Boombox Saints [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. – The Boombox Saints are known for putting out a wide variety of party beats, culturally relevant jams, and old-school vibes. HipHopCanada was excited to hear about their first official EP – The Boombox EP – coming out right about now. We had a few questions for Freeky P, Adlib and Huggy Fresh about this new EP and an upcoming tour: here’s what they had to say.
HipHopCanada: You guys have worked with a lot of different producers on this album: what effect does a beat have on the lyrical tone of each song?
Freeky P: We have worked with some of Vancouver’s finest. DJ Hunt and K-Rec, and on the new mixtape we have created with Jeff Spec, Ess from D-city, Lowkeynote, and Cinematic. In my opinion he beat totally directs the tone of the song, When we pick a beat to use, first thing I ask is what type of mood does this evoke, and through that the concept follows.
Adlib: The beat definitely sets the tone for the song, it helps create the emotion we are trying to portray in the song. Whether an uptempo beat for a party track, or a slow tempo track for a more emotional track.
Huggy Fresh: We’ve worked with many local producers from K-Rec, DJ Hunt, Jeff Spec, Lokeynote and Chin Injeti to name a few. The beat plays a pretty major part in the lyrical tone of the song because it sets the vibe…we usually feel a certain vibe and direction of what the song should be about, like a setting in a movie.
HipHopCanada: How do various demographics respond to your music?
Freeky P: Mainstream people love it. Underground people don’t say anything. Everyone respects the hustle.
Huggy Fresh: The singles have been received really well by various demographics. For example “Flip It” is heavily influenced on the background of our Filipino culture but the content paints a vivid enough picture that even listeners who aren’t Filipino can relate because they know or have Filipino friends that have given them the whole cultural experience. You’d be pretty surprised. With “She Got” which has a very pop vibe to it, I mean everyone loves pop songs…especially with the twist we put on it in terms of painting metaphors and having content that grabs the listeners attention and allows them to relate.
HipHopCanada: What expectations do you have for your upcoming tour?
Freeky P: Long drives, small town parties/shows, unhealthy food, LOTS OF FUN!!!!!
Adlib: I feel the music has always been there, hopefully with the tour we can create more awareness for the band and our music. Its all about getting the music to the masses, even if it takes one ear at a time.
Huggy Fresh: A tour is definitely in the works for the new year, we want to make our brand and name recognized not only with the music we make but also with the live show we put on, we love to entertain…its part of who we are!
HipHopCanada: With your diversity of sounds, are there specific members who influence different styles?
Freeky P: It all depends on our mood, we all can channel different influences and genres. It goes back to the beat, whatever sound we decide to go with, will determine our flow. I feel we pride our selves in our diversity, so if the beats soulful will cater the sound to compliment style. It wouldn’t be fair to say we are heavy to one style.
Adlib: I think we all kinda influence the various genres, were all influenced by all those different genres, it’s the way we put it together that creates “our” sound.
Huggy Fresh: I’d have to say the old-school vibe can really be any one of us since we all grew up and were influenced in the golden “feel good” hip-hop era when it began to break into the mainstream. That’s the thing with us and why our chemistry blends so well, we always feed off each others’ vibes and have been influenced by each others’ styles whether it be from a raw lyrical aspect which Freeky P brought to the group, a wide range of lyrical delivery from Huggy or the smooth vibe that Adlib brings to the table. We’ve come to a point where we’ve all just fed off each others’ vibe that it’s become a part of each others’style.
HipHopCanada: In your track “Stright Kill ‘Em” it seems to outline what it takes to make a hit. What do you think it takes to make it in this industry?
Freeky P: Perseverance is key, 15% is talent and the rest is your team and timing. You can have the fastest Nascar, but if you don’t have a pit crew helping you push, you ain’t going anywhere.
Adlib: First off, you have to trust and believe in your team and the music you’re making because you have to be happy with what you bring to the industry. Never listen to skeptics, sometimes it’s hard to avoid them but they’re always going to be around, just pay them no mind and do you! We haven’t made it in the industry just yet, we’ve still got a ways to go to accomplish what we’ve set out to do, but like I said we’re just gonna keep doing what we do and see how far we can take it…but I can tell you so far, its been an incredible ride. So buckle up because its not the destination, it’s the journey!
Written by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
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