Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Know”?
This was the song I made from SOULSPACE and I just knew that it hit nice and was a song to fall in love with! I wrote it when I was in my own infatuation, and that message definitely found its way through.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well yeah, I had just met this girl and in the height of that tingly feeling in my gut I started producing the beat and “writing lyrics,” but I was just talking to her and making sure it rhymed [laughs].
Why did you choose to shoot the video outside of LA instead? Was the city always meant to be a concept rather than a concrete place?
Shooting the video in San Luis Obisbo was a dope experience because they have a multitude of different beautiful nature terrains from beaches to forests. As far as concepts go, all conclusions are up to the viewer. To be honest, my director Barry and I were creating a bliss point of two different perspectives, which I believe added more beauty to the video. Who’s to say the others perspective is bible or not? I have more fun seeing the conclusions everyone else come to.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The process was very efficient and fun thanks to Barry, Trevor, Dan and the team they pulled together. It felt like a weekend out with friends enjoying ourselves in what we love. With this being one of the first projects I’ve had a solid hand in cultivating, I realized the relationship between myself and the Art is deeper than any role I’ve ever done for someone else!
The single comes off your new album SOULSPACE – what’s the story behind the title?
SOULSPACE broken down is soul’s pace, the conscious movement of my will. This album captures critical moments in my process of finding identity in myself after having it in other moments and people didn’t turn out as well as I thought it would.
How was the recording and writing process?
Emotionally rewarding…a learning process in itself.
How did Erykah Badu and Childish Gambino get to influence the writing on this material?
They influenced my life, the colors and style I’ve grown to call home. It’s from my home – my foundation – that I create.
Known for your different special appearances on other people’s work – do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
When I’m working on someone else’s project, the energy is in understanding the message they are trying to communicate with whatever my role is. When on my own, that part is built in. The effort there goes into where I want to place my perspective to emote from.
What aspect of self-love did you get to explore on this record?
Simply supporting my expression in the world of music. A special way to communicate my voice and experience matters to myself which is important to me.
What drew you to want to tackle this particular subject?
I knew a life without this knowledge andI I felt like a prisoner to circumstance. Helpless.
Any plans to hit the road?
Whenever the money is right!
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