You’re personality definitely seems to fit with their style of music so well. I can tell that with The Jet Age Of Tomorrow, your vocals match perfectly with their spacy, futuristic beats. You fit so well that I had to double check if you were apart of the Odd Future collective.
[Laughs] No, I’m not a member, but I think they’re awesome. They’re just kids having fun, and I think that’s great. I think people should be more uninhibited to do what they want. Tyler and the whole Odd Future crew, they’re all really, really talented. I think it’s just their personalities that it comes from. A lot of rappers and musicians try to live up to this persona where you have to talk about cars and girls and champagne and shit. Odd Future is just talking about what they know about which is good. They’re not speaking on anything that they don’t know anything about, and that’s really respectable. I respect them for not caring and not giving a fuck.
Do you think the movement of “not caring” is what this generation needs?
I think every generation has their own way of standing up for themselves, you know? Every generation. Like, the 60’s had their whole peace movement. Every generation has their own movement of rebellion and standing up to whatever system that they dont’ agree with. There are kids all over the place who have ideas and feelings and opinions and it’s not any different now; it’s just easier for them to get those opinions across because we have the internet, we have Twitter, we have all these social mediums to allow you to say whatever you want, and I think it’s a culmination of that more than anything.
Whoa, I understand that so much. With your own crew, Kool Kats Klub, are you expressing your own movement of rebellion?
Um, I feel like everybody has something that they have to say. Sometimes Smash will get on a track and talk about whatever he’s feeling about girls or working and daily life. But it’s more of us just having fun because when we’re making music, it’s hilarious!
How does your painting and drawing directly influence your music or vice versa?
I don’t know if they reflect on each other so much, but it all reflects me. My paintings are very expressive. I use a lot of black; I don’t use a lot of straight lines. I just flow and let it do whatever it wants to do. I let paint drip, and I’m not the neatest, geometric artist who takes the time to finesse every little thing. And it’s the same thing with music, I don’t really freak out over it. I got to school for textile design, so I’m really into patterns and prints. I want to create home products at some point. Everything. Lamp shades, bedding, everything…
How deep is your love for fashion?
I love fashion to a certain extent. I go to fashion school, so I like it. I can appreciate fashion, but at the same time, my own style is pretty simple. I like my space to be pretty simple—a clear palette to go through life with. I keep it comfortable. [Laughs]
Is there any person or particular thing that influences your style, or is it very much “wake-up-and-go”?
It’s definitely “wake-up-and-go” because I have a million jobs. Not only just school and the music, I work in restaurants and nightlife. I have to run from 9 a.m. all the way to 3 a.m. some days, so I have to be comfortable and just go from there.
And from here, this point where you are in your budding career, where do you want to go? What do you want to come from the recognition you’re gaining?
Music isn’t… I know that there’s a lot of people that want it way more than me. With me, my passion for music grows every day, but I don’t think I’ll ever be at that level where there’s somebody who wants it so bad. Like, they want to be on television so bad and they want everyone to hear what they have to say. I’d really like to just have something chronicling… because I don’t really keep a diary or anything to help me chronicle what I’m feeling. I think that’s what people sell art for. It’s not just to sell paintings or make money or become famous; it’s just to have a diary of yourself. And if nothing comes out of this, I’ll be happy just knowing that this is how I felt when I was 19 or 20 or 21… Just to say that I did it.
Something that can show that you lived! And lastly, what other projects are you working on?
[Kool Kats Club] is going to release a few tapes on ImNotAToy.com, and I’m also working with The Super 3 from Odd Future doing a whole CD by myself. That’s going to be out at the end of the summer, and we’re going to call it Junior Varsity.