IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: We are located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but we have members representing different regions. Mr. Adams is from Douglas, Wyoming, a small town of about 8,000 people in rural Wyoming. J grew up outside of Sioux Falls in the country, and went to school in a small town called Garretson. LP and our guitarist Achim Supreme grew up in Sioux Falls. HV$H was born in Sioux Falls, but his family immigrated from Kenya before he was born. We also have artists we are developing from the Sioux Falls area.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Our musical background is very diverse like our varying personalities. Mr. Adams and HV$H grew up singing and playing instruments all their lives. Mr. Adams played the trumpet growing up, and HV$H played the clarinet, alto sax, and tenor sax. J started playing piano at 5 years old, while LP and Achim Supreme have been playing piano and guitar for as long as they can remember, and have been playing together in a band for 8 years. Together we have been making music for only 7 months.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: We believe that music is about a total encompassing entity of using real instruments along with digital instruments to produce a quality sound. We wanted to bring the influence of guitar into rap music similar to the way it is done in Rock and Roll by incorporating solos, catchy riffs, and smooth melodies. Mr. Adams noticed early on in his friendship with Achim Supreme that he had the aptitude to bring an interesting take on rap music with his guitar skills. It’s rare to have a group of gentlemen who can listen to the likes of Eminem, Kendrick, and Jay-Z in the same playlist as Pink Floyd, The Eagles, and Scorpions.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Our songs vary. They range from struggle, to triumph. We sing and rap about the things that people can resonate with, along with topics that might be considered taboo to a lot of other artists. We have the ability to reach the masses, but also can reach home with lyrics that are thought provoking and sometimes comedic. Our music reflects the feeling we get when listening to a particular beat/instrumental as a collective. This is a very collaborative group.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Our fan base is directed toward a wide variety of listeners. We want to bridge the gap between genres, and segue into a new sound that may have been played around with by other artists, but never was really their signature sound. Some of the songs we are currently producing have a very rock feel to them, while others are solely rap based. We have so much depth in our roster we believe that we can connect to a wide variety of fans.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Our musical influences are very diverse. We all listen and like rap music, but many of us grew up listening to other genres as well. Mr. Adams, for example, grew up for an affinity for older music by the likes of The Temptations and The Five Satins, along with the likes of Kanye West, Ludacris, and Kendrick Lamar. J and LP grew up listening to Eminem religiously along with Rhymesayers. J also listened to Taylor Gang growing up, but wasn’t afraid to pop in Blink-182 when the mood struck him. LP and Achim Supreme play a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, but to hone in on one musical influence for them is absurd. HV$H prefers to listen Isaiah Rashad, but has taken a lot of influence from Bob Marley and the Beach Boys. As far as local artists, T.H.E. Honoroll listens to Soulcrate for influence on how to cater to the local crowd.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Our music is something you wouldn’t expect. We aren’t going to dazzle with fast paced lyrics (for the most part) but we do have the ability to showcase this syllabicity. We would describe it as not only thought provoking, but constructed with instrumentals that we have created a majority of the time. We have been working fervently on our own production skills, and are finally proud to start releasing music that we ourselves have produced.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: We aren’t only rappers and singers, nor are we just producers. We are an encompass of the whole process under one name. We don’t have the need to go out and have someone mix and master our music, as we taught ourselves about production through the making of 4 mixtapes in a matter of 5 months. Mr. Adams recently read an article on J Cole when he first got signed. In the article the question was raised about whether he was an artist who could produce, or a producer who could rap. We fall under this conundrum. We incorporate aspects of all genres. One day we might produce a song that might sound like DJ Mustard could have made it, while the next day we might have a song we are working on that teeters along the lines of Run DMC and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Currently we are working on a lot of different projects with a lot of artists met through social media, along with producing music for local artists around Sioux Falls. We will be coming out with our first mixtape of original beats and songs that either we have produced or other producers we have met through Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. We aren’t the type of gentlemen who are afraid to work on multiple projects at a time, simply for the fact that we have multiple producers and engineers that also rap and sing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: We want to be a staple in the music industry as artists and as producers. Eventually, we would like to start a label and continue to develop other artists for the future generations to listen to. In 10 years we see ourselves having a successful repertoire built for ourselves in the music industry, as artists, producers, and engineers.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
T.H.E. HONOROLL: Twitter- @thehonoroll
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