Kev Marcus and Wil B: Black Violin - Breaking Stereotypes | Talks at Google
So. Thank you both for coming out today that was amazing, to do all I get. To. Open up what I would like for you both to do is tell us a little bit about yourselves, you know you're from Florida before. When I ran out online how. You all got start, it is y'all, teachers had a bet with, the bad teacher in the orchestra. Teacher, yeah. That's my story. So. Yeah I wanna play the sax and um, clearly. Wrong class but I didn't find out till like 2012, it was actually, a bet that the band teacher had with the strength teacher and, obviously. The bad teacher laws and I got switched to Orchestra, instead of band so yeah. I was real bad when I found, out that I was just like really. Wanna play that sex but. It worked out you know black saxophone, just don't gets name ring - nope just, don't sound right, so. Yeah it was I don't know what they I don't know for, me when I first wanted to play I was really excited about playing and I went up to the to. The Banshee I was like you know I want to play and I guess the strike teacher was in the same room I guess it was they saw my enthusiasm it. Was just like I want, that kid so, you. Know they'd been told me so it's all good it, worked out yeah. My, story is different my, mama made me do it never, wanted to play this instrument in my life I'm. Gonna become a home with it and the boys and hey was like what's what's that you are you playing violin now. So. Mad but um now. You know especially uh you, know went into a performing arts middle school and then got into performing arts high school and then we met in high school and, orchestra, class about, 23, years ago at this point and you. Know for me it was just this class I was taking I never thought it was gonna lead, into, this you, know and. And, it really wasn't until we. Got kind of nice on it and obviously me we look like so you, know with big black dunes so no one expects us to play it and that was like my favorite part about it is just that I go on a job interview like, hey yeah you know they would like what you studied in college oh I'm a violinist on scholarship you, really, you're hired you're like I'm like for. Real like this is like it's almost like if you're a violinist, and you like a doctor or like an astronaut, yeah like it seems like something very hard and it is hard to do but it, was really when we started like noticing, that people would. Change what they think of what we are that. We really felt the power that the instrument, had and then that's, when it really just was like we were like how can we mess people's heads up with the idea that we look like this we are classically, trained but we can come with it come and bring something different to it and change people's perceptions, of what, we could do or what a violin, could do or anything you know and it makes, people think. That anything is possible so, that's that was the the, thing, that caught caught us that made us really, stick with us and try to like do something different with it and. Then what, inspired. You both to like mix hip-hop, and classical music, together. I. Don't know if it was it was definitely not something we woke up one day and said man it'd be cool to combine, these two times we, were hip-hop before we were classical, you know we're just a product of our environment you, know I mean we grew up listening to hip-hop you, know reggae, Calypso, so. For us you know hip-hop is about expressing yourself and, we just had these violins, so it was natural for us just do what whatever, that, dancer, was doing after, he's playing after she or he was doing, ballet didn't, he starts breakdance or whatever that's just what they did as a. Violinist, and as if you Liz you're just not taught to do that you know I mean but you, know we're hip-hop so we, just gravitated, to just being able to hear a beat on a radio and picked, up the violin if y'all had just start freestyle on top of it it just was natural, for us to do you know I mean so that's, kind of how it came about it was nothing that we I think for anything if anything is just it, was hip-hop had a lot to do with it just because, naturally. If you in that world, it's. Just about creativity, man it's about expressing yourself you know I'm saying and we just did it with this instrument that we knew we. Didn't think of it as like man has never been done because no one's this is before Twitter, Instagram. You. - nothing. Exist you know them saying so there's no we, didn't see this happening and then we thought about it it just kind of just naturally, organically. Happened, here. So. KeV. You mentioned, you, love surprising. People with. When they see you you play the violin right so, like what challenges, are like setbacks as you all have when you first started out well.
