Explain who you are for those who don’t know you?
NAMASTE !!!!! I’m Sume, those of you who don’t know me, that’s pretty much because I’m an enigma. I don’t exist for everyone, I’m too esoteric. The rap world knows me as Skriptz, Skrizzy, I’m source energy, creation in motion. rapper, certified life coach and creativity catalyst.
Where are you from?
Born in Kolkata, India, grew up in Thailand (Bangkok City), Switzerland (Geneva) and Bennington Vermont, just finished my masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology with a merit from the University of East London. Shout outs to all the homies I made along this zig-zag journey, much love!
What is it like growing up where your from?
As I said, I grew up in a lot of different places and I have been super grateful for the experience, being able to learn and draw perspective from different peoples cultures and personal narratives. It wasn’t easy moving around a lot because my idea of “home” was kind of skewed. I consider everywhere my home, travelling where my heart takes me to.
How did you get into music?
I got into music when I started listening to my grandfather play the harmonium at a young age. Indian music has a lot of melody, it’s very wavy. I started to listen to rap since I was 9 years old, from then on I got into the rabbit hole of writing my own lyrics, I started rap battling online but it wasn’t for me, even though I loved it back then. I tried to learn musical instruments. But I never liked people telling me what to do or how to learn. It didn’t work out, however i kept recording, collaborating and writing. I never learnt how to sing or rap, it was just ritualistic, all of my music was intuitive and primal resonance.
What is it that you do?
I create, meditate and innovate. I’m a self-proclaimed binaural shaman who imprints people’s subconscious mind to be their best self. I facilitate people’s inner growth and I believe I fill a new genre-bending approach to hip hop, there’s a void in the market which I am filling. I don’t mean to gasconade but there’s not a lot of rappers that are doing what I do and approaching the game as a way to spread positive messages.
What are your goals?
Right now, it’s all about exposure, man. I’m not a person that’s easy to understand, I love speaking in abstraction and metaphor, so right now one of my major goals is to simplify, step outside my own self and help people to really understand my message. I believe in self-education. I have this group on Facebook where I post videos answering questions about creativity (https://www.facebook.com/groups/293310131117650/). I want to post more music videos and content on youtube, get my business up and running and hopefully make more memorable and lit tracks on the side.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new project now since Bollyhood is out on Spotify and iTunes now. I don’t know what to call it yet or when I will release it but all of this comes to me at a right time. It has to mean something, otherwise art is obsolete. I also have plans of writing and self-publishing a couple of e-books.
How do you feel about the current state of HipHop?
It’s become very diverse and I love how it’s branching out more. I’m all about growth and hip hop has found a way to do that. Some people may be against the whole wave, however I feel like you have to ride the wave, take command of the wave yourself. “Turnup” and the “new wave” is fun since it’s more about the vibes than the lyrics and it’s about the catchiness factor, the delivery, it all fits together for the listeners experience. I do love some deep lyricism, however how it sounds is just as important in my eyes. I like how artists are exploring their unique multifaceted sounds and it’s all under this umbrella of hip hop. I do miss the old days of hip hop, however, I think music will always change and I am moving with the flow of the globe, never against it. I am always hype about newer, doper possibilities for music and more younger artists getting involved.
What makes you DOAP?
I think my art speaks for itself, I believe in myself. I keep it charismatic, I set trends, my grind, drive and hustle is all from a new angle. It’s not from misery and sucking fun out of the picture, I love relaxing and flowing and keeping the childlikeness alive in me. People are open to collaboration and always asking about my musical projects. I’ve gotten to the point that the stuff I’m kicking is so inspirational that you all of the sudden I find people trying to imitate me and trying to sound like me. I think personally I’m very laid-back, I have had mentors and gurus point me in the right direction, i’m not in this for the fame, I just love the expressive nature of rap. I hope more people start to take notice of the vision.
Anything else that you would like to add?
Yes, always do you. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams. Go ahead and move people with your music, that’s what I did. Shout outs to DOAPHOUSE for this awesome interview, you guys are the G.O.A.T in my goat curry! SPLASH!
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