When I was in college (Western Kentucky University), I would meet up with my friends and all we ever talk about all kinds of shit, mainly music because we listen to music every day. My friends would always tell me that they want to hear me do a beat tape because I will always be on my laptop making them while we were outside with everybody.
So one time when I got out of class, I went to my homie’s girlfriend’s apartment where we all mainly hangout at. Our routine foreal was we get high, joke on anybody for atleast an hour, then do music. So while we was getting high, I had my laptop out, pulled up FL Studio software, and made my first beat tape “199$.” On the spot in front of everybody in the apartment.
What song of yours is the one you like the most?
The song that I really like was “a stoned melody” because I really enjoyed making that beat. I remembered I got really stoned, and just listened to David T. Walker’s “I Got Work To Do” on vinyl, I took parts of the song and looped it, chopped up a couple parts and dropped it on my beat tape “Rolling Zig-Zags: The Sequel”.
How do you write your music?
I would make my music off of FL Studio software, and I’m currently still learning Abelton Live 9. But I always stick with FL Studio because it’s that one software that do pretty much everything to me. And I would connect my beat pads to FL and make anything that I like.
What influences do you have?
3 days after I dropped my beat tape, “tha art of soul. [act.I.]”, I was with my family and we took a trip to New Orleans. Soon as we all touched down, I walked to the nearest record store from where we all stayed at, and there was non-stop music that filled downtown New Orleans. Bands were pretty much on every corner, it was like an all day parade there. Then I went to see my granddad that I haven’t seen in a while, and all we talked about was music. He had a room that was just filled with bongos, a piano, and different instruments, I got real inspired at the moment. That’s when I got heavy into different genres of music.
What plans do you have this year?
This year, I got a few beat tapes coming out. Working with a lot of artist here in Louisville, there’s plenty more that I’m going to do before 2016. I just want to end 2015 with a bang, and start off 2016 with a new level of hustle because the pace is going to speed all the way up soon as the New Year comes.
What´s the best experience you have had with your project?
When I did my “Rolling Zig-Zags” project, everybody that I knew would always say that’s one of my best work, my friends would always tell me that it’s a classic. But for me personally, that was probably the weakest shit I done foreal. I always tell people that’s like my least favorite because I was still at that learning stage with using specific claps, kicks, snares, etc. But I was still getting the hang of it though. Don’t get me wrong, I still listen to it the project, it’s just the weakest link to me.
What band, music project or solist from your city do you like?
In Louisville right now, there’s a whole lot of artist out here that’s putting out quality shit. I just did a tape with fellow Louisville artist, Kogan Dumb, called “38 Bucks Club”. And it’s honor to work with him on the project. So that’s my favorite project to come out of the city.
If your project was a word, what would it be?
The word that I would described my projects would be abstract. Any project I do will have soul, but mostly it’ll be uncommon to most people that’s not aware of my style. Each project that I’ve done, I would always take a different approach to it. Some might like it, and some might not, but I don’t really give a fuck about people’s opinions because at the end of the day, all I got is me, and I’m going to always do what I love to do, and that’s music.
What´s your full name? Where were you when you answered the interview?
I’m Axel Roley. And I’m from Southside Louisville, Kentucky.