Hi Lerumo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Answer: What’s up! Thank you so much for having me, I’ve been very well!
Can you talk to us more about your single “Mister Poison”?
Answer: Yes I may. Let’s get it! haha
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Answer: Mister Poison is about those you willingly let destroy you. The people you’d adore and want to be around so much, that’d you’d be willing to go through any abuse to be theirs. At a point in time, I met a girl who captured me. They say shoot your shot, and I did. She didn’t end out mine but admitted the reason being. She said “I deserved better than what she could offer.” But to me, I was willing to accept her for who she was. This is a reflection of that.
How was the film experience?
Answer: The film experience was amazing. I had a vision and went and wrote a treatment. The process then started with a mood / color board. Next I went scouting for locations. My actors Dana Tabbara and Andrew Nunley nailed it on our set days. I was so proud to see my vision come to life. Co directing with Gary Kostik of Repeat Films was the best decision I made visually. We brought it where we didn’t know it could go.
The single comes off your new album Twentyone Rebel – what’s the story behind the title?
Answer: Yes it does! The story behind the title is everything in the title. I’m 21 right now. This age is the year that everything is supposed to change. You become an “adult”, but I believe i’m still a kid at heart. I named this project Twentyone Rebel because I’m doing everything most people don’t do at my age, at least without a huge major behind them funding everything. My sound and vision is not what people would expect. This EP is pop, indie rock, mixed with a new urban. I feel as if it’s rebellious. It goes against what I was told to make by peers, by executives, you name it. People I once thoughts approval would make me feel validated, suddenly didn’t matter and I dropped what I wanted. It was what others didn’t “understand”, but I didn’t care. I’m being who I am and am making it work. Mister Poison is currently #6 on the European Independent charts. It’s all working out in front of my eyes.
How was the recording and writing process?
Answer: The writing and recording process was so fun. Mista CJ worked hard and sent me the instrumental. It sounded insane. I wrote a version of the record and collaborated with songwriter Tejai Moore. We took the demo and brought it to life. Made it bling-blam ya know? The recording process was wonderful. I blocked out a local studio for eight hours and went at it. Thats where the EP was recorded. I then took it to DB Studios in Boston MA for the engineering. Carl Hovagimian is a beast on the board. He gave it the boom it has. The vibes were perfect with my team and I couldn’t of done it without them.
What aspect of rebellion did you get to explore on this record?
Answer: The aspect of rebellion I explored on this record was the rawness in meaning. The visual brought out what I felt only I would understand through the meaning. The song is extremely personal and comes from a deep place. It was the first time I premiered this type of sound to the world and it was new for everyone. A lot of people didn’t understand the meaning, but I left it to interpretation. That was my take on being a rebel. If you understood, you did…If you didn’t, well…
Any plans to hit the road?
Answer: I have a show in Houston on March 12th, but as of a tour, that’d be really rad. I want to make it happen. we’re going to make it happen. It’s all in timing.
What else is happening next in Lerumo’s world?
Answer: Next in Lerumo’s world is another release from the project. Another video. I’ll give the inside scoop soon. Until then, keep watch. You never know. Something big is coming.
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