Rei: Do you think artists like Kid Cudi influence you to speak positively and open up about how you feel?
Gothie: 100% & Artists like J. Cole, Jay-Z & Rakim taught me the knowledge of self and that it’s not corny to be smart, Tupac taught me by example that there’s nothing wrong with being sensitive enough to let people into your heart. Even Michael Jackson’s spirit to me has inspired a lot of my humanitarian efforts to feed & the passion to educate our youth as well as I feel it is our responsibility of being an artist in this day & age to then make sure the staples of the 90s and the messages are then repeated in new context so that a new generation can receive the lesson too.
Rei: Who else influenced this project?
Gothie: Really life man- I loved and had experiences I had to let out of my head to be honest: the journey of me being an artist, trying to take care of my family, building with my girl, giving back to those in need after being a person in need, helping artists get shows I wished I had help to get have all inspired this album & the art that comes out of it all it’s really my heart you’re hearing, truly.
Rei: What can you tell us about your music video creation process?
Gothie: Okay this is a trade secret but I will share some sauce. I make treatments for usually every other video & I shoot each one within the first 7 days of the month including editing, shooting, vfx & storyboarding. It’s an extremely grueling process & it takes a lot out of you to continually do it so I rest & also try to limit myself to what I can do within 7 days only so I’m not focused too much on production value rather than making sure the actual songs video is providing more detail or explanation of the song.
Rei: How much creative control do you have since you do everything in house?
Gothie: Well literally I have it all being the owner of my own Independent Label , Production/Animation/VFX House & Event Company the possibilities are essentially limitless as I continue to grow & move forward. I will add that on shoots I do relinquish some creative control to my peers so that we can have some sort of input into the final product. I still even send the songs I record on producer's beats to them to see what they think & where they think the song can go so they have an input on the promo & release of the record if they choose to take that responsibility.
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Written By Rei Low: twitter.com/_rocktimist
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