Behind: Lojak "Heatwave" - No Rivals

Behind: Lojak “Heatwave”

How has the reaction to your project been so far?


It’s been really good honestly, people been sending me videos of them bumping the album which is always cool to see.  I love hearing which songs people like the most too, that’s probably my favorite part of releasing a project forreal.


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


I had some songs done in April but I worked on it non-stop from May to September. 


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


This album was originally going to be a sequel to my first project “The Counterculture” that I dropped back when I was 18.  I wanted to go back to my roots and make something for my fans that have been there since the beginning.  Anyone that’s listened to that project can probably hear the inspiration I took from it.


What kind of input did the producer have during the process

And are you pleased with the final outcome?

The only beats that were made in front of me were the tracks “Daytons / 888” and “Lit All Summer Long”, both produced by my guy Cing Curt when I was living back in Ohio.  I actually had those two beats on my hard drive forever but they fit this album perfectly.  Also me and DJ Chinx cooked up “End of Tha Night” at his studio when I was visiting Ohio this summer.  He pushed me to hit those notes on the hook and it turned out sick.


Did the producer / (you) use any (weird) experimental mixing and/or recording techniques?


I record almost everything in my apartment, but there’s a common room in the lobby downstairs where they have pool tables n’ shit.  I set up there in the middle of the night sometimes and the acoustics just go crazy.  That’s where I recorded the tracks “Bacc In The Mode” and “Disappear”.


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


My favorite songs are probably “Shadowz on Tha Sea” and “Disappear”.  I had a lot of fun making Shadowz, I was turnt up middle of the day in my living room and I freestyled that second verse.  “Disappear” is just a really personal song, especially the lyrics “that Live Wire 100k over in Russia n shit, so how come when I say I’m rapping I be blushing n shit?”.  That line was based off of an interaction I had earlier that day with somebody and I wrote that first verse as some personal therapy.  It ended up becoming a whole song tho.


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


Yeah forsure.  I think as I’m getting older and knowing myself more I’m doing the same thing with my music.  I’ve tried a lot of different sounds but I know where my lane is now.  


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


I wish, shit I’ve been in quarantine like everybody else.  Almost every session was just me smoking and recording myself.


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


“Heatwave” is a hip-hop western… from the future


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


Wiz, Eminem, Kanye, Kid Cudi and Billie Joe Armstrong


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