Artist Interview: Reel Lyph
Tell us about yourself and your music
I am in love with music! Since I was a kid it has always been beats, either beating on the lunch table at school with some classmates, or driving my mom crazy beating on walls and pots and pans. After joining the 5th grade band my creativity and energy was put into use. I played the baritone for about 5 years but it was way to big for me! Eventually I switched to the trumpet. This early relationship with music kept me hooked and since then my life has been evolving around music. Today I run my own home studio and am blessed to do what I love everyday. Everything project that gets released or made I try to incorporate some kind of old school techniques or composition. Something about analog hardware, synthesizers, and boom bap that gets the blood pumping. At the same time each piece needs to tell a story in its own way without lyrics.
Talk to us more about your latest release
The latest two releases were about two weeks ago. The first, was an instrumental “No Question”. It won an award from Poze Productions. To me it was a great beat because it was out of my comfort zone. Lastly, was a beat that was a collaboration of my self and my brother from another mother(Ace Boogie), “Aces Up”.
What inspired you to write this release?
The first realease was looking to step out the box and do something that was not average hip-hop/rap. Then I started playing with this pluck sample I had and the rest is as they say, history. The last release, was inspired Ace Boogie. He an idea but was not sure what to do with it, so we begin working on the track. Four hours later the foundation was laid and the collaboration is a success.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As an Indie artist I find it key to have a sound that is unique. Without it I am like everyone else. The other way I brand myself is how I connect with each and every fan. I try my hardest to respond to every email, text, or social like. It is difficult but my fans appreciate that I try to connect with them. Lastly social media is key to standing out. So I try to post and do things that tell who I am, what I’m about, and where am I going.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I have been listening to YoYo Ma, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Eric Whitacre, Rae Sremmurd and Young M.A.
Tell us about your passions
The other thing I am most passionate about is the work get to do for my church and mentoring our youth. I grew up without a lot of things and did things I am not proud of so It is a good way to maybe steer one these youth away from trouble.
What else is happening next in your world?
For me and my music it is only up from here. My next plan is to open a new studio and begin building a roster of talented artist.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Justin!