I Mean at first when you say like we're from Miami so you imagine in 2001. And we're like yeah you know my manager goes to these clubs in South Beach when we starting to figure out you, know if we put violin to like say Jake, Wong tipsy, or like Destiny's. Child let's go back there or anything, Joe rule was doing all that kind of stuff right so, if you put violin to all of that type of stuff people, would just go crazy with like man you know we see this but how can we let, everybody know what it is so we would go to these clubs in South, Beach and my manager be like yeah we got these two black kids they got violins, they're gonna kill this and it was just laughing out the door it was like violins, the South Beach what you're talking about violin so, you know we had to like show up roof constantly. That was the the only thing about is that we knew we had something, really special but, it's, one of those things that even you guys who are in the room maybe you saw, a video whatever but then when you see it it's like oh okay. I get it you know so it's like we know that if we get in front of you then we gonna get you so it was all about like how many people can we get in front of to show, them this passion, and this new thing that we're doing so we'll, be in front of these clubs when they say no we just pop open the trunk and turn on the radio and just start vibing and we just get an audience around us and a promoter come on like oh that's what you talkin about oh come back tonight at 10:00 like we'll see you that and then we're like and then we just kind of slowly had to prove, what, this is every single time especially like, you said I mean myspace was like just about to come out like and there was nothing, to really. Blast to the world what we had but, we felt in our heart that it was something that we're, doing in this unique and so. That was probably the hardest part is about convince, the people and still to this day is hard to do it I mean tomorrow, night were and, we're. In Dayton Ohio and there's gonna be twenty, thirty percent of the crowd that has never seen us before they're like oh I like violin, I like hip-hop and I'll see it and then, we have to convince you that this is something that was worth your money every, single night every single time so we're still doing it you know and still trying to you. Know kind of make, people understand. What we are you know so that's always the hard part is when, you do something different no, one knows how to take. It or sell it or where, do you even put our albums on iTunes where do you like nothing like we can't even quite you, know we don't when you don't fit in a box that's harder, in some, ways but you're unique so that you create your own path but but. You know so definitely coming up that was the tough part is trying to fit in these people's boxes. Anything. You want to add to it yeah. We just decided to break the box down you know and just do what we do and just you know just be, on Opatija, unapologetically. Who we are you know I mean it was just it, was difficult but, you. Know you, know 16, years 17, years later you know we're still doing this and you.
Know We're just gonna continue to do it man like. So. You say every day you have to show and prove and just create, your own box so throughout that the, journey as artists, like how did you create, your sound what, was that like like, well senem is very organic you know we grew up listening where, we grew up in high school and what to like kind of like you know fame but it was like a black Fame like everybody there was just like you, know from the hood but we all either danced, or was a visual art stagecraft, you know and acquire a lot, of amazing artists, have come from our school we went to Diller High School of the Arts and OH but like Jason Derulo went there like just a bunch of people like you know as a bunch of like singer, songwriters, that are behind the scenes that that, went there so you. Know for us it was uh it was always like in us I think you know we studied, classical, you know we had these classes, and a teacher made, sure he went but, then after after class, was over I was listen listen, it's a 36 chambers you know I was listening to that new beat nut so that new Missy I was like what she got a garbage, bag on her what timberland doing like I was just always we were just really enamored by that like will was always playing on Brian. McKnight on the piano he was always into like the soulful, stuff. And like me I was always just like I wanted Missy I just want to beat so I was just in the beats and I want to make beats and do everything with beats but we just happened to be studying this instrument, at the same time you know so we were able to put it together in a way where we feel like we don't alienate either, side and it's, very very natural like the song we just play like that, it is the easiest song in the world for us to play because, it's, just us being us and I don't know so we we just really. Grab onto the authenticity and, try, to be genuine, and we. Just make what feels good and people seem to gravitate, to, it so we, don't really even put too much thought into how, our sound, comes it is us and it's just how we speak, when we have these instruments and when we make it be soon. And. Have you had any issues, with like the industry trying to change your sound at all it's a bit into differences. Yes. We. We, had a label situation worse. On Universal, the, classical. Division of it and you. Know at first his. This always happens you know where is like they see you and they love you and they like yo we want to get, we want to sign you and project, your music, blah blah blah are you getting a studio and is this producer, that is trying, to produce you, in a way that it's not you and you just like okay, I, mean, I'll try this out but any really me Brett but you know then you and you go along with it next thing you gotta add me like I only understand, what this is like did I sing this you know mean so.
