“Don’t take too much advice. Technical and universal pointers are always useful, but outside the fundamentals, never let anyone question the creative elements of what you do. Doing so throws dirt on what defines your work as art.”
Check out the interview with ODD PAPI exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
ODD PAPI: I began producing hip hop beats around the age of 15 as Odd One releasing beat compilations on a regular basis on Bandcamp. About two years I was captivated by the more abstract and ambient sounds of artists like Lapalux, Shlohmo, Inc., and Dpat. I was obsessed with the psychological effect that could be achieved by instrumentation alone, void of lyrics.
My style subsequently transformed and I then re-named myself OddxNycto, an indicator of the influence that St. Louis’ night scene also had on my sounds. I was also designing all of my own accompanying visuals and had an emphasis in marketing at my high school.
In January 2015, I combined everything I had developed into the ODD PAPI persona and released a self-produced single called “Dollhouse” about the way love can numb the senses to other people’s thoughts. It was well received and I’ve stuck to producing, writing, and recording my own songs from my bedroom ever since under the name ODD PAPI.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t take too much advice. Technical and universal pointers are always useful, but outside the fundamentals, never let anyone question the creative elements of what you do. Doing so throws dirt on what defines your work as art. It’s no longer pure at that point. Let the only voices of guidance be the ones that see what you’re trying to achieve as clearly as you do.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The fact that I do almost everything myself at this point is definitely taxing at times. My brother and business partner, Vintage, takes some of the weight off by promoting the movement which we’ve coined MODERNDAYHIPPIE and CRIMEHOUSEUSA. I’m also a painter and fashion designer. Balancing all my endeavors proves difficult, but it’s getting easier by the day
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I say get out from behind the laptop. I’ve always been an isolated person and still prefer to work alone for the most part. However, my recent presence on the scene in my city, including my last three art exhibitions and my first performance, has proved very advantageous. Familiarity results in comfort for most people; make your face known.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
A lot of the artists have plenty of potential and plenty of talent. The fans are a kind of mixed case, some are always amp to see and hear something new while a majority are pretty hesitant and rely on peer hype. I just keep my mind off it because for every nine people that pass up your work, there’s one who’s obsessed with it. Just gotta keep finding that one of ten. Being consistent and unmoved by trends and opinions is the name of the game from there.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Engaged to my girlfriend, with at least 2 EPs out on the web, and a tour underway. I’m obsessed with stage design and setting moods, so I’m mad excited to start decorating stages in neon lights, spray painted draperies, couches, and Hennessey. I’m also getting my features and production credits up right now, putting my name everywhere I can. It would be great to have another 2 or 3 artists under the CRIMEHOUSEUSA banner as well, but we’ll see.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My role models have always been the ones solely responsible for movements and those who succeed based primarily on the value of their art. The A$AP, Soulection, and OVO waves are insanely distinctive and I look to their originators and participants for guidance for that reason.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel great about it, yo. Plenty innovators out here doing some groundbreaking things. Just a matter of putting the spotlight in the right places. “Braver investors” is what I often catch myself saying. Preferably investors who understand music and who aren’t just investors. People with influence and assets that still get excited about progressive music. There’s plenty of progressive music.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: @ musicbynycto