos and calling each other about ideas and song direction.
How has Saul Williams and Nas influence your writing?
Saul Williams is a huge influence on P. Cruz. Saul’s album are always sonically fresh and unapologetically unique which has encouraged P. Cruz to try and find his own production sound. I think Nas is the greatest lyricist to ever pick up a microphone. I love his flow and verse structure. When I listen to Nas I feel like I’m getting an inside understanding of life. As an emcee he sets the bar for me.
What role does Queens play in your music?
Queens is home, but I’ve always gone to school outside of Queens. In High school I was in Manhattan, and went to College in Binghamton, NY so Queens is my haven. It’s a place where I feel inspired and draw my creative energy from. I feel like it’s the hidden gem of NYC with the most diverse cultural landscape. It has a little bit of everything, you can find any kind of food from anywhere in the world. I feel like most people visiting NYC explore Manhattan, whereas Queens isn’t as known.
It’s also home to some of the best emcees (i.e. Nas).
What themes are you exploring on this material?
Social justice, race/ethnicity, colonization, concepts of life/death, and lyrical witticism are some themes we touch on. As a whole our music is introspective and we try to give a glimpse into how we see and feel about the world.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. We love playing our home city, but we definitely want to tour. We’re making plans to hit the West coast and are open to playing any where we can.
What else is happening next in Punskription’s world?
I curate an underground showcase series called ILLA LOBO and the next one is coming up on February 8th. We’ll be performing along side other up-and-coming artists from NYC. Aside from that, we’ll be performing as much as we can and working on our next project.