We welcome HOSS to the site for today interviews. It was a pleasure to sit down with this artist and find out a little more about him, what he’s up to and what’s next.
Hi – great to have you on for this quick fire Q/A – how are you?
Hello & thank you for having me in your magazine. I’m doing great… smiling,
making music and living life to its fullest.
Have you always done music – what’s your history?
I was raised in a music-loving family and as a kid I was surrounded with various
musical instruments. My first instrument was a melodica (a birthday gift from my
grandma), however, it was in my early teens that I took music to the next level. I
became obsessed with drums and percussion and as years went by I added
guitar, bass, piano and keys to my arsenal. I started to DJ and produce in my
university days and the rest is history.
How would you define the sound of your latest work?
Each of my last 3 tracks have a unique sound of their own. “Away With You” is a
collaboration with France’s House Dukes – it’s a catchy dance track aimed for
commercial radio stations. “B Lovers (PAYSON Remix)” is a big room festival
track that I produced with MC Mario. My most recent release “Faya Bun” is a wild
reggae track featuring the vocals of Jamaica’s Reddibo. As an artist and a
producer I try to be versatile and open to a variety of genres while maintaining
my signature sound.
What artists are you interested in these days?
For most things in life, I tend not to limit myself to a select few. I love all styles of
music from blues to classical to techno. I appreciate all good music and all
dedicated artists out there. I look up to plenty of artists I grew up listening to and I
equally enjoy discovering new talents.
What does the music you love tend to have in common?
Music is all about feeling. Whether acoustic or electronic, music is a reflection of
the creator’s emotions. My music, even though it is mostly dance and rhythmic,
portrays various sides of me. All of my music is directly derived from my life
experience, battles, failures, success and lessons learned.
How would you define your sound?
My sound is rhythmic and pumping. Drums and percussion are the heartbeat of
my music. In the past, I did many shows as a percussionist so I pay much
attention to the rhythmic section of my tracks. Catchy melodies are a must for
me. I use various sounds including live instruments. I’m part of the hardware and
synthesizer generation so I utilize both hardware and software within my
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
My production agenda is booked for the next year. Every few weeks I will have
new material. My label, Funktasy Records, is also pumping out music like a hit
factory 🙂 I’m producing and mixing a few tracks for Funktasy artists such as
Ayrsto, Kiveli and 148. I have a few original tracks in the works too. I will have
my Funktasy Sessions video out on October 5th. It features 10 of my original
tracks. I played the full set at Galerie MX in Montreal. It will be a wicked video
with professional dancers. Look out for that one!
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