Symph-Eeze Conducts Personal Brand OfMusic
Symph-Eeze, a 24-year-old rapper from Far Rockaway, is a positive, upbeat, and talented young man who says he refuses to compromise his sound and creative vision in order to achieve financial or commercial greatness.
"Music should be creative and a form of expression," Symph-Eeze said. "I wish the music industry would allow talent to drive success, rather than image."
The grandson of a preacher, he grew up close to the church and cites that as just one of his numerous influences in life and music. He refers to himself as a producer and performer, but production is his first passion, because, he says, it sets up gateways of creativity for him to explore.
Symph-Eeze, who declined to provide his real name, believes that the drive to make lots of money is what is wrong with music today. Amusician is not marked by his ability, but rather, by his marketability and commercial potential.
His independent album, expected sometime in the early spring, will consist of six songs done in collaborations with other local artists, including Nu- Genesis and his production partner, Avery Lucas. The album is entitled "Cool, Calm, Collective."
Symph-Eeze describes his sound as a blend of hip-hop and R&B, with influences of classic jazz and gospel.
He says that he isn't trying to be a typical hip-hop entrepreneur and start his own record label. He feels that it is more important to perfect the music before he worries about a business venture.
He wants his music remembered 30 years from now, rather than a record company. He wants people to remember him for being unique and bringing an individualized sound to the music scene.
"If I were to start a record label, I'd be just like everyone else in music today, following a trend," he says.
"I am just really trying to perfect my sound before worrying about the business," Symph-Eeze said. "The record label thing is a trend right now and unfortunately, people start labels without being business savvy; that's not me."
Symph-Eeze, who plays in a lot of local churches and some Queens clubs, feels his music has a universal sound that can be played anywhere and attributes it to his varied background and list of musical influences and positive outlook on life.
"People can relate to my music," he said. "It is real definitive, there is nothing subliminal about it, and I want everything to have a positive message."
His positive message, he says, comes from his upbringing around Highway Church of Body and Christ on Beach 45 Street in Edgemere. He attributes his relationship with God to helping him get through many of his own personal conflicts and triumph over them.
"If you build a relationship through God, anything is possible," he said. "Much of my music comes from the mistakes and experiences I have been through in life." His straightforward and powerful lyrics represent his relationship with God and the influence his religion has on everyday life:
"Lord please give me the strength to push forward through my issues / I want to be a better man and that comes through you / Please give me a glimpse of my future / I want to change the world for my brothers and sisters."
Through lyrics like these, Symph- Eeze now realizes there can be a positive side to everything, and wants people to see this through his work, a melody-driven music that evolves into a new sound uncompromised by the pressures of conformity that plague our culture.
"You only get one chance for a first impression," he said. "I don't want to limit myself and put my sound in a box; I want no boundaries."
Symph-Eeze believes all great musicians have a unique and lasting impression on our culture, something he wants in his own customized way. He wants his music to mean something, but he also wants people to learn valuable lessons about life and learn from the same mistakes that he writes about, without selling his soul due to the commercial boundaries of the music industry.