Compton native @COZMEDUSE submitted “V E N U S” for the @TheMixCrew‘s project. As evidenced by the soothing vocals and simple harmonies over a minimalist backdrop, “V E N U S” is not only short and sweet, but provides a little introspection as well.
How did you hear about #TheTwitterMixtape?
I heard about #TheTwitterMixtape through some friends on Twitter, my friends @nothinlikesmeek & @thirdeyesquints. I listened to the previous mixtapes and really fucked with the music and movement, so I thought why not.
What is the story behind the song you submitted?
“V E N U S” came to me on a rainy, sunny day. I decided to dream for a moment; about raising consciousness, sharing and openly discussing all things that unravel questions we need to ask ourselves. I believe that awareness is everything. This song is about a mystical Eve stimulating a Adam’s mind in hopes that he find truth and light.
Musically, what is your creative process like?
My creative processes includes affirmation, prayer, sage, a No.2 pencil, a notebook, minerals, water, and fresh air. When I am writing to a song, I listen to the beat non-stop for like 4 days and then I dead it for 4-5 days. I call this the “marinating” process. You gotta let the beat marinate for a few days to find the message in the beat itself. It always helps me with the subject of the songs I write to.
Are there any artists you admire and respect that you draw influence from?
Most definitely I would say my top greatest influences are, in no order: Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Common, Lauren Hill, India Arie, J Dilla, Talib, Tribe Called Quest, Yasiin Mos Def, Macy Gray, Anita Baker, The Delfonics, The Lovelites, Jackie Wilson, The Sapphires, Don Julian, Minnie Riperton, Smokey, Chaka, D’ Angelo, Keke Wyatt, Musiq, Mint Condition, The Roots, etc. I could go on and on. They each obtain that irreplaceable sound, technique, and glow that makes them practically immortal, in a sense; knowing that even when they pass, their music won’t. I admire this about all of these amazing artists, and I want to my music to transcend in the same manner soon one day.
Aside from music, are there other ways you express creativity?
Oh yes. A few of my creative outlets involve painting, jewelry making, pottery, shiva and lasya tandava dance (divine dance), and spoken word.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Expect the basics from me. I’m trying to bring the simple shit back to life.
Where can new fans learn more about you and your art?
You can stream @TheMixCrew’s #TheTwitterMixtape: A Spring Experiment on Apple Music and Spotify. You can download the project for free on TheTwitterMixtape.bandcamp.com. Thank you for supporting indie artists!
Listen to “V E N U S” below: