Orenda Interview: The Story Of Making It All Happen

Coming back with our first feature-length post in some time, with a new face. We owe the opportunity fully to our good friend Kaelyn Gray, who once again brought us the fortune of an electronic experimental up-and-comer. So a huge thank you is in order to her for making this interview, post, and connection possible. 

After long email chains and schedule adjustments, we got to sit down and conference call with the artist Orenda. On the heels of his first major release, Reverie EP, we grabbed our notebooks to bring you his story. A journey that takes us from Jamba juice to creating music amongst the craziness of real life. We look forward to showing you the value of dedication and self-cultivation now…

Thirty-some years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, a young man was born by the name of Trevor. Trevor was born driven and versatile, with an appetite to attain. Whether it was to progress in his early service industry employment opportunities or later in his widespread educational pursuits, Trevor had a hunger to grow and acquire new and unique opportunities. Everything in the man’s life was bound to be built upon and refined. An attribute that turned a dripping pipe into a flash flood when electronic music was introduced. Once Trevor hit the music scene, he found his peak interest. His start was as a listener with an insatiable craving for a stream of constantly new sounds, amongst the extreme evolutionary time of electronic music we have all been blessed to come into. His hungry ear, geographic location, and supported curiosity then vaulted him into the hobby of live DJing. Being in the bay area gave Trevor the opportunity to develop his mixing skills and bring the massive amount of music he was uncovering to other dedicated EDM kids. Playing trap and bass weekly and monthly events became this unforeseen blessing that he was not letting go of. In Trevor fashion, he kept listening, building, networking, and enjoying the process of becoming an artist. He spent so much time emersed in the passion, that he didn’t even notice the door right in front of him: production.

He finally took the hint and opened the door to becoming Orenda. Here we see Trevor take the extreme initiative and use every moment to learn how to create music. Stepping back from nightlife and into a music-production program; all the while working his now established service industry career to make it all happen. His grind in school, in work, and in personal expansion maintained his career and earned him a degree with no debt. Trevor knowledge and network went on to land him jobs designing sound and scores for video games. His brief career change gave him the opportunity to hone his talent, and had him working for Indie designers as well as Lionsgate and Sony!

Video game scoring was just another step along the road Trevor unobjectively continued to pave. Another avenue to refine the art of making music, and crucial to the music he currently creates. Learning to illustrate stories and develop meaning melds with the expansive sound experiences his favorite producers and labels brought him to really take stride creatively. After about 2-3 years of dedicated creation, Orenda was really starting to take form. As an artist, he not only was stockpiling original music but stockpiling music he loved and was proud of. We see the story-telling corner stone blossom into the production sounds that he lusted for. Orenda became the supply to the demand of his own ear- modeled off of others but infused with his own creativity and vision.

At this point, it was yet again time to take another step forward. In his own words, slowly chipping away to reach his goals. His next chip was a shot at a daydream from his early listening stage, which was to release through his favorite label. Gravitas was/is hands down his favorite label. They had introduced him to so many “unknowns”, consistently released high volumes of good quality music and stood out as being driven by artistic value over numbers. So it is no surprise that he wanted to land something there and land something he did. Smoke and Mirrors was the first single Orenda released on Gravitas. The track went on to blow-up and made Orenda one of those artists he appreciated so long ago. Working with Gravitas gave him a heightened appreciation for the label. Orenda saw such professionalism and structure working with them, while continually feeling support to being true to his sound and story. The bond between the label and artist kept Trevor tracks flowing onto the Gravitas drawing board. Pieces that were from all different corners of the Orenda sound and embodied different moments in his life. He wanted to continue to impress the label with singles, however, the label saw more. Gravitas was down with the Orenda sound and vision so much that they wanted more than singles- they wanted an Orenda EP. Which brings us to the present release, Reverie EP.

The first major EP release of Orenda’s career was the last Gravitas release of 2019. It is a body of work that brings music from all different directions of Trevor life together. And it works, because of the unity the Orenda vision has. There is such a strong-rooted and seasoned base to his brand and music- and we cannot wait to bring you the full breakdown and insider-look into the EP (with our next post). What is important to know and note about the EP, for Trevor’s story, is how much work and soul went into the making of the project. It is more than the 10-20 hour production days and music schooling and DJing that relate so directly to the project- it is about the continual path of hard work that landed him his dream.

