Interview with Indica

Je nachdem wie tief du in den Soundcloud-Kosmos schon eingetaucht bist, könnte dir der Name Indica, vielleicht sogar schon ein Begriff sein. Indica erweckte erstmals öffentliches Interesse mit seiner selbstbetitelten Debüt-EP „Indica“. Der 20-jähriger Künstler aus Los Angeles besticht durch einen Sound, welcher sich am besten als verschreibungspflichtige Schmerzmittel in Audioform beschreiben lässt.

Seine, nicht immer verständlichen, Vocals stürmen über die melodischen und raffinierten Beats, wie ein Regenschauer an einem heißen Sommertag. Auch die Vielfältigkeit seines gesanglichen Könnens, bildet eine verträumte Collage aus Klängen, welches sich mit einem Schritt rückwärts, als ein rundes Gesamtbild offenbart.

Ich hatte die Möglichkeit, Indica ein paar Fragen zustellen. Wie wichtig ihm Ästhetik ist und was er von bewusstseinserweiternden Mitteln hält, erfahrt ihr im Interview. Viel Spaß beim lesen!

What got you into making music?

I always wanted to make music.

What’s your favorite song of the year so far?

Future – Draco

Your aesthetic, from the fashion to your latest video „Jugamos“ is very idiosyncratic. How important do you think image is in your progression as an artist?

Image is everything to me, it’s what comes to mind when people think of you. It is very important to remember that each visual represents you so I always make sure it’s what I prefer.

What’s the story behind your latest single “Kansas”?

It was Inspired by the famous quote „Your not in Kansas anymore“. Also about visualizing something you want in life and letting people know you have it handled.

How did you teamed up with Amber Park, director for the visuals of “Jugamos” and can we expect also a aesthetically pleasing visual for “Kansas”?

Me and Amber have been working for about a year now; we teamed up through the internet! and are working on more visuals for unreleased music on my next project.

How would you describe your music to your 8-years-old nephew in three sentences?

Explicit for your ears. Easy to sing along to. Fun to dance to.

When you were ready to present your music to the world at large, was it just amongst friends and you were like, “I’m ready to put this out in a certain, specific way?”

I decided to only share with a few close friends and just push to the internet because peers never understand the end goal or vision at first.

What did you listen to growing up?

Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Snoop. Most of the greats.

Production-wise, you seem to work consistently with some of the same people. Namely vague001 and RYANJACOB. Why was it important for you to solidify those relationships?

I make certain types of sounds with producers and when I want to execute that, I work with them. It’s always smooth because we have already been through the process. I also trust them to send the vibes I can work off of.

There’s such an assured sense of self and purpose that resonates in all your work. Are you ever uncertain about the way people will receive your message?

I usually can gage how people will react based on the type of song and pace. I never have doubts when it comes to music because I completely trust my ears.

You’ve been compared pretty heavily to Partynextdoor in most of your Youtube comments. How much do you think PND influences your music? Is there anything you want to let these commenting voices know?

I like PND ,but I don’t listen to him for inspiration. We make similar genre and content as far as writing, but I take from other artist for inspiration vocally and musically.

This is kind of a weird left-field question but there are so many drug references in your music. Lately, I’ve been really interested in how drugs are affecting artists in their work. Are drugs a good way to achieve spiritual experiences and do they affect your work?

I love to talk about drugs because it is relatable, but I only smoke weed. I am always around different drugs so I rap about it, but I only smoke weed. I don’t use weed for creativity I just fuck with being high. I can’t speak for other artist.

Talking about drugs: Club experiences I’ve had in the last few years have been the only times I’ve been connected to a culture; the only time I’ve been connected to people who fully get me and what I’m doing. Do you see the LA club culture as an escape or as a place of connection?

I just turned 20 so I’m not to deep into it yet.

Is there anything that scares the shit out of you?

Death

What do you think is the biggest trend in hip-hop that will define the next few years of the genre?

I’d say melodic rap is become the trend.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

More shows, visuals/content, merchandise, house parties and another album.

 

Also make sure to follow INDICA on Twitter and Soundcloud.