¡BAS! – Layers Of ¡BAS! [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Groove, psychedelic, timeless

You blend in your music numerous music genres. What is your creative process like?

When I start to develop an idea in the studio, I find the most important thing for me is not to put myself into a box. I just let it flow out of me and since I enjoy many different genres of music, this “blending” effect is born. I try not to let what people expect of me influence my creative process. This was the initial feeling that inspired the whole album. Hence the title of my first track “Own Time”. I like when I have nothing to do; I find this is when I am the most creative. Every song starts with a different instrument, that once laid down, paves the way for the rest of the track.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

Collaboration can be a very rewarding and inspiring experience! I enjoy collaborating with the right people very much. Shout out to Jonny Sé, my close friend who featured on “Navigate” and is also my visual artist. Sometimes it can be a drag, in my opinion, you can’t collaborate with just anyone. You have to choose artists who you are compatible with and who you believe in. Collaboration should be built from trust, respect, and friendship. When I collaborate with other artists I prefer to give them full artistic control over what they are adding to the project. This way the results are creative and authentic.

Favorite album of the past decade?

This is a very tough question for me to answer. There are a lot of artists out there who make great songs but I would not consider their albums as a whole noteworthy. This being said I believe that a great album delivers an overall theme and has a tracklist that can be listened to without skipping any songs. In my opinion, the best album of the last decade is most likely Mordechai by Khruangbin. Some honorable mentions include 99.9% by Kaytranada, KOD by J. Cole, Swimming by Mac Miller, The Ascent by Charlesthefirst and French Kiwi Juice by FKJ. Shout out to all the amazing albums out there which I may have forgotten to mention.

What would you change in the music industry?

If I could change something about the music industry It would be how accessible it is. One could argue that we live in the best time ever to be a musician. We can instantly share music across the globe giving a stage to anyone who deserves it. Despite this being true I still feel that breaking into the scene and reaching a point where you can get consistent gigs can be difficult. Many times it seems people are given opportunities based on status or connections rather than what they bring to the table. I would like to see the music industry provide a better platform to give up and coming artists a shot. I would also like to see a return to a time when artists put meaning behind their music and released albums rather than singles. Authentic music is timeless, and authentic artists are what is missing from a lot of popular music these days.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

The purpose of my latest album is to speak to all the different aspects of an individual’s personality. We are all a culmination of the different influences we carry. I hope that in this release there is something for everyone. If you want to feel something, if you want to dance or reminisce, come and listen because has there ever been a truly one dimensional human.

When was the last time you danced?

I dance everyday. I spend my days listening to music from the moment I wake up till I go to sleep. It is my passion and I could not live without it. I dance alone while I’m jamming to what’s in my ear, I dance when I go out, I dance with my lovely girlfriend Camila, and I dance anytime I hear something that tickles my ear the right way.

Thank you!

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