With a broad and diverse range of influences that include hip-hop, psych-rock, pop and RnB, Houston-based 25-year-old rapper, singer and producer Gallowayyys has now brought his eclectic direction back for his latest single 'Rolling'.
Channeling a bold and effortless groove throughout, 'Rolling' showcases the artist in positive form. Filled with a strong blend of atmospheric textures, sweeping production, and his own seductive vocals at the helm, this new release sees him deliver one of his most confident offerings to date.
So with his new track available now, we sat him down to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Bass. I spent most of my summers in Memphis as a kid. My twin uncles played jazz and blues at clubs and venues all over the city. It was only natural that I’d get a feel for the keys and bass first.
What was the first song that inspired you to make your own music?
I can’t recall the first song, but my earliest inspiration comes from songs such as 'I Wonder' by Kanye West. The dreamy synths, violin, deep bass and lyrics questioning reality were the beginnings of Gallowayyys.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was a punk teen. I skipped most of my senior classes for music. Not sure how I graduated with honors. Most are surprised to find I was really into artists like Gary Jules, Devotchka, and less so Kid Cudi. Once groups like Odd Future, specifically Frank Ocean, came on the scene I really connected to the idea of being unapologetic as an intentional informality.
What do you find is the best environment to find inspiration for your music?
I get my best ideas when I feel connected to the universe. Microdosing in nature and dreaming under colorful lights with diverse friends definitely helps.
Who are your favorite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I’m really into genre blenders like Eartheater and Yves Tumor. They scream punk and individuality which in a lot of ways gave me the confidence to craft songs like ROLLING and the other songs from my upcoming 2021 wave.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
I’ve experienced a lot of people, especially relationships with women. My mom was always the stronger one so I naturally attracted and gravitated towards feminine energy growing up. A lot of the ideas I express in my songs involve a woman in one form or another.
What has been the most unusual moment in your career so far?
Realising how easy it is to craft the music you’ve always wanted to make when you find yourself without ego.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
We’d probably end up destroying the stage or starting a legendary mosh pit, but Kid Cudi. I love to rage and bliss out on stage with my fans. With this new catalogue I’ve crafted it’s definitely a possibility post COVID.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
Either a Spiritual guide or a Nature Conservationist for sure. I recognise that life has the potential to be the greatest opportunity an infinite being can ever experience. All the things that make up the world are designed to be experienced.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Music is an extension of your identity. If you focus on exploring all the other dimensions of your identity you’ll eventually tap into an experience that is uniquely you and those on the same frequency will feel you in a deep and profound way.
Gallowayyys' new single 'Rolling' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.