Wacko Genius: The art of slow beats
Wacko Genius defines his sound by opting for smooth and mellow beats in his musical compositions rather than the frantic and fast-paced beats.
By taking the longer and scenic route with his music, he has been to differentiate himself from other hip-hop acts in Brunei, churning popular tracks such as ‘Chimes’.
We sat down with Wacko Genius to ask him more about his musical style and his aspiration as a hip-hop artist.
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Can you introduce yourself?
Hi, my name is Wacko Genius. I’m a rapper and I make pretty chill songs.
When and how did you get started into music?
I started getting into music in 2016. I was studying in Singapore and I didn’t make lots of friends there, so I ended up making my own music in my room to express myself and hopefully inspire other people as much as how the music I listen to has inspired me.
What genre would you classify yourself as?
I consider my music to be the chilled kind of hip-hop and rap.
Who have been your major influences on your sound?
Major influences to my sound would be definitely Earl Sweatshirt, J-Co and XXXTentacion. I think that J-Co has this thing where he can just speak his heart and that’s what I’ve been trying to emulate.
Do you have a pre-gig ritual?
I’ve only done one gig so far and I wasn’t really one of the lineups. I asked them if I could perform and they said yes, and so I performed a brand new song which I wasn’t familiar with the words yet, so I messed up. So yeah, no pre-gig rituals yet so far.
What are your upcoming projects?
I’m currently working on my second mixed tape right now. Hopefully, I will release it sometime this year, but it could be next year.
My future plans are just to keep making music and keep inspiring as many people as I can.
What does the word progressive mean to you?
Being progressive is about growing into something bigger.