Tell us about yourself and your music
I am “SadFase!”, a 16-year-old who wants to make it big doing only what I want. I started making beats around 3-4 years ago on my dad’s laptop, but I have only been rapping for about a year.
Talk to us more about your latest release
I recently released a new album called “If I Had Grillz” on all platforms. The concept of this album is simple: If I had grills or a lot of money, I feel like I would stray away from my true self, and only play as a character who plays the stereotype of a “SoundCloud Rapper”.
What inspired you to write this release?
In my opinion, I don’t want to be someone I’m not, but in today’s culture, I feel like I have to talk about this stuff in order to make a quick buck from my music. I just wanted to see how it would sound, and I “fit” that sort of stereotype.
Describe the writing and recording process
I only had a Blue Snowball Microphone to record most of my verses. All of the songs and verses I had recorded in my room in my basement. I wish I had a full-on studio, but it worked so I couldn’t complain. The whole album took about a month because almost every day I would record.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
I wish. I want to start performing live sets in the future, but I want to focus on schooling and finishing High School first.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I honestly want to make the music I want to make, and not what is popular. I want to show that anyone can contribute to the music, and anyone can make all types of music.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Milo’s stuff. I really like his album “So The Flies Don’t Come”. His style of music is vastly different from the rest. He raps like he’s reading slam poetry, and that’s what I really listen for. Also, I’ve been listening to Deem Spencer. His album “We Think We Alone” is honestly my favorite from his discography. I don’t know who produces his beats, but his beats are honestly what I aspire to create.
Who are your biggest influences?
That’s a really tough question because I could write a whole book on my influences. My biggest inspiration is JPEGMAFIA. The way he produces beats is out of this world, and his voice when he raps is insane. I want to meet him one day just to see what his thought process is when making music.
Tell us about your passions
I just want to create. Besides music, I’ve been editing videos and have thought of releasing some clothes. I just want to live life giving others what I make.
What else is happening next in your world?
I’m thinking of collaborating with other artists in my local area, in order to be recognized locally. I’m not trying to become internationally famous yet, but that’s my end goal.
Thanks for an awesome interview, SadFase!