Another "10 Questions Interview" Session today! This time we will be diving into the World Hip-Hop genre! We had a great time interviewing today's artist. Check below our 10 questions with Sun Deep!
I started doing music only a few years back. My wife (then girlfriend) took me to "The Roots" concert. Before this, I did not like hip-hop music as much. I always thought the mainstream hiphop was just okay. Nothing to write home about. I listened to (still do) a lot of progressive rock and classic rock music. However, after seeing "The Roots" live, something changed in my thought process. I never listened to hip-hop that had a purpose. I remember the DJ of the group had a novation launchpad and I was mesmerized by the stuff he was doing with that. I ordered a midi keyboard during the break of the show. And the rest is history. My childhood was awesome. I grew up in a small town in Gujarat (India) called Bharuch. Life was great, good friends, good food. Music was always part of me since I was little. Grew up on lot of Bollywood music and films. Dancing was more of a passion when I was younger. I found out I could dance pretty well so did some talent shows and dance routines in school. I miss those school days a lot some days. Those awesome times have seeped into my music and I sometimes create nostalgic music.
Compassion is the best attribute passed on by my parents to me. They are some of the most genuine and compassionate people I have met. Everyone who knows them, loves them. They have no enemies in this world and I strive to be half the person they are individually.
Creativity inspires me. I am someone who learned how to make music in the most non-traditional way. No classes, no teachers, just youtube videos on producing and doing it myself. I guess that is more of a norm now than it was before. I am someone who makes unique stuff and I am not bound by any rules for music making. So waking up everyday, knowing that today I will create something unique inspires me.
I am really striving for being a part of an independent record label. Or making a label of my own and spreading good music. It is harder for me to think about 5 years sometimes because I have a very niche genre I am working with. I am in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA) producing weird music and rapping in Hindi alongside my friend Drev who raps in English. So it is hard to gauge the public reception for it. So far we have gained some attention locally but nothing to go crazy over. I hope in 5 years we are still making incredible music and have the support to keep doing it for 5 more years to come.
I have a long list of people I want to collaborate with. I really wanna collaborate with everyone from the Rhymsayers record. Especially Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Evidence, Grieves etc. I also wanna collab with some of my favorite Indian artists. Namely, Prabh Deep and Brotha V.
Right now, my favorite song to perform is Winding Road. It is a song off of our EP we are working on called "The Getaway". The chill vibe of the song really resonates with me.
In my free time I like to hang out with the wife, play some video games or read (I need to read more than I do). I also like to make films but that takes as much of a precedence as music because I love creating art.
The best way to describe my music, both lyrical and instrumental tracks, is a movie. I usually have a lot of beat and emotion change in my music. I think of a musical piece as a movie, in which there are acts and every act has a different overarching emotion associated with it. So if you listen to some of my instrumentals, you will realize that it can stand on its own. You don't need lyrics to make you feel the emotion. There is always emotion in my music but that emotion can change in the same song and that is the uniqueness I bring to my music.
1. Keep making more music. Maybe a full length album 2. Perform live shows 3. Keep making short films.
I put all my emotions in my music. Art being subjective, everyone will get something different out of my music but I guarantee you that you WILL feel a certain emotion with every piece of music I make.
I'd have to say I got my personality/heart from my mom. I've always looked up to her and respected how she looks out for others more than herself.
My parents raised me on 60s and 70s folk and rock, on a lot of the music that was popular when they were growing up: James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Dylan, etc. My favourite was always Joni Mitchell, who to this day is my biggest musical inspiration. Her discography is unlike anything else ever created; I personally love her later jazz-infused stuff, like Turbulent Indigo (1994). She is, without question, the most influential female recording artist of the last century (and one of the most influential, period) - she changed the game for every other artist who came after her; for female artists, especially. That gift of music, and of poetry, is invaluable.
I'm now based in Shanghai but grew up in the UK. I've always been fascinated with the UK sound and was fully immersed in this as a child -- everything from rave to metal! This exposure definitely influenced my sound.
I won the "dope parents lottery"... My mom and dad started having kids at 17 and 18 years old. They were young and more like awesome friends that were figuring it out with us! My favorite thing my parents let us do is throw THREE different shows at our house with multiple bands. Over 250 kids from our highschool and neighboring highschools all came through, moshed and crowd surfed... I think I was 17 at the time. It was wild but my parents were just supportive like that. Until the 3rd time when kids were getting drunk and smoking weed, then it was over!
My music hasn’t been influenced so much by the place I grew up, but more from the places I’ve visited. I lived in Australia for 2 years from 2018-2020. Whilst here I wrote my album “The Great Ocean Road”. This album was inspired by all the things a saw whilst working and traveling the country. I took a handheld audio recorder around with me and recorded lots of texture and ambient sounds which I put into the album. Lots of sounds of the ocean, jungles and wildlife can be heard accompanying the album. I spent three months of 2021 living in Palma Mallorca. I didn’t have a piano with me so after a trip to try and rent an electric piano from the piano store called “Musicasa”, I managed to strike a deal with the owner, Carlos, to play the pianos in the shop for €2 per hour. I found myself visiting the shop every day, writing and practicing the songs to my upcoming EP “Time to Come Home” and working on my Spanish with Carlos. I later recorded the album at Palma Music studio which was the most enchanting building I’ve ever seen. A mixture of beautiful Mallorcian rock and top of the range music equipment.
Louie: I think the best thing I got was definitely my love for music which I got from my Dad, Nicky James. He was always playing his guitar and we’d sing together - usually Fields of Gold by Sting or Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver! Jassy: You know what, I reckon I was quite lucky, got a few good bits off of my parents, if I had to mention one though, I would have to go with getting my sense of humour from my Dad, always love having a good giggle.
Sophia Loren's entire musical catalog. I own it all. I love her natural singing voice.
"I purchased a month of radio and air play pitches. I ended up getting picked up by 20 radio stations and got invited to do 2 interviews! My song play stats have almost doubled now and I've gotten a lot of healthy exposure. Next time I have a single I want to spread to the masses, I am working with Indiependency again."