Tell us a few thinsg about VERMILION!. What is the story behind it?
VERMILION! Doesn’t necessarily follow a linear story but what it lacks in absolute story telling it makes up for in sonic experience. With VERMILION! I tried my hardest to make sure every song conveyed a feeling that was unique so that every listener felt a euphoric experience while listening.
Where did you draw inspiration from?
The album itself was inspired by early 2000’s punk grunge and gangsta rap, both of these styles embodied how Y2K felt and I wanted listeners to feel that while playing the album.
What first got you into music?
Music has always been a huge factor in my life, my grandfather played in a band back in Puerto Rico and my father always loved freestyling. Add that plus my curious nature and it was bond for me to start creating. Always Tyler, The Creator was a huge factor & inspiration behind me going for it, his “I don’t care” demeanor really inspired me to let loose & go for it.
Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?
I think the beautiful thing about underground music in this day and age is that there is no one true sound, yes there are a lot of people trying to mimic others but ultimately that general sound is so unique. Me personally I take pride in being unique so I feel right at home.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?
Being independent is extremely rough, I spend hours on end perfecting my craft and trying different ways to get myself heard. It’s a tough battle that takes a lot out of me but my passion never days and I keep going.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just let go. I was really reserved growing up and doubted myself a lot but now looking back I realized the only thing holding me back from pursing what I love was my fear of what other people thought of me. That never mattered and it still doesn’t so I’d definitely encourage him to start early and shoot for the stars.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I’ve always been a good kid haha but I guess back in school I was a talkative person and that might’ve got me sent to the dean like 1 or 2 times, nothing crazy though. I’m an angel 🙂
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