ONE37pm: How did you start your career in music?
SXMPRA: I started out making music on my laptop, recording through an Xbox headset and uploading tracks to Soundcloud. I was in university at the time so it was a distraction from my essays and various other challenges life was bringing me at the time.
ONE37pm: How'd you end up creating Phonk music?
SXMPRA: I started making Phonk after discovering Freddie Dredd and subsequently diving in to the deeper underground scene. I fell in love with the grittiness and the darkness of the genre and how aggressive I could make it sound.
ONE37pm: Who are some of your favorite collaborators in the Phonk scene and in general?
SXMPRA: Teddy Slugz is definitely one of my favourite people to work with whether that be within Phonk or outside of it - as we inspire and bounce ideas off eachother a lot and the result is always something we’re both stoked on. Sinizter is also a great person to collaborate with as he brings insane energy with a matching work ethic. Also Dozy Doe and all of the people I have collaborated with have been awesome people and a pleasure to share songs with!
ONE37pm: What's your latest release - and what do you have coming up next?
SXMPRA: My latest release was a 5 track project produced by Dozy Doe. It is a compilation of tracks that we worked on over time showcasing different sub genres of underground rap. My next release is a track I made for the new Fast & Furious movie that’s coming out!
ONE37pm: What do you think is the biggest difference between the SoundCloud era of Phonk and the current era of Phonk?
SXMPRA: The difference is night and day. For the most part, I wouldn’t even really call the this “new era” phonk as it is pretty much EDM at this point. I think more light should be shone on the creators of the original era of phonk and the current era should be more prominently categorised as a sub genre. I have made tracks that sit under both eras so I’m a part of both communities but what people call phonk now is completely a completely different genre.
ONE37pm: Do you have a dream collaboration?
SXMPRA: I’d love to work with Freddie Dredd and $uicideboy$, I think it would come out crazy.
ONE37pm: Where do you think Phonk would be right now without TikTok?
SXMPRA: I think it would be where most of it still sits, in the depths of Soundcloud and in underground communities. Tiktok has done a lot for artists like myself and hopefully it continues to shine light on other emerging artists and producers that have been working at this for a long time.
ONE37pm: What are you looking forward to the most in 2023?
SXMPRA: Creating good music and seeing where it takes me. I have some exciting collaborations and I’m really excited to shoot some visuals for all of them!