INTERVIEW: Terrell Hines

Pic by Luis Alberto Rodriguez

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

I’m good been just enjoying introspective spaces.

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

“On Fire” is just all of my energy being presented through sine waves musical timbre that explains me and the results of the plutocracy we currently live in. Just a genre bending idea/concept. Nothing more, nothing less. 

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

Yea, I got to a point where I started to reflect on the boring rock we’re living on, and my mind just went to a new place. It was like a movie played in front of my eyes in like augmented reality or something and from there the music took over.

With songs like this getting licensed for video games and what not – do you tend to take more of this in consideration when writing new music?

I think these things naturally happen and resonate with certain things. I’m always going through storylines and something else connects with the song, then whatever that is and the song should just live together in a space.

The single comes off your new album Part One: The Mixtape – what’s the story behind the title? How was the recording and writing process?

Portal One is just one way I see the world and how I wanted to explain the results of the world through art. It wasn’t a crazy process, I already had concepts going in the mixtape so that makes things a lot easier. But I definitely patched things together as I wrote more music. The mixtape is its own little city. I was just building and connecting the dots the entire project.

The album features the likes of Vince Staples – how did he come on board What did they bring up to the table? Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Not really, I just do what works for me and when I’m making things it’s a transparent creative space with whoever I’m working with. The results of the art is what I’m most concerned about. Making timeless things that takes a free vulnerable spirit in any creative situation.

As someone who’s an avid reader on many topics – how do they get to influence your writing? 

It’s a big part of my process. I love reading, I love new information, I love combining things, and exploring ideas it makes the creative process fun.

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

It was all around me

What else is happening next in Terrell’s world?

Anything can happen in Terrell’s world. It’s a timeless space.


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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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