Trevor started as a hard-working kid from the Bay that loved music. He used his drive for life to create a blooming future for himself. Staying true to his love for music is what provided him the inspiration for his sound, the network of DJs and friends in the industry, great memories and invaluable moments, and even his wife and performance partner. The man is just the fullest and truest version of himself, as Trevor and Orenda. Orenda, by definition, is just that. Not taking a back seat and hoping your dreams come true, but instead letting your dreams be the vision that sparks a conquest. Unapologetically racing into the unknown with a hands-on mentality, and consciously taking the tough strides to bring your reality closer and closer to becoming your dream.

Getting to know Trevor, on this phone call, left us at a true loss for words. He has the craziest story that is just guided by his passion. We can see the amazing opportunity that music gave him, but more importantly that he gave himself. Even though everything he has he earned, he is so incredibly humble and thankful. He has a name that continues to grow in meaning and seasoning, and we see it taking him higher and higher. Yet his goal is simply to “just barely even get by making music full-time”. Working hard for what he loves is his story, his brand, and his name, and it is what makes him such a model artist.

As if his story did not give enough of a road-map for anyone chasing their passion, he did offer some advice to creators young and old. Practically, he says never sleep on saving money. For producers, he recommends buying any intro class to do so. Not only do you gain a roadmap to hone your skills and build a knowledge foundation- you also get Ableton at a huge discount. The music industry is so hard to make it in, but little steps like this can take some stress off your shoulders. In regard to the stress of “making it”, he also gives the following two pieces of advice: be inspired by the music that you love and never be afraid to slow down/ press pause. Listening to music is what got us all into the scene and should be what keeps you loving the scene. Artists create music to give something back to the listener, so use that to help your own sound. Play around with tracks that you like, learn how to make those sounds and push them into your own music. He continues to find himself using other artist’s tracks to idea bank for his own music because he is still the listener from the San Fran Bay. Producing leads to listening, so continue to do them both. Do not burn yourself out or try to go outside of your means, especially in life outside of music. You cannot make everything happen at once and need to cultivate a life outside of music as well. Do what you need to sustain a healthy life, pay your bills, and enjoy your hard work. It is by doing that that you make it all better. 

Orenda as a word is a lesson and one which has become tangible through the story of Trevor’s life. We learned so much from our talk with this artist, and we hope you take away half of what we did. There is no doubt we see Trevor as a role model and hope to continue to work with him. Our excitement billows as we wrap up writing the Reverie EP post, as we will get to show you even more of the dynamic mind we go to pick. Thank you again to Trevor for the words and time he shared with us, and to Kaelyn for linking us up. We will see you soon with the next post in the Orenda saga!

Until next time.

Peace.

Ky William Spotlight: Brand New Brand-Name

Coming to the page first collaborating with WTV fam member, Christian Bistany, on ‘Acid Warriors’. A post which not only lead to us learning about him but also Ky learning about Where’s The Vibe. This shared intrigue lead to a phone call and the ultimate addition, of the growing artist, to our WTV fam. We got the honor of interviewing the artist on a separate phone call, and this post is a grande debut and introduction of Ky William.

Ky William is a Jersey born and bred individual. The 25-year-old east-coaster is taxi-ing his talents down every avenue and alley. His dedication to his craft is what is allowing him to develop his sound, grow others’ interest, and bring himself to a range of different stages. The house scene should be excited to soon be peppered with his distinct sound.

The track that started our relationship with Ky, is also the start of his original track releases. The collaboration, with Christian Bistany, is the first drop not remixing another artist’s track. We are the first to tell you this is not because he is not crafting originals because we are lucky enough to be of a distinguished few to see into everything he has coming. Believe us when we say, turn on notifications for his Spotify. With the inside ear, we can tell you he has such a great house sound. Structured by rigid pattern development and punching percussion Ky creates a sound that spins tech house in a brand-establishing way. The original tracks, in production, presented us with a listen that feels distant and reflective. Each track brings you into the music, while also making you feel like you working to bring your mind into the patterns of Ky. It brings that good feeling that house should bring, while also creating a craving to see inside the mind of the art itself. On top of that feeling and pattern production, Ky defines his sound with the fattest high hats. We find ourselves singing along with the ‘tsst’s’ because they are as explosive as any good vocal. Those hits are by no means in place of vocals though. Ky develops his base brand with the use of vocal samples to establish a theme. With the William pattern and established theme, the songs then take even more form around them. There is a clear and developing understanding of cohesive vibe creation demonstrated in the tracks to come: stay tuned and excited.

