Drew Sweat - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from? I’m Drew Sweat, I was born in the Philippines and Immigrated to the states when I was young. I’m now based in Connecticut.
2. What made you start making music?
I started seriously making beats when I was about 18 and I didn’t really know how to get them to anyone so I just started hopping on them. I grew to love it because it allows me to process my thoughts and express them.
3. Who are your influences in rap?
Kanye West for sure, seeing how confident he is in his vision is inspiring. He taught me that all you need to make art is a vision and determination. Frank Ocean is a big influence on me as well, the way he turns words into feelings is just inspiring and I aspire to get my pen on his level.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
The underground is so talented right now. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most talented and driven artists ever. We’re all hungry and we’re all gonna eat real soon. 5. What are your goals for the new year regarding music?
I really don’t like putting my goals out there before they’ve actually been achieved; but what I can say is that I’m proud of how far I’ve come and the future is looking real bright. My path gets clearer and clearer everyday. 6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be? My mom. She’s been supporting me since day 1. I always hear her playing my music around the house while she’s doing stuff and I’m surprised that she’s genuinely supporting me.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
I usually start with making a beat and if I’m really feeling, it the melodies and lyrics come to me. Inspiration strikes at random times, so it’s just a matter of me being ready for it. I usually write lyrics as I make the beat because it allows for easier arranging. The recording my vocals is my favorite part because I can play with different deliveries and vocal inflections.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year?
I recently dropped my EP “Better World”. It’s the second installment of this series I call Karate Practice. It was originally supposed to be a SoundCloud exclusive but it got good reception during the pre release stages, so I decided to put it on streaming. I’m sitting on a couple singles as well and setting myself up for my first big project.
9. What have you been doing music wise while in COVID times?
It’s crazy because before COVID I was ready to quit music. I was in a pretty good place before the pandemic and was ready to settle for a regular life. During quarantine I didn’t really have much to do so I got back into it and fell in love with making music again. Times in isolation allowed me to understand myself better personally and musically. 10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I want to inspire the next generation. I think it’s our job as artists to always push the envelope so that some kid in the middle of nowhere can be like “they can do it so I can do it to”. That’s why I admire Kanye so much because he built himself up from nothing and he’s lead the charge when changing the state of music, fashion and art in general. 11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
I’ve only had a handful; but me and my brother Louis Romani both went into making music together and seeing our paths and tastes diverge and collide was the most beautiful thing to experience. I also gotta give a shout-out to Xerces and Nait Sirk who featured on my project. They were the first 2 people to collab with me on an official project and we built so much chemistry in a short amount of time. I love them, they’re both great artists and are passionate at what they do. 12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I make my own, I don’t really have the funds right now to hire other artists but it’s definitely something I wanna do when I’m making enough money from music. There’s also an aspect where I love being 100% in control of my art from start to finish, I gotta learn how to trust other people with my vision haha. 13. Who makes most of your beats or production? I’m a producer first. I make most of my beats, like I mentioned before I love being in control of my projects. I always have a specific sound in my head that I don’t think anyone can replicate that’s why I’m always so biased when it comes to beats.
14. What can we expect next from you ?
More sounds, more art. My latest project isn’t even 100 percent of what I can do and I can’t wait to show everyone what else I have in store. I have a whole RnB catalog that have yet to see the light of day. I’m always trying new things and experimenting and I hope it will pay off in the near future.
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