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I sat down with the singer/creative consultant to talk about his new EP Double Rainbow. Check out our interview below!
Give me a little run through—how’d you get into music?
I went to an art-intensive high school, where I started performing music. You could do any track that you wanted to, so did music. I started getting noticed by some of the older, more established music teachers in the school. They really brought me under their wing and got me to perform with kids that were seniors when was in 7th grade, which gave me the opportunity to perform and try in front of larger audiences. That’s kind of like the background of how I got into it. My freshman year in high school I met four seniors and we became very close friends. One of the seniors is the guy who produced this EP and I’ve known him for about 10 years at this point. I had always been interested in hip hop and culture surrounding hip hop. When Pharrell started BBC, these other rappers channelled their creative endeavors into things outside of music. That seems like such a normal thing now, but back 10, 15 years ago it just wasn’t. For me, I found that interesting, I got really into in hip hop which developed into me making Rnb type of music. Wanting to do it in the hip hop world. They gave me the tools to do that so I really appreciated it.
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Do you just sing?
For me now it’s more about singing, but when it comes to other artists I’ll consult with them, they’ll give me something I’ll give them notes back. I have this song coming out on this upcoming project that I didn’t string or type in the drums or anything, but I did help co-produce it and guided the musician who helped with instrumentation.
Do you have any artistic endeavors outside of music?
I’ve been really interested in design and fashion lately, it sounds like such a cliche.
Well they go hand in hand.
Exactly. I’ve always been interested in fashion so that’s how I got into design. I don’t think I would want to do clothing design, more creative consulting. For Off The Cuff, I designed the inside covers. I designed the cover art for this track.
Tell me about your new track PayPah.
That track was produced by Rico White who I’ve known since I was 12. Rico is a really talented producer and he sent me that track about a year ago. That was actually just the beat title that he gave the track. There wasn’t a clear hook name for it so I just ran with it. But yeah the song is like, I guess theoretically more about feeling when something is yours and people try and take it away from you. For me when I make my music I try to think of certain people, like friends of mine and try and write through their points of views along with my point of view. For example, I have this one line about going to a concert. It’s about a friend who is kinda an attention seeker or something but you’re involved with a love or their kinship and their emotional support Is filling that void, which I can see to be a very powerful thing cause we grew up in such a hot bed of people trying to make it and get on. It’s more of a focus of interdependence and focusing what’s really important which is like happiness.
What is next for Teddy Tron? Ted Tron?
My stage name is Teddy Tron, my real name is Theodore Tron.
Oh word that’s your real name thats cool as fuck.
You’re not the first and not the last one to say that, it’s definitely an interesting tidbit that I’m thankful for because it’s like an automatic ice breaker.
I have this new project out called Double Rainbow that I’m really excited about. It’s 10 songs, Rico White produced a lot of it, Sonik Sound who unfortunately passed away produced a lot of it. The whole thing is dedicated to him. It’s kinda just about who I was between the years of 19 and 21. Mostly 19-21 it was all written, and I was using it to build a base. I’m excited to put it out and get it off my back. With this whole thing it’s really about practicing putting stuff out, cutting myself a break and doing what makes me happy which is making music.
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