William’s music style is a direct product of the his genuine excitement-driven disposition. Talking with Ky made this very clear. Like his clear music sound, his personality becomes very clear in conversation. He is an artist that attributes music to sparking some of the strongest emotion. This association is where his production purpose lies. Ky creates music to bring that emotion to his audience. The driving force, behind his hard work, is paying back the feeling other’s music has let him experience. Using the creation of music that gets a rise out of his listeners, as the currency of reimbursement. William is working on mastering the trades of being an artist and a listener. Devote to learning and synthesizing the sounds that he has become to inspired by. A skill which he develops by experiencing as much music as he can, mainly by means of seeing other artists live. During sets, he is mentally storing all of the best moments to distribute later into his own production. You can see from our description of his sound, that he has succeeded, and continues to succeed, in doing so. 

Clearly he spends a lot of time on the listening side of the stage, but he is matching those appearances with ones on the other side of the DJ booth. His self-marketing and networking, matched with his emerging talent, has allowed him to score some great connections. Connections that bloomed into residencies with a lot of clubs and organizations on the east coast. These residencies are sure to provide not only practice to Ky, but also the exposure he is looking for. Bringing Ky William to the people is a noble pursuit.

Exposure is a journey that Ky is embarking on, but is a shared path with his guiding pursuits. His current focus is to establish consistency. Releasing and performing looks to fall on a schedule as he develops as an artist. Bringing the people music and sets on a regular basis is the focus now, to assure his following never has a reason to NOT have Ky in mind. We are excited about this consistency as well, seeing that it means we get to bring him to the page more and more. His brand is something we have loved to outline but is also something he is still working to define. We think he has something really solid and tangible already evident, however, his secondary goal is to continue building and defining the meaning of “KY WILLIAM”. His endeavor to lock an air-tight brand is what he looks to bring his ability to succeed in future endeavors. One down-the-road project he discussed with us is eventually introducing his own record label. Something we can totally visualize, thanks to his dedication to music and its inspirational nature. Plus if he runs a label there would never be a shortage of artists or tracks to synthesize his sound with, on his own releases.

Jersey can put the statue in his home town now because Ky William is already a crown jewel for them. His love of people, production, performance, and pursuing his goals already bring so much to the table. As he begins to release and become more knowledgeable of his brand, Ky will be able to move as fast as he wants, with his career. We are excited to be along for the ride, supporting this fam member. So be ready because the William brand will continue to come out of the shadows and prove every point we touched on here: just you wait.

Until next time.

Peace.

Felix Jaehn Breakaway Interview: Prost an Felix

The exceptional weekend and opportunity that Breakaway Columbus was, for us, was made a million times more surreal by meeting an exceptional artist. The team of German-born artist, Felix Jaehn, reached out to WTV weeks before Breakaway and offered an interview. We never would have thought that, in itself, would have happened. So it goes without saying that experiencing such a genuine, energetic, and heartening artist and manager team became another one of the moments that we cannot fully capture with words. Thank you to Felix, Johannes, and Andrea for being such an amazing team to work with. This post and the happiness that it brought us (and we hope brings you) would not be possible without them. 

Our interview with Felix actually started with Johannes retrieving his long-time friend from the crowd. Felix was just dancing among the crowd that he would be playing to, in a matter of hours. He comes backstage still bouncing and smiling from being immersed in the culture he has created his own brand in. Even before we spoke a single word, we knew that we were with one of the happiest kids in the world.

Felix was born and raised throughout Germany. At a young age, he took to music through violin lessons. A training he traded in for cleats and a racquet, as he went to play tennis and soccer. Sports did not tear the artist completely from music, however. Felix made friends through school and sports, and with them celebrated birthdays and other big moments. Those parties are where Felix was pulled back into music. Of course, the celebration was the draw but he had an infatuation with how music enhanced all of these moments. This curiosity turned into control as he took over the aux at any opportunity. Allowing him to shape and determine the mood of the parties. Felix knew it could get better than just crafting playlists, and from there got his first controller. After a little practice, Felix entered his party tour phase; he became the resident DJ at every birthday party after that. 

