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INTERVIEW: Young Bull

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been dope, thanks for asking. Just came off a little East Coast tour and a sold-out show in our hometown, Durham, NC.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Voicemail”?

Voicemail is one of our favorite tracks. It was actually originally released on our last album, Sopadelic, but it was one of the last songs we finished and we knew it had a different sort of reggae-trap vibe to it. Then we added the video.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Well, we wrote it really quickly when our producer Gabe and rapper Christian Sinclair got together for an afternoon and basically started on the beat from scratch. If anything it was inspired by a mid-summer feeling but no one event in particular.

How was the filming experience?

Crazy. Our friend and filmmaker Lance Oppenheim flew down for a weekend from Boston, but his flight was delayed and got in at 11PM so we ended up just shooting it all through the night until the sunrise. Then we had a house show the next night which got busted by the cops so that added another layer to the plot.

What was it like to work with Christian Sinclair / what did he bring to the table?

Christian is one of the most versatile vocalists out there and he fit right in with the creative process, helping the entire sound to evolve. At the time we had just met him through SoundCloud, but he has since become a full member of the group.

The single comes off your new album Sopadelic – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s kind of just a word that Gabe really liked but we came up with a little meaning since its not actually a word. We are really into the vibe of our music or how it gutturally makes you feel so its sort of a combination of “soporific” or causing sleep and “psychadelic” or mind-altering. 

How was the writing  / recording process?

Most of our ideas we start together, either starting with a beat from Gabe or a melody/flow from Christian or Tahmique. Then we all develop it from there, adding our own input and flavor. But often all sitting in the same room or on the phone while we make it.

How has The Internet and Anderson Paak influenced this album?

Well we really love both The Internet and Anderson Paak. The Internet has influenced us just in being a live hip-hop group with real talented instrumentalists. Pack has that with the Free Nationals too, but we fuck with his vocal manipulation and cross between rapping and singing super heavy.

You’re known for blending different genres together – how did you balance all these styles together?

We just make music that sounds good to our ears and is true to each of our situations, we don’t think about styles until after the fact when we get asked what type of music we make.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Real life experiences, always, always. Try to make it relatable, but sometimes we just gotta talk.

Any plans to hit the road?

We just got off the road, but a move to Atlanta or Boston is in the near future.

What else is happening next in Young Bull’s world?

Well, we are building our repertoire—got a ton of new music on the way, plus we’ve got a couple new visuals coming. Basically just grinding and chilling. And spreading the word. Trying to save up for a tour van too.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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