Music in 2014 has become a genreless organism in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to the indie scene. Nowadays as the head of this website, I come across a new wave artists that not only just raps or sings or produces, but does all three, and can do them extremely well. Such an artist is Cali-bred, Virginia-residing artist Paris Jones. Whether he’s rapping, singing or producing, it’s clear that Mr. Jones provides a musical experience that you can not just hear, but visualize. As a fan of his music, it was an obvious choice for him to the latest artist to be a part of The Whole 9 series. As part of this chat, he talked about his new single You Like Me, off his forthcoming LP Metamorphoo, while also talking about the album itself. The gears then switched to his monthly instrumental series, artists who inspired him, the definition of music stylistically, artists he wants to work with and the future. This was a really dope interview, which you can read after the jump.
the9elements: You recently dropped a brand new single You Like Me, which is one of the songs that’s definitely more than just ear candy. I almost felt like I was experiencing the melodies and lyrics in almost a visual sense, which I found to really add to the song. What was your process in terms of how this song was put together?
Paris Jones: I got married in June. I made the beat and sang about how I feel about my wife.
T9E: The song You Like Me is part of the musical mosaic that will be your forthcoming album Metamorphoo. What can be expect from the project?
PJ: Metamorphoo will be the most mature care free expression I’ve created thus far. But I do think its just a start. I believe I’m just touching the surface of my own creativity. Not playing off anyone else. A total expression of me.
T9E: On top of your forthcoming album, you’ve dedicated 2014 to releasing a new instrumental release every month, featuring some new music. What’s your rationale behind crafting a distinctly different project every month?
PJ: J Dilla And 2Pac were my inspirations behind a monthly EP series. They had such a sense of urgency about their music. They took advantage of every moment they had to make something. That’s why Pac had so many albums after he left. Dilla made Donuts while He was in the hospital. That’s dedication. If God gave me this gift, I need to use it. That’s why he gave it to me. Doing these EP’s also helped me to control my inspiration and creativity. I would have trouble making music when I wasn’t “Inspired”. Now, I can make something whenever I feel like it. It helped me mature in that aspect. I can make deadlines now, but not for the sake of making them. The deadline is met and the product is good.
T9E: Let’s talk about your music in a less tangible way. Your musical style is one that isn’t afraid to experiment and bend genres, whether you’re singing or rapping or producing. Where do your influences come from and what do you define yourself as an artist?
PJ: I love Hip Hop. It drives me. But I also like music in general. I don’t listen to traditional Hip Hop as much as I use too. I continue to discover and uncover other genres. But someone who I’ve grown to admire who I’ve been listening to my entire life is George Clinton aka Uncle Jam. I love Parliament Funkadelic. That was my fathers favorite collective, so I grew up listening to them. But looking at documentaries of the process George went through and experienced made me admire him and his philosophy on music. That’s why I’m able to be care free and creative now because there aren’t any rules to follow. If there are rules, I don’t believe in them.
T9E: With your ability to cover so many different genres of music, if you could make a song with 5 artists, who would they be, and why?
PJ: Esperanza Spalding – Great composer, awesome vocalist
Azealia Banks – great lyricist, unique singer (Love her singing)
George Clinton is his prime – ( I would use his gnarly commentary to set the vibe)
Parliament Funkadelic – (Need their musicianship)
Chance The Rapper – (great lyricist and singer)
That was a tough question.
T9E: You seem to have the ability to churn out innovative music at a pretty good clip, from your remixes to production to original music. What’s next for Paris Jones?
PJ: Thank you. My album SHAKERS is out on Jan 26th then Metamorphoo which doesn’t have a release date yet. Then I have no idea (laughs). I should probably make a plan (laughs).