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Seth Dyer switches up his style with new reggae influenced single “Broadway”

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer just released this new self-produced track titled “Broadway” as his first single of 2017.”

“Broadway” is a commentary on how the rap game is seemingly infiltrated with “actors” trying to play their roles and gassing everyone into thinking falsity is real.

Seth stepped outside his comfort zone for this one, borrowing from reggae influence and taking inspiration from WondaGurl’s production work on “Eat” by Redway. Listen to “Broadway” below, and scope our Q&A with Seth after the jump.

Seth Dyer explains why he is feeling

Q&A: Seth Dyer

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this song means to you on a personal level.

Seth Dyer: In the time between 2014 and 2016 I’ve come across a lot of people; not just in music, but people in general. There’s a lot of people who are uncomfortable with who they are and that’s a normal thing. Everybody has insecurities but when you allow those insecurities to make you become someone who isn’t genuine, there’s a problem. Moving into 2017 I wanted to make sure I went into the year knowing myself and what I want for myself. And to make sure the people around me know themselves and what they want. I respect real honest people. “Broadway” comes out of some of the frustration of dealing with shadiness. But it’s all good. I’m not allowing any negative energy to follow me right now.

HipHopCanada: What’s the significance of this dropping as your first single of 2017?

Seth Dyer: To be honest I really just wanted to put out music. It was purely impulse. I’m an artist. I’m supposed to put out music. I used to get so caught up in the politics that can come with releasing a song. I had to step back and be like “What am I doing?” I make music because I love it and I want people to hear it, that’s how #DyerDays came into existence and I have this new project on the way that a lot of resources are going into. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t release music in the meantime. If I held back my music I would have never gotten my first 100,000 plays. So with 2017, expect Seth to be in war-path mode. There’s going to be music, visuals… everything this year. I feel like my approach to success isn’t going to be like a lot of other artists in my city. I’m really going to have to make the content be the driving force.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about your beef with guys playing “actors” in the rap game.

Seth Dyer: I’ve been exposed to artists who say one thing in their music and do another. I understand that people do what they have to do to make good records but I’m a person that respects integrity. I also believe the truth lasts the test of time. If you tell the truth within your music you don’t have to be someone you’re not when you go outside. The best music has a sense of humanity that passes through the sound. You can’t capture that without being genuine.

HipHopCanada: What’s the importance of authenticity? And what is your approach to staying genuine with your craft?

Seth Dyer: Authenticity is important to me and the people I deal with. If I’m in a relationship I want my partner to be real. If I’m talking with my friends about something serious I want them to be real with their opinion. I feel that’s the mark of a good friend someone who can help improve you as a human being. A big part of how I stay genuine with my art is to be self-reflective and ask myself. “Would I really say that?” “Would I really do that?” “Is that really what happened/is happening?” If the answer is “no” I know I have to change my approach to the song.

HipHopCanada: In terms of style (especially on the production side of things), this is a relatively different sound than I’m used to hearing from you. What prompted you to branch out and try more of a reggae approach?

Seth Dyer: I have Jamaican roots so reggae is in my blood. I used a reggae sample in “Together” from #DyerDays Season 1 and I’m always looking for dope reggae songs to flip now. Infusing the hip-hop elements with the grooves in reggae samples create a really dope sound. I got to give credit where credit is due though. The first producer I heard do something along these lines was WondaGurl with Redway’s “Eat” track.

HipHopCanada: How did you actually build the beat for this one? And how did that process differ from how you usually build a beat (or did it)?

Seth Dyer: The process was actually different this time because I didn’t make this beat at home. I made the beat at my girlfriend’s house on my laptop with some earbuds. I messed with the sample and chopped up some pieces. I put the drums together and added an 808 for bass. I tend to stay away from 808 bass drums even though it’s a staple sound in hip-hop now. I prefer bass lines but the 808 on this song worked really well. I added some keys and the beat was done. Once again very simple.

Twitter: @SethDyer_EV


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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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