CULTED SOUNDS: WAX WAXES LYRICAL ABOUT NEW EP, ‘HUNGER OR GREED’
Dropping a debut EP is a momentous moment in any artist’s career – something London artist Wax knows all too well. Add a short film release to the mix, and it’s enough to cause a buzz. With a six-track debut EP entitled Hunger Or Greed dropping just last week, we caught up with the rapper to discuss his creative process and the inspirations behind the short film.
Hey Wax – talk to us about how it feels to release your debut EP!
I’ve waited a year for this day so it feels like a new chapter in my career. I’m excited for everyone to take it in, it’s a true representation of Wax’s sound.
How long has it been in the making, and what was the biggest challenge?
I’ve been working on it for a year now. The biggest challenge was definitely the short film! We wrote the script back in December, and we were filming the whole of March and April. A lot of sleepless nights and early mornings but I couldn’t be more grateful for a solid team.
Do you have a favourite track on the project?
No favourites. Track 1-6 for me is a whole journey so it’s hard to choose. I definitely have favourite moments and favourite lines but I can’t pick a song.
What does the phrase ‘hunger or greed’ mean to you – beyond the obvious?
There’s been loads of times where I feel like I’m being tested by the universe. I could be tryna do something for the better, but there’s always consequences. I feel like nothing is free, we all pay for everything in one way or another.
Knowing that there’s a thin line between being Hungry or Greedy, I ask myself is it just better off being greedy and facing the consequences?
How does the film fit into things?
The film depicts moments in my life where I wrote certain songs. For example, GREASTYLE in the film recreates the moment I showed my people the song for the first time in the car and we were all gassed.
Figure It Out in the film recreates a time in my life where I felt I was alone, and my back was up against the wall. I had to learn some lessons but at the same time we’re all just figuring it out in this life and industry.
The film as a whole gives you an insight of my day-to-day life and what I’m like as a person. I feel the narrator really makes the viewer comfortable and makes the film a lot more light hearted. I’m the type to enjoy life, and enjoy the fruits of my labour, and try to turn any negatives into positives.
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How important is the visual side to your work – does it inform the sound or vice versa
Very important. I feel like it’s a lost art. As a fan of music, I love seeing crazy and well thought out visuals so it’s something I wanna produce too. Music nowadays is the whole package, so I want everything to be consistent and to a certain standard.
If you had to describe your sound as a song name, what would that song be?
J Hus – No Denying. There’s just no denying my sound, my flow, my lyrics. There’s no denying Wax.
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Lastly, name some tracks you’re loving right now.
Bentayga Dust – Skiifall
Wait Too Long – Buddy ft Blxst
Soft Life Only – Damz D
What Type Time – Woodie Smalls, Isaiah Rashad
The Bird – Anderson .Paak
Take Me Home – Vince Staples
What Do You Mean? – Skepta, J Hus
Time Flies – Drake
Dying Breed – Tay Jordan
Steady – Wizkid