What's your name? How did you get started?
My name is Huey Revolution. I got started making music just because I needed a creative outlet I could do on my own.
Music is one of those art forms that is very free flowing and easy to be uninhibited with. I had also just wanted to try making music for a long time because I thought I could be good at it. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but I grew up in Georgia. I grew up listening to a lot of Hip Hop and R&B because of my parents. I remember a lot of Tupac, Hot Boys, Stevie Wonder and Lauren Hill, among others. I started making music at a time in my life where I felt very stuck. Music became a bit like therapy for me. I love doing it because I’m able to express a very raw version of myself and my thoughts without interference. I love being able to create a song that matches a feeling that you wouldn’t be able to articulate through just talking. Trying to describe those indescribable feelings is what it’s all about. I put out my first real song in 2018 and I’ve been taking music seriously ever since . Since then I’ve put out three projects, I’ve been on a show called “The Recording Booth” and I’ve been fortunate enough to be apart of the Dead End Hip Hop “Bravo” mixtape , that was made in association with Patreon. Oh! And I just dropped an EP called “For You” which I’m extremely proud of.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I am completely self taught. I’ve never had any formal music training or schooling.
A few friends who make music have answered some questions I’ve had here and there but pretty much everything I’ve learned I’ve learned through experience, trial and error, and YouTube videos. I look at every new song I make as a learning experience. There have been back to back days where I’ve done nothing but wake up, look up videos about mixing and creating music, take notes, and then implement those techniques. YouTube is probably my favorite resource.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I’ve been on a show about up and coming artists called “The Recording Booth”, I was apart of the Dead End Hip Hop “Bravo” mixtape, which featured some really dope artists like Damone Tyrell, Nemo The Zeus, and Beezy430. I mostly collaborate with my Homies like Nemo The Zeus, Trabajarie, and Lotus the Iconic. I plan to collab with a lot more people, mostly being friends, in the future.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influence is Stevie wonder. I love the way he approaches music. His stuff is the perfect blend of substance and style. And I love some of his improvisational riffs in songs, you can just hear his soul in everything he touches.
Another one of my big influences is a band called “Talley Hall”, that’s my favorite band. Those guys don’t make music they make art pieces. They completely don’t care about what the mainstream sound is and I love it. It allows them to just make pure art. Lately, I’ve been listening to Quentin Miller, Jack Harlow, some G Herbo, Rex Orange County, and myself.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The biggest obstacle I’ve faced personally is just that I lack some resources and equipment that other artists have. But, everyone has to start from somewhere so I try not to let my tools limit me. A bad workman blames his tools after all.
How would you describe your sound and style?
My style is raw, explosive, and has a lot of spirit. I experiment with a lot of different sounds so I never just stick to one thing. I find harping on one sound is really boring. So with my music, sometimes it’s hype, sometimes it’s wavy, sometimes is more boom-bap like, etc. However, you can hear my essence in everything I create and so it’s not like what you’ll hear from anyone else.
What are some of your goals this year?
My goals for this year are to gain more listen
ers and supporters, keep working on my secret “next big project”, keep posting funny memes on Instagram, and continue down the path of making some of the best music ever!
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
The top 3 artists I’d wanna work with are Stevie wonder, Talley Hall, and I’d definitely take a beat from Pharrell.
What is your creative process like?
I try not to force anything. I let things come naturally to me. I start with what I want the project to be about and/or what energy I want to convey. I usually start with the beat, and I always have to have a pen/pencil, and paper to write on. I’ll only use my phone if I have nothing else at the time. I’m a big writer, I rarely freestyle. Once I write a song, I’ll usually do a bit of rewriting and fine-tuning everything.
Sometimes I’ve rewritten parts of songs while recording them. This may change in the future but for right now, only after all of the songs on a project are written will I start recording and mixing.
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