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Interview with musician @shaaa_ness

@shaaa_ness is a musician from Chicago, one of the members of Richie Red Panda. He has been making music for years, mainly played guitar in bands, all rock. He started making hip-hop less than a year ago. Released 5 singles followed by an EP named Akai Panda. Followed by another single released on 4/20. That was then followed by a re-release of Akai Panda exclusive to bandcamp alongside the 4/20 single, named Phoebe Cates, as the bonus song. The next release was a mixtape named The Tapes: Vacation. Featuring beats by other producers instead of only his own. The next project is another mixtape, including a rework of our first single released last year. Named Fred. The mixtape doesn't have a name yet. It'll be released the 27th of October for Halloween.

How did you begin your music career?

Well, I just started, joking. I was interested in music from an early age but later became interested in engineering and post-production. I studied that for a while, so as well as being an artist I'm also an engineer. As I progressed, I realized I still wanted to make my own music. The same software I use to engineer also happens to be one you can program beats on. I started with dancehall/reggae. I've always drawn a lot of inspiration from the genre so it was a natural place to start. After that began experimenting more with hip-hop, trap, west coast, and drill. The beats then developed into the sound we have today, an amalgam of all the different music we listen to/are inspired by, mixed with our own flavor.

What inspires you to songwriting?

Anything can inspire a new song. Something that happened to me or someone else, a picture I saw, an emotion, or a song I heard by another artist. Sometimes, I write solely because I want people to party or have a good time, with something fun and positive to listen to.

How long have you been writing songs?

I don't know if I could give an exact age really, but I started writing music when I was young. Complete songs starting with a chord progression then adding the lyrics. Since then I never stopped.

Why did you choose the Rock genre?

I grew up listening to rock music. People like The Who, The Clash, The Rolling Stones. I could go on for a while listing all of them. More importantly, the concept of “rock” is more of an attitude than a particular sound. It's being part of the counterculture, being different, and inspiring positive change.

What is your style?

My style is based on that rock attitude but borrows its sounds from almost every kind of music I listen to. Primarily though, Reggae, Hip-hop, and Blues. In terms of the writing itself, the songs transport you to a place or scene, exploring a concept, a big idea that you can contemplate even after the song ends. Sometimes it'll be a story, like “The Movie” off of Akai Panda. Even just a song that you can feel good and vibe to.

Which are your most successful releases?

By far, Phoebe Cates is our most popular track, which is great because it's probably one of our most carefully written songs. Followed by 8bit, which was a lot of fun to write and record. Both hold a lot of references to the early 80s. What has been the most challenging along the way? That title goes to the entire Akai Panda EP. Each song involves not just the initial writing/ recording of the music and lyrics, but hours of post-production, which I did myself. Let alone that it was our first big release.

Which is your favorite mixtape you have released so far?

Akai Panda is excluded from this being it's an EP, so The Tapes: Kyuka (Vacation). It was released entirely for people to have something fun and positive to listen to. I used beats exclusively from other producers, I wanted to explore other sounds. Beats and/or melodies I never would've thought of. Bringing not just one, but multiple minds together which always makes better music.

What can hip-hop fans expect from your upcoming release?

The upcoming mixtape, which will be out on October 27th, is a continuation of our first release Fred. (A reworked version of that track will be released alongside the mixtape.) It also establishes our tradition of an annual Halloween release.

Without giving too much away, the mixtape itself will have a darker ambiance but will be upbeat enough for whatever Halloween celebration you have planned. There will also be features from Kid Glo and Nabil Samir. As well as beats by SOB productions and Majestic on Da Track. I’m also telling a month-long horror story. Which will be posted on my Instagram preceding the release. The new Fred. will be released on the 21st as well. Aside from that, only time will tell.

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