Following the release of his superb and inspiring new EP Never Fallin’, we bagged an interview with Atlanta’s Drills to find out more about his music, his journey as an artist, and his plans for the future. Here’s how it went.
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Hey – thanks for the interview, and congratulations on the EP. For those who don’t know, how long have you been making original music?
I been writing and producing my own music since I was a teen. I remember writing my first verse in Spanish class in 6th grade. It was terrible. I saved it for a while but have since misplaced it.
What does the project and its title represent for you?
This project Never Fallin‘ represents a major transition in my life. It represents the move from cushy corporate job to the fear, doubt, excitement, and freedom of chasing your dream. The title Never Fallin’ plays on words with the season of the release (Fall/Autumn) and my statement to those who question my leap of faith.
If people only have time to listen to one track, which do you recommend, and why?
I think each song on the EP gives you a different view of my journey but Born A God would be my choice. It not only touches on my journey but can give someone the encouragement they need to start or continue theirs.
Do you produce your own beats?
Yes. I’ve been producing tracks for over 15 years. I started producing shortly after writing because I was spending all of my money on beats.
How important is performing live, and what’s the live scene like where you are right now?
I think performing live gives the audience a better view of the artist. The song is like a text message. It can be interpreted in many ways but a live performance gives you the song as the artist intended.
In Atlanta, there are many places to perform, but I do feel Atlanta could use a larger scale weekly showcase because of the amount of talent here. Many artists are stuck performing in front of the same 20-30 people at their venue of choice.
If you could collaborate with anyone at all, past or present, who would you choose – and why?
Im really feeling Anderson paak. I feel we would be able to go in so many different directions creatively. I feel if we hang for a couple of hours and schedule a couple of 12 hours sessions we’ll have a critically acclaimed album.
What are your thoughts on mainstream hip hop at present?
I feel my song Stop Playing with Me answers this question best. I’d say it has room for improvement and listen to the song for a more in-depth answer.
The music on this EP is fairly eclectic and free sounding. Are there any other genres that interest you?
I love music. I listen to all genres. As a producer, I look to grab inspiration from everything. I call myself the Great Wizard of the New World (GW of the NW) because I see taking pieces of things and creating something new as magic. Things don’t seem as magical coming from the same source.
What’s the best thing people can do to support you?
Keep in touch in all ways possible. Follow me on Instagram. Like my page on Facebook. Visit my website www.itsdrills.com Subscribe to my YouTube channel (Its Drills). Stream my music on your streaming site of choice. Most importantly, don’t keep me a secret. Tell a friend to tell a friend.
Is there anything else we should know?
Yes, I’ll be releasing an EP at the beginning of every season through the summer of 2020. Be sure to save me as a favorite on your streaming platforms so you can get the new music as I release it.
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