soulecist. is a man who’s intentions & vibrations match that of Phuture. He’s a person who wants the same thing we do – to share inspiring music, and give artists a place to get heard. It would only make sense to invite him on board Phuture – which we’ve done here, as part of issue nine | TRANQUILITY. Please read below to get the full scoop :).
Interview curated by Michael & Megyn Van Wyk of the Phuture Collective team.
Phuture Collective: Welcome to TRANQUILITY, soulecist.! We are excited to have you on this compilation. How did Nature of Change come about – there seems to be an introspective pull to it? Can you tell us a little about what inspired this track?
soulecist.: The inspiration for this song was kinda the idea of like weirdness and how things aren’t set in stone. The song itself was put together, like the backbone of it, through “bad” instruments and I wanted to test myself as a producer to use “bad” sounds to make something nice.
Phuture Collective: You’ve just celebrated your first year producing as soulecist.. Congratulations! Tell us a little about the journey thus far and how your musical mission has guided you to this point.
soulecist.: Well when I first started the project, the idea was just to focus on soul music. Like I wanted to only do RnB & Soul stuff, which is why I adopted the “soul”. The word solecism is like breaking the norm, so it was the intent to make outta norm soul music and then everything else fell into place with making weird stuff. So maybe within the first day or so after announcing the birth of “soulecist.”, I was making trap music and I guess I kind of just wanted “soulecist.” to be just an entity and not really me, so it’s beyond a genre. The journey has been long and it’s been rough in all honesty, but collectives like this [phuture collective] , HELLA NTWRK, and ZenSupremacy have made me push the hardest through everything. I’m not complaining because the struggle has definitely led me to do so much with many talented artists and even some “big name” artists that I hope to share with everyone soon.
Phuture Collective: If you could host a dinner party for up to 5 people, living or dead, who would you invite?
soulecist.: Oh man, that’s rough, hmmm… I’d invite (in no particular order) Aqib Khan who owns Elysian, which I’ve been trying to get on for the past 2-3 years or so, producer/ singer Sickick who is a really great friend of mine and he’s been KILLIN’ it up in Canada, small artist Pharrell Williams, amazing sound designer and producer Noisia, and a really good friend of mine, Cass cause she’s been keeping me up late at night with her shenanigans and some deep talks.
Phuture Collective: How do you define tranquility, or what it means to you?
soulecist.: I think of tranquility and think like calmness, not just with yourself but with everything around you. Like an at peace type of feeling with energy.
Phuture Collective: If you could be a farmer, what would you farm and what kind of farmer would you be?
soulecist.: Yo, on the real I’d probably attempt to be a farmer and probably fail miserably, end up dying from starvation or malnutrition. I can’t even say what I’d try to plant, I can barely keep myself hydrated and alive.
Phuture Collective: Which 3 artists do you think deserve more recognition?
soulecist.: I’ve been listening to a lot of Soundcloud artists lately and I’ve said this since day one; Moth Circuit, Roland Chuang, and Emilio M. Diaz have been the underdogs all year or so but definitely deserve way more recognition than they deserve. Honestly, these kids have been killing every song their names have been stamped to.
Phuture Collective: What would you like people to take from your music?
soulecist.: Well for me personally, and I can maybe talk for a lot of producers, I go through like depressive states so I really just want to and want others dealing to just forget about the bullshit for 2-4 minutes. I think that’s the most I want people to take from my music and if I can do it, then I’ve done my job as a producer.