It is not common for a hip hop artist such as Kris Delano to delve into unfamiliar ground in efforts to progress their craft, particularly in the Philippines, where it is rare for rappers to learn music production and even more exceptional for artists to learn how to mix and master their track. This week’s preview features a brand new track by Kris Delano, which is scheduled to be released on July 22.
We are grateful that he enabled us to elicit his thoughts on certain subjects that you may find interesting or are unfamiliar about him and that he gave us the chance to listen to “S.M.A” in advance. One thing is for certain, to be able to listen to it initially, it will take you on a voyage through your thoughts.
So, Kris, we discovered that you spent a significant amount of time as a youngster in Pennsylvania. Did your time abroad influence who you are now as a revered hiphop artist in the Philippines? What kind of music did you listen to as a teenager?
Any genre that my sisters listened to but definitely Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne, and Fabolous got me into rapping.
You began by collaborating and even commissioning with various beat makers; how did you end up studying on your own and producing your own beats, and what drove you to do so?
I really had a hard time explaining to producers the sounds I want and to some, I came off as bossy but in reality I just really wanted something specific with the intentions of just making music that I like. I didn’t want the drama so I ended up learning how to do it myself.
You made your debut as an artist with the tune on which you collaborated with Karencitta back in 2016, can you tell us how you’ve grown as an artist since then?
From a guy that started as a battle rapper, to learning to rap on a beat to actually making the beats, I can definitely say there’s more to learn. The growth is endless.
In addition to working with Karencitta, Kris performed with James Reid on the track Soul Love that was released on Careless Music.
Regarding the song S.M.A. Where did you get your inspiration, what type of vibe are you aiming to evoke, and what was the creative process like?
The bass came first. Freestyled for about 5mins that eventually became the hook. The drums and everything else followed. No specific vibe, just being me that night. I made this song year 2020 by the way, it took me 2 years to learn mixing but here we are now.
When it comes to writing, is there a particular state of mind or time of day during which you have to be in order to be able to record what you’ve written?
Definitely at night time specially when everyone’s asleep. I like to work with a quiet environment. So quiet that you just start to hear your thoughts out loud. That’s when I get to start writing.
We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to listen to the song ahead of time. In that vein, will there be other tunes or collaborations in the near future? Is S.M.A part of a larger compilation or an EP?
I have about 20+ unreleased music just waiting for new skills to be applied before I actually have them ready for release. I’m forever growing and so is my music.
Do you have any other passions or interests outside of music that you’d like to share with your devoted fans? If so, we’d love to hear about them.
I love to cook haha making something good with whatever ingredients I only have. Just like music, it’s the recipe. It’s art. Beautiful and delicious.
Is there someone in particular to whom you’d like to express your appreciation or make a special mention?
My mother, Gloria. For just letting me be me and to my soon to be wife, PJ for being supportive all the way.