Hey TWIST readers!
We recently chatted with hip hop fusion artist Jordy Towers, who is releasing his debut album The Art of Duality really soon! He spilled to us how he makes his music, how music helps him get through tough times, and just how crazy his shows can get!
Check out Jordy's video for "Money Money" below!
TWIST: What inspired you to write your own music? Jordy Towers: I always wrote my own stuff at home. I used to freestyle all the time with my friends just for fun. At first, I was really shy. I didn't want to do it. But then my boys, my older brothers, they used to get on me like "Dude, you better rap!" They used to force me to rap. One of my older brothers used to battle me in my ear and in my face. I was a battle rapper pretty much. I came up like a battle rapper. I never sang, ever. Singing came on later on.
T: Where would you say that you got the inspiration for "Spaceboy Boogie"? JT: It was like dubstep before dubstep, you know what I mean? I just want to blast off. Basically, Spaceboy is like the life I want, like the confidence that I want to have as a person and I can have it in music. Spaceboy is my alter ego. My confident alter ego.
T: How would you describe your sound? JT: My music? My style? I think it's genre-less. I think it's hip hop fused with everything. I'll do a fusion of jazz and hip hop. It's pretty much hip hop, but it's hip hop fusion because I can sing and rap, but I can sing every style. I'm not just like one style. The cool thing is that you can tell through all my music that it's me.
T: How would you say that music has helped you get through difficult times? JT: Sometimes I won't even know how I'm feeling. My grandmother died in my arms and she was my mother, she raised me. I didn't really have family growing up. I went from house to house. I was adopted by different people growing up. In my early twenties, my grandmother took me in and gave me a parent that I never had. She died in my arms and I didn't even know how to feel about it. So when she died, I just started writing and writing and writing. Through the writing was how I dealt with the grieving. I just kept writing. I just kept working. I dove into my work. Through the work you could just see a troubled-ass kid dealing with pain. Sometimes I figure out how I feel after I've written a song. I'm like "Wow! That's how I feel!"
T: So do you have any album plans for the near future? JT: Yeah, the album's coming out. Right now it's called The Art of Duality.
T: Ok! Can you describe it a little bit for me? JT: Duality means you are two things at once, you're two different people at once, you're two things simultaneously happening at the same time. The fact that I'm singing all my hooks and I'm rhyming and that both people, me, myself Jordy Towers, and my alter ego on tracks at the same time together. Bascially, it's Jordy Towers featuring Jordy Towers, like two different people on each track, but it's the same guy.
T: Have you ever had any embarrassing moments on stage? JT: Oh my god! I was doing a show recently in Spokane, Washington. I do a lot of crazy moves on stage. I do this stand during one of my rhymes. I do this really fast and I turn around and I spun right into my base players, right into his guitar and snapped the mic in half! I didn't have a mic for the show. I just stood there on stage and just started like trying to hype the crowd up. It was pretty embarrassing at first, but I still pulled it off.
T: That's sounds crazy! Thanks for chatting with TWIST today! JT: Thank you, TWIST!