BY HENRY LYONS
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Creative ideas exist on a higher level than a specific product - a chef can be inspired by a painting as much as a recipe. The medium might be different, but the core idea will translate and manifest. My goal is to give you a personal introduction to songwriters and music producers. We will learn more about what inspires them and explore the different mediums that influence their craft.
A new profile is published every Tuesday.
This week meet IDKHIM, a producer and vocalist brought up in Crown Heights. His music is driving and organic, employing his hip hop sensibility with contemporary electronic elements. He is a true creative, inspired and active not just in music, but in visual arts as well. We discussed how his upbringing and broad interests have influenced his sound.
Stay up to date with IDKHIM on Soundcloud.
There’s a huge legacy in culture and arts in Brooklyn. I grew up on artists like Jay-Z and Biggie, figures like them are really important to me. I’m not saying I’m planning on being the best rapper alive or anything like that, but I don’t want to be a corny musician out of respect for what Brooklyn stands for. I get a sense of honor coming from a place like that. I don’t want to disappoint the reputation. I want to be one of those names people talk about.
I’m very visual. When I make music, I think of the video right when I’m getting started. My favorite director is Wes Anderson. I’m really inspired by his attention to detail. I incorporate the same idea into my music – the more unnecessary, necessary information you give, the better the picture comes out. I also love the way he uses color to create a feeling. I do the same thing with my music. I’m not sure I’d say I have Synesthesia, but once a song is finished I definitely hear blues or pinks.
I like to mix and match vibes. I love people who combine street fashion with high fashion. It’s cool to blend bedroom vibes, with Louvre vibes, with Grammy vibes – and that mindset is prevalent in my music as well. I’ll mix deep house with T-Pain and Travis Scott. In that way, putting together an outfit is kind of like putting together a song.