What first got you into music?
6ix: Music was in me from a very early age. I was always around my house singing, rapping, writing lyrics. I have an ear for a hit even before it becomes a hit. I used to get in a recording app and sing or rap but it never sounded like it did on the radio and I never knew why. So I gave up on it a long time ago. But now, since I’m older I wanted to finally figure it out. And all those melodies ended up flooding back.
Who inspired you to make music?
6ix: It would definitely have to be Ryan Leslie, Timbaland, and Ty Dolla $ign. If I ever stepped foot in a studio with Ty Dolla $ign, I would have a million questions to ask him, because his lyric structuring and background vocal harmony game is untouchable. A very honorable mention would be Dawn Richard, I love how as a black woman in music industry, she created a very tasteful musical catalog, and has done so independently and I applaud her for it immensely.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
6ix: I’m a bass-fiend, if there’s a deep 808, it’s usually a song for me. Well I create songs that I actually listen to myself. Creating music that you like, that’s coming from you, when making music that’s kind of the point right? But I’m a writer at heart, so there are going to be times I write songs and they are from me but not exactly for me. I feel as though the music that comes from you, is music that we can listen to. It’s up to the mixing engineer to decide if it’s going to be sonically or not, haha.
What is your creative process like?
6ix: Most of the times I get a melody in my head and quickly get my phone to record it. My friends look at me like “what are you doing” and i’m like bro hold on be quiet. And I usually get the hums of the chorus and then break off into a verse. If a producer got a hold of me it would be a wrap.
If I listen to a beat once, I usually get a mood from the production, then the melody shows up in my mind and I start freestyling to the beat. After that it’s a done deal. Not saying that I freestyle the entire song, because there are ways to “get it right” and there are was to “payola” your way into a hit.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
6ix: On the writing tip, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Drake, Kash Doll, Kehlani, Mila J, A$AP Rocky, T-Pain, Sevyn Streeter, ELHAE, PnB Rock, Dawn Richard, Alina Baraz, Eric Bellinger, Nicki Minaj, Jess Glynne, Tinashe, Kali Uchis, Jhene Aiko, Justine Skye, Qveen Herby, Ariana Grande. The feature collaboration list is even longer.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
6ix: Migos, Big Sean, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Coi Leray, Kash Doll, Summer Walker, Fivio Foreign, Ronny J, Mila J, Tinashe, Qveen Herby, Smokepurpp and too many others to name. It was difficult to even list these.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
6ix: You only have one life, you better use every ounce of it, make it last. Reach for everything they said you couldn’t have, and do what they say you couldn’t. Because when the lights go out, at least you can say you wasn’t too afraid to try.
What is the most useless talent you have?
6ix: If anxiety is a talent, then that’s what it would be. I feel like any talent can be used to run up some bands.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
6ix: There is so much new music that comes out each week. I have a playlist on Spotify called “HEATLIST” with the same background as the “JETSKI” cover. If I add it, it’s definitely a hit or a low-key hit. You’ll see everything that I’m singing in the shower there. If i’m not listening to that playlist, I’m singing a new melody or a chant that’s most likely going to become a track I record.