Sycklone displays the full spectrum of his fine artistry in his latest release, a track and music video titled “Label Me King,” exuding confidence while offering the best of what contemporary urban culture has to offer. We had a chat with Sycklone about his inspirations, early beginnings and much more!
Tell us more about the inspiration behind your new track “Label Me King”
My inspiration behind “Label Me King” came from remembering where I started from, to where I am today. When you start from the bottom, as you move up, you see a lot of steps you need to take along the way that slowly help develop you, as you progress and move up the ladder. I’ve always seen myself as a King, regardless even if I’m only by myself because a King truly knows who he is in himself, even when he has to take the journey and build his foundation alone.
Did your surroundings growing-up helped you shape your musical taste?
Yes, when I was younger, I used to get bullied a lot for what I would listen to. Mostly pop music cause other kids would be jealous of me that I could sing and they couldn’t. But I realized that I was able to showcase more of my musical taste when rap & R&B was introduced to me, giving me that versatility. It showed me that it was okay for me to tell my stories, & talk about what I’ve seen while growing up.
Any fun or interesting behind-the-scenes moments from the music video shoot you’d like to share with us?
Yeah, me and my boy David shot a ton of scenes near the Barclays Center. At the 0:24-0:27 mark you see in the video, it took me about 11 tries to get the shot right cause we had to sync up everytime when I pointed and aimed at the camera to get it to aim for the sky. It was really hot that day, so you can imagine the constant running back and forth we had to do while counting down until I dropped the best lol. My other favorite scene was shooting in Times Square. Having all that energy while trying not to bump into other people passing by, people trying to get in the video while we shoot, etc, was definitely a challenge, but also fun.
Are you more of a recording artist, a performer or both?
I would say I’m more both. When it comes to being in the studio, I like to perfect my music and put my all into what I’m doing. When I’m performing, whether it be shows or a music video, I love being in front of the camera.
What’s your creative process like, do you write the lyrics first then add the music or is it the other way around? Please share your thoughts.
My creative process is pretty simple. I find a beat or beats that I like that have bass, piano, or acoustic guitar in them. Those are the main things I look for in a beat to give me ideas. Then depending on how the beat sounds, I think of what to write after that.
What’s the first thing you notice when listening to a new track?
The first thing I notice is the beat. Lyrics are good as well, but I think the beat is what draws most people in first before the lyrics. The lyrics are just the added bonus.
Would you like to collaborate with other artists? If yes, please give us your Top 3 dream collabs.
Oh that’s a hard one considering there are a lot of good artists out there. But my top 3 dream collabs would have to be Dave East, Justin Bieber, & Chris Brown.
What’s next for Syklone?
What’s next for me, is definitely putting out more music for my fans to hear. Currently I’m working on 4 more new albums that I can’t wait to show the world.