Q: SO “F.O.E” IS COMING OUT IN ABOUT A MONTH FROM NOW, HOW ARE YOU
FEELING ABOUT THIS RELEASE?
A: (Brendan) We’re crazy pumped for it! Are you kidding me?! Seriously though, we
put the time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears into this one. It is who we are. it
communicates that perfectly in our eyes.
B: (Jesse) Very excited. We’ve been pushing ourselves harder than ever before.
HyDeF Society has been achieving goals faster than any of us had ever imagined.
This track came together like clockwork. We all utilized our strengths well, and
focused on creating something that would be remembered.
C. (Jacob) These last few weeks from recording in the studio and finding places to
shoot our music video have been exhilarating. “F.O.E” will be the first release I have
been apart of, and super happy with the final product!
Q: DESCRIBE THE RELEASE. WHAT MAKES IT TRULY UNIQUE?
A: (Brendan) “F.O.E” was a track completely produced by us from the instrumental
on up to recording the lyrics. It blends a dark, moody electronic sound with a trappy
Hip-Hop drum track. The lyrics focus on freedom of expression, an important topic
in today’s world.
B: (Jesse) In my opinion much of today’s hip-hop and rap tracks lack emotion, and
I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, All music offers a certain vibe. The mumble rap or
mono rap just isn’t style I want my music to portray, and as a group wasn’t the vibe
we wished to aim for. There are a lot of trends in Hip-hop, in all music for that
matter. It’s important to note that you can follow them or create your own. If you
choose to follow them, you’ll probably gain some popularity, but it will die off
eventually. On the other hand, if you create something fresh and original that will
inspire people, it won’t be a trend. Trends don’t last and HyDeF Society isn’t going
C. (Jacob) Words are powerful tools that humans use to communicate messages, and
this is what “F.O.E” does. The track has meaning in the lyrics on top of the bass and
drums which makes the song truly unique.
Q: GIVEN YOUR UNIQUE STYLE, WOULD IT BE HARD TO COMPARE YOUR SOUND
TO OTHER ARTISTS?
A: (Brendan) We get asked this question a lot, and it is hard for us to select artists
that we think we sound like. Our style fuses sounds from all over the place due to
our diverse taste in music.
B:(Jesse) Yes, I put all of myself into whatever project I am working on. I have
never set out to sound like someone else. Everyone is different, and originality
stems from when you stop trying to be like someone else. When you stay true to
who you are, incredible things begin to fall into place. We as artists, know who we
are and what sound we are trying to achieve, and I feel we definitely showed our
stripes on this release. I am more than proud to say HyDeF Society is unlike any
other rap group in today’s industry. This release has been an awakening of just how
much potential we have as a group, and just how far we can go together. “The sky is
C. (Jacob) We try and sound as original and unique within our rap sound so we don’t
get grouped in with other artists. However, I have legends that inspired me like (Wu-
Tang, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks).
Q: SPEAKING OF INFLUENCES, WHO WOULD YOU SAY WOULD BE YOUR BIGGEST?
A: (Brendan) Depends on when you ask us the question. Right now, I can’t get
enough of Kendrik Lamar. I truly respect is writing style and delivery. But in the
same day, I might veer off into Fleetwood Mac or Bruce Springsteen or Led Zeppelin.
B:(Jesse) I have a lot of influences…..
Fat Jon, Bugseed, Bonobo, J-Dilla, DJ Krush, People Under The Stairs
Nujabes, Five Deez, Damu The Fudgemunk, LTJ Bukem, The Deadbeats, Caveman,
Pure Sounds, Infinite Scale, Blockhead, Orka Veer, Pete Rock, CL Smooth,
As far as popular names in hip hop today, I’d say they range from Kid Cudi and Mac
Miller to 6ix9ine and Smoke Purp.
C. (Jacob) The legends that have inspired me would be (Wu-Tang, Immortal
Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Nas, Damian Marley).
Q: EACH OF YOU TOOK PART IN WRITING BOTH THE INSTRUMENTAL AND
LYRICS? WHAT WAS YOUR CREATIVE APPROACH FOR EACH?
A: (Brendan) In terms of the instrumental, I really gravitate to a darker, more
moody beats by nature so I set out with the goal of making a beat that had the
feeling and emotion I wanted. With my verse on the final track, we had decided on
the theme before I wrote it, so I had the premise and wanted to state that in a way
that was personal to me.
