While working on your album, one of the things I thought was real dope was that you have this hidden track (after the last track on the album, “Kill It”) where you rhyme about a $5,000 microphone. The rhyme and flow of that is just crazy, and it ends the album real well. What would you say is the overall message behind Symmetry?
I wanted to end it on a high note. The overall message is that I am simply all about the music. The idea about 5,000 dollar microphone is my obsession with nice microphones and my frustration that I can't afford one yet! I'm in love with the entire music making process.
What are your influences?
My influence is my environment. It's what is going on in my life at the moment in time that I begin to write. It's the soundscape the producer places me in to express that.
I understand that the relatively small scene up in Providence is made up of a collective of people, who do you build with and how did that scene build up?
There may have been a scene here some time ago. There's not much of one anymore. I'm friendly with most but I keep to myself and my family. I'm so driven that trying to build with other people usually slows me down.
I understand now you are also producing, how is that going?
I am producing now. It's amazing! I am able to create the exact music I like and kill it. I am very particular about my music so a heavy load is lifted off me knowing I can tweak any little nuance of the music. I'm nothing short of ecstatic.
What gear have you picked up and are thinking of picking up for making beats?
I still pretty poor so I haven't been able to afford much gear. I would like to get some vintage synths like a minimoog or something. I would like a small console. Some good converters would be helpful. A set of ns10's and a set of genelecs would be nice. I would beat up an old lady for an aurora GTQC (kidding). Right now find that with my computer and a midi controller, I can do what I need. I don't plan to work without musicians and instruments for too much longer.
Dayum man, I hope no senior citizens that own vintage Neve joints come around you, hahaa. What's good with the musicians though, these newer joints I mastered for you sound like there's live stuff going on, talk about that for a little bit; do you play any instruments?
On that particular album there isn't any live instrumentation actually. It's the last you'll hear me say that about. I have been learning some instruments. I play violin, trumpet, piano, guitar and harmonica. That is not to say that I'm good at any of the above. But I do own them and play them!
Do you think it takes away or enhances your rhyming?
That's an interesting question. It changes my vocal ideas a lot. Now I'm thinking "how can I make myself part of the production as well?" I think it's all for the better.
That's good, it sounds like you're getting into production to enhance yourself as an artist, and not for the typical reasons some cats have, like when they can't get beats quick enough from a friend that makes beats or whatever. Do you get beats from producers still though?
My production has definitely helped me grow in that way. Especially seeing as I never sample. Every part of my production is played. I work with Ryan Lewis who is a producer from Seattle. We actually finished an album a little while ago and are strategizing right now. That is set to be out by spring 09'. It's going to be a monster. I will usually work with anyone. I tell anyone who wants to work "email me something". If it's dope, I write it and record it. I don't find many people with production that sparks me these days.
You drew the cover for “Dusty Pickup”, are you deep into the drawing/painting thing?
I used to be. For me the two had gone hand in hand for a long time. However, drawing was my main thing a few years back. They have switched around these days. I think as I age, I will return to my art. Right now I have a lot of noise to make! That cover was a lot of fun to create.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a self produced album. It will be my best work yet hands down. I'm shooting for fall 09' to release it. I'm also working with a live band these days. Overall I'm working on breaking new ground and making things that ring true and original in a time where that is rare.
Any last words? Where can heads learn more about Symmetry and keep up with you?
Thank you! www.myspace.com/symmetryhiphop is the best place to know whats going on!