Havoc Osiris – Imbalance [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Futuristic, cinematic, vivid

Imbalance has a very nice experimental vibe in it. Tell us a few things about your new song and the main idea behind it.

Imbalance is the first single off of the album “Payoff,” which is one 25 (yes, 2albums I’m releasing everywhere on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 at 3PM CST, and I chose it as the first single from the album because I needed to define my sound for new listeners. For the record, my style is a very dystopian approach to hip hop, fusing it with electronic and other genres, though I will concede that I actually do not know who, if anyone, originally coined the term “dystopian hip hop”.

At its core, the main idea of “Imbalance” is a power struggle, something that I believe everyone can relate to, because who doesn’t want to hold full power over their own movement and their own life?

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a household where my dad would listen to the oldies and classical music, my mom would typically favor whatever the hit radio station was, my older sister would balance between hit music stations and country, and my older brother would favor the alternative rock and hip hop stations. So needless to say, I was listening to everything growing up, but what really got me hooked was hearing Coolio’s music growing up. I can remember hearing his version of “Fantastic Voyage” and “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” on the radio at home, plus when I think back to the roots of my style, I know I can trace it back to being hooked by the beat of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as Coolio’s storytelling on the song.

Favourite album of the past decade?

VERY tough call, because there were a lot, but what stands out to me from the last decade (and I do not know if this is a cliche answer or not) is Earl Sweatshirt’s “Doris” album. Not just because Earl is an excellent lyricist with a smooth delivery and an artist that can get his point across without getting too loud, but the production on tracks like “20 Wave Caps” with Domo Genesis and “Molasses” with RZA was some of the best I’ve ever heard in my life.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest struggle for me has been trying to make sure all of my songs stand out individually, even if they are all in the same key or set at the same tempo.

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

I imagine they might listen to my music after a stressful day because they’re looking to unwind and not think about too much when it comes to reality. By coming into my world for as long as they need to, they are allowing themselves the freedom to follow whatever paths their subconscious may conjure, and the most they will have to think of will be everything that runs around willy-nilly in their imagination.

One last thing we should know about you?

Despite the vast catalog of music I have ready for release on June 4th, I wish for it to be known that this is not the best you will hear from me. I am a huge proponent of constant evolution, regardless of whether or not a person makes songs with lyrics, and I can guarantee that if you stay tuned to my work, I will create newer worlds for the masses to explore, and wherever you go from there is entirely up to you because if you do not have the freedom to go wherever the sound is taking you, it’s not really my sound.

Thank you!

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