I’ve met several people living in Atlanta. Some stand out, and some don’t – that’s just the reality of life. One who has stood out the most so far is Aaron, better known as Real Soon. Anything but simple; he is the definition of originality. Let’s take a moment and get to know this cat, shall we?
Who is RSoon? - R. Soon is Real Soon. Funny how many cats know me just by my twitter handle. I’d change it to @RealSoon, but some asshole took it and never tweets. That aside…I’m a composer and producer, or at least pretend to be one. I’m an ATLien, art fan, craft beer enthusiast, and the creepy guy skulking in the shadow. (I second that)
What is your style? - If you take some hip-hop and abuse the shit out of it via modern classical, funk, psychedelia, and a bit of jazz, that might be the gist of what I’ve been doing recently. And my sound is changing constantly; as a producer, I have the luxury of much greater freedom in that regard than vocal artists typically do.
What has inspired you to become the artist that you are today?- I have no idea how I got here. Well, not quite true.: my long-standing inspiration is the very philosophy of free, personal expression, the goal of creating something that is truly, quintessentially me. Searching for that quality in other music has led me on one hell of a strange path, and joining forces with like-minded musicians has been its own inspiration along the way.
How do you differentiate yourself from the other music producers in Atlanta?- My approach lends itself to distinctive results, for better or worse. Atlanta has a whole lot of really dope producers, most of whom tend to be either mostly sample-based or mostly synth-based. I’m sampling less these days but use sources fitting my background, 20th Century classical, 3rd-stream jazz, fusion, etc., and blend those with synthesizers and live instruments in as many different combinations as I can. And I don’t use 808s that often.
What can we expect from you? - Solo music, collabos with a range of artists (both visual and musical), and one day, film scores. And weird shit, and also snazzy ties.
When can we see you in action?- I’m thinking a little bit about pulling some cats together to do sort of free interpretations of joints I’ve done recently. At least for now, I’ve got a list of artists with whom I’m trying to work, so hopefully I’ll be popping up on a range of EPs/albums in the near future.
What has been your biggest challenge so far as an artist? - It’s tough when you’re not making music with the express purpose of making money from it. So, the dayjob hustle is a battle fought every day. Musically, my primary challenge has been making sure listeners can relate some way or another, since I’m prone to flights of whimsical fancy when creating. Aside from that…remembering to put on pants and making sure my beard doesn’t attack anyone when in public.
Any new releases you would like to share? - Matter of fact, I put a solo instrumental album out 5/29/12, entitled Peace for the Fiery Heart. Holler. And there’s some production work of mine on the new album The Storyteller, by a young Atlanta emcee named YaNi. Also, I have a short composition on the initial release of a very cool indie label, CS² Recordings (the release is titled Schrödinger’s Cassette).
Where do you see yourself in the near future?- Kicking up a range of projects with various artists/musicians, finishing a motorcycle I’m currently rebuilding, and spending a lot more time being awkward in public.
What will you do to stand out from the other artists in Atlanta?- Be the most awesomest awesome ever recorded in the Annals of Awesomery. ATL hoe.
Composer, producer, sound engineer, troublemaker, ATLien, and trainwreck in human form. You will find here: visual art inspiration, beers I'm trying, the occasional inarguably beautiful woman, music of all kinds, and KITTENS. Also, dinosaurs with lasers.