Q: I love the positive message in this track about speaking your goals into existence. Can you take me through your process in making and writing “Brand New Rolex”?
DOC BREEZUS: I was in my producer’s home studio at the time I recorded this. While he was making the beat, I looked through my notes app like I usually do to see what I could lay down. I ended up taking two ideas for hooks that I had and used one of them to start the first verse. The funny thing is I wrote “DB like ebola bout to go viral” and within a couple months we entered a pandemic, so I guess I inadvertently spoke that into existence too. Sorry about that haha.
Q: What do you hope listeners take from listening to this track?
DOC BREEZUS: I want them to take the same energy that I had when I made this song. I’m talking about that energy you’d get from chugging a yerba mate on your way to a 10 am lecture with no food in your body, and then driving to the studio right after ready to lay some shit down. That’s literally what happened that day too. I’m not saying do all of that, but I hope you get something close to that frequency.
Q: I absolutely love your lyricism. Who are your biggest inspirations?
DOC BREEZUS: Rap-wise, Eminem has always been one of my all-time favorite rappers, especially when it comes to lyricism. I take a lot from Kanye West, Juice WRLD and Travis Scott as well. Overall though, I’m a lover of all kinds of music and I love finding inspiration in genres where I wouldn’t think I’d find it.
Q: How is the music scene in Oregon? Did you experience being able to perform live before covid?
DOC BREEZUS: I’ll be real. I’ve only been to one show in Eugene, so I can’t really say much about the music scene at large. I’ve never performed live, but I aspire to once that becomes a possibility again.
Q: When and why did you begin making music?
DOC BREEZUS: I’d always been a musician in one way or another. I used to play trombone from 6th grade up until 11th grade, and I used to dabble in guitar as well. I started out just producing about a couple months into my first year of college in 2016. I wasn’t playing sports at the time like I would’ve been in high school, so I needed something to keep me busy while I wasn’t working or doing homework, and I really enjoyed making beats on FL studio.
Q: In your own words, how would you describe the music you typically create?
DOC BREEZUS: I would say that my music is honest. Not just talking about my subject matter, but I never force myself to stick to one style. I don’t think any one of my songs sound exactly the same. It’s only been a few years since I started making music, and I’m still finding my sound and my voice.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given about the music industry?
DOC BREEZUS: “The quickest way to reach your goals is to help others reach theirs”. This one isn’t exactly about the music industry, but it’s definitely applicable. Especially since when you give someone information (advice, pointers, etc.), you don’t have “less” of it. You can’t lose.
Interviewed by Melissa Cusano