With how prevailing music is you can have conversations with anyone about it. Now that may go so far as maybe popular music or trends only. However my place on the internet isn’t built for that. I often seek more deep/analytical conversation sounding music in general.
So in the spirit of having a deep conversation, here’s our first featured interview. With Music and Musings, I sit down with an artist (I covered or will) and ask them about music. So today I chatted with Yumi Rose and ask them about their thoughts and etc. So what’s going on in the head of this talented young producer?
Better Rhymes: What do you think about mainstream music today? Do you listen to it at all?
Yumi Rose: Depends on the genre. I like some of it for the most part. Kendrick Lamar or Chance The Rapper would be probably be two examples of people I really appreciate in mainstream music. Those two artists stick out to me as artists with purpose and a message.
Most mainstream music is just fun though, nothing special. I pay more attention to stuff along the lines of Show Me The Body, Hare Squead, Clarence Clarity, and just many other bands and artists.
BR: What do you think about your place in music? Would you say you’re an active member of a community?
YR: I’m just an artist who was able to make his own little niche in Future Funk. I’m active in the Future Funk community considering I’m a member of Future Society.
Note: Future Funk is a subgenre of vaporwave. It focus is mainly on songs inspired by funk & made contemporary.
YR: I definitely feel like I’m breaking off a little bit more; caring about myself and my direction mainly. It’s not like I don’t want to be a part of the community. I just want to kind of do my own thing while still keeping ties to my family (Future Society).
BR: This is pretenious but for the sake of conversation – What genres of music do you look down upon? If at all?
YR: None for the most part. I like most shit. I think some artists in genres can be a bit lazy though. For example; Lo Fi Hip Hop, Future Funk, or Trap. I think all these genres are good examples of “Fast Food Music”.
Note: The analogy he makes is indeed like going to your favorite fastfood spot.
YR: “Fast Food Music” is music that’s simple and easy to produce, just like fast food. Perfect examples would be Young Thug or Future (two well know ATL trap artists).
Those two are doing something interesting that most people aren’t something that makes them special, but there music is simple and easy to produce.
Since their music is simple and easy to produce it’d specify as high quality, low quality music. They’d basically be a quarter pounders at McDonald’s.
BR: What music genre do you highly favor?
YR: I love most genres, but I really love Hip Hop; it’s probably what I listen to most.
I think Hip Hop is a very raw genre and has a lot of life to it. I think the thing with Hip Hop is it’s a genre that unifies other genres especially with sampling.
Note: sampling is the skill of taking snippets or previous songs & re-engineering them into something new.
YR: You can flip just about anything into a Hip Hop beat. Hip hop is culture.
BR: Do you go to school or study music academically? If not do you plan to in some capacity?
YR: Nope, right now I’m working. I don’t know if I’ll go back to school. I’m very back a forth with the subject. Most of my friends are finishing up college this year and so far most of them feel it was a waste of time and money.
If I did go to school though I’d take courses in Graphics Design; something I’m already very familiar with.
BR: What inspired you to become a producer? Was it childhood interests? Interests that grew later on?
YR: MF Doom, Hot Sugar, and Kanye West. Those three are the reason I started making music as Yumi Rose.
My interest in the idea of producing grew as I got older and started digging deeper into music and different genres. When I was young I would teach myself how to play different instruments. I also gotta say my parents were big influences.
My dad listened to a lot of Rock and Heavy Metal, while my mom listened to a lot of Soft Rock and some Soul. The one that influenced me most as I get older was Soul. Now I just try to incorporate Soul in my music as much as possible.
How would you describe your brand of music? What influences it mostly? Or influences it conceptually?
YR: The Hip Hop side of Future Funk. Personally I didn’t like making future funk. I found it depressing. I had a strong passion for Hip Hop since I was a kid and it was something I always wanted to make and eventually I just stopped making Future Funk, while still keeping the tab of Future Funk. I kept that tab, because I feel like that’s what I’m mostly known for.
What goes into your creative process? Do you search for inspiration online? Is it random. Do look for specific samples? Do you spend a lot of time?
YR: I use my current emotional state during that period in time mainly and an idea. Once I come up with an idea, my mind sets on that idea. Then I try and make that idea come to life the best way I can.
I’m constantly hunting for samples. Songs can take me hours, to days, to even months. I like to listen to my wips constantly to think of things to add or take away. Its very important to me that the song turns out exactly how I envision it.
I think Skyline ft. Lé Real is by far some of your best. What inspired that production. I’ve never heard a song like that. How long did it take to create?
Chicago! I wanted to make something that represented how I saw Chicago growing up in it. It probably took a month to really get it done and out. It was basically just coming up with ideas to shape with Lé Real’s verse. The whole IBM thing at the end was like a big grand finale sort of thing that took a bit of inspiration from other IBM artists.
I think overall though the song represents someones home.
When looking for meaningful conversations about music where do you turn? Forums? Social media? Select friends?
I seek out my friend Noah Morkert, I basically grew up with him. He’s a brother to me. We basically talk about music and film a lot. We share our opinions on albums that come out or we just find randomly on Spotify or YouTube. I also just tell him what going on with my thoughts on what I’m striving to do with my music and the meaning behind it. He was the first person to really know in detail that “Reflections” was meant as a break up album.
I also look toward Escape. He’s also from Chicago and I highly suggest checking him out. Him and I both have a lot of opinions on the current state of Future Funk and when we do get together we talk about it, we just go in on the topic.
BR: Thank you for the time and thoughts!
With Yumi’s thoughts on music, again I’m reminded that music isn’t viewed on one level — Its also part of the reason why I began music and musings. Our appreciation, application, and creation of music is constantly dynamic. Conversations with more popular music often overs around what’s the best. Maybe the question we should ask about our music is what is happening here?