He took his developing talents and vibe defining ability with him as he traveled extensively for school. Felix traveled through Germany, New Zealand, London, and Berlin. All at different points in his life, and for different reasons. Music stayed steady though, as he continued growing amongst the changes in scenery. Felix moved from birthday parties, to 10pm-6am unpaid parties, to finally landing his first real gig, at 18. All the while learning to produce music, taking inspiration from artists like Avici, and using those to define his own sound. With an extreme passion and love that he still embodies, he transformed an aux hog into a DJ who produced a ‘Cheerleader’ remix that has almost 1 billion streams and plays stages like Tomorrowland and Parookaville.

We could have gone on for hours about the stages he has seen and the success his tracks have found. We did hear about the time he screamed “Viva Mexico” to his first big festival, Pal Norte. And how crazy it was the first time he played to a crowd of a million. We can watch those videos and check those stats, though; what we wanted to hear was who it has made him into. We were lucky enough to get into that good stuff over laughs, Coronas, and the backdrop of Breakaway’s lineup of music.

Felix talked to us, as friends, about the amazing comfort and confidence he has found throughout his career. From taking risks with music to coming out as bisexual, Felix has found unbelievable support. Giving himself to his fans and receiving such support and joy is what has pushed him to continue to be himself. Felix is not on a path to make more, see more, or have more. Instead, he uses his career to do what makes him happy. He continues to make people happy with his sets and music because that is where he finds himself happiest. This chasing of joy is what makes his sets so energetic and real, what his career is grounded in, and what is driving him to share even more of himself with the world. 

Felix’s next big step to happiness, other than traveling the world and bringing life to stages, is a concept album. He told us his next project is an autobiographical production story. The project started with ‘Love On Myself’, where he is expressing frames of his life through music. ‘Love Of Myself’ is his coming to understand being yourself is what is important. There is no reason not to do anything but put love on yourself, above anything else. Songs, with strong life messages that he has learned, will fill the foreshadowed 2020 album. Felix looks to tell his story through the production of the music, as well as the lyrics he is co-writing. This album is something that we could see brings him bliss, and we are sure will bring us the same. 

As if this 25-year-old superhero needed another project, Felix is also helping to make more talent. Assuring to empower and inspire artists through mentoring. He told us about his new experience mentoring a DJ, and bringing him so many tools he discovered on his journey. One of those tools that he shared with us, and one we now share with any artist reading, is understanding that music is happiness. Felix advises artists to put your whole heart into what you do because people will feel that. Success will come with time, but it is important to be happy and true to yourself before, during, and after you find it. Enjoying the ride of being an artist, doing what you love and what others love, is so important. 

Meeting Felix and Johannes was such a life-changing experience. Talking, dancing, laughing, and taking pictures with such genuine people was a gift we cannot thank them enough for. We know we have said ‘happy’ a lot this post, but Felix injected us, our conversation, and his set with massive amounts of it. As an artist, he is inspiring. As a person, he is a breath of fresh air. As a performer, he commands the energy. We hope this is not the last time we see Felix and Johannes. But in regard to this time, we say a warm “Danke” to Felix and his team. Hopefully, next time we see them, they greet us with the crucial German phrase they taught us-

“Wir gehen jetzt eir Bier trinken. Prost!”

Until next time.

Frieden

VOLAC And Phlegmatic Dogs Are Coming!: ‘Russian Style’ Pre-Interview

We have the honor of bringing you the story of four individuals, on the brink of us becoming a huge part of theirs. This evening the ‘Russian Style’ North American Tour debuts in Columbus, Ohio. The tour brings four artists, that compose two huge Russian duos: Phlegmatic Dogs and VOLAC. This post is the culmination of so many firsts, and we get to make you all a part of that. Other than the first show on the tour, this is both duo’s first time in Columbus, this is our first time meeting them, and it will be our (and could be your) first time seeing these artists in action. We are excited to bring you a little bit about them and their tour, to get you all excited for this mile marker of a show. 

The young Russian duos have gone to really define super strong brands for themselves that have gone on to really developed their own personalities. For the VOLAC duo, everything has been in the making since childhood. Being long-time friends that developed parallel interests in the electronic genres, really gave them solid footing to try their hand at it. Working together for so long has sewn so many memories into their music and even into their name! VOLAC actually comes from a simple misspelling that happened when saving “vocal” on one of their tracks. Crazy to think that this Caps Locked mistake has now hit some of the world’s biggest festivals. Their story speaks so much to how they are inspired. From their name to their tracks and sets, they find their muse in the moments and music of their life. Whether it be the happy highs of touring or the time home with friends just being human, they attribute VOLAC as being the product of their lives. 