A Little, bit of that happen with that album we, fought a lot to. Get surge Long's on the album that this, is stereotypes, by the way that's the album still dope album go get it. Get. Tickets there's birds you, know but, anyway um so, it's. Still a great album we have to fight to get a lot of those stuff that because literally we had, like a session in New York for like two weeks just banging, out songs, right we. Hike you know exam we come back home we listen to the stuff we're just like what. Is this you know I'm saying so we literally got real upset. At it and we went, to the studio in Miami, and just, banging out two songs that would like listen I don't care what. You guys do, these, two records got to be on this album and the first record we did with stereotypes cuz it's a cell title that was the first track we did at home because, that's who we artists it's it was just it was really easy for us to do it too it took like literally, 30 to 45 minutes to put that record I'm saying and it was just very cool and, other stuff on, there a lot of it is us but it's just it's. Like this right we have a we have a brand we have a vibe and we have a sound and a lot of stuff that I love to listen to isn't, necessarily what we are you know the mean and, dumb that happens, man where you know people try to change you to try to put you in this little box man and it's just it's frustrating cuz it's. Like you know who you are you know what you you know your value, you're not I mean and they're just like but now you know do it this way cuz they're gonna you know no I don't, care if people really, viable, listen, we've been doing this for a while and, you. Know granted people love what we do and you. Know we're thankful for that but we're not gonna change who we are man just just to you know sell records and whatever you know I mean because at the end of the day this is bigger than us you know it's a movement and we. Come across that and honestly. And that's why we're, independent hundred, percent and. We've always been independent um except, for that one album but, but. Yeah man it's it's we come across that and it is what it is man you gotta just know who you are as an artist because if you don't, you. Know say you're gonna be walking to different, situations, and not to innovate you like I don't even know who this person is and that goes with anything doesn't even matter if it's art it could be anything man you just got to know who you are representing. Who you are and not, be afraid of losing. Or not be afraid of not, winning what. Is that anyway winning, you know I mean so it's just it's a it's a struggle is about especially, dealing with the music industry because, the music industry will man. You just gotta know who you are because it could take it they'll eat you up and. May. Not spit you out the pill, depends on what. Your value is if they can use you you know so yeah. We come across that a lot but this. Is who we are we're gonna stick to it no matter what and this is it's, how we've always been you know I mean sorry in this you, know it. Is what it is tell, me I can't do, this don't you. Thank. You for sharing that so with that with, your own album number three now so, how has. Four. Sheesh. I miss one so, I've. Been listening to them for ojos it's 2017, when I seen you on concert, at MSU, so. How. Has the transition been from, being signed to becoming fully independent, and producing these other albums well, we started off completely, independent, at the beginning and then we were, like you know independent.
School But you know we want to depend on somebody for a little bit so we went in signed and then like we'll set you know the story is kind of you know I mean we kind of changed, just a little bit tried to change our heart a little bit it's. On us to though we allowed it to happen I guess but we were trying to you know feel. It out and see how this work but it's, great being back to independent, you know on the new album we have ours called take the stairs just came out November. 1st and that. Album is just like kind of a breath of fresh air after just, working with Universal, and doing stuff so now we're back to we, do what we like what feels good and that's it and nobody, else can tell us nothing it's, not about oh if we put this album out to put this song up and it can chart on this chart we don't care we're just trying to make dope music and we want to be a hundred percent true to us and we know this album is that because now we get on stage and we have 13, songs on the album and we play an 11 of them on the show and that's what it's supposed to be compared, to other albums, in the past that wasn't like that but we, just love it you know love being independent, you know obviously we're businessmen too so we love owning all of our music that's always great you know so if anybody ever wants to use it they gotta come that well and I and we have to say yes and we get the check and all of that so you, know but then at the same time there's nobody to depend on when you need a little bit of money to go to Europe to build it buzz or whatever but it, will take it and will be will rather be independent, and do our own thing and, let. The chips fall where, they may you know and. Then for those who haven't like listened to any of the album's like what's different, from take the stairs in the other three. Growth. You. Know saying like as artists, as people as men you know I think we poured, a lot of our. Experiences, to this album which, we. Have in the past and not not to this level. And, also another difference is the the, records, the songs on there is just kind of like, different. In a sense that they. Can live in a lot of different places like I could see a lot of these records being on a radio and then because, we never really did. That before we literally just kind of just and we didn't necessarily focus, on that for this album it just happened to be like and. We got some some records that can really like do some really I can, really hit on. Billboard but not, necessarily necessarily, caring about that but that's that's a difference and. Like I said as man we grew a lot and you. Know we both between. Us got six kids, it's. A lot of kids, it's. Two of us so you. Got three I got three so. But. I'm yes so we grew as man is art is it and I think this, album really shows that you know man and as artists all you can do is just grow and just, project your growth and who you are into, you into your art and and, that's what this album does you know for me as a vocal is a plan of seola, I've grown, quite a bit and I had to really stretch myself out as, a vocalist, I'm a vocalist, now I guess because I'm.
