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Alright this is the Second Interview of Head Nods
We go from California to New York to Mr. Son Sound
Son Sound, How did you come up with that name?
I’m a nerd. I loved Dragonball Z growing up. Haha that show was my life and the characters names were “Son Goku” or “Son Gohan” so I just made mine “Son Sound” as a tribute to my true self and hobbies as a child. I’m 20 and most of my life was dedicated to DBZ. Only in the last 5 years have I not been into anime/manga of some kind. Still love it though.
How did you get inspired or what got you to make beats?
I’ve always played piano. I always loved creating things. I was crazy into drawing most my life. And I wished to be able to create video games when I was a kid. MTV Music Generator for Playstation was my first experience with beats. Later I experimented with FL Studio through my older brother’s friend and I started to get into rap heavy and it was a wrap from there.
What did you use to make them? What do you use now?
I used FL Studio. And still do. I don’t use anything else. It’s FL, my laptop, and some good speakers. Love it and wouldn’t use anything else.
Who has been your biggest influence?
9th Wonder was the only influence for a long time. Then sprinkle in everyone else. That’s really my outlook on it. 9th used FL, so he inspired to make incredible beats like him. If he could do it, I could. Not to play him down at all I’m just saying he’s another human, and if he could do it, I could. And I strove to. I’m not gonna lie I bit his style for a while because he was such a huge influence to me. I was heavily influenced by the classic too like Premo, PR, 90s hip-hop in general. Now my biggest influences are young artists and up and comers. Because I see them as competition. I feed off of them to try and out do them or at least get up to their level.
Hmmm, you? Haha really though, Jessica has made ill mixes of my material and that means a lot to me and shows that you support! Sincerely appreciated. Along with you, my biggest supporters are my friends, the small number that I have. They always support. I get the occasional internet supports too that comment on my stuff and want to buy beats. That’s always cool.
What other interests do you have besides music?
Philosphy. I’m always thinking about where everything comes from and how the universe started and how it could end and just mainly WHY anything exists. I’ve been into Terrence McKenna lately. I love politics. I love talk radio. I love questioning why we do anything and social norms and society in general. It’s crazy interesting to me. I love just chopping it up with people and hanging out listening to music and just talking about life. I love food too. I watch Travel Channel when I can. I love traveling and food. I go to the gym too. I was heavy into that shit for a while and saw awesome gains. Got tired of the commitment but I still go.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Kanye, Wiz, Curren$y, Big Krit, Waka, Franch Montana, Lil B, anyone who’s doing their thing that I listen to at the moment would be dope. And any veterans like Wu-Tang. Obviously underground dudes too. Like really aggressive underground rappers that have a unique voice and can somewhat carry a note and/or put out anything that sounds good and fresh. I’ve been working with my friend and artist Pascal (Twitter @PCaL44) who’s been rapping to my shit for a while. That’s the team right there. Also, look out for the young black hippie SRG (Twitter @SRGbeDOPE). He and I always have some astronomical chemistry that pumps out amazing compositions. Shouts out to the whole E Club movement too.
Who are your favorite musicians of the moment?
Trap music. Mainly Lex Luger, Juicy J’s new mixtapes, Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Maybach Music, Gucci, Bricksquad, OJ da Juiceman, Jeezy, anything trap really. I love hard southern trap beats like crazy. I like that soulful live modern instrumentation feeling of beats that’s been circulating lately too. Dudes like Curren$y and Ross have experimented with that. It’s not exactly boom-bap but it’s modernized soul. I also have been listening to Lil B a lot lately. His producer’s got some crazy shit! He’s saying some real stuff too amongst all the fun tracks he’s released. I love Red Café too. He’s crazy underrated. Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Drake is an amazing talent. I mess with Odd Future. Frank Ocean is pretty cool, I’m eager to see if they have longevity. But I’m heavy into reggae like Vybz Kartel especially, Sizzla, Buju. I’m just always looking for new reggae tunes in general.
Who are your all time favorite musicians?
Pantera. Period. I always loved heavy metal. That was my first love. Pantera is my favorite band of all time. Crazy into Slayer, Metallica, death metal, black metal, and some nu metal like Korn and Disturbed. I guess they’re the reason I love hard gangsta rap so much because I loved hard metal? Haha. Besides metal, my favorites are 9th Wonder, RZA, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Lex Luger, Nujabes, Fat Jon, 90s rap like Onyx is amazing. I love Jadakiss, Styles-P, Cassidy too. I could go on forever. Of course I love soul, funk, and jazz. Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, David Ruffin, just to name a few.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Stepping back and saying, “Yea, I made that.” I love the satisfaction of hearing a great beat that I made. I love listening to my beats. And I enjoy the hope that it will be rapped to one day.
What do you like the least?
I don’t dedicate enough time to do it. Between school, relationships, money, bills, family, it’s tough to dedicate all my time to what I want to do with music. Also, I hate how hard it is to get my stuff heard and respected by someone important. I always feel like I’m so close but so far.
Whats your favorite beat that you have done?
There’s no way I can decide that. But I really love the ones that evoke crazy emotion. Whether it be energetic or sad, I love the ones that everyone can listen to and go, “Yeaaaa.”
Are you currently working on anything at the moment?
No projects specifically. I’ve really veered in a different style and direction since “Timberland Music”, my last project. I’ve really thought about changing my name too. I’m not really into making underground boom-bap beats anymore. I’ve really moved on in sound because I realized that if I want to make money from this, I need to modernize and get with the times. I started making my own original beats and not sampling. I still sample however, I just put a modern spin on the beats. I love new stuff and I really am past that phase where “if that artist is on the radio, he’s wack.” Hating commercial rap is wack. I love commercial rap because there’s good music to be heard. You filter out the crap you don’t want to hear and you listen to what you want, is that not what everyone does subconsciously at least? So I’ve been trying to make as many new beats in the new style that I’ve been building on so I can finally put them all up on an internet page for people to listen to and/or purchase. I’ll keep people posted and let them know when the new beat page is up.
Some new songs I’ve made with this dude from Long Island named SRG who I mentioned earlier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OshFdRXAA8
Well, there you have it. Here are additional links
more beats by him