Editor’s Note: In advance of Discorder’s Hip Hop Showcase & Fundraiser Friday, November 18 at the Media Club, we asked the performing artists for a little background…
R.O.M.I. (Rise Of My Inspiration) is Futon Don and Allan Smooth.
Discorder Magazine: Who is the biggest influence on your sound?
R.O.M.I.: We both say we get inspired by life itself. Sounds of society moving on. Hearing somebody say something and for some reason it sticks with you. The unexpected.
DM: What is your favourite venue to perform at, or attend a concert?
R.O.M.I.:Favourite venue to perform at is Fortune Sound Club. I would say it’s about the same for catching shows, Fortune is family.
DM: As an emerging artist based in the Lower Mainland, what is the biggest obstacle for getting noticed nationally and internationally.
R.O.M.I.: Expansion, your brand, and self promotion.
DM: Do you think the hip hop and rap produced in the PNW has a distinct sound or style?
R.O.M.I.: I think the PNW used to have a more underground / backpacker style but that is all basically out the window. As of now it doesn’t have it distinct sound yet, but we feel we can get there.
DM: If you could be featured on a track with any current breakout artist, who would you want to collaborate with?
R.O.M.I.: Al Smooth would work with Bryson Tiller if he could, and Futon would work with Lance Skiiiwalker.