Death by Tapioca – Out Like Trout [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fun, witty, vibey

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the main idea behind it?

Out Like Trout is all about being drama-free, basking in positivity, and doing your own thing.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

Ouuu, good question. So many to choose from! I had a lot of fun with “always bubbly, soda/show off the pearls, boba” but I also think the mental health shoutout with “mind playing games but I’m boxing it out/left hook, jab, knocking it out” deserves mention too.

Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?

I think what’s really cool is that, probably due to streaming and technology, a lot of artists who would have been considered underground 10, 20 years ago have established sizeable fanbases and are able to make a comfortable living. There’s always going to be a tug-and-pull between underground and mainstream, emerging and established artists, but the lines are definitely blurring. And I think that’s great for music as a whole.

Trap music came to rule the world, but at the moment the genre feels stagnant. What does the future hold for hip hop in general?

Evolution. Even trap has evolved. T.I’s album Trap Muzik from 2003, Gucci Mane in the early 2010s, and Migos in the last few years all sound different, just as an example. The exciting thing about hip-hop is you’ve got both a rich history to draw from, like Drake is doing with soul samples and Grizelda are doing with raw bars, but it’s also moving with technology and you’ve got guys like Kanye always experimenting. Inspiration from the past, excitement for the future. Always scenes bubbling too, like the Detroit scam-rap scene that mixes 80s sounds with offbeat raps. I wouldn’t have been able to predict that! Or New York drill borrowing from London drill borrowing from Chicago drill. But it all slaps. Just keep evolving. And if it gets redundant, I’ll switch to K-pop.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Atomic Habits by James Clear

When was the last time you danced?

This morning while I walked my dog.

Thank you!

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