Such A violist, you know at heart so I had to come to terms of this whole vocal. Part of it which I've, always have but you, know I'm saying when I lost my voice real bad like eight months ago and I was just like okay, I got, a I got a really. Take. Lessons, as though. So. So. Yeah so it's definitely, a growth, man we've. Grown quite a bit man as artists as people and it's it's all over this album and it's a beautiful out and I mean there's songs on there I think that can really this. Album is really meant for people that you. Know cuz when we first started working on this record do we took the word hope and. We put it on the board and, we wanted to kind of like portray, this this idea of hope in a way that that. Wasn't necessarily preaching, Rae it was just like we, want this song to really, be something that you can go to and. Feel like you can just run through this wall and do anything I'm saying and that's that's, what this album is about and it definitely did that we had to pull stuff. Out of ourselves because. Being, an artist sometimes it can be a bit you know you you want to kind of be in your own little world because it's like you know you put yourself, it's kind of like think. About you. Guys coming, up on stage and telling people about your lives and your experiences, right it, could be kind of nerve-wracking, right you know I'm saying that's artists, that's kind of what that is you know and, that's what that album is a lot of it is just us really just you, know there's just one song one step to the future when. I perform, on when I perform that particular song you, know I think, about, the, struggles, just all the things that I've gone through in the last couple of years and I just want to break something you know but, in a good way not like you know damage. It's just like sometimes you just want to you know vent a little bit and there's. Records on that album that really you know does. It for you don't go breaking stuff but if, you want to zero stuff go ahead break it but. Yeah, really. Quickly what are your favorite, tracks if, you had to pick one it's. Like asking which one of my children is my favorite. You. Know, well. One step is definitely a great song is a really, powerful, video, coming for it was, tackling, a bunch of stuff, where. We're tackling police, brutality, we're tackling, you. Know school. Shootings, and we're also talking, about immigration, all in one video but the, song is super hopeful, but the video on honestly, kind, of kind of just displays, sort of like a maybe, a more.
