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Behind A-Dub “Can You Hear Me”

How has the reaction to your project been?

It started off very well and some of the songs people seem to really enjoy! I do wish I was able to get more views on the album, but for my first ever release, I’m ok with the results!


How long did it take to make your project from start to finish, recording-wise?

I spent a total of 10 hours on the songs, so it was like an hour for each song


What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in your mind, prior to entering the studio?

I didn’t really have a specific sound I was going for. I had the beats and the songs written and I had a general idea of what I wanted the songs to sound like while practicing them on my own, but once I got in the studio it was much different.  


What kind of input did the producer have during the process

And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound – production wise)

So I recorded with a different person than who actually mixed and mastered the songs, because of my budget. I basically was on my own, because the engineer in the studio didn’t want to give advice if the person actually working on them was going to be the one finalizing it. He did give me some tricks about recording and all that since it was my first time ever recording music

When it was finalized, I was very happy with the outcome because of the work and money I put into them. But, since I have been working on more things, I find a lot of things that I wish I knew while recording this album, and I wish I worked with different people or just had a sense of what I was doing while i was working on it, because I was honestly clueless. 


Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?

Songs: Late Night, Old Me, and it’s Over 

I really like how I was able to add my singing/melodic sounds to those songs and I really like how they turned out compared to the other songs on the album. Also, with those songs, The beat name that Neco uses are the actual names of the songs. So I heard the beat and saw the name and got inspired in that way. 

One thing I like lyric wise about each song in the album is they all tell their own story, and it’s all personal to me in their own way. I could go into detail about each one, but I think it would be much easier for me to explain through my actual words. 


Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture with the project?

So I wrote all these songs at different times so I had no intent of them being an album. But, I noticed that the songs tell a story. The first couple songs talk about a heartbroken or just broken down individual(me), and just what’s going on in his mind and in his life because of what he has gone through. In the middle of the album, you kind of see a change of like, yes I have been through all these things, but I gotta keep going and live the life I want to live. At the end you kind of get a person who is willing to try new things, kind of a more happy/upbeat vibe and it’s kind of like a good movie ending

I wanted to put my personal experiences, but make the words a little general that way my audience could see what I’m going through, but also connect to each song on a personal level 


Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?

-Sometimes, I don’t have my own recording equipment so I have to spend the money to go record with friends, so I am very specific about what I need to get done and when I need to go. I try to make sure I have everything done before I am doing that.

But I have definitely learned a lot more after dropping the album, so i feel like I am definitely going to improve!

Are there any ‘crazy’ behind the scenes stories from these sessions that you can share with us?

I recorded most of these songs in one take just reading the lyrics off my phone.

Also was my first ever time in a studio so I really did not know what I was doing at all 


How would you describe the sound of your tape to any potential new fan?

Melodic rap/hip hop that could be classified as pop


Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)

Juice Wrld, Iann Dior, Post Malone, Lil Skies, Polo G, lil Uzi Vert


If there’s anything you’d like to add, say, please do:

Again, with this album drop I did not know what I was doing.

I kind of just wanted to go to a studio and write songs just to see if I could do it

. And I did, the songs aren’t the best they could be, but it was a trial run and it worked out and now I am confident in my new music!


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