Ultraviolet Aura - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
I go by Ultraviolet Aura and I am from Denver, Colorado. I chose this name after my clairvoyant aunt did a reading on me and read my aura. She had mentioned how it was violet and that stuck with me ever since. Did some research and found that violet is the color of the crown chakra which relates to our dreams and higher consciousness. It is said that those who show this color in their aura are tasked to lead and inspire humankind into a new age of prosperity and wholeness. I saw that and said, “yeah. that’s it.”
2. What made you start making music?
I just think back to all the good times I had with my friends rapping over instrumentals in the back of our hondas and minivans skipping school for no good reason. Searching “wu-tang type beats” at seven in the morning just to hit off a few bars. I’ve always been a shy, quiet guy, but with music I’ve been better able to express my thoughts and feelings so it really just feels like I created a persona of myself that I can look up to. I’ve always gone to music when I’m feeling low and I want to be that person for someone out there going through it. Started off as a 16 year old in highschool making shitty EDM trying to be like Flume who then got heavy inspiration from underground artists who were just starting like $uicideboy$, Yung Lean, and XXXTENTACION.
3. Who are your influences in rap?
Grew up listening to artists like Eminem, Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, and Warren G, but I’ve grown to feel a strong connection to more recent rap stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Lil Peep, Mac Miller, and XXXTENTACION. We’re talking about rap influences here but artists such as Kurt Cobain, Julian Casablancas, Mark Foster, Damon Albarn, and Matt Shults all inspire me just as much.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
The underground rap scene is constantly evolving and it inspires me to stand out and be different. Fads come and go but there are certain sounds from the underground that just stick around. With this in mind I make sure to keep it as original as possible. I’ve come across and made connections with talented artists all around the globe thanks to the underground rap scene on social media. The scene has been exploding ever since this pandemic started and I am more than ready to step back in.
5. What are your goals for the new year regarding music?
I plan on releasing weekly singles once I have enough quality content to release for a full season. The thought of working on an album is cool but I’m focusing on singles and short EP’s this year. Doing it this way in hope of gaining traction and finding friends and fans of my sound. I also plan on continuing to work with friends who make music as well, homies from both here in Colorado and California. We’ve been working hard and are building our catalog before we drop music together as a group. In the meantime I continue to work on my solo projects.
6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be?
My mom. Leaving Mexico and coming to America so that I can have a better life is something I always think about. My main goal has always been to one day have enough to buy her a home. That is when I will feel accomplished.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
I like to make myself comfortable by grabbing a cold one and lighting up an incense as I hop on FL Studio. In FL Studio I produce my beats before exporting them to Pro Tools where I’ll usually record my vocals. I begin by creating a melody from pads or instruments that I find within my plug-ins or I find a sample to set the mood that I’m looking for. From there, I work on my drum patterns progressively adding in other instruments and effects. I play around with song structure and I do my best to create new sounds that are unique. Once the beat feels ready, I experiment with my voice and cadence as I let the beat play and come up with lyrics through freestyling. From there it doesn’t take long and I just have fun with it as I write down and record what I liked best. When the mood feels right I’m able to create multiple songs in a day, either working alone or with friends.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year?
Yes definitely, I’ve been working hard on creating a new style of underground rap music that people all around the world can identify with. I’ve been holding onto my best work and I am excited to have a chance to be heard by more listeners. I want to release a single weekly, hoping to build up momentum for the projects that I have been working on for the past two years. These projects that I’m planning will showcase different genres such as indie rock, EDM, reggae, and Lofi hiphop. I’m planning on releasing an EP or multiple singles for each style of music. These EP’s will hold 2-4 songs until I gain enough traction to release an album. I’ll be releasing my favorite songs from each genre in hopes of reaching my target audience. I say different genres but really they blend well together, as I’ve created these with the vision of playing them together live.
9. What have you been doing music wise while in COVID times?
Ever since the pandemic started I’ve had multiple opportunities to just stay at home and work on my music without missing out on life and for that I am thankful. I’ve been working extra hard to stray away from my past sound and create music that is unique to me and my vision. My goal is to come out of this pandemic with something different so I’ve been working hard on my beats, my freestyles, and my song writing. Shit, I’ve even picked up singing this year.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I want to have an influential impact on this world that inspires our current and future generations. Music is what I turn to when I feel low or when I feel high and I want to provide that same use to those who need it. If the world is falling apart the least I can do is make something we can rage to.
11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
I love working with my friends here in Colorado as well as the new friends I’ve made in California and Russia through social media. My first ever collaboration happened when a producer from Russia found me and sent me a free beat. Shout out S.A.Y qipiqip, a real one. Can’t forget the homie Sage Bishop from San diego. He recently had me on a few singles titled, “Your Existence” and “Battle Scars” for which I am very grateful. Check him out. He is not someone to forget as he will definitely blow up here soon.
12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I create my own cover art and I edit my music videos as I found to love these processes as well. Still have lots to learn on Adobe PhotoShop and AfterEffects but creating visual art is almost as fun as creating music. Setting the right vibe with a photo or video is like adding the cherry on top. I’ve gained lots of respect for filmographers and video editors as I’ve seen first hand how tough that shit is.
13. Who makes most of your beats or production?
Lately, all the beats I use are ones that I’ve created. I’ve been working hard on creating beats that are unique to me and my lyrics. I try to keep it simple and do my best to create new sounds that are pleasing to the ear.
14. What can we expect next from you ?
I expect to release these upcoming singles on all music platforms and I plan on creating music videos for the songs that do best. I plan on interacting with more artists and producers on social media and in real life so that relationships can continue to grow locally and internationally. Expect to hear from me and my friends more often as I will do what I can to push my sound out into the world.
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