Realistic, You know view, of it you know just kind of where, is the hope in some of this stuff so so. One step is definitely a song that stands, out to me there's, a song we have called serenade, we, would love to try to play it for you but it's hard to do it without the full band so I can't play it but serenade is it's, Dvorak. Serenade. For Strings so it was written probably, I, don't know about 170. Years ago and we took it and we took a really classical, version of it and so it feels like someone's conducting, it it'll feel like you know New York Philharmonic playing, it except, there's a track beat underneath it the whole time but it but, it it can be actually live, in a classical, setting, because of the way it moves and flows and. And to me it's one of my favorite songs we've ever done it just I feel like we should have been doing this a long time ago we've, always tried to take classical, and conform. It and make it hip hop so we'll make it just stick, to the beat and it will just chop it and make it live in it this time we put the beat and we let the beat kind of flow with the music however it was going and it's, like oh we should have been doing this so, there's only thing but that song stands out to me, and. Then you want to throw in another one that you think yeah that's, definitely up. There man I mean are we first well. I heard that final, mix merit I listened to that song like a hundred times straight it's just amazing, there's. Another song, let's dope they're, all dope by the way you, know a way. Home there's, a song all the way home. Sound, like to end a black panther - right. It's. One of the songs man at that I feel like can connect, with anybody, and everybody it's like a such a global song, man and it just really it. Resonates, to, me and just, the drums just everything about it just - is a beautiful song go check it out a way home, that's, that's my favorite, on the album, yes. And. Now right before we go to Q&A. Could. You all just tell us a little bit about the foundation, awesome. Yes I'm glad you asked that we just started a foundation so basically you, know we play hundreds, of shows a year yesterday was I think a hundred and fourteen, or fifteen for, the year and there's still a, bunch of cities coming so, we just we, live on stage truly, and we, perform. We have we, normally, either play, a kids show in the morning like tomorrow wearing where we stay in Ohio and then we have a kids show at 10:00 a.m. so we load in play a full show for them and it's like we mix like cardi, B and Mozart together we do all kinds of stuff to get a group full of like assembly, kids and a big theater just going, and it's a light show all that type of stuff right so you, know we like to perform for kids that's one thing then, in the middle of the day we're gonna have a Youth Orchestra come and we're gonna work with them into a workshop with them on our stage and then, we're gonna teach them a song and they're going to end the show that, night with us - so, in a day we, perform for 2,000, kids and we've also worked with you, know 20 kids or so shrink players you know hands on then, they get to perform a show with us so that's, you know so that's one way that we work with kids the second way is we, are, part of the turnaround arts it's a Kennedy.
Center Kind. Of endowed charity. And there's a bunch of people like like. Usher is one there's. A bunch misty, Copeland, yo-yo. Ma just you know all kind of crazy actors, so, everyone is that's a tournament artist gets awarded a school and then, that's our school so we go there a bunch of times a year and our school happens to be in South, Florida so we get to you know we live in South Florida so we get to go over there all the time you, don't get to build with the kids we know them by name everything, and not. Only are we working in a school to make sure that arts, education is, first, and foremost but. We also go to like meetings. With the superintendent, when they trying to cut money we, also like, this just more of it it's not just like artists out of school it's deeper, than that because, of the turnaround arts so we're part of that and we actually had the opportunity to bring our young kids to the Kennedy Center to open, up the reach which is this new building. At the Kennedy Center so we flew 25 of our kids from our school up, there was crazy so that's, the second way we do it and then the third way is the black violin foundation, which is really trying to connect dots between them also when, we meet these kids like there was a kid yesterday in Columbus, that one, of the ladies was telling me about and um she. Was like this brother is so talented I hear him is like he's a nice violin, dome because he's about to go to college and he needs to you, know figure out you know which where's an audition or whatever and we're like boom that's what black violin foundation comes in we can help you know maybe get him a grant for something or we know this violin maker that can lend him one four five year whatever and we come in and we try to connect, those dots and, do, you know because there was a lot of things like you know we worked hard and on an app but there, were a couple of little things at high school that made it made. Us get to a place where we can even consider this and for, one like will didn't have a viola, not teach your bottom of Yolo I remember like yesterday and in this, world you need a nice instrument, like to sound like anything you know and then also we was broke so we have no private lessons or nothing so and we had private, lessons the whole time we were playing but, when you're trying to audition, for college you gotta get, certain, things right so got. Private lessons and he made, that happen or whatever so it was like those couple of things that allowed, us to get the full scholarship, that allowed us to figure this out you know and we want to be able to continue to do that with our foundation, and be able to help, kids you know help connect connect the dots with these kids and you, know so we're looking at for anybody that's from 12 to 20 that you know wants to apply go to black violin foundation now org and we're. Hoping to give out 25 to 30 grants next year for whatever, you know whether you need a computer to make some beats whether, you're a painter. And you need canvases, you ain't got no money for whatever whatever it is it is you need we trying to be able to be. Kind of a place that you can connect some dots and make some things happen so. So. With that actually, the, reason why we were able to bring them here is because wills Weiss is my mentor, so, we are boarded the black violin foundation if you go give so you all can go on there donate to the foundation she's. Gonna be coming in February for, a program we're gonna do with a bunch of nonprofit. So black finally about the foundation is gonna be there so. Now we're gonna move into a few questions before they go in perform.
