POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #39
Jersey club inspired producer, @hikeii, is making moves you don't want to miss. Based in Los Angeles, California, @hikeii has a unique style when it comes to producing jersey club music. Every track he delivers will always exhibit his personality and spontaneous way of incorporating samples and beats. Tracks like his Rich Chigga flip and his Galantis remix collab with Warpstr titled, "No Money," are just a few that can amp up any club or function. From being a member of the Paper Crane Collective to being a co-founder of the music label, CLUBJERSEY, @hikeii is not only a young incredible artist but one of the most hard working individuals out there at the moment. With over 5,000 avid listeners on SoundCloud, lately, he has been throwing down signature jersey sets all over the LA area. Below check out the inspiring interview with @hikeii to get a sense of the direction he plans on going! Enjoy!
Question 1: What got you into making music?
I've always been around music, and my family pushed my siblings and me musically. I played guitar all through my young years and later moved on to drums when I was around 13, so I've been "making" music for as long as I can remember. What got me into producing club music though was from dancing. I would always dance to moes like LILMAN and Jayhood which led me to the style (jersey/baltimore). Then one thing led to another, and I started producing it.
Question 2: What people intrigue you or inspire you to pursue music?
Hmm, no one really inspired me to pursue music. Where I'm from there isn't an actual music scene. I had no internet or cable growing up, so my knowledge of what went on outside of my city was small. All I knew was I had to try and do something to get out of where I was, to be honest. We had no money growing up so my mom wasn't really able to support me how she wished she could have with my aspirations. So she would always enforce two things: One, find a job you love that makes money. Two, regardless if you love or hate something you're doing, do your best at it. That way if I ever decide to have a family they won't have to go through what I did and can fully chase their dreams with nothing holding them back! So I guess I'm giving my best on just that haha!
Question 3: How would you define your style of music?
Hyperactive pop club type beat.
Question 4: What influences your style of work?
When I make a jawn, I always think about how people are going to dance to it! Also, the buls out in Baltimore and Jersey doin thay thing mad props to them! Super inspirational.
Question 5: What is your favorite track that you have produced so far?
To be honest, an unreleased collab with my homie Nitro Fun. Excited to showing ya’ll it soon!
Question 6: How far do you plan to take your music, any goals in mind? Who would you like to work with in the future?
LOTS OF GOALS. I actually made a list on my phone and checked them off as I go. Some really cool labs I'm finishing up too. Just happily working with what I got! I always try and remember that I'm just 18 so I have time to focus and not rush it and see where it goes! In the future, I'd looooove to work with more people out of Jersey and Baltimore. I just want to help and give back to those who inspire me, but if I had to pick a name, definitely Tate Kobang. Love his jawns so much. Would also love to work with some visual artists on merch too cause I've been sleeping on that.