Where VOLAC grew with one another, the Phlegmatic Dogs, rather, grew into each other. Fifteen years ago, in their separate lives, they started crafting tracks on their first computers. Their production, talent, and location lead to the duo’s formation, in 2010. Ever since they have been dedicated to improving their craft and defining their brand. A brand that is given flare by the cold-blooded term, “phlegmatic”, but rooted in their doggish nature. These men are driven, loyal, and beasts of nature. When it comes to creating they don’t see a need to force it- its instinct it just happens. They literally posed the question, “We don’t look for inspiration to like good weather or to love [your] mom, right?”. Linking the idea that creating is in their nature, and it is not some model or plan. So they will keep on doing it because its what they love- there is no end goal. Beyond the instinct, loyalty also defines the Dogs. They find their largest sadnesses and setbacks in disappointing fans if they ever have to cancel a show, for their well-being. They give their hear to every show, because “You never know which party will become the best in your life”. And they both give loyalty to one another, seeing both Demien and Frenkie have side projects beyond Phlegmatic Dogs: Demien has a business and Frenkie a DnB project! Their dedication to their instinct and loyalties have brought them to the forefront of the Russian electronic scene.

Knowing the two Russian duos, only excites us for their teaming up. This tour started with the seemingly written-in-the-stars team-up on ‘Russian Style Compilation [РАШН СТАИЛ]’. The four-song EP, on AC Slaters Night Bass, really got the ball in motion for this tour. Not only did it get the duos working together, but it served as a definition of the Russian style of bass house. Both duos commented on their collaboration being somewhat obvious; they are both successful Russian artists, on the Night Bass label, and making the same genre of music. 

The name of the collaboration and Columbus-debuting tour stems from the Russian style parties that date back to 2018. The parties combined artists from around the globe, house and bass music, and of course Russian flair. For the duos, this tour looks to bring the amazing and unique energy of those parties to the rest of the world. Both the duos are bringing a lot to the table in order to make that happen. Their preparation has been lengthy and is going to feature so very much. From VOLAC, we should expect groovy and bassy track- many that we haven’t hear before. While Phlegmatic Dogs teased their original sound melded with seasoned production of classic hip-hop, Drum and Bass, UK Garage, and b-boy, as well as some exclusive merch. Both duos integrate these amazing styles by incorporating a whole spectrum of music, and of course the ‘Russian Style’ music pack.

This tour is going to be a mile marker for not only the duos to look back on but every city that it tears through as well. We are honored to be here bringing you their story, to be hyping a tour for such amazing duos, and most importantly ready to kick this tour off with all of Columbus. If you can get to Dhalia tonight be there- tickets here. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and we should all give a warm welcome to these four as they embark on their journey. Plus they only get one first show in Columbus, so why wouldn’t you want to be a part of this? See you tonight!

Until next time.

Peace.

Khaos Bio: How Things Got Khaotic

Cody is Khaos.

Born in Amarillo, Texas on March 24th, 1991 so happy early birthday bro. He now lives in Nashville with his son and girlfriend. He got his start in 2012 when he first discovered dubstep. One of the names he mentioned that was a big influence, from the beginning, was Nero. Two years after lighting his passion, he formed his own DJ name Khaos. The idea for his stage name formed at a hardcore metal show… where he was, of course, causing Khaos. The design for his brand was then rendered by Jared, from Party Thieves.

As he was getting his start in the industry, he was working with Disco Donnie and was able to play his first show through them. That first show, he actually was opening for Doctor P. Through the process he was able to open for some big names and play, in some big cities. Just dropping a couple games he has been able to open for: Adventure Club, Jauz, Slander, Cash Cash, and more. He has also been able to play in Miami, at Life in Color, and at Night Nation Run. Some other career achievements include placing third in a mix competition for Suncity Music Festival, releasing his mix series “Summer’s Not Over Yet”, and opening for Party Favor on their 2016 world tour!

With all that amazing previous experience, he is still able to stay humble in the scene. He has built his brand identity up over the past 5 years and is now ready to start his producing career. I agreed with him in this method you have to stay humble and be able to run the marathon in order to find success in your career. One step at a time and not getting caught up in what everyone else is doing- focus on yourself.

Some of his favorite songs and DJs shape who he is as a DJ today. Sicko mode (Crankdat re-crank) slaps as one of his favorite songs. His favorite artist is none other than RL Grime. Other than Grimes signature sound, Khaos looks up to him because of his humble roots. People like Grime inspire Khaos to continue being humble through any achievement in his EDM career.

