We had the good fortune of connecting with Lothario Parris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lothario, why did you pursue a creative career?
I always loved music, and specifically how sounds are a universal language. I can play a sad chord progression on the piano anywhere in the world, and people can understand what feeling the song is meant to convey. I started producing to push the boundaries of music and to blend multiple genres. I want to create crazy blends of sounds and ideas.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a producer first, then songwriter, then rapper, and maybe a little singer, but what sets me apart is I just want my music to open people’s ears to sounds they wouldn’t bother to listen to or even hear in their lifetime. I started making beats in 2016, but I took it seriously when I quit basketball after my junior year of highschool. My family was crazy shocked when I quit, because to them that was my number one love. So over the years I acquired gear piece by piece and built a personal, on-the-go studio. In 2019, during my first year of college, I started collabing with artists and singers, but I grew bored with making the typical music they were asking for. So, then my journey as an artist was set in motion, I began making my own music and it was oh so bad. But the promise was there, becoming an artist is a whole other side of music that I didn’t expect to be that hard. I had to learn breath control, vocal warmups, and how to take care of my voice. It was a challenge (that I still go through now), but it was fun learning and applying new techniques to my art. You don’t always realize when you’re getting better, but my progress in a little over a year has made me proud. This is also another reason I keep all my music up on all streaming platforms. Starting off it was hard for me to continue making music, when I would listen to my favorite artists first project on streaming platforms versus my music. Their mixes were top notch, their skills were great, and everything was professional. I keep all my music (even the not so good stuff) on streaming for any other person/kid to see that you can do it, no matter where you’re coming from. Having that at 17, would have been the world for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For my week long trip with my best friend, we would stay in the hills for sure either in Thousand Oaks or Beverly Hills. Get an AirBnb most likely, and get some groceries first, most likely snacks for the late night. Then for the first night, we would drive down the coast to LA and look at all the night attractions, and end the night on some drinks. Day two, we would hit the Santa Monica Pier/ beach and then go out for dinner. Day three we would head out shopping down Rodeo Drive and Melrose, then hit some outlets in Southern California, and out to the club for night. Day four we can hit Knotts Berry Farm and/or Six Flags and depending on how we feel, we can call it a night. Day five, of course we got to hit the studio and make a couple of joints. I honestly haven’t really “explored explored” California like that, so we’re going to be traversing together.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s so many people that motivate and inspire me on a consistent basis. But I would dedicate this shoutout to the two artists in particular, Tyler, The Creator & Pi’erre Bourne. They’re the reason why I’m doing what I am right now. Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy was really the moment that made me take music seriously. I always loved sounds and how music can be translated through language, and his album opened me up to the world of chords. Those beats and harmonies got me into producing and from there it was a wrap. Pi’erre Bourne is actually why I’m rapping today. I see a lot of similarities between us, from our youth, to music and family. But the main reason that he’s included in my shoutout is for his constant success. He’s been using the same drums since 2016, and his music still sounds fresh today. That’s what I admire about him, his ability to stay himself and not sound dated. Last but not least, my parents. They raised one hell of a kid, and have provided me with everything I could ever ask for. So I do this, partly for them and to be successful and make them proud.
Other: Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/lothario/1563513236 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7lnapRhbq3f32Kohp0HFEY
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