INTERVIEW: DJ Cannon Banyon/Charlie Farley

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

“I’m doing okay,” said Charlie Farley. “ I’m ready to get back on the road, but other than that I’m great.)

“I’ve been good,” said DJ Cannon Banyon. “Ready to get back to some shows!”

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

“As an artist that raps about being country, I’ve always been put in a box,” said Charlie. ““Rather Be” (for me) is my way of saying, “What Box?” Genres are overrated.”

DJ Cannon Banyon added, ““Rather Be” is a record that when you listen to Shamu’s hook and Charlie and Frank’s lyrics, tells the realness and passion behind what we do in music!! Spectators through years have tried to put our music in a box by saying a country boy can’t rap or this ain’t country or this ain’t hip-hop! Again, they’ve tried to put us in a box, and you just can’t !!”

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

“Not one single event specifically inspired me to write this song, but just being placed in a box throughout my career led to this song,” Charlie said.

“Charlie and I were working on some records,” said DJ Cannon Banyon. “I had also been doing records with Shamu, TJ Freeq and Samroc. Shamu sent this beat with banging hook and I let Charlie hear it. It fit perfect for this project.”

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track? 

“Absolutely,” answered Charlie. “Of course, we are all quarantined so getting together to shoot a video has been next to impossible, but we are filming “Quarantine Footage” individually to our parts in the song and putting them together to make a video.”

DJ Cannon Banyon said, “Yes. The virus caused scheduling conflicts so we all shot parts of a video and it’s being worked on now.”

The single comes off your new EP Out Of The Box – what’s the story behind the title?

“It’s really pretty simple,” said Charlie. “We don’t want to be labeled or categorized by the music we do. If I feel like doing country, I will sing. If I want to rap, I will rap. And so on.

DJ Cannon Banyon answered, ““Pretty much the same as first response above, “spectators through years have been trying to put our music in box, by saying ‘country boy can’t rap’ or ‘this ain’t country’ or ‘this ain’t hip-hop!’ And they try to put us in a box and you just can’t!”  Our goal in making music was not necessarily trying to fit in any one place, but to make the music we feel in our heart and soul. Our music is a product of several different types of music we grew up on being from the South!”

Was this always intended to be a collaborative record? 

“Absolutely, Banyon and I have been working together on underground projects for years and so it was only a matter of time before we did something like this,” answered Charlie.

“Yes! With me being a DJ/producer, I love to collaborate with other artists. Charlie and I have been working together since 2013 and continue on,” said DJ Cannon Banyon.

How was the recording and writing process? 

“The recording and writing process was smooth — easiest songs to put together that I’ve ever been a part of writing,” said Charlie.

“It was fun,” said DJ Cannon Banyon. “Charlie and I hadn’t been around each other in studio for a while, so we both drove to Nashville and I called Franklin Embry and Shamu. We stayed in Keystone studio for like 36 hours straight and made some jams! Some bangers! If you look at my Instagram, there are alot of videos of us working! It’s magic when we all get together in the studio.”

How did you get to share your creative input and ideas on this EP? 

Charlie said, “We just bounced ideas off of one another until we found something we all liked and ran with it.”

“We shared our creative input and ideas by talking together,” added DJ Cannon Banyon. “Charlie, Frank and Shamu and I have also been on the road doing shows and in the studio together!”

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own? 

“Nah, not really, I’m me and unapologetically so,” remarked Charlie.

“I always try different and new things in the music I do and when working with others,” said DJ Cannon Banyon.

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

Charlie replied, “From life, everything I write about I’ve been through or seen.”

“I’m inspired by what’s deep in my soul and heart, and how I was raised and where I’m from,” said DJ Cannon Banyon. “What we make is real so it’s just natural inspiration !”

Any plans to hit the road? 

“As soon as I can, I’m out there,” said Charlie.

“Yes!,” added DJ Cannon Banyon. “I plan on DJ’ing for Charlie as soon as everything is opened up and we can play again!!”

What else is happening next in your world? 

“More music, more videos,” Charlie said.

“I’ll be hitting the road promoting this EP,” said DJ Cannon Banyon. “And I’ll keep making music and playing music for people to hear and enjoy!”

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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