Interview with Roy Midas

“…thought that I couldn’t make it, but in my heart I still wanted to make music.”

Roy Midas

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with upcoming lyricist and rapper Roy Midas. Fans of rap, especially artists like Biggie and The Notorious B.I.G., need to check out Roy’s newest album Human Nature, which is streamed through Soundcloud linked below.

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First, I want to thank you for taking time out of your schedule to answer my questions. I’m sure the release of your debut album has your fairly busy. So thank you!

So, tell me about yourself. Where are you from?

Roy: I was born in Florida, but I was raised in the Bronx. I was grew up on White Plains Road, a heavily drug infested area in the north of the Bronx. I’m currently a college student and I create my music whenever I’m not studying.

Do you remember your first experience with music? What was it?

Roy: My first experience with music occurred when I was a small child, my mother used to play gospel music ever weekend before and after we went to church. During the week my mother would play classical music for me before I went to school. Music has always been present in my life, my mother told me that even as a baby she played all different kinds of music throughout the house.

What type of music did you hear the most growing up?

Roy: The types of music that I heard the most while growing up was gospel, classical and jazz.

Is it different from what you listen to now?

Roy: The music I grew up listening to is very different from what I listen to now. I listen to a lot of Rap music nowadays, and I listen to EDM and avant garde Jazz. My favorite artists are Kanye West, Crystal Castles and Brian Bromberg.

What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?

Roy: I first realized that I wanted to pursue a career in music when I was in college in Atlanta, when I recorded my first track I didn’t like the sound of my voice, so I transposed it and threw effects on it, but my friend told me that I should use my real voice, insisting that I follow the path of the greats like Biggie. After I released that track I realized that I could pump out a large amount of tracks without much effort (but this was before I started to take it seriously). The track had listens within the hour, but I wasn’t satisfied with the amount and stopped making music for a while, and thought that I couldn’t make it, but in my heart I still wanted to make music. Then I got sick and had to go to the hospital for a while and when I was released was when I really started to take it seriously and I would spend hours looking for beats and writing to them.

I understand that Human Nature is your first album. What can you tell me about the album?

Roy: Human Nature actually isn’t my first album I have released a slew of mix tapes under different names, but they were only shared with close friends. Human Nature is the first tape that I am seriously trying to promote and send around as much as possible. The album is about the things that make people want. I discuss money, women, cars and jewels, the things that drive many people, including me; but I also make it clear in my songs “Survive” and “Fresh Wealth” that there are things that are more important than money, jewels, women and cars. If I had to put the content of the content of the album in one phrase or sentence I would say: heavily calculated lust.

I see that each track was recorded with a different producer. Was there a particular reason for this?

Roy: Two tracks were produced by CashMoneyAP and another two were produced by SinApse. The reason that most of the songs were produced by different producers was because I wanted to have a wide range of styles.

The reception of Human Nature seems to be pretty positive. How has this made you feel? Is it what you expected?

Roy: It has been received well. This makes me feel happy that people are listening to my music, because as my friend has told me it’s not about how many listens that you get it’s about the people that are listening.

What are some of the themes that your music touches on?

Roy: Some of the themes my music touches on are greed, lust and having grand aspirations for the future.

For those who are interested, where can music lovers find Human Nature and more about you? Is Human Nature available for purchase?

Roy: For those who are interested in finding out more about me they can always go to my to my Twitter I’m @datboyroi. All of the tracks included in Human Nature are available for download on Soundcloud.

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Author: Samantha Stevens

I am a retired Canadian sailor turned writer, journalist, and academic. Currently completing my MA in journalism, and keeping my writing skills sharp through freelance work. The Littlest Voice is my baby.