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INTERVIEW: Lawrence Turner

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

I’ve been doing well, thank you. Just been working in ever way possible to keep progressing musically.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Oh No“?

The song “Oh No” was written and recorded in 2017. After a hiatus of writing because of personal issues, the negative emotions that were bottled up inside over that period of time just flowed out of me once I heard that instrumental. 

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

The overwhelming mediocrity that I felt the rap scene was showing inspired that track. Especially the rap artist from New York that are copying other styles of different cities. Completely ignoring the need for originality and content. Of course that’s my own person opinion but that is what inspired the track. That and just exercising my lyrical muscles after taking a break for while.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The music video for the track was simple and straight performance footage because I wanted a true hip-hop feel to it. No gimmicks or extra flashy visuals, just me, the streets and the camera. I feel that the simplicity and grittiness of the video compliments the blunt tone of the track and makes for a even better listening experience.

You have a new EP A Lil Something – what’s the story behind the title?

My most recent work’s title, “A Lil Something” , came from me wanting to give my listeners new music. The album that I was working on was taking way too long and I had too much of time passing without any music being released. So in order to hold my audience over, in the meantime, I’d give them “A Lil Something”. 5 new tracks to hold them over until the album drops. Making the title state what the EP is for and use it as promotion to make people excited for the album.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and recorded process of “A Lil Something” was all rushed. I wanted it out as soon as possible. Instrumentals were purchased and songs were written mostly same day. I would try to record a track every week and constantly go back and revise so it was up to par. Although it was only 5 songs, I didn’t slack on my effort or work ethic at all. If anything I was annoying the people I was working with because of how efficient I was and how fast I wanted things done. Even though I was focused on speed, everything still had to be perfect.

What role does Queens play in your writing?

Queens is my home. It has a huge effect on me as a writer because of the greats that come from where I’m from. True MC’s that rep my borough (and others) inspire me because they put their talent at the forefront showing why they are a force to be reckoned with. And I love the feeling of having something to prove. Yes, it’s true… Brooklyn has it’s greats. Bronx has it’s vets. Harlem has it’s greats. But I feel like people also forget… QUEENS GET THE MONEY!

How Busta Rhymes and Eminem has influence your music?

Busta Rhymes and Eminem are huge influences on me. Their styles are so dynamic that they can do anything. I can listen to both of their catalogs and laugh at certain tracks or lines, feel angry at others, and just appreciate their lyrical abilities on others. Their personalities shine so much in their music that I am drawn to it and have been since a child. The beats, the flows, the voice changes and inflections, the speed raps. Charismatic, witty deliveries and being able to convey such emotion on a song just made me fall in love with rap. No matter what emotion they had on a track, you felt it. Because they allowed you to.

How all your other artistic background does influences your music and the other way around?

From me being a visual artist as a child, drawing all the time, to me being a photographer, videographer, director and editor now, I feel as if everything I have done artistically, influences my music. I am used to producing a piece of art that is consumed and criticized by others. Whether its negative or positive, I have always enjoyed entertaining. I live for peoples reactions on the things that I do. Thinking how other people will react or feel when I make a track is one of the pleasures that I find it, because most the time I am never disappointed in the response. People give me exactly what I want from them. My music reflects my thoughts and if I want to make someone laugh, angry, sad, or just straight up impressed, I can do that. I anticipate the reaction and try to pull those emotions out the viewer.

What things did you get to explore on this record?

On this latest EP, I explored my track construction and song writing abilities. Rather than just recording anything and everything, I put more detail into how a track plays out for the listener. Formatting my songs and making them catchy while at the same time not dumbing down my lyrical content was a huge factor in the process of this EP. Practicing different hooks and flows to make it enjoyable for repeat listens, while also delivering on the lyrics for the people who love bars. I’m very pleased with the outcome.

Any plans to hit the road?

have plans to perform as much as possible. Performing is my favorite thing about doing music. Being good at giving people a live visual and seeing the emotion of songs play out in front of them is something I take great pride in. I thoroughly enjoy it. So I definitely plan on hitting the road, just have to make sure everything is done right and not rushed.

What else is happening next in Lawrence Turner‘s world?

As of right now, my world just consist of work, work and more work. Not just musically. Most artist shy away from the fact that they have a on-the-books job, but I don’t. Trying to balance life as an adult and my dream of being a professional artist is no joke. Funds won’t always be there. Inspiration won’t always be there. More times than not, the feeling of giving up will be there. The dark thoughts of, “Maybe I’m wasting my time.” So I work hard everyday to prove those negative thoughts wrong. To show myself, and everyone else, that I deserve this and will go hard for it, always. There’s not time for me to play, celebrate or just act like everything is great. It isn’t. So my world consist of working until the day that it is.

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