How does your fashion sensibilities reflect your work?
I haven’t realized my definitive sound and I feel like my fashion reflects that. I can dress pretty erratically – sweats and a value village crew neck one day – a dress shirt and jeans, the next. I feel like I’m battling multiple personalities both with music and life, trying to figure out a single identity – trying to satisfy all my creative impulses. It’s hard to peg down my style.
I try to be as honest as possible about who I am. Music too, is supposed to be honest. It’s all interconnected.
Who (or what) inspires you creatively?
I always have a hard time answering the question “who are your role models” because I can’t name a specific person that influences everything I do. I draw bits and pieces from so many different people.
Here’s what’s driving me right now…Have you seen the the show “Vinyl?” There’s this one scene where a record executive hears these Hip hop disc jockeys spinning old jazz records and playing African drums over them. Today, we know that as Hip hop – it has its own identity and personality. But when you really think about it, it’s just a weird combination of jazz and African rhythms. So, I guess that’s what inspires me – that we can still do that.
With my own music, I’m trying sample Indian melodies over R&B music. It may sound odd right now, but in thirty years, it has the potential to become its own identity. That’s what’s keeping me going right now – just trying to push boundaries.