YOU HAVE A VERY LARGE FOLLOWING ON SPOTIFY AND SOUNDCLOUD.
YOU STARTED RELEASING MUSIC ONLINE AT THE VERY EARLY BEGINNINGS OF VBND. OVER THE YEARS, YOUR SOUND HAS EVOLVED. BOTH EARLY VBND AND YOUR CURRENT WORK ARE VERY ACCESSIBLE SONICALLY. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN BENDING THE “NORM” OF A GENRE WHEN YOU ARE COMPOSING? WHAT INFLUENCES YOUR SOUND? WHERE DO YOU START WHEN YOU ARE PRODUCING A SONG?
VBND: Genre has never really taken up too much rent in my mind, to say that I consciously mixed genres would be incorrect. I am very heavily influenced by D’angelo and other neosoul acts, as well as various jazz musicians, Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Roy Hargrove (specifically his neosoul/funk style albums, to name a few. I just like the way a rhodes piano sounds over some off-kilter drum beats and I love playing crazy basslines. Daughter of the Sun was a direct response to my desire to play music like that with a live band, same goes for any and all future music I will make. At the beginning of my music making career I would always start with a chord progression and went with the wind, back then it wasn’t much in the way of wanting to get fame or popularity but rather an experiment to see what I could do with my current skillset. Nowadays, especially for Scum Funk, I start out with the grimiest, most off-kilter drum beat I can make and slap a bass line or chord progression, then I send it off to a vocalist and go from there!