Gothie: Yea it's beautiful to see something like this even have an opportunity.
Rei: Another question, what's your opinion on things like black kray and sickboyrari?
Gothie: I know that side of the soundcloud scene.
Rei: So do you think soundcloud emo cloud rap has a place in your aesthetic or not really?
Gothie: I just make what I want. I’m very everywhere. I don’t try to lock myself into a certain sound. I don’t really think about subgenres, I’m more about pluggnb, and if I have a bunch of songs with like rage type beats, then I’ll put them together.
Rei: Yea I know what you mean: recently I saw a video where this guy was talking about a producer who’s very important to me, Sophie, and what they were talking about is that it’s more important to focus on the sounds first, and then whenever you have those sounds, people will come up with a genre for you.
Gothie: Exactly. I don’t know what people will call what I make, maybe rap trap and punk mixed together. I think it comes from being in the studio with all those underground 2015 rappers. It’s interesting, once you see how it's made, it's like an era you can go back to.
Rei: How has your sound changed over the years?
Gothie: I stopped trying to self produce everything. Once I had a solid group of producers I could depend on where the sound quality was there, I can get a pack from them and know that at least like three will be the beats I like. It makes it easier for me to just keep flowing. The way I write songs is weird too; I really don't freestyle. I like to write and sit with my thoughts and figure it out.
Rei: Do you do it with a cadence in mind or something thematic or both?
Gothie: Sometimes when I hear a beat, I try to picture what the visual already looks like. Then find a topic where this is that world. Making a world of that beat.
Rei: The way I’ve perceived music is we have the ability to change the space people live in for like three minutes.
Gothie: It transforms; it’s literally magic.
Rei: It is. So speaking of production, what does a Gothie type beat sound like today?
Gothie: Honestly, to be technical, it is something melodically correct regardless of a genre because I have a musical background as well.
Rei: Oh, what do you play?
Gothie: I play violin, and I can’t really say I play bass. But I can play bass. I played violin for like four years when I was a kid, and I always kept the music theory part of it as far as making sure things are in key. And like the tone of it [the music] is there. So technically I like everything to be in key, but as far as aesthetically, I think I want stuff to be unique, something I don’t really hear often. Not your average beat.
Rei: Something that stands out maybe?
Gothie: I just don’t like stuff that sounds like other people’s beats. I could get a Curtains beat.
Rei: Yea! I could get a rage beat from a 16 year old out in the middle of nowhere. What do you go back to whenever you’re listening just for fun? Like foundational albums.
Gothie: From other artists? Lords Never Worry from A$AP Mob. That album snapped something in my head. It was like a thematic experience.
Rei: So that is an A$AP Mob album? I’ve only ever listened to the Rocky mixtapes.
Gothie: It’s an A$AP Mob album, but I love A$AP Rocky. 100%