Vantreux – Outcast [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Powerful, passionate, and thought-provoking

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

‘Outcast’ delves deep into sensitive subjects, such as underage drug abuse, systemic racism, and poverty. Growing up in today’s society, especially as an African-American child, you are exposed to a lot of injustice and tragedies. It’s easy to feel hopeless and like you can’t do anything to change your life. I wrote ‘Outcast’ as a way to process some of those tragedies that I saw as I grew older, as well as hopefully to let others going through the same things know that they are not alone.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Honestly, I would say the entirety of ‘Outcast’ is personal and honest. I put my heart and soul into this song, and the words in it come from things that I personally dealt with or saw firsthand growing up in a small suburban city area. If I had to pick one, it’d probably be, “I just wanna live my damn life, but was only taught to get by.” Schools in impoverished and underrepresented areas really don’t prepare you for the world. They do their best, but for those kids who aren’t already growing up with money or connections, it’s insane how hard it is to just be successful and not have to struggle every day. I feel like I was told how to get by with the bare minimum, but I feel like we all deserve more than that. Everyone deserves to thrive and be happy in their life.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

I take a lot of inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pharell, and Kenny Beats.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip-hop and rap tell stories from the viewpoint of individuals that just want their voices to be heard. It started out as a way for underrepresented and silenced black voices to advocate for themselves and to express themselves in a safe space. It can be something as simple as just wanting to fuck around and have fun, or it can be an outlet to process complicated and raw emotions. That’s the beauty of hip-hop and rap – what it symbolizes is up to each individual. It’s art in one of its purest forms.

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

I imagine people will listen to my music in an introspective kind of way. Maybe they’re laid out on the couch, just chillen in their thoughts.

You’d give up making music for…

I’d give up making music if we could have world peace, but that’s about it. Music is my life, so unless it was something that would drastically change humanity for the better, I’m going to continue my passion!

Thank you!

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