With manipulated, low pitch vocals and a chill hip hop beat ECLIPSE engages the listener instantly. Tell us a few things about it!
Pitched down vocals are one of my favorite ways of establishing the vibe of a song. This type of vocal manipulation is a staple in certain electronic genres, but the first time I heard it used really well in a hip hop song was A$AP Rocky’s “Goldie”.In this era of music, new listeners will skip your song pretty quickly if you don’t hook them in. Changing the texture of vocals is probably one of the best ways to keep people listening. On a technical level, I pitch my own vocals down about half an octave. I find that suits my vocal tone the best.
How would you describe your musical progress over the years?
Aside from hip-hop, I love the electronic sub-genres of Future Bass, House, and Trap. Pretty much all of my music will have elements of these electronic genres mixed with Hip-Hop. Recently, I’ve been making purer hip-hop like ECLIPSE. Although, even ECLIPSE uses drum sounds more typically associated with EDM in parts of the song.
For which lyric you are most proud of?
“Drink, Smoke, Cut a line, take you for another ride /I swear I love my girl but Oh these drugs they give me butterflies”.
Most people know that drugs aren’t the healthiest or most sustainable way to be happy, but a lot of us use them anyways. This line is just a way of expressing how self destructive I can be even when things are going well for me.
Favourite album of the past year?
This is a tough one. I think I’m going to have to go with “ALBUM MODE” by Dillon Ponders.
What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?
It’s probably different for everyone, but to me it’s a form of self expression. We all have totally separate lives inside our
own heads that the world doesn’t see. My music is an extension of myself that I put out into the world. Kinda scary, but its satisfying when people react positively.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell myself not to wait so long to actually start putting out music. The earlier you start the more time you have to develop your sound and cultivate an audience. I used to be so worried about what people would think of my music that I just didn’t release it. Now I understand how subjective music truly is. Most struggling artists just haven’t found their audience yet.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I do amazing impressions of Elmo, Stitch, and Golem from lord of the rings. I haven’t found a way to incorporate that into my music yet. But when I do it’ll be awful.