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In Me I Trust: Hamilton artist Park. breaks down his new record

Hamilton, ON – Earlier this year, Hamilton artist Park. released a new collaborative record with Stanley titled “In Me I Trust.”

Preaching the importance of self-reliance, Park. delivers this record to mark a milestone of settling into his self-confidence. As an artist, it’s easy enough to latch on to the hype in an attempt to try to become what you think people want you to be. But it’s much harder to trust in yourself.

Once you reach a point where you can trust yourself, you stop caring what people want you to do – artistically and personally. Park. dropped out of school to pursue his craft and not everyone supported him in that decision. But ultimately he believes in his craft and he made the right decision for him. Listen to “In Me I Trust” below, and scope our Q&A with Park. after the jump.

In Me I Trust: Hamilton artist Park. breaks down his new record -

Q&A: Park.

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

Park.: To me, this record’s like my anthem. I think the idea of trusting yourself fully is a powerful thing; especially for a musician even more especially for a starving artist like myself. I’m confident in myself and I know this journey’s going to pay off one day and this record gave me a chance to shout it from the rooftops.

HipHopCanada: I think a big part of this song is that whole idea of self-reliance; at the end of the day you can’t rely on anyone except yourself.

Park.: I agree with that fully. I know tons of people who support me dropping out of school and to follow this dream, but I don’t have a lot of people who actually believe in me. And I think that’s exactly where self-reliance and self-assurance are most important. If I don’t trust in my word and in my talents 150%, how can I ever expect anyone else to?

HipHopCanada: You’re a self-produced artist so I’m curious as to what your work process is like. Do you usually start with a beat or a rap? How do you put things together from start to finish?

Park.: I really wish I could give you a definite answer, but it’s always different. Sometimes they take life from a voice recording in my phone and sometimes it starts with a beat. I try not to get into habits and routines with my music; it feels less organic that way. But on this record specifically I started with the hi-hats. And I use FL studios religiously. I’m almost scared to try a different DAW at this point.

HipHopCanada: I’m wondering if there’s a low-key commentary on your stance on religion on here because of the title “In Me I Trust” (instead of “In God We Trust”).

Park.: It’s funny that you bring that up because I was actually thinking about that when I named the record. The title is actually a play on Scarface. I have this poster of Tony Montana on a dollar bill that reads “I Trust Me”. That title didn’t really seem interesting to me and I wanted something more unorthodox. I thought this title would stick in peoples’ heads more too. Call it a ‘hipster’ mentality.

HipHopCanada: Who is Stanley and how did that collaboration come about?

Park.: Stanley’s lit. He is another rapper from Hamilton who’s part of the Supreme Dynasty collective. I first met Stanley during a show we were putting on last summer after inviting him over Twitter. This is the first collaboration I’ve done with him since meeting all those months back. I wish there was a more exciting story to tell you how this came about, but it was business as usual. I sent him the track with my vocals, and he made it 10 times hotter. That’s good business.

HipHopCanada: What do you want listeners to take away from hearing this?

Park.: I really want my listeners to know how diverse of an artist I can actually be. When it comes to music and creativity in general you should ALWAYS strive to take risks, because that’s how you’ll discover something revolutionary. A baby bird can’t learn how to fly without jumping out the tree first. I want people to know that the same kid who made this record also made a rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep”. I never want my listeners to get comfortable with me. I’m always going to push the envelope ’til that bitch rips.

Twitter: @yokoparkfromcc

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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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