Describe your sound in 3 words
Facetious Paranoid Bangers
Why am I like this, is a ‘doorway into the darker side of your anxiety-ridden mind’. What is the story behind your last song?
The song comes from a corner of the mind that is half frantic confusion, and half exhaustive investigation. The titular lyrics “Why Am I Like This”, is both “why does my brain and emotions work the way they do”, and “why is it happening to me”. It’s hopelessly rhetorical, and yet, I think we’re all looking for that answers.
We all have things we hate about our conscious, and we all have insecurities, frustrations, or annoyances that really make no sense from a logical perspective. Whether it’s social anxiety, relationship problems, self-destructiveness, selfishness, a lack of empathy, hating your body—whatever. It’s the part therapy where mindfulness meets the wall of “ok, I get this is a trick my brain is playing on me, but what the fuck, I’m still falling for the trick”.
For which lyric you are most proud of?
Now I hate, that I hate, my reveries of better things
The guilt-ridden pity party, did you RSVP?
Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
For this song? Slug, Patrick Stump, Kanye, and Robert Delong
What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?
Hip-hop is an entire culture. It’s not just the music, and it’s not just the art. I think hip-hop is a massive collection of people, community, and expression. I am just part of one branch of hip-hop—I rap. Hip-hop is a symbol of culture.
You are doing very well on Spotify. What advice would you give on new producers?
As much as it sucks, you have to focus on marketing. It’s not fun. It’s not, flat out. It’s work. But, if you’re serious about spreading your music, getting fans, and have an ultimate goal in mind—no matter what that might be—as a musician you have to market yourself. Play to your strengths. I suck at networking, but, I’m great at the internet. So I use it.
One last thing we should know about you?
I’ve never had a cavity, and I rarely floss. Boom. Mic drop. But also, follow me on instagram for crazy shit, antics, and producer tips. @kellanrad on Instagram.