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Cory Jreamz: “I wouldn’t call myself the traditional hip hop artist”

Cory Jreamz is an 18-year-old artist from Houston, Texas. I first heard his music a couple of months back and was immediately drawn into the world that this personable rapper has created all his own. Debut EP Polysemy is an introduction of sorts, an emotional story told in its purest form (before anyone was really watching). In recent weeks he’s picked up new management from Los Angeles and gone from 200 to 12,000+ Twitter followers practically overnight! With his star now on the rise, a team behind him and a whole lot of people anticipating follow up EP No Castles In The Air (dropping next week – August 3) it will be interesting to see just what happens next for Cory Jreamz.

What does music and art mean to you?

CORY JREAMZ: Everything. Without it I would be a lost, lost soul. I wouldn’t have any drive to get up from sleep. I wouldn’t have any drive to continue to go. I don’t even want to think of my life without it. Scary. None the less I think I would be a depressed lonely teenager angry at the world. 10 times worse than I am now. Actually scary to be honest. I can’t see myself without it.

What kind of music would you say that you make?

CJ: I hate putting a certain genre on my jams. I wouldn’t call myself the traditional hip hop artist because my songs don’t have a simple verse hook verse hook formula. I make Cory Jreamz type jams. It’s something new and fresh. I’ve came into my own sound.

Who or what inspired you to start making your own music?

CJ: I wouldn’t say anyone in particular inspired me to start actually creating music. I was already writing poetry at the age of 14 so it was just like I wanted to see how my words would sound over an actual sound plus rhythm. It has ended up sounding rad so far.

How did you start?

CJ: I went through 3 different recording locations – one was in an apartment one in a garage and another in a house – before I actually found a home, my home Barron Studios. Those guys are so rad man. They are actually really good genuine people. Big thanks to Todd Chris and Vince. This interview wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for them.

As an artist, what is the most important thing to you?

CJ: Making sure I’m always doing something that hasn’t been done before. Making sure I can’t be compared. Having my own world and universe as an artist. When you’re listening to my jams or watching my videos you’re stepping into my world. No other artist should matter at that moment.

In a previous interview you mentioned “I still want to be somewhat of a mystery… leave some room for listeners to grow with me over the years” it sounds like you have a long-term vision for your career?

CJ: Yes, I have a clear vision of what I want to accomplish. From stage design, to album covers, to tour ideas. I have all that down packed ha.

On Twitter recently you commented: “Dude i’m about to make the biggest decision as an artist and in my life this week. Wish me luck yall.” What decision did you have to make?

CJ: I now have a PR team behind me in California by the name of Entourage Management. I felt it was time for me to have proper representation behind me. Thanks to Austin. He’s pretty rad. I really can’t wait to go to California and actually meet him in person. MGMT seems like the perfect band to listen to in California. I’m going to listen to my favorite song Time to Pretend by them so loud when I mange my way out there.

What are the songs on your debut EP Polysemy inspired by? Do you find reoccurring themes filter through into your songs?

CJ: They were all inspired by different things which eventually became the songs. Yes I was really haunted by a ghost named Victoria. Yes I was a quiet shy kid in high school. Yes I think the Internet is our new religion. And yes I hate the education system and would pick music over it any day.

You’ve recently released a clip (featured at the end of the interview) for a track on Polysemy called IONR (Internet Our New Religion); what’s your favourite thing about it?

CJ: There’s a message in the video but the message isn’t forced upon your views exactly. I read up on Helter Skelter and the Manson Family while I was writing the script. It helped me evolve the characters into a cult instead of just a group of friends with the same views. They were a family. They attempted to force their views on me but they couldn’t. It’s a shot at society forcing its views on people.

What can you tell me about your musical collaborators on Polysemy?

CJ: While I was creating Polysemy it wasn’t even all about the music. It was way deeper than that. While I was creating it I started getting in touch with Mother Nature. Things like deer’s and woods and forests started to interest me. Without the cover art it would be just another CD in my opinion. I had a vision of putting a wine glass on a chair in the woods and Sophie Loloi helped me achieve that. She’s awesome. Without that photo I would have been very unhappy.

As far as the peeps that did the instrumentals on Polysemy they all are very awesome. Reese Jones had the perfect feel for the intro sound I had visioned. My engineer Vince and I added the Jazz with Mr.Vsax plus the Quiet Man movie sample and it came out very rad. It’s funny because I had writers block for a whole week, before I came up with something for it. Very frustrating actually. I’ve actually known Mr.Vsax a while now. He played the sax on Quiet Man and Love Is You. He also did a couple live shows with me in 2011. I’ve known YoungMav also since 2010 (did the beat for IONR). I actually had that beat since November of 2010. Nothing ever came to me for it. Another frustrating time for me as a writer. I tried and tried but nothing came that I thought was presentable. Finally in March I thought of the hook. Then I found the speech sample, and just went from there. StEEZiLLa is so chill ha. Like he’s one of the chilliest people I have ever met. It’s very ironic though because he did the beat for Love Is You which has a jazzy smooth sound to it. He also did the beat for Victoria which is personally my favourite song on Polysemy.

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