Through a number of recent releases, most prominently in his latest offering Fuego Szn 2, Ynd Fuego has brought a certain level of excitement seldom seen by any other act in his liking this year. The 6-track project – exclusively produced by Sixzin – has proven this fact in full, and we recently sat down with him soon after its release to truly get his take on the project’s development and his current place in the scene as a whole.

How old are you and where are your from?

I actually just turned 25 about a week ago, and I was born and raised in San Diego, California. 

How did you come up with the name Ynd Fuego?

Well the whole “ynd” thing started as just some dumb acronym to throw before my name to be honest. Started as “young n dumb” but as I sort of evolved it kind of took on its own meaning. I think in one song I even said, “ynd, the d’s for dangerous or deadlier or drunken.” It just kind of evolved to whatever it needs to mean in that moment. That’s also before why a lot of my songs, I’ll hit a little “ynd and the d is for…” so people will kind of guess what it’s for and they have to listen to find out. 

What drew you to the music industry?

I’ve always been in love with music since I was younger. It’s always been a good cathartic process for me, just to get out all my negative energies and thoughts in a healthy way. 

What first got you inspired to music?

I think just the process of making music is what drew me to it. Just this idea that I can have a thought in my head and then transmute that into something someone can listen to and enjoy. That’s always been mind blowing to me. Like I’m really just sharing my dumb ideas with people over song and it seems to resonate with them. 

Explain how Fuego Szn 2 came about.

I took a bit of a break from music back in June just because everything I was making was getting too boring. By that, I mean the actual process of making songs just wasn’t as fun as it had been. I had to sort of take a break and make a new approach to music which is what I think I did with this project. I wanted to go for a more emotionally vulnerable, beautiful sound with this versus the trap shit I’d been doing a majority of the year. 

Who are you primarily inspired by in your work?

Lately, I’ve been trying to draw inspiration from everything around me. When I get in album mode I try to be a sponge to what’s around me, not only for life experiences but just for what I see and hear that makes me feel something. Anything that draws emotion out of me, I aim to replicate that feeling for other people with my music. For this album though I tried to draw a lot of inspiration from artists like Lucky Daye, Brent Faiyaz, Syd, Masego, Jai Paul… I could go on. Just a lot of softer sounds that I tried to emulate.

Which song would you say is your best so far?

It’s probably one off of Fuego Szn 2 — the first track “Miss” was one of my favs and kind of the foundation for the whole project. And then there’s a track on there called “Karma” that I’ve maybe played close to a thousand times since I’ve made it. 

How would you describe the music you typically create? 

I think the best way I’ve ever heard my music described is “sad words said beautifully”. Ever since one of my friends told me that, that’s kind of the mindset I’ve had towards my music. I struggle with depression and anxiety like a lot of people, and that’s always gonna find its way into my music so I just try to put all that out there in the most palatable way possible. 

What do you enjoy most about being a musician?

To me, the wildest part of all of this still is that people actually listen to this shit. Like, I get that that’s the whole point but the fact that people see my depressed ramblings over a beat and go “I fuck with that” blows my mind. It’s such a great feeling though, especially with the more vulnerable songs.

If you could change one thing about the underground scene what would it be and why?

Honestly, just the whole high school mentality of a lot of people in the underground right now. I’ve even found myself falling into it before, but sort of separated from it all for my own sake and sanity. It brings out ugliness from a lot of people to the point where you’ll have grown men acting like children in group chats. Like, dudes in their 30’s mad because you didn’t RT their song or whatever. It’s all just a slippery slope, so I’m just trying to carve out my own lane separate from all of that. 

What makes your music unique?

I think the one thing I can say about my music for certain is that it is 100% unequivocally “me.” I try to throw myself out there with my music, try to show every side of me including the parts I may not like that much. That vulnerability is something I think people resonate with. 

If you had the chance to collaborate with anyone you wanted, who would it be and why?

Without a doubt, T-Pain. “Thr33 Ringz” was one of my favorite albums in high school. I’ll always have an insane amount of respect for him and he’s at the top of my list for sure. 

How have you developed your career as a musician?

I’ve just been trying to grow. Trying to have as many ears as possible on what I’m creating. It’s dope seeing the amount of people who fuck with my music grow little by little. Next step is to start booking shows, and just keep creating. 

What can we expect next from you in this upcoming year?

Honestly, who even knows what this next year will bring? I’m just gonna continue making great music and trying to outdo myself. As far as what to expect; definitely more music, shows, might shit on your favorite rapper, maybe go to Disneyland, possibly a Fuego Szn 3, it’s all up in the air.