INTERVIEW: NYC-Based Hip-Hop Artist Tco Riaz

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

I’m cooling, always thankful, blessed and optimistic.

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

The instrumental for “Killas” is a roots reggae guitar loop with a hip-hop/trap bounce, which started from me showing my cousin how to beat produce using a synthesizer & software. The song itself is a fictional story, based in The Old West time-period.

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

“Killas” inspiration came from a memory of my dad (R.I.P) and I watching westerns together. I created a scene for a showdown between a gang of marauders (Killas) & the town’s vigilantes (Shotas).

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I definitely plan to release a video soon. I’m still currently working on the treatment & scouting locations etc.

How were the recording and writing process?

The recording process was cool for me. Since I’m fortunate to have my own recording studio, I was able to comfortably create not only the beat but also the actual song. It’s definitely better this way for me since I’ve already walked that long path of having to pay for studio time for recording to paying for mixing. I can now do that for myself. I think generally for any serious artist to have their comfortable space to freely brainstorm so products like “Killas” can be made for the world to hear.

What role does NYC play in your music?

NYC plays a major role in my music. It definitely made me the artist I am today. I was a New Yorker before I even lived here. Living in Guyana I connected to NY through hip-hop music and culture. I knew that one day I would find my way here and as soon as I did, I gelled right in. I picked up the lingo and fashion quickly. Also, living here allowed me to exposure to more opportunities and people to help fulfill my dream of being a traveling, recording artist. I learned about the recording process, song and vocal arrangement, how to produce beats, etc. because I reside in this great city.

How do your Caribbean roots influence your writing as a whole?

Having a Jamaican mother and Guyanese father allowed me the comfortability to create music and songwriting. However, although my mom is Jamaican while living in Guyana, I never noticed her having a Jamaican accent. Her accent was slightly altered due to her living in Guyana amongst mostly Guyanese people, so she couldn’t help but speak somewhat like them. It was not until I moved to NY and started hanging around my Jamaican family and friends, that I noticed the accent and started speaking it for myself. Having these tools allows me to comfortably write my style of Caribbean music.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how is that coming along?

Definitely always working on new material. I have some more singles soon to be released.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have a title in mind for the project called “Reggae Bones” but no release date as yet. I’m currently working on a few singles for now.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m always performing throughout NYC but I would love to get on a nationwide tour. I am however looking into venturing overseas to Guyana, Jamaica, and Grenada towards the end of summer for shows and events.

What else is happening next in Tco Riaz’s world?

Who knows what the future holds. In the meantime, I’ll continue on creating new sounds and fusions to give to my fans.

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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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