Boombox Saints in the moment [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – After taking over the Vancouver hip-hop scene with an impressive EP and opening up for some of the hottest artists in the genre, the Boombox Saints have finally released their debut album – For The Moment. While their music screams old school hip-hop and R&B, within seconds of meeting them it’s clear that they’re anything but the quiet crooners that they appear to be from their music.
The fun atmosphere that comes along with these charming personalities showcases their passion and love for the game. HipHopCanada linked up with the boys during their listening party at Redbull Lounge to discuss the album, their heritage, and the pressure put on up and coming artists. Catch the interview after the jump.
HipHopCanada: Why did you choose to release your debut album for free?
Adlib: It’s more important for the music to get out there you know what I mean?
Freeky P: The climate of the music industry is just like, you see the quality of the projects coming out and they are releasing it for free and it’s like who are we to charge… they don’t know who we are yet.
Adlib: A lot of people who do know and support us will buy it and show us love.
Freeky P: Cause we all know love pays the bills (laughs).
HipHopCanada: What is the tone of the album and the message that you are trying to put out with it?
Freeky P: It’s a personal project. It’s a very personal project with all of us. I think the message that we are trying to put out is just more like a personal perspective of our lives and what we are saying.
Adlib: We want people to get to know us. The songs that we write will hopefully transfer over to other people and their experiences as well so when they hear it they will think, “Oh man, I went through that too”.
Huggy Fresh: That’s the whole point of writing music in the first place right, to get people to think about it.
Freeky P: At the same time we are writing what we know, realest shit we wrote.
Adlib: We all have R&B backgrounds.
Freeky P: To me, before I loved hip-hop, it was all about R&B and I’m sure it was the same with these guys.
HipHopCanada: How are your individual personalities reflected in the album?
Adlib: We are all different and I think it all comes out, even when you just hear it, you can tell automatically the type of personalities we have and the distinct personalities we have from each other. Together it’s a whole different identity on its own.
Freeky P: We is who we is [Laughing].
HipHopCanada: What lessons did you learn throughout the process of making this album?
Adlib: We learned a lot-
Freeky P: There’s a lot to learn. We’re still learning; I don’t even know the lessons we learned because we’re still learning!
Adlib: We’re just trying to get better and be more efficient.
Freeky P: Always have your business straight before you ever get into any projects. Put it out on the table; make sure people know what’s up. We is what we is. (Laughs)
HipHopCanada: What were the major challenges that you encountered during the album making process?
Huggy Fresh: I don’t think we really had any major problems
Adlib: It was more about putting it out at the right time.
Freeky P: The timing was the most challenge because we are dealing with like four or five people and conflicting schedules; trying to get everyone on the same page so to me that was the biggest challenge.
Adlib: Timing definitely and making it sound right; making it sound like the way we wanted it to.
Freeky P: Making it sound like we is what we is. (Laughs)
HipHopCanada: What are your favorite songs on the album?
Huggy Fresh: To be honest, all of them- and not just to say- but you can listen to one song and relate, then all of a sudden you jump to another song and then you love that one too.
Freeky P: “One Last Time” is probably my favorite.
HipHopCanada: How do you deal with the pressure to conform to certain sounds and images as a group?
Huggy Fresh: It’s not going to happen.
Freeky P: It’s not going to happen because, we is what we is. (Laughs).
Adlib: We’ve always encountered that but we’ve always ignored it –
Freeky P: But at the same time we’re all fans of music and we’re going to do what inspires us and who knows maybe the next album won’t be like this one. Whatever we feel at the time, we’re going to do it. Whatever is real to us you know?
HipHopCanada: How was your heritage influenced your music and performances?
Freeky P: Filipinos, we love our love songs all day! I know nothing but love songs all day.
Huggy Fresh: All about entertaining, always.
Adlib: I am a walking love song (laughs). Our heritage is going to come out regardless of what we do.
Interview conducted by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada
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