Thank. You so much for being here today I'm really inspiring, to hear the music. So. My question here is you, know you've had opportunities, to attend a little research the opportunities, to they will play at inaugural balls play, at Billboard, Music Awards, and things like that play, alongside Alicia Keys I'm, wondering. How. Do you stay ground it as you continue, to have, you know all of these successes and achievements and, what what keeps you connected to where you come from the. Stairs we. Took the stairs. Is. That's. Literally what it is because you. Know we've, we've been offered so many opportunities, to play on America's, Got Talent right and I. Mean they've, been called us for years and years and amp calls and five years you, know good but, I'd, actually call lassie one. And. Cuz, cuz to me that that show is not doesn't. Represent us you feel, me doesn't like that's not a show that we did we did Apollo right, Apollo's. Of you know legendary, stage you know Michael Jackson performer, stay he's no legend, James Brown so we, did that back in 2005. We want that's, cool but that show just didn't represent us we felt like that's, kind of like trying to take the elevator yeah I mean and we want. To be able to control we do and control. Our likeness and, everything, so so. We. Took that journey man we're still taking that journey man and that's what keeps us grounded man, like you, know when you climb up that little that you know 17 flight of stairs and you get up top man you like co my, knees my, leg my thighs you feel it right at, the end of the day you're stronger you, can you can appreciate all. Those stairs that got you to that to that level and then, can't, nobody tell, you nothing, and. It's. Hard not to be grounded, after that you feel me and that's, why this album is called take the stairs and that's that's literally what it is man that's what keeps us grounded that's. Why to me if I'm talking to you guys I mean, it is I'm, gonna talk to you guys but I'm this. Is will baptise, here talking I'm not trying to be like anybody I'm not gonna wake up in the morning try to put a face on it this is me I may. Pronounce things wrong I do not care like you know I'm saying like I think ultimately. Man, for. You to be free in this world but you gotta just be you and just don't. Care cuz think about it you sitting around thinking about what other people are thinking like that's just that's a lot of weight on your shoulders just stressful and man. I don't like that I don't like that kind of stress and for me that's, how we were able to get to this love of man cuz yeah we came a lot of there's, a lot of challenges people, say stuff to us listen if we don't know but we don't know if it's music gonna if, it's gonna work I don't know it's you know we whatever, we're, gonna do it it, is what it is you know what I'm saying we're gonna make it happen and, that's just what, we've took that attitude we, still taking that attitude and, it's kept, his ground and kept it moving. Kept, his givers strengthened, and made us strong yeah and nothing that let me go back to your question you know we said cuz we play Billboard, Awards with Alicia in 2004, and that was like the first time we had ever male met anybody like that or performed, for anyone in anything, like that and I remember you know as far as keeping us grounded Alicia was really, key in that cuz that's the first person we ever met that was like at that level she had just you know had, 110 Grammys, or something she you know she was that let at that level at that point and, we were playing on the tour karma you know with that there's a wicked violin licking and I remember when she met us and we met her and she was like she, just looked at us and eyes she was so, humble. It was like really. It took me aback like, how humble she was she's just like hey nice, to meet you in the way she she, asked like how are we doing I was everything she saw us on Apollo lalala, and I was like man, like she really like is so humble and I'll. Never forget every time I see her I tell her about it because it kind of taught us humility. And how to, be you know and we, worked a lot of other artists too since, then and but, it was great to have Alicia first and another thing about staying, grounded is, that I remember how amazing, that was we played Billboard Awards and it was the first time we did anything like that like Beyonce was like right there was like what like it's just crazy you, know first time ever doing anything like that and then we. You know we finished the show my momma calling me I just saw you on TV like I literally just got off the stage like I just saw it was live you, know and then I was like man we met Quincy Jones all this stuff happened it was like man we was on a high and we went home to the house and the lights was off, it.
