Radicule – Exclusive GIGsoup interview

GIGsoup sat down with the lovely and incredibly generous New York producer Jared Hunter: Radicule this week. The twenty-one year old is making some waves with his tripped out, melodic and groovy music and has a more trap influenced project on the horizon this year. Radicule’s excitement about the future of his work and his gracious appreciation for his now worldwide fan base is palatable and he seems to be right at the beginning of a very special career.

Hey Radicule! Would you like to introduce yourself?

Sure! Well, I’m Radicule;  aka the Beat Bohiemian. Born and raised in the Bronx. Well… that’s not true, I was actually born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. I’ve been working on a whole bunch of stuff recently. I’ve got a little trap flavoured bump tape in the works -hopefully that will drop at the end of the year. Aside from that I have a more spiritually guided beat tape that will come out shortly after that. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of moving pieces in play right now.

So you started off rapping?

Yeah! I started rapping at the age of twelve… And I was not good at that at all! I quickly switched to producing. I found myself really loving that a lot more, and could put myself way more into it.

What drew you in to production?

I think just the ability to see how it impacts people. To see how I can make something; from scratch or from sampling and create a whole new universe for people. It might even take them to another place; like a vacation. I felt like “wow” I can impact people without words. It’s amazing!

How would you describe the kind of stuff that you’re making at the moment?

That’s a hard question! If I had to describe my music I would say that it’s something that gets you high, something that’s cosmic and has keys to another dimension. But on top of that, it’s something familiar and ancient. It’s all about warmth and love. Embracing who you are, and embracing things that are unknown. It’s supposed to make you feel welcomed and loved. It’s just cosmic LSD in audio form!

If you’re listening to music in your own time, are you seeking that kind of connection and those kinds of feelings?

I think music should always be intimate, regardless of it being aggressive, soft, emotional; whatever. You should always feel that you have a connection to it. So when I’m listening to music in my own spare time, it has to be something I connect to. Even if it’s something like gangsta rap, which I can bump in my car and rap along to it. Or even if it’s just something soft and sweet that I’m right in the head space with. It should reflect what I want to experience or am experiencing at that moment.

Have you found that you’ve had a response from the online community? You’ve also been making physical tapes…

I think it all happened in two phases. The online community became a big part of my work after my project with Ken Rebel. People had access to my production through him and people were like: “WOW this is crazy and we love what you’re doing”. This was maybe four or five years ago. After that, it all went through a bit of a lull. I had been going through some personal stuff. I wasn’t investing in music at all for about two years. And then I came back to it, and the spark which is still very much burning now, came back. People came and said “we really like your stuff and we would love to hear more!” It created this new sort of, physical, tangible connection for people. Seeing people from around the world listen to your stuff is just crazy. People whose languages I don’t even speak; in Russia, people in Germany, in Taiwan in Japan. People that, if I was to sit and have a regular conversation with it would be so difficult. The fact that they hear my music and just love it, is just amazing. The feeling that, even though they’re all from different walks of life, it still represents them. That was kind of came in the second tier. I’m hoping to make stuff that really touches people’s heart strings, you know?

We were talking earlier about the Ken Rebel project that got you off the ground. How did that come about?

That was crazy. The project was ‘The R.E.B.E.L Tape: (Revolution Exists Behind Every Leader)”. Ken was famous on tumblr. He was kind of popping around on there. He knew how to dress and everything, so people followed him. Slowly but surely he actually started getting into rapping. Him and I actually met through Facebook: there used to be these pages that are like “like, smash or pass”…. I know, it’s such a strange story. There were numerous pages like that which people would flock to. You know, they’d be hitting people up if they liked them or whatever. And people also straight up cut people down on there. Ken was hilarious, he was cutting mad people. I thought: “this dude’s kind of funny”. So I hit him up and was like: “you’re funny as hell man”. He sent me a friend request and saw that I make beats. He was like: “yo would you mind sending me something, I’m kind of working on something a bit more serious right now”. I was like: “sure”.

Over the course of the next few months I sent him six or seven beats, and the project slowly but surely came into being. People put it out on tumblr and were like: “who’s that Radicule dude? I never heard of him before”. Through that I got a little more exposure and, I would say those were my humble beginnings!

Do you look back on that project with pride?

I look back on it and I am very proud. That was one of my first breakthroughs that people loved and wanted to hear on mass. It made me think that- maybe I got something here and maybe I can make something that resonates with people. When I look back on it, its very different to the stuff I’m doing now. Its a lot more simple. Lots of layering and chopping up breaks and using samples over the top. Now it’s a lot more organic, like using synths and keyboards as well as samples. I do feel like it was a shining moment where I felt like I broke through the ceiling into something I hadn’t done before.

Was the idea of switching to more organic production a natural progression from the more sample heavy stuff?

I think it was a conscious swtich. You listen to people that you like. I have to give a shout out here to Nothing_neue. What he makes is so organic. Seeing him at ahsows and events, I was like; how can I start doing something like that which is a lot more organic or a lot more “me”. I still use samples in my music a lot, but now it’s shifted. I think naturally as a producer you want to try out new things and don’t want to stay in a box too long.

Who would you cite as influences?

Damn, I could write out a huge laundry list but…I need to shout out my boy Don Solo, Nothing_neue obviously, Slime, Concept Jackon, Pozibelle…. the list is HUGE. The UK has also been killing it too! Everyone on the beats scene here in New York. The people who I admire here definitely know who they are.

You said you were working on a more trap flavoured project.

Yeah, it actually already has a name: ‘Bando Bumps/Chapter Trap”. I thought it had a nice alliteration to it! I thought I would do some experiementing with this one. This kind of melodic trap is kind of popular at the moment and I thought I would try my hand at it. I’m hoping people will be able to just knock it in their whip, or just turn it into headphone music and just chill out too it. I’m just in the process of polishing everything up right now so you’ll see it at the end of the year.