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DAR Interviews: scReam heRo

Today, we sit and talk with affiliated DAR producer and artist scReam heRo, providing an introduction into his world, his mind and what is yet to come. You heard scReam's ecletic and spacey production on Shokus Apollo's Apollovelli album, on "L.A. Confidential" and "Forever", along with "The Matrix". Since then, he's been working in some new music and has some forthcoming projects. Meet the heRo. 

1. First off, your style is very different. What would you compare yourself to as a producer and artist for someone who's never heard of you?

SH: There's no real comparing that I could do in good conscience. I don't go into Thundoa (my studio, wherever it's set up) thinking, "I'm going to make a song like XYZ." If anything I can compare myself to a street artist like Elle, Starchild Stela or Banksy. As in, what I make is audio graffiti, some will think it's lowbrow, criminal, ugly even. Others will think it explains everything they couldn't, some will think it's heaven sent, some will think it's a masterpiece. Audio spraypaint.

2.  You have an upcoming album, what's the details on it and where will it be available?

SH: "So Help Me God", the first album by scReam heRo will be released on January 1st 2016. It'll have a lot of features on it I believe, but as of this exact moment song wise, it only features True God and Jack Thornton with cameos from my sisters Tay and Venom as well as my dad. I'll release the details on the other features as they happen. It's going to be a concept album, but I won't give the details for 2 reasons: 1) I think the story is simple enough and 2) I'd love to hear people's interpretations of my art. I'm trying to release it physically because there isn't a better feeling or smell than that of a new CD, but because it's 2015 I'm releasing it via Bandcamp and maybe iTunes.

3. So far, you have a few mixtapes out, as well as some production on a few DAR projects, specifically Shokus Apollo's Apollovelli. How does it feel to have your music placed on DAR projects?

SH: I have the mixtape series called "The Sketchbook" out right now. For the uninformed, "The Sketchbook" is (going to be) 13 mixtapes, 1 a month (2 of them one of these months) leading up to the album. It's the ultimate b-side collection, full of old songs that were never supposed to see the light of day.

I can't express my gratitude enough for Team DAR using my beats and putting them on a project when I was just looping sounds on Sony ACID. I was SO BAD, they have a tendency to make my beats sound better. I can't thank them (and anyone else working with me) enough for supporting me when I was no one.

4. Who are your biggest influences musically?

SH: A story, a few of them answer that question perfectly.

A couple years ago, I wanted to be a pro wrestler (scReam heRo is actually my wrestling name recycled). Then, I got injured and was convinced I'd never walk again. In that time I discovered a music that was essentially dark, heavy and synthy electronic music with an "evil" aesthetic called witch house. I became obsessed like I do when I find something I love or connect to. I started reading article after article, listening to songs and artists mentioned and in one of these articles, I saw the song "Archangel" by Burial and I listened. I loved the song and with that scReam heRo was reborn. Burial made me want to do music again, but for real (I tried it once when I was 14). 

I also grew up in a city that was known for innovation and remixing, Houston, Texas. We gave the world DJ Screw and screw music, we gave ASAP Rocky some of his style, and in 2005, we watched the culture blow up. With that, you had an influx of rappers, which is beautiful to an extent, but I had an issue with it because it all sounded the same. I hated that and I hated the scene. It felt like a lot of dudes were just copying and pasting the flow from June 27th. I've grown since then to love my city and our culture, but I was frustrated about the scene the city created, so a lot of my sound and existence is the antithesis of Houston just because I HAVE to be different, much to everyone I know's chagrin.

But hip hop is where it all started from, everything I am is because of hip hop (even if it is me trying to be the exact opposite). Hip Hop is my religion. It seems like every other day I'm calling Tay or Venom up like "I think he/she meant XYZ on this song/line" or "This album has influences obviously from here and it's obvious this song/this album is just this album again but with a slightly different aesthetic." I do this with all music, but my first music video was hip hop. My introduction to music was hip-hop. My 1st love was hip-hop. I'm a biblical scholar when it comes to hip-hop.

Long story short, Burial made me want to make music, my city made me reject it, hip hop made me love it and all those helped morph me into the scReam heRo before you.

5.Who are some artists you would like to work with that you haven't yet?

SH: My list of people I'd like to work with seems absurd, but they're all connected in the fact that they're great, but get next to no recognition. They only get mentioned for a song or two that are radio hits or they're people most haven't heard of. Martha Wash, Mystikal, T Pain, Ellie Goulding, Kai, Elliphant, CL, Jessie J and Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors. Amber Coffman and Ellie Goulding's voices can fix any mood I'm in. They make me feel like what I do is just enough. They make me feel like if I love, that'll be just fine, like I can save the world. Jessie J is mad talented and attractive. Martha Wash is one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Mystikal has a mad spastic rap style and it's actually different, same with Elliphant. Kai and CL have voices with the ability to give me chills with that talent. T- Pain is underrated, and people want to act like all he ever did was use autotune, when his 1st album didn't have nearly that musch auto tune and he can BODY damn near any rapper out. That is my eclectic and absurd list of people I want to work with. Also, Kanye West and Travis Scott, but that's because I'm a stan.

6. What do you want your legacy to be when it is all said and done?

SH: As far as a legacy is concerned, that's a tough question considering I haven't even dropped my first album yet. I just want to help the world be better for everyone. Especially my people (black people) and also transgender people. Leelah Alcorn killed herself late last year and one of her dying wishes was that we "fix society." She said her death needed to "mean something." It will. I say that because I wake up, I do music, I EXIST so the next person is OK. Laura Jane Grace and Leelah Alcorn inspire me to do just that. Sure, I do music to heal myself but, I also live to be the personification of the line "for those left in sadness, I'll be the one to lead you out." I just want people to know they're not alone. 

7. Where can we find you online?

SH: killscRevmkill.tumblr.com
on Facebook: scReam heRo
IG: @killscRevmkill
twitter: @killscRevmkill

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