Hi Apollo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Well like most it’s been a series of peaks and valleys but today at this moment I’m doing great. Feeling really grateful for my life and my health whilst simultaneously booking another therapy session.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bless My Soul”?
Sure. I wrote it last November and recorded it in November with the homie Rob. It was initially meant to accompany 2 other songs for a February release, but everything got pushed back and I ultimately decided to release it as a single and save the other two.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No. It was a dream I had, and I woke up and wrote about it.
Any plans to release a video for the single? Not at this time. It’ll definitely be featured in the live set at some point though.
Your new album is called Behavior – what’s the story behind the title?
With the shutdown that has happened I was allotted some extra time to be intentionally introspective. During that time a lot of my personality rose to the surface and I began to question my motives and my actions. From a writing standpoint the project felt like an open I was reading writing about some of my findings, so I chose ‘Behavior’ because that’s what I was judging at the time.
How was the recording and writing process?
It felt good to have an outlet. Some days I felt myself spiraling a bit and I was able to use the music as motivation to stay focused. The writing felt very authentic and evolutionary for me as an artist and it showed it even more in the studio. My engineer is incredible and working with him is always fulfilling.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
Chicago has provided a safe place and community in which I’ve been able to hone my skills and delivery. The connections I have here with other artists is noteworthy here. For the most part I see a lot of artist helping one another and collaborating and that’s not the case everywhere. Also, the flow and energy here is completely its own and I’ve been influenced by some of it as well.
What were some of the behaviors you get to explore on this record?
How would you say the politics and social discussion today influenced or found their way into this album?
Yes. It’s my responsibility as an artist to talk about what I see as well as what I feel.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Like I said a lot of introspection and curiosity around myself and us as people. The tradition I grew up in is being challenged greatly and I’m reflecting on that.
What else is happening next in Apollo Mighty’s world?
I’m going to continue to love and take care of myself, my family, and my community. I will continue to learn each day and purge myself of what no longer serves me. The intentions are set and a better way in being manifested.