Two artists who knew when to keep their foot on the gas, love to see that. What are some of your goals with music? Do you have certain things you want to accomplish with music or from music?
Mikal: I have random goals like DJing Ultra Music Festival would be cool, or touring etc. but honestly I want to just get my family solid off my art and have it to where this is all I HAVE to focus on, and eventually to where I don’t have to worry about anything other than family and those around me.
777Fury: Exactly what my dawg just said. I want to make this my way of living, i don't have to get crazy rich or whatever..just wanna live comfortably & be able to pay it forward.
I actually couldn't agree more, I know some people have specific things they wanna do but I can totally relate to just wanting to be straight and make sure everyone around me is. That brings up my next question, what are your moves for the rest of February and 2022 in general?
Mikal: Right now we are both heavily focused on our album that just released, Be Patient With Me, I’m Only Human, and really locking in our sound among a lot of other stuff in the works I’m not sure if I can really speak on.
777Fury: Just trying to expand, build upon what's already gotten us here. Putting work in to give the people that support us a good show.
Love that, Mikal I'm glad you mentioned the new project you both have because that leads me to my next question, at the time of this interview 777Fury & Mikal Jones new project titled "Be Patient With Me I'm Only Human" has officially released. Let's talk about this new collaboration for a moment. Give us a back story on this project and how it came about, I noticed the description on Soundcloud is extremely well written as well which gives it a really great energy and it made me curious about the early stages of this project.
Mikal: First off the description is all 777fury, that shit is from his heart and I suggest anyone who listens to the project take a second to read it. That’s sort of a Soundcloud exclusive along with the 2 bonus songs, Animated & Burden of Proof. The songs have been in the works for probably the better part of a year and a half or 2. We decided to split it up into 2 parts while curating for the story the songs tell, the subject matter and overall sound. For me this album really kills off a lot of old stuff about us and births a lot at the same time. Almost like Oukast “Speakerboxxx / Love Below” with the A Side B Side.
777Fury: I see it less as killing things off and more like coming to terms with everything. You are your past, present, & future. "Be patient with me" was supposed to be a compilation ep with a bunch of songs produced by various producers but as my life started going in a few different directions i settled on making one cohesive project instead of trying to pull inspiration and what not from multiple sources & Mikal was instantly ready to start sending me beats. "Im only Human" was just an addition I added for promo sake but after going through songs to curate the project Mikal & I decided on treating it like an "A Side, B Side" type of thing.
I’d honestly say the description really impressed me when I first read it. It had to be one of my favorite parts after hearing an early copy. It’s really telling how Mikal describes it as a birth and death and you can tell how mature the project is at certain points but also maintains the chaos in the first half so it’s like a mix of all of these circumstances like Fury mentioned. What was it like putting together a project like this? Would you say it was some of the more fun you’ve had putting together a release?
777Fury: It was definitely an experience to say the least. Fun at some points and far from it at others, in terms of the creative process. 80% of the songs were made simply from whatever i was feeling or going through at the time without intention of making a project. "Crutch" and "Let Go & Grow'' are the only songs that were made specifically for this album. So the most fun I personally had was organizing all of them, figuring out the vision & then executing.
Mikal: I agree with the fun part of it being the curating, vision and execution / what we are doing now for it.
Creating experiences like this is truly some of, if not the best part of music. Especially considering how well you guys work together inside of art and outside of it, what is your creative process like for only this new project “Be Patient With Me, I’m Only Human, but how does the creative process go for a 777Fury & Mikal Jones song?
Mikal: Shiiiiit… To put it simply? Beat. Write. Record for the most part. It’s more fun in person simply off the fact that we can bounce off each other musically in the same room compared to on facetime or something.
777Fury: It's really that simple for real. I'll probably throw some anime on, play video games or whatever while dawg cooks up a beat on facetime then proceed to write and send it back. When we're in the same city it's essentially the same situation, just a quicker process.
In person there is always such a vibe and so much better for workflow you really gotta love it. I used to really like the discord sessions too. This project is easily one of the most well constructed pieces of underground art I’ve heard in a long time, it manages to keep the crispy side of the underground intact but also branch out and be well structured with a lore behind it. I really don’t think anyone should be sleeping on this in terms of quality. Do you each have a favorite track off of “Be Patient With Me I'm Only Human”, If so what is it?
Mikal: It’s funny you mention quality because we both feel we’ve leveled up multiple times since the project has been finished. Marching Band, Crutch or Guard Dog would probably be some favorites for me but they are all very special to me.
777Fury: I can't even pick a favorite to be honest. Depending on the mood I'm in or what I'm doing each one can have a different affect or bring up a different memory so I have a love/hate relationship with some songs and purely love others or feel like I could've come with a different approach.