Based in Los Angeles, emo-rap artist 93FEETOFSMOKE recently released his new single/music video, “conversations,” from his forthcoming album, SUCKER.
Co-written and produced by Erik Ron, “conversations” delves into the negative thoughts inside our heads and how this self-critical dialogue affects our well-being. Drenched in raw, passionate vocals atop grit-laced moody guitars, the song highlights a potent chorus and a satisfyingly cathartic outro.
“Conversations / That I have with myself / Expectations / Set too high, I can’t look down / Too far gone to quit right now / And my head, it keeps on spinning.”
Since 2015, 93FEETOFSMOKE has amassed more than 100 million streams, shared the stage with Belmont and Travis Mills’ band girlfriends, as well as being featured in elite media outlets.
XS Noize caught up with 93FEETOFSMOKE to talk about how he got started in music, his upcoming album, and how he keeps his sound consistent on stage.
What three things can’t you live without?
Ableton, Art, and Tazo English Breakfast Tea with honey and oat milk.
What inspired your new single/music video, “conversations?”
Reflections upon those less than helpful and obnoxious inner monologues, early 2000s anthemic radio rock, Jimmy Eat World, Erik Ron, and Kanner & Blindlight Co.
Who directed the video and where was it shot?
Blindlight Co. handled the whole video. They flew out from NYC to film out here deep in the woods of Portland, Oregon.
You have a new album arriving soon. What can you share about it?
It’s a lot more of an OG 93 vibe than my last album. Seven of the 10 tracks were produced/co-produced by me so a lot closer to home sonically. Anyone familiar with my older music will probably like this one!!
How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?
I was always obsessed with music and spent countless hours and afternoons scanning CDs in Barnes & Noble in Virginia trying to find good music back before streaming was a thing. Fast forward through the boring middle thru high school band parts, I ended up meeting a friend through the east coast drum and bass/jungle music scene who put me onto Ableton back in 2013. Ever since then, I never stopped learning and producing music.
Where are you from?
Did your hometown impact your sound?
Yea, for sure, growing up in and around the DMV was very influential. DMV still is very influential to the culture, especially in music and art and fashion all around the world. The DIY scene for music/art/events/ underground creators and their creations was everywhere it felt like. It was mad inspirational to see everyone working on their own things with their own cliques and creating their own distinct lanes and whatnot.
Are there any recording techniques you like to use in the studio?
Recording-wise, I just like to do hella takes for every IRL recorded audio to comp takes perfectly + double track + then also usually end up repurposing unused takes for an audio design to add additional atmosphere in post-production etc., etc.
How do you keep your sound consistent on stage?
That’s the question really. I like to switch it up depending on what show it is, who else is on the bill, where it is, etc. Most people don’t really know how expensive it is to throw a show. Everything costs money, gear, time, and personnel. It all comes down to personal taste and perspective on what would be the best live sound + event production styles for the specific event in question. TLDR, it boils down to using selective backtracking and balancing, with elements of live audio and live visuals, though.
Which artists in your opinion are killing it right now?
Fats’e, Anxiety Attacks!, XLHC, Cxldface, Kamiyada, Casper, Sewerperson, Guardin, Hot Mulligan, BIGBABYGUCCI, Oliver, Lucki, uglystephan, endie, re6ce, domi & jd beck, Payday, Alex G, and Leroy.
What’s your definition of success?
Happiness, health, wellness, choosing your own reality and chasing your dreams no matter what. Following thru with your own personal vision and seeing it through despite hardship and struggle. Achieving the highest version of yourself possible. Never compromising your life for anything or anybody. Really just have fun and love what you do and put that love into everything you do every day.
What can your fans expect over the next six months? New material? Live gigs?
LOTS of new music, new videos, new designs, new clothes, and last but certainly not least; SOFUBI.WORLD.
Check out the video for ‘conversations’ – BELOW: