Hi MIDIFlexx, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?
MF – It’s great to be back here! I’ve been feeling amazing and I’m positive my consistency with meditation plus my lack of using social media has something to do with it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Character”?
MF – ‘No Character’ was another track in which I’m venturing into another sound. For me, with music I’d rather someone tell me that my music is too different track for track versus someone telling me that every song I create sounds the same. At least even if they don’t realize it at that point in time when they are expressing those opinions, they’ll later down the road understand that constantly trying new things should be a part of your everyday life and that being comfortable with one thing is not only absolutely boring but it gets old real quick.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
MF – The song itself had been all but finished since August of 2018. I knew that I wanted to create a Latin vibey break-up anthem. I knew that I wanted it to at least be a single that spoke to people but I also wanted to speak to my audience. Letting them know that because of them I’m able to continue to produce this product for them on a consistent basis, especially in this era of “Fast Food” music productivity.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
MF – There’s tons of music videos from me coming your way I promise you that.
What was it like to work with Becky G?
MF – Honestly, it was fast. I didn’t get the chance to meet her in person during the production process and I was more-so surprised when my manager proposed the idea to me and then not even a week later sends me the demo with her on it. I definitely consider myself a fan of Becky G. and all of the work she puts into everything she does. She’s rightfully earned her spot here in music, acting, and even political topics.
The single comes off your new album XXIV – what’s the story behind the title?
MF – ‘XXIV’ represents me acknowledging the road it took me to get to where I am today. I’m looking back on 2 decades and 4 years full of memories, tragedies and heartbreak. This album was a plan of mine since the day I turned 21. I remember telling a friend of mine at my 21st birthday party verbatim “I don’t care where I’m at musically in life, I am making an album after I turn 24 that represents me sonically.” Also, look how sexy 24 looks in Roman numeral. C’mon! Like I’m truly considering doing something along the lines of just releasing an album every 2 years and having it be titled in representation to my age but solely in Roman numeral.
How was the recording and writing process?
MF – The overall process was fun, dark and humbling. There are some songs on this album that were going in another direction than what I was feeling or even living. I didn’t want that and I’m not about that. As easy as it would’ve been for me to say anything because it rhymed or because it’s the cool thing to say now, I made sure to stick with always keeping it truthful. Everything I say on this album is from pure real life experience. I had to remind myself like I always do; that from the start I want my music to be timeless. So what I mean by that is I don’t want someone to ride my hype train and I don’t really want a hype train around my name, I never did. Like I’m not going to listen to a new J. Cole album because the streaming service I use is telling me to or because my friends are telling me how fire it is. Because if I do that I’m going into that album with big expectations which lead to bigger let downs and now I’m the one in a million that didn’t like the album and no one else can seem to relate. Don’t get me wrong J. Cole makes timeless music and so what I’m saying is that I want you to be able to play my album a year or 5 years from now and have that positive listening experience you get when you stumble upon good music even if it’s one song. The recording process will always be easier than writing because you’re in that booth making those words or any words that work come to life in real time.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
MF – I want to say no and yes. No because it’s still me and yes because I’m going to continue to venture out. I know my strengths and weaknesses musically at this point. It’s like basketball. If you’re not good at 3-point shots you’re going to take as many as you want in practice but come game time you’re not shooting anything further than mid-range. I’m still coming into my own when it comes to singing and I’m practicing everyday to become better and better until I can be fully confident in that aspect. I’m going to continue to lay down verses and sample choruses though because I’m overly confident in that. I did choir in high school but you know what’s crazy? There’s a lot of people that did choir in high school that sound like straight garbage and that needs to change. They will hold that statistic very close to them and next thing you know you gotta hear them singing grace every Thanksgiving before feasting. The idea of participation awards goes a little too far and creates a huge lack of honesty in our era.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
MF – The only real change I can see when it comes to collaborating with someone is that I become like a mentor to the collaborator. I always find myself teaching them new things and it always turns into like a class haha. I really do prefer to be the student though because I’m always ready to learn new things and being able to apply that knowledge immediately gives me a mental boost that I can’t really explain in words. Other than that to this day I’ve always been the one to sort of lead the collaborations.
How did your time travelling throughout different parts of the world and getting to meet other cultures change and influence the music on this record?
MF – I think me residing in Hawaii for some time before coming back to the mainland as well as touring the US became a big influence in this album because it was all a part of my life. Meeting celebrities and getting the insight from people who are you know, up there really impacted my direction with not only this album but my life in general. That also helped me in keeping the album humble yet fun and in a way, secretive all while remaining true to the words.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
MF- Well, aside from my actual life I get a lot of my inspiration from artists that range from Billie Eilish to Kanye to Two Door Cinema Club. That’s just a range and to me it’s hard to find someone that listens to the various different types of music that I do but I find it hard to believe that people are actually content enough to listen to just one artist or just one genre. That doesn’t make sense to me at all.
Any plans to hit the road?
MF – Yes I have major plans to hit the road in 2020.
What else is happening next in MIDIFlexx’s world?
MF – I recently started getting into the synchronization license business and scoring deals with different partners. Which is cool to see how different companies utilize and integrate my music with their products. Also, hello they pay a lot haha. I am also partnered with The Shoe Palace through a distro deal in which they’re distributing a product called ‘The STNDRD’ and I’m the creative director / brand ambassador behind that brand. In the simplest way to explain it, we sell slides that feel so amazing and comfortable and above all else it’s cheap. My friends used to buy $45-$70 brand name slides and when I introduced them to The STNDRD slides and the different styles we have, they honestly got hooked. I can’t say too much because I’m a veteran at jinxing myself so that’s pretty much it.
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