Artist Interview: “Me, Myself Or Die” by CXL MXCK

Q: Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you decided to follow your path as a musician?

I mean, I have been doing music on and off for nearly 10 years now.. wow I feel old. But I’d say late 2019, after a 2 year hiatus was when I realised how much I needed music. It’s my medicine, I need it and the fact people dig it just makes an awesome combo.

Q: ‘100mg’ has such a catchy & unique sound and style. What was your creative process in making ‘100mg’?

Thank you, I’m really proud of that track! I’d say ‘100mg’ was definitely a vital part in developing my ever changing sound; I was caught between making rap songs and indie songs at the time, I felt I couldn’t find a good middle point, then I remember just making the riff up and thinking of the flow pretty much instantly. It was really just a simple chord progression to rant over, I never even thought I’d record it, I thought it was an awful throw away song but when I got in the studio Sam (Producer – Lower Lane Studios) said it could be cool to try and then we had it. At the time, I was really struggling with my mental health and I wanted to make a diss track really… I was angry, looking in hindsight, I am so happy I wrote how I felt at the time because it really developed me artistically. The version of the track on the EP was remixed by JDMH, my good pal and producer and he really gave it the aggressiveness so he’s definitely to thank for that!


Q: In your own words, how would you describe the music that you typically create?

That’s a question I always struggle with… I would say Alternative just for convenience and to avoid any sort of confusion. I feel ‘alt’ is like the umbrella term for not quite pop, not quite metal, but digging deep, I’d say I’m a mix of a few genres, mostly, hip-hop/trap fused with almost Indie. Indie Trap maybe? Each song I make that fits into a genre – just as a whole – I find it limits your range when you put yourself in a box. I just like the freedom and the unknown of making tunes.


Q: What has been one of the highlights of your music career so far?

Getting my debut track “I Can’t Breathe” played on BBC radio I think, that was insane… I cried haha –  it was so emotional. The song that got played was such an important and heavy song for me and the fact the product of that pain was getting noticed was so overwhelming. I felt hope for the first time in a long time when that happened and I’ve never questioned the worth of what I work for since!

Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with, if it could be anyone?
CXL MXCK: I love this question, thinking big here but I’d say Dr. Dre or Joyner Lucas, if I had to pick an artist. In terms of being featured on tracks, I’d love to do a metal tune with a band – that would be dope. But I would also love to do a real soppy duet with a female artist too. I want to get some features in this year for sure.


Q: What’s up next for you?

CXL MXCK: I have tonnes of songs I need to work through and get ready for you all. I’m going to make some cool content after the EP drops, some music videos, collabs and of course I can’t wait to get back on that stage. This is just the beginning, the real work begins now.


Q: Would you like to say to your fans out there?

CXL MXCK: I would like to say, ‘Thank you for digging my music and being on this journey with me. From the bottom of my heart, I love you all!’

Interviewed by Kevin JP Hulihan

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