Salt Lake City-based artist Ørcus brings a dark feeling within his music that is all too captivating. His latest track “Psycho” is a perfect example of this sentiment in full. Banking off of the release of this track, we were able to catch up with the young talent to explore what makes this and the rest of his catalog so enthralling.

Tell us about who you are and where you are from.

My name is Corbyn Loop aka ØRCUS and I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah.

When did you start making music and what encouraged you to start? 

I started making music back in like 2014 or so, but I was always focused on writing music for a band. It wasn’t until 2018 where I actually decided on going solo and doing what I’m doing now. The thing that encouraged me the most was seeing how the world of hip hop was changing. I never thought of rapping because I just didn’t have the voice or flow for it. But then I found these darker sounding rappers and realized that’s exactly what I want to do, only different. 

Who are your biggest influences? 

Lil Peep, Bones, Ghostemane, $uicideboy$, Obxlus, and many more.

What was the inspiration behind “Psycho”?

Psycho was written pretty quickly, a lot of my songs are about the dark thoughts in my brain that I feel like I shouldn’t have, and one day I was just having a rough day and feeling down, so I just started writing what was going on in my mind. 

Describe the meaning behind the song from your point of view.

I wrote Psycho because I know that I have psychopathic tendencies. Songs like this are my way of releasing it out of my brain without actually being a psycho.

What does the title reveal, if anything, about the impact or theme of the track? 

[It is] exactly what a Psycho would think about – death, nihilism, suicide – that sort of stuff is what I speak about in [the song].

What were some of your favorite parts when creating this track? 

I actually have two favorite parts: one is the outro to the song, where I have myself saying “psycho I know” and there’s a whisper after that repeats “psycho I know” and I wrote that to seem like the whisper is the Psychopath in me replying back. 

My other favorite part is after the second chorus when I say, “The distance is infinite, roll up a simple stick, flip me a fire brick, higher than liar’s den.” In that I’m basically stating that you can go anywhere you want and as far as you want, so kick back, smoke a blunt, do whatever else you wanna do, and live your life. The “higher than liars den” is my way of interpreting being higher than heaven due to me not believing in a higher power. 

What would you consider your music genre? 

I can’t necessarily put a name on it because I make a lot of different sounds, I’ve released a few sad EP’s, I have an acoustic EP out, I release a lot of harder vocal sounds, so I like to jump around a lot and experiment with what I can do. But if someone really wanted a name, I would sadly have to say horrorcore. 

Any special shoutouts? 

I’d like to give a shoutout to my company “Made To Suffer” and to my homeboys in SomoLoco!