Was Like right, back to reality like, you know when. We you know we think we got it but we nothing, you know we still got. So. Yeah so I think that's why we how. We stay grounded is because it, took us a long time to get to this level so we, appreciate, every part of it and even. If tomorrow black, violin is a household name I think, we're. Really equipped, to handle whatever, comes with it cuz even doing this for a long time but, that was an awesome question I. I'm. Not sure if this is OK or not to ask musicians. But what does it look like when. You want to create a new song you know what's that process how do you get inspired in starting. Something yeah, it, happened so many different ways man and we, worked a lot of different producers sometimes. They'll. Bring just. Music and then play a beat and there's a beat we connect where we like on it's hot we literally will hop on just hop, in the booth ninjas boom, the song is done you know I mean like sometimes it happens that way sometimes we. We start off with the violin like you, know for, instance like virtuoso. Is a song on our, second, album and. It, started off with this violin, lick that he's always playing and I was and we're just like you know just just, play that lake or whatever then it just started from there and I mean so and, all the pens we tried not to limit ourselves when, it comes to being creative man however. It flows whatever, the feeling goes we go with it you know man like serenade, for instance you. Know that that um the, rod Dvorak. Song, or whatever that uh he's, always talking about that song we played it one time in the studio with Salaam Remi and, and. He, planted and we're, listening to it I'm just like man it Dennis. On dope something. Awaiting some subs and, we're getting a studio the next day and I pull out my MPC, and I started playing some beats. Away you know I mean and I think you know that song happens, so it all depends on how it happens and sometimes we get a song like a full song from a writer, producer, and. We love the song and but. We have to make it us right we got to make it fit us we got to put the violins we got to change certain lyrics, one, step was one of those songs but we loved the song we really had to make it ours you know I had to we put the piano in the middle of it and we just really had to make it us, you know I mean so it.
All Depends but at the end of the day if the feeling if it's, the feeling, and the vibe is what drives it and if it goes whatever direction we follow yeah yeah, I mean ultimately we trying to create an emotional response of, some sort from everybody when you finish listening to the song you, know so you know one, thing that I've learned lately. Where. Before I felt like we were used to try to make songs and sometimes they'll come from like thin air now, I try. To like I try to like focus it more like, almost as if you're your. Stylist, and you're about to stop somebody you give them a style board maybe like okay well these are certain things you know maybe we can do layers we're gonna do this that man because otherwise we're, at the point creatively, where we, could play anything on a violin like we really could just anything, at all so sometimes. I try to focus it so it's like you know I have playlist or thank God for Shazam Shazam is, like I didn't find things and I'm like ooh I like this progression, or I like you know the tempo, of this and then we come up with something else based, on that but now, it's I find that it's easier, for me to. Come. Up with things when I'm inspired, by something compared, to just like I'm gonna sit down to make a song and I mean I rather have a few things on the board and be like I these are the things I'm focusing on when, creating, this at this moment and to, me it makes it easier, you know as any creative individual, to kind of come up with something when you like you almost have like a style, board so to speak you know so. Thank. You for your questions, before. We you all play anything you want to add before we. End um. Well, first of all thank you guys for this opportunity this is absolutely, dope you know just be able to come over here you know on a day off and be able to rock with you guys this is this is amazing to be able to do it you. Know the, reason why we're here is the foundation, so you know definitely go black violin, foundation.org. You, know we're looking for applicants. You know sponsors donors, volunteers everybody. Anyone, that wants to help out with this mission and of course this amazing, album take the stairs that it really feels about like hope and it's um we're gonna play you like three songs from the album right, now just. To kind of give you guys a vibe of where we're going for but it's uh it's about hoping, it's the kind of album that you, know if I ask you what kind of music you listen to you say I listen to everything well perfect because this album is everything, it's just like funk you know jazz R&B, hip. Hop rock it's got elements of all of it but, they all connect. And they they speak to each other even though it's multi-genre. Ly guess so so. Take the stairs is out now go get it and support, black filing foundation network.
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