FVMELESS Explains How He Collaborates with Rappers; Talks New Project
You may have already heard the name FVMELESS circulating around Christian Hip-Hop. If you haven’t, well, it’s time you start paying attention because this upcoming producer may just change the game.
This interview was conducted back in March. Some of the quotes have been updated or clarified to reflect where he is at now.
Pronounced “fame-less,” the beatmaker became the first producer to make Rapzilla’s Freshmen list. He was inducted along with frequent collaborator and fellow Nebraskan Vic Sage. Together, these two have been pumping out incredible music for about a year and joined forces with the EP Low Key.
“It was very unexpected. I was super honored to be nominated,” he said. “Rapzilla never had a producer before, it felt very surreal. It was great to be a top artist that was nominated. There are some amazing artists on that list so it’s crazy.”
FVMELESS is strictly a music producer. He does not rap or sing. This has been a point of confusion since he started dropping music. He is part of the new wave of producers championing their name as the artist on a track with the rappers being featured. For many years producers were behind the scenes, now, they are also the artists. PRODUCERS ARE ARTISTS.
For the last two to three years he has been honing his craft, and the hard work is paying off.
When crafting beats, FVMELESS likes to create topics and themes around the feel of it. He’ll have this outline in his mind and when he sends them out to artists they’ll talk about it. However, he doesn’t like to keep an artist locked in. He usually sends multiple tracks so they can choose the “right one.”
“We are brothers in Christ first and foremost and music partners second. Our vision is to get into schools and teach kids about music, production, and writing.”
Streetlight Sounds are prolific with the amount of music they drop and how they do it. FVMELESS is the same way. Every single is big and his goal is to create that feel over an album as well.
“I have this vision, basically what I’m doing with singles, but feature a lot of great artists,” he initially told Rapzilla. “I want my first album to be this production masterpiece where everything fits together well. Recently the vision for my music has kinda changed a little bit. I don’t know when I’ll drop an album, but music is changing and there’s always new music out. They don’t just sit on a 10 song album and listen to that, especially if they don’t know you. I’m really trying to push a lot of singles this year. I’m torn on what my signature sound is as a producer and artist. I want to experiment with genres.”
As FVMELESS explained, back in March he was trying to get an idea of where to go. He didn’t think his audience was ready to hear a project from him. Now, roughly five months later, he seems to have figured it out.
“After two years of releasing my own music, I think I’ve finally found MY sound. I’ve always had a love for hip-hop, but as a producer, I’ve struggled to find my own lane,” admitted FVMELESS. “This new sound I’m working on is a mixture of genres, mainly hip-hop, EDM, and dubstep. I’ve been transitioning my sound this summer with the singles I’ve released, but by the end of this year you’ll hear what exactly I’ve been working so hard on – an EP that is completely and genuinely me.”
Right now, the only project FVMELESS has out is the joint EP with Sage. It was only four-tracks, but each one was a heavy hitter. This was due to their wonderful working chemistry.
“I started making music about three years ago. I lived in a small town of 1,000 people and I didn’t know anyone making hip-hop music except through social media,” he explained. “When I moved to Omaha, I actually met Vic Sage after talking online. He was the last verse on my song called ‘Chasing’. We mixed and mastered it together, and it was the start of our relationship.”
Listen to “Chasing” Below:
When Sage dropped his project Long Days Longer Nights, the producer thought it was “super dope.”
“About a year ago we decided we would start working on a project together. I made a lot of beats for that project and we kept cutting them. It took us a while to get into the groove,” he revealed. “The whole process changed a lot. We wanted to collaborate. At one point we had two separate projects. One was boom bap and the other was trap. Eventually we kinda just meshed the two a little bit.”
Watch Vic Sage and FVMELESS Below:
He continued, “We have a list of about eight songs that were our favorite and then we sent it out to about 30 people and had them rate the song from least to best. The four we released were the four that were chosen.”
They wanted no fillers or skippable tracks.
FVMELESS said the whole cutting down process was anguishing. Most of the tracks they made will “never see the light of day.”
“I get very emotionally attached to my music. I had to beg Vic to let me drop ‘No Holiday’. It was one of the ones that got cut. There’s a song we cut that had Beleaf on it, but we are going to drop it. We are going to revamp it. It’s a sequel to the song “Your Love Part.”
Listen “Your Love” Below:
He continued, “I can’t seem to let the message of the song die. I’ve got a big vision for the song, just haven’t captured it fully quite yet.”
“Everybody I’ve shown it to likes it but I don’t. I’ve been experimenting with it a little bit.”
He has written hooks and parts of songs before and says his upcoming project’s choruses were written mostly by him.
As far as what’s coming next for the producer, his approach has changed a bit.
“When we first talked my mindset was ‘release anything and everything as frequently as possible’ but now I’m finding that for me, I’d rather take my time and only release the best of the best of what I create,” he said. “Not sure if it’s the best approach in a culture that constantly needs something new, but that’s where I’m at right now.”
Stay tuned to Rapzill.com, you can bet we’ll have the news when FVMELESS drops! Be sure to read our interview with Vic Sage too.