Love, inspiration, hard work and experimentation. Meet T H R O N E in our interview below.
Describe your sound in three words please!
Exploratory, freeform, lofi
How did you come up with the name “T H R O N E”?
We wanted one word that put us together. We both are ambitious, the T H R O N E is what we are gunning for. It’s spelled and capitalized difficultly because we like the lofi aesthetic.
What is your creative process? How many beats do you listen to before you end up using one?
In short. A lot. We get tons of beats from our friends and folks online, for each song we record on we probably listen to 10 beats, for each song we actually drop probably more like 50. Our process is a volume based one, constantly looking for fresh inspiration in the moment to write and record to.
Many of your songs are relatively short in duration. Is this an artistic decision or it just happened?
It’s a mix of both. We don’t work around the standard structure of catalogue songs, we just write whatever we feel like. Maybe a chorus, probably not. Often times we just fill up a beat, many beats our friends make are super short, instead of asking tor them to extend them we just fill up whatever sized canvas we receive.
You have said that you like to break the rules and replace them with your own. Do you feel that hip hop nowadays sounds generic? Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?
We definitely like breaking rules of what is expected in structure, sounds and writing styles.
Lofi rap has just come into the mainstream view, we’ve been taking it in our own direction with our duo style, personal musical influences, intentional lyrics and a wide variety of flows and delivery.
Underground now is a huge multitude of sub-genres and influences summarized as what you won’t hear on the radio. If it isn’t mainstream and familiar – it’s underground.
What is the one thing that is present both in your relationship and music?
We are literally always together. Every verse, and every real life moment, our music is a reflection of our constant collaboration and togetherness.
Would you reveal each other’s funny habits?
YVHIKV always gets shy recording around me. I have to put on headphones and listen to something or play a game. She always looks at me and says “Can you hear me?? Turn the volume up!”
We like to have our voices switch back and forth sometimes, and when H records, he usually does one full take. When we go through them together, the space where I’m supposed to be, it’ll be him making a cat or dog rap where he just makes animal noises on the beat lol.
What does the future hold in terms of music making?
We are shifting now to a dual release flow. Our goal is to ramp up to 1 song a week on streaming like Spotify and do a kinda constant free song release on Youtube. We feel that moving really fast will allow us to create constantly and satisfy us more.
Thanks T H R O N E!