What inspires you the most when you create? My best ideas always come to me in the shower. All the songs I make relate to my life at some point in time in one way or another. I think that’s what every artist should strive for. Music is always supposed to be emotional in some way. As of late, I’ve been in the summer mood and all the fun that comes with that. So I think back to time spent with friends and the feelings I had during those times, and try to recreate that through sound. Who are your top 5 influences? Being that I do future funk, I’m obviously inspired by the big names in the Genre. Saint Pepsi, Macross 82-99, Yung Bae are the trifecta of “popular” future funk. I also owe a lot to ED., from whom I learned how to make chops more effective and artistic, transforming the samples I use. I also listen to a lot of 92+. Additionally, my favorite song right now is Lisa Frank by Jelly Bon Bon. Gets me slapping’ every time!
When are your new projects coming out? I’m going to be dropping a new single in a couple of weeks. After that, I’ll be releasing a beat tape towards the end of the summer, the title of which has yet to be revealed!
What helped you get into music? Early on, my family always told me that I loved music as a child. Dancing, Singing; it was how I expressed myself. I was in my school band. Played trumpet, then picked up guitar. I always wanted to be in a live band, but with a lot of things in life, never worked out. Hard to find people who could commit. That’s why I am a solo act now. I actually have been dabbling in releasing music for about 5-6 years now. I really wanted to push myself to accomplish something with it as of recently actually. The biggest reason why I am so drawn to Future Funk was because I was actually in a giant depression for about a year and half. A lot of things, happened, unexpectedly. In addition, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the beginning of 2017, but I had been having panic attacks for about a year before that chronically, but I never wanted to speak about it. Just dealt with it myself. A very dumb, young male thing to do, but it happened. I lost a lot of people I cared about, either through death, or just not wanting anything to do with me anymore. Heartbreaking shit, but C’est la vie. I’ve always been a very self aware person, and I realized that, I just was unhappy and just tired of life. That’s very dangerous thought, and I knew it had to change, so I was proactive. I took action, started going to counseling, started removing toxic elements that were polluting my life, and started to feel just not so hurt anymore. Haven’t had a panic attack since this past October, so I’m doing exceptional! I’m a part of my college radio station, WUOG 90.5 FM Athens. I met a lot of cool people there. Great part about that station is that we push alternative music. I had already been listening to Future Funk for about 3-4 years at the time, but everything was in place for me to just delve into it. Eventually I came to where in the wake of losing a lot of my friends, I’ve got time to do something new with my life. So Pope Coke was born. My first album has me and a lot of the new people I met. It was just a fun little venture I did with my new friends, but I wanted to continue and push myself to increase quality. So, now I’m here.
What is one thing you would tell your fans? I started Pope Coke because I wanted to be happy. My goal as an artist, and as a person, is to spread that happiness to as many people as I can. You can only do this if you yourself are happy. So 1.) It’s okay to not have it all together. A lot of us don’t. I’m making a lot of this up as I go, but I’m confident that I can work past my weaknesses and get to a better positioning. You should do that to. If something is really bothering you, never be afraid to ask for help, but still be wary of who you are asking. Make sure it’s someone who cares about you. You can ask me ♡. number 2.) I know what it’s like to feel like you are not worth much, and no one really cares about you. That’s the devil talking. Whatever your “devil” is, literal or metaphorical, it’s something that is making up lies to see you fail, and you need to cut that shit out. You might feel like you are in a pit and can’t climb out. Often times that’s true. The problem is you are trying by yourself. We are social creatures, and need support. Find a good system. Tree.) You don’t know everything, and you don’t know everything about anyone. That person who is treating you like shit. Yeah, it’s rotten, but 9 times out of 10 they are projecting on to you because they are insecure about their own pain. That doesn’t justify them, but never let them take you down a peg, or not be the great loving person you are meant to be. Don’t be like them and be a conduit of negativity. Always find an opportunity to love every person you see daily. Don’t let anyone drag you down from greatness.
What are your biggest goals for 2018? I’d like to make a dollar off of something I created. I need to upgrade from Garageband and it’s plugins. Besides that… Half my brand is Joan, the character on all of my work. She is brought to life by my friend Kyla, who I love to death! She is my Jamie in our little Gorillaz-esque operation. I’d love to see Kyla become famous with her art, and also for Joan to be something that makes people feel nice inside. Who knows how I’ll do that, but the future doesn’t scare me at all!