B: (Jesse) With this particular track, I didn’t take much part in actually building the
instrumental. My creative notes were definitely heard throughout the mixing
process both in and out of the studio. On this track, I did have the idea for dropping
in the speech that JFK is giving throughout the track. I thought this fit the vibe we
were going for very well and it did, so I dropped it in after we got our mix back from
ToneWorks Studio. All of us write our own lyrics and take pride in whatever project
we’re working on, so have no doubt that passion for what we’re doing is the only
creative approach we need.
C. (Jacob) We were going for a track that the instrumental grabbed your emotions
while the lyrics grab your thoughts. To really resonate with the listener we wanted
an original sound that people could vibe too.
Q: THE TRACK DEALS WITH FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION; ARE YOU TRYING TO
MAKE A SOCIAL STATEMENT OR REFER TO YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES?
A: (Brendan) I think that it is a little bit of both. We experience social issues through
our own eyes, so our statement about an issue will automatically take our
experiences into account. Speaking to my verse specifically, I wrote more towards
the personal experience side.
B: (Jesse) It’s nice to be able to make a statement in a track, but that was never the
intention when we started this one. A statement just kind of happened along the
way, like many of our tracks. There are a lot of social problems that exist in the
world today. Everyone is fighting for what they believe in, just like we’re fighting for
our shot to be heard. I always try to incorporate parts of my past into my writing, but I like to think I’m
writing about my future.
C. (Jacob) Music is a medium which artist’s use to share a story or an image, and
that’s what “F.O.E” is for everyone in the group. I believe the freedom to express
one’s self (to a certain limit) is important in any society.
Q: A SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE OR A COMPILATION OF EXPERIENCES?
A: (Brendan) A compilation of experiences over time. Freedom of expression can be
restricted by more than just governmental actions.
B: (Jesse) Many experiences throughout my existence on this earth bleed through
the tracks I work on. Life has put me in a lot of different places both emotionally and
physically. With that being said, I can’t imagine a world where I cannot express
myself freely, yet places like this still exist today. Slowly we’re losing many of our
freedoms within our own nation without even realizing it. Our society is changing at
a rapid pace, many forms of art are being restricted. It is important to take hold of
our liberties and freedoms and exercise our rights as citizens before they are taken
C. (Jacob) A life time of experiences that influence the way we think and act on a
Q: WE HEARD THERE WOULD BE A MUSIC VIDEO ACCOMPANYING THIS RELEASE,
CAN YOU GIVE US SOME DETAIL ON WHAT TO EXPECT?
A: (Brendan) We really tried hard to communicate the message of the track through
the beautiful street art renaissance Detroit is experiencing. Featuring the world
renowned Heidelberg Project and a handful of unique street art pieces, the video
will show what freedom of expression is.
B: (Jesse) While shooting the music video we thought it was important to pay
homage to many of the relics that exist in our own hometown, Detroit, MI. Much of
the artwork that is painted on the inner city walls is truly breathtaking. What most
see as graffiti, we see as murals. So we thought this setting would make for the
perfect set for shooting F.O.E.
Putting your artwork on a large structure for everyone to see takes confidence and
pride, exactly what we put into our music, and we have a lot of respect for street
artists for this reason.
C. (Jacob) Our music video is the first for the three of us, working with the
Heidelberg project to get permission to film on their street! Along with shooting
and a few other local Detroit spots has been a fun learning curve. You can expect to
see all three of us, with other friends that have helped with the production of the
Q: WHAT ARE YOU GOALS/HOPES AS ARTISTS?
A: (Brendan aka SKiZM) I won’t lie to you, we have pretty high goals set for
ourselves and even higher hopes. Both Jesse (SyDeKIK) and I have always set high
expectations for ourselves in life, it helps us keep our drive, sometimes to our
B: (Jesse “SyDeKIK”) Our mission as artists and producers are to create music that we
ourselves resonate with, in hopes that others like us will do the same.
Brendan and I had been working toward a sound that described us both as artists,
offering fullness and weirdness. I feel like this track does that perfectly. “F.O.E.” not
only expresses who we are but tells our opinions of the system we’re all a part of
and some of our greatest fears within it.
C. (Jacob) Spreading knowledge through music too as many people as possible.
Enjoying life from day to day. Making music with good friends. Thank for the
interview, glad to be here. Bless up.
We offer a truly unique blend of Hip-Hop and Electronic to the forefront of the music
the scene, which won’t happen unless we collaborate and bring more talented people
into the fold.