Los Angeles Vs. The World!
We have received the great opportunity to pick the brain of the prominent LO-FI underground artist, KARMA RHYTHM in his very personal addition to our Q&A series. The LA-based multi-talented artist/producer speaks on multiple topics do with his life & musical career thus far. Becoming a powerful force in the scene today, KARMA has mastered the sounds of grungy, hardcore, & sad all in one. Creating music for the ones who feel outcasted to the world, KARMA has built a core fanbase who can relate entirely to what he enjoys so deeply in creating. Take the time out to go front row into the mindset of KARMA RHYTHYM below as he outs everything any true listener of his should know, from the beginning stages of his career to where he is at now.
Q: What’s your name & where you from? How did you come up with the name “Karma Rhythm?”
A: My parents named me Karma Rhythm They spelled my last name a little wrong but yeah my name’s pretty much always been “Karma Rhythm”.
Q: What made you want to start making music?
A: My dad was in a band. He didn’t live with us but i knew he was in a band and i saw them perform a couple times and i knew i wanted to make music. My mom bought me a bass for christmas when i was 6 and that’s how it started.
Q: Who did you listen to growing up?
A: When i was younger it was almost exclusively rock music--nirvana, sublime, nofx, black flag, against me. As i got older i started to really get into underground hip hop--doom, pro era, de la soul.. Once i was like 14 I found a whole new wave of underground music through soundcloud and youtube-- sbe x gtb, carti, sesh, rvidxr klvn, misogi, cight, dj smokey, goth money.
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: hit the juul. Then i usually get out of bed and heat up some water for tea. I usually drink a cup of tea and smoke a couple bowls while i check twitter. Sometimes the tea takes forever though, so i’ll end up drinking like a glass of water first while i wait for it.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: every song’s a sad song … there’s some hard shit too but that’s only because we gotta trap the tears away.
Q: Best song you’ve ever made & why?
A: idek dude. I think the songs on this “i miss la” tape are some of my favorite but maybe that’s just because i’m working on those right now. I think the 1st song i really sang on is “plastic” and that shit just dropped.
Q: What’s a studio session like for you?
A: i’m usually dm’ing Drako Bill$ or he’s there with me working on beats and helping mix vocals. But like structure wise, it’s a mess. I’ve only recorded a few songs so far that i’ve written, for the most part it’s all just freestyles i chop up and i usually have to rerecord a final take after. In between recording new tracks or finishing a new beat i usually waste a lot of time just listening to music.
Q: Top 3 inspirations?
A: i think it’d be fucked to pick 3 because so many people have been so impactful to my development as an artist and as a person over the years. I guess my mom off tops because she’s super supportive and she raised me as a single mom and that’s just inspiring to me. I think there are a few other people too who helped me get to where i’m at now-- elroy and kota, ghostrage for fuckin putting fruity loops on my laptop back in highschool, steezy prime for just everything, and mark arkinson and drako bill$ too.
Q: The best thing that’s happened to you so far from music?
A: idek . this kid bought// amazon’d me a new laptop because my instrumentals helped him get over his suicidal shit and he wanted to make sure i could keep making music, that kinda love still trips me out. s.o. Blake, hope u read this <3 since i started producing for rappers last year i’ve gotten to produce for some of my favorites and that shit still trips me out too. s.o. convolk for showing me love b4 anyone else really rapped on my shit and shallow vera 2.
Q: We noticed in your bio you have “every song’s a sad song” why is that?
A: just because of like the music i make. I make a lot of different genres of music and that kinda ties it all together.
Q: Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
A: fucking finally out of college with a degree i can’t use, doing music full time.
Q: Sometimes you produce your own songs, how did you learn to produce?
A: i played instruments since i was 6 years old and in high school i met a kid who had already been producing for like a year-- ghostrage. He put fl on my computer and showed me the basics. He was cooking beats though and for the longest time i wasn’t producing hip hop beats, i was making holy trap and even electronic shit so i could learn sound design. That shit all came full circle though when i started making hip hop beats and eventually trap beats a couple years ago.
Q: Any artists you’d like to work with?
A: I’m always down to make music with artists if we vibe or we can smoke and make jokes. I really wanna cut a track with bambi and another track w tommy ice. there’s so many other artists too i can’t list everyone off. just if i’m always supporting your music or we’re friends know that i’m down to work on some shit. tap in.
Q: Who are your biggest influences?
A: i think a lot of the music i’m doing now is influenced more by my emotion and like shit people in my life have been through and that i've been through. I think artist wise it’s really hard to narrow it down. Idek maybe like kurt cobain, justin bieber, lil uzi and like 2013 - 2014 bones. Probably everyone mentioned in this interview too and then some. I just always listened to a lot of music idk.
Q: What should everyone expect from you in the near future?
A: this “i miss l.a.” project is my favorite shit rn. I’ve got some crazy collabs lined up for that and you can always catch snippets on my ig or twitter. Idk i don’t want to spoil shit. S.o. undeaddeaths too for rendering some crazy album art for that tape.
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