RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST CMFRT.
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
Though I’m a solo artist I work and have worked under the umbrella of many groups and independent labels over the years. Recently I co-founded a label, Bandzup Exclusive, LLC with my good friend and frequent collaborator Jaheem as.an ode to our friend David Hart who passed a couple years ago.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?
Bandzup currently has five members, with varying roles. There is the aforementioned Jaheem, Fooassvick aka trapmoneyfoo, El Chopz, loko1800 and myself.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Honestly, I’ve enjoyed the interview questions! I’m not used to them so this kind of thing is uplifting no matter the format.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I bought a bunch of beats I STILL haven’t used. Let’s call it “business expenses”.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
With my former rap group Good Citizen. We performed a couple times but my favorite experience was when we did one of my songs called “Something About You”. It was one of my first times being on stage and was a thrill to see people enjoy my music.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Haven’t had one yet but I’m sure I will.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
Before I was rapping I was dancing, singing and acting at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) in St. Louis for over a decade. It was by far the defining experience in my life that led me on the path that I am. Forever grateful to those involved.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Some shit that’ll make you feel like you’re still in space.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
My taste in music is very diverse, so you’ll never hear too much of the same sound from me. I like to cross genres subtly and that’s one thing I want to keep up for the entirety of my career.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I’ve been having major writer and producer’s block for quite a time. It’s due to a lot of personal happenings that I’ve been going through, but damn has it been pissing me off especially when I’m intent on making new music.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
My song Something About You from an older EP I released with STL rapper Ris K. It was my first time performing and that song got a lot of love, more-so than I thought it would. Shoutout Risk; that was a momentous time in my life.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes I do! It’s called Facelift; co-produced by Jaheem and myself with STL artist Jay Coast on vocals. It’s a celebration of one of my favorite unofficial holidays, 4/20. Along with the release of the single we will be dropping a visual on the same day.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Nothing too serious; it’s meant to be an enjoyable dance song (or something to smoke to).
What was the recording process like?
It was originally recorded as a demo at Jay Coast’s crib. I had showed him the beat and he wanted to record over it, which is how the song was born. He recorded everything before the beat switch. We eventually got into the studio and recorded it professionally, which is where Jay did the rest of the song as well.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Jay didn’t write the lyrics down! So before I sent in the lyrics to streaming services I had to listen to the some a multitude of times just to get every single word correct (hopefully I did).
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I originally had a VFX based music video planned based around the movie “Face/Off” starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. Jay Coast was going to star as the rapper that would get his face taken so we could steal his songs. I do love how everything turned out, it’s such a beautiful project. But I would love to bring that idea to life one day.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I plan on releasing another single in June with Jay and another STL artist I’ve been collaborating with lately named Dareios. It’s going to be another dance single, but R&B instead of hip hop. I am working on a LOT of music.. I can’t say too much but I’m aiming to have a really good 2023.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?