Melbourne's multi-versal musician speaks on the release of his new project 'HDMI2', his love for his hometown's thriving music scene and working with StrangeLoop Studios.
How was the process of creating your second project ‘HDMI2’?
It was a similar situation to 'HDMI1' where all of the tracks were created to stand individually but came together nicely. We just had to finesse the ordering of the track list to bring all the stories and sounds together as a cohesive piece.
What were the influences that went into the project, both sonically and conceptually?
Conceptually, I had to continue off of the idea of 'HDMI1'. I named it this so that I could have some sort of continuity in building this multi-versal scenario, similarly to Rick and Morty's inter-dimensional cable. Sonically, it's the usual inspirations like Cole, Kendrick, JID, Isaiah Rashid etc but we tried to hone in on our own style and variety to set a different scene every song.
How do you feel that your sound has evolved since your first EP?
I think the intention through both projects has been steady but this project just shows a bit more of what I have to offer. Playing with a few more melodies in this project and really trying to place myself in a unique position on every beat.
"It was so amazing having artists of their calibre work on a track of ours is unbelievable."
What was the inspiration for your latest track ‘Hokus Pokus’?
The inspiration behind that track was just the people that I'm blessed to have around me supporting and collaborating with me and my aspirations.
What were the concepts behind the visuals and how was it having Strangeloop Studios work on the animated version?
It's something that still hasn't fully sunk in for me. It was so amazing having artists of their calibre work on a track of ours is unbelievable.
What has been your favourite visual to create, so far?
It's got to be between the 'HDMI1' visuals and 'Doc Marty' that were my favourite to bring to life visually. My brothers at 76m films pulled that together so well with what we had available. These dudes are the real magicians and always so fun to create with.
"I don't want them to be able to anticipate what I decide to drop, when I decide to drop it."
Do you feel that releasing a string of versatile singles this year has helped you to experiment with your sound?
I don't think it's helped so much as it has shown people that I don't want to be placed inside a box and I don't want them to be able to anticipate what I decide to drop, when I decide to drop it. I always want to attempt to push the envelope.
If you had to show your range as an artist by choosing two of your songs, which would they be and why?
"I love designing clothing and footwear, drawing comic book'esque characters, designing clothes and sculpting pieces. "
Do you find influence in artistic mediums other than music? e.g. film/fashion etc.
I love designing clothing and footwear, drawing comic book'esque characters, designing clothes and sculpting pieces. All of these things help me to create away from music.
Are there any local Melbourne artists you would recommend?
Which artists first inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
My early inspirations came from gospel hip-hop artists like Lecrae and T-bone which transcended to the likes of Busta Rhymes, Twista, Childish Gambino, J Cole and Kendrick Lamar. These days I take a lot of influence from artists within the realm of Dreamville and TDE whilst also delving into the Chicago scene and taking it back to artists like OutKast and MF DOOM.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?
What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
I'm planning on potentially releasing a mixtape but my primary focus is a collaborative project that consists of myself and JUJO beats. All I'm going to say is keep an eye out for FLYBOY JACK.