We linked up with animepapi of DXD Allstars earlier this month for an interview that I (5kirr) ultimately forgot about, but here it is!
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I ﬁnally got to dive into your discography and it is some very powerful stuff that many, including myself, can relate to. What would you say is the purpose of the music you make? It’s deﬁnitely palpable how passionate you are about your musical craft on a genuine level.
When I ﬁrst started making music it was because I loved it and I thought it’d be fun to do, but over the years music started to become an outlet for me emotionally where it became an escape to be able to sit down and work on songs and forget about or work through whatever I’m going through at any time. I think that that’s a personal challenge that I have for myself is to always try to ﬁnd a way to better connect with people through my music and try to think about what I would need to hear as a teenager when I was going through something.
So the music became a part of you character and let you connect with others like never before. What was it like at the beginning of your exploration into the sides of yourself you wanted others to see? I hear it’s always a slow grind trying to get your name out there.
I started going by Animepapi in spring of 2017 and I didn’t break 100 followers on that account until after June 2017 when I put out my ﬁrst song that has what I’d consider my own “sound,” which is my song Think of Me. So up until that point I was releasing a lot of music that was honestly trash and sounded a lot like some kid trying to copy whatever was hot at the moment
It’s pretty wild how many of your songs were made by you from start to ﬁnish. What can you tell me about your background as far as music production goes? I know everyone has to start somewhere abstract before they can really develop their own unique sound.
I’ve been producing for about 8 years. I started out making dubstep and progressive house when I was in 7th or 8th grade because Skrillex and Deadmau5 were getting huge back then and I thought it’d be really cool to be an EDM DJ and producer. I started recording and engineering for a couple local rappers that went to the same high school as me and it looked like a lot of fun so I started to write and record my own stuff when I was about 16. After doing that for about a year I got really into Odd Future and started to make beats.
I honestly wouldn’t have pegged you for an Odd Future kind of guy. So you deﬁnitely have extensive experience on the technical side along with a varied pallet of inspirations. Who else from the rap world inﬂuenced you early on and how did they affect your perspective?
I grew up listening to Lil Wayne so I always had love for hip hop and kinda realized that’s what I was most passionate about musically. I think I started to look at music with a lot more respect because of how much Odd Future and Kanye West impacted me when I was a teenager. I started to see the power of how music could help people through difﬁcult times in their lives, and that’s what I try to do now.
Throughout your vast collection I could easily ﬁnd a song for every occasion whether it is the poppy chill dance vibes of Empty Space or some lo-ﬁ emotional soundscapes in Come Down. What would you say is the mood you want to present to people when they listen to you? It’s hard for me to put a name to it.
Sometimes I would want a song like Brand New Glock to just blast in the car with the windows down and have fun with your friends, and sometimes I would want a song like Junkie that makes me think about a relationship that I’m in or a break up or something like that, because I think that other peoples’ music can really help me to reﬂect on and help me through things in my own life, and I hope that my music can be something like that for others.
How are things for you currently; are you enjoying all the people you get to work with one-on-one? I’m sure the constant collaboration helps push you as an artist and explore new facets of your creativity.
Currently, things are pretty great. I’m meeting a lot of really great people and working on a lot of projects and I love having so many close friends that I get to work on music with all the time, because that’s been a dream of mine since I started making music and that’s just turned into what I get the privilege to do pretty regularly.
I’m glad you’re in a good place and creating how you like. What’s some of your favorite music you’d recommend to others and some unknown acts that you think deserve more recognition? It’s always good to know what’s popping in the underground.
Afternoon Beats just dropped an EP that I really love called Flash Photography that I’d really recommend checking out. I think that as far as artists go, Lil Polearm is without a doubt up next. And one of my favorite producers right now that I think is super underrated is Bluknight. Cartoon Ben and Jcam are also super dope, if anyone needs beats I’d recommend hitting the three of them up because they always have heat.
Always putting up the team as it should be. It’s extremely exciting to see you expand and further deepen your exceptionally rare sound. What direction are you headed as far as the future is concerned?
As far as direction, I really want to keep pushing myself, my sound, the quality, and the diversity of my capabilities in my music. I want people to be able to hear a beat and immediately know that it’s a beat that I made within the ﬁrst couple seconds. I also really want to show that I can do it all, whether it’s rapping or singing or fast stuff or slow or whatever, I can own that style but still sound like Animepapi.
More power to you for branching out and learning as much as you can. I’m sure there’s a lot on your plate and some secret projects stashed away but ﬁll me in on the most relevant. Anything currently in the works you’d like to share?
I have a project called Chasing Eagles, Pt.1 releasing on Friday, May 4 that I’m really excited about. I’m currently working on Chasing Eagles Part 2. I have an EP with Staryu that’s getting closer to ﬁnished. We’ve got a lot of songs done but we want to keep reﬁning those as much as possible to make it the best ﬁnal product we can make. Lil Polearm and I are working on a sequel to our AnimePolearm EP called AnimePolearm Volume 2. I have an EP with Afternoon Beats that will probably be released in June and the DXD Allstars are also working on our ﬁrst compilation tape.
Can’t wait to see how it all turns out forreal. Retrospection has always one of the most helpful tools to ensure well-being and growth. What would you say as some honest advice to a younger version of yourself that would’ve genuinely helped?
Trying to be something or someone that you’re not will never make you happy. Don’t be afraid to be different and embrace being yourself. If you write something and it doesn’t feel like you, rewrite it. Also, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a strength to recognize that in order to make the best ﬁnal product possible sometimes more brains or ideas are better than just one. Be honest with yourself about your weaknesses and work your best to improve them to the best of your ability.
Thanks for your time and all your words, deﬁnitely feels like I got to know you a lot better and I can’t wait to see what greatness emerges from your mind in the future.
You’re welcome dude, thank you so much for being interested and taking time out of your day.