Before he steps into the DJ booth, he listens to all different types of music, including Wiz Khalifa- to clear his mind. When he is DJing, Khaos likes to enjoy the moment and sip on some Blue moon. He also notices the crowd and always enjoys seeing bros on other bros shoulders. He is hoping that his preparation routine and the blue moon drinking will one day land him a set at EDC Las Vegas.

Now let’s get to know Cody the name behind Khaos just a little more. Other than music the thing he loves to do the most is spending time with his 2-year-old son Phoenix. When he’s not with his son he enjoys playing sports, hiking, and spending time with his friends.

You all already know what the final question is if you read our other artist interviews. Toilet Paper over or under?

Over was his answer, with a shout out to Kaitlin… she’ll know what that means.

Watch out for Khaos this year, as he plans for a big 2019. He looks to release a 3-4 song EP, collaborate with some local talent, land some major shows, and potentially even a small tour.  One other thing he plans to continually do this year is release mixes. That being said he will be releasing a mix exclusively through our website next week 2/28 so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Until next time.

Peace

Infernal Rhein Bio: Bass Samurai

Steven Rivera, also known as Infernal Rhein, is one of our original Where’s The Vibe Fam members and is releasing a very special EP today Ukemi EP.

He was born August 12th, 1995 in NYC and currently resides in Rockland county 30 minutes north of Manhatten. At a young age, he started playing guitar, writing lyrics, and producing music. From the start, he was known as quite the hell-raiser. That hellish flow birthed the name Infernal Rhein. The “h” is silent hiding that hell bound origin in plain sight. The name develops further meaning by referring to the Rhine- the longest river in Europe. The river is acknowledged for having a “raging flow”. All of these definitions muster together to create the phenomenal raging-hellish-flow that define Infernal Rhein.

How did this hell inspire artist with the sick flow get his start in EDM? He has been imersed in the music scene his whole life and started to grow his passion for EDM by listening to that type of music. Then he started going to any-and-all of the shows he possibly could. He wanted more out of those shows than the average fan. Each show he went to he looked to take aspect to adopt into his own creations.

His journey to where he is today was not always easy but there were some milestones and advice he would leave for others. Steven is very determined, positive, and filled with inspiration to make it in the EDM scene. He, like many artists, has had different levels of career struggles.

Personally, he has struggled with some internal demons- no pun intended. He mentioned a lot of us are dealing with issues that we don’t always want to admit. He is no stranger to such struggles and overcoming them has grown him into the artist and individual he is today. As an artist, he has developed a passion to help his fans through spreading happiness with his music.

Within the industry, Steven has had hurdles to jump as well. He notes that the decision to chase his dream is not one that comes free. Being an artist costs a lot literally, and also figuratively. Because as his funds slimmed, so did his friends at times. The decision to do both is to assure his success. He sacrifices money and friends to ensure he has not only the tools he needs but also the healthy support behind his vision. Life has a way of throwing curveballs at you, in a lot of ways, but Rhein has been able to stay in the box through it all.

Before he DJs, he likes to listen to his favorite songs especially his current top play, ‘Energy Drain’ by Infekt. Other than listening to some of his favorite DJs and songs he also likes to clear his mind by working out or practicing martial arts. He knows how to prepare his mind space to kill the stage.

Steven isn’t just an up-and-coming dubstep DJ, but more than that. He loves to drink Blue Moon on the weekends and completely nerding-out the rest of the time. He loves playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons and any tabletop war game he can get his hand on. Other than the nerd stuff he loves to work out, so much so he hits the gym a whopping 6 times a week. On top of all that, he finds the time to train in various martial arts- a discipline that bled over into his newly released EP.

You all know the hardest question that we ask during this interview… Toilet Paper over or under?

Steven said “Over bruh!” and I, of course, have to agree.

Let’s wrap up with where we started with the Ukemi EP. He takes a very big inspiration for this album in the samurai discipline. With the project, he looked to shed light on the samurai way and bringing sick bass to everyone. This project for Rhein holds a special place in his heart because, as mentioned before, he is emersed in the Eastern style of training. His sensei also serves as another big influence for this EP. His sensei’s training and teachings have helped Rhein overcome his obstacles to get to where he is today. Most importantly, he made Ukemi EP for all of you. He hopes his music inspired the happiness and inspiration he felt making it.

Until next time.

Peace.