Seattle’s very own May Hemp has been putting in work in all aspects of his musical endeavors as of late. In light of this, we were able to have a discussion that taught us more about his life as a whole and what his goals and plans are for 2020. 

What’s Seattle been like for you? Tell me about some of your early experiences growing up.

I loved growing up here, because of growing up in Seattle I was introduced to music and art super young. Nirvana was my favorite band as a kid and I’d always have my mom play me territorial pissings. 

Who else were you listening to early on in your life? 

My mom was into Metal so she’d play hella Metallica and Rush, and my sister who’s 11 years older than me was really into 80s stuff like Bauhaus. The first hip hop I listened to was Lil Wayne, T.I., Three 6 Mafia, Mac Dre, and Andre Nickatina. My sis is the one who put me on the hip-hop stuff because she knew I’d really fuck with it. 

When did you actually decide to create music of your own? 

I started recording music at 16 with my bro AP and used to skip school every day with him to go to the studio. The place we first started recording was with this guy Jojo who was a crazy character and the studio was ruff but he helped us develop by letting us record all day… as long as we brought him a blunt.

At what point did you decide to take music seriously and knew this was something you could pursue? 

When I was 18 I decided I couldn’t go to college because I had no money and I had a passion for music so I chose to pursue that as my career.

What are some of your favorite songs you’ve created or been apart of so far in your career?

Music has brought so many great experiences and people into my life. I ended up meeting Gweilo Ghost through SoundCloud and had him get on the song “Let Me” which was the start of a really great friendship. I went and visited him and Forevrboy in London and now we’re all hella close and created a camp under the name RG with Gweilo, Forevrboy, Worryworry, and producer Tracstar. I’m actually linking with Gweilo the 1st in LA to network and shoot a music video for the soon to be released song Miss You Produced by Tracstar.

What’s your musical process like? How long does it typically take you to record and create a song? 

All my songs come naturally, I hear the beat and the melody/lyrics just come, and if they don’t I move on to the next beat and save it for another time. I’m pretty quick about recording, I’ve always felt like my first couple takes are the best. 

What are your plans for 2020? 

Right now I’m focused on “Miss You” and rolling it out January with a video. I really see it doing well and being something a lot of people gravitate towards.

What’s the number one thing you want to accomplish in music? Do you have any further goals you’ve set for yourself? 

The whole RG fam is trying to change music. We’re making international hits and want to take our music as far as it can go. I’m in this for the long run and I’m going to make music for the rest of my life.

What’s one thing you like about the underground and one thing you dislike about it?

I love the underground scene because it develops artists, a ton of underground artists have come up underground and become popular mainstream. I don’t know anything I dislike about it, to be honest.

Any last words of motivation? 

Shout out to you and everyone that supports the movement — it doesn’t ever go unnoticed! We all hold the power to do whatever we want, (so) be a good person, stay as positive as possible, and do your best to make yourself happy!