Artist Interview: “Before You Go” by Cody Presley

Q: The chorus of “Before You Go” is insanely memorable. Walk us through the creation of this track.

CODY: I remember I was out n’ about running errands and what not. It was just one of those days, a bad day, nothing really working out in your favor, you know? I ended up creating this melody in my head, so I rushed home and pieced the project together with influences of my current situation and previous scenarios. When I laid it all out, it just clicked, sound after sound I knew where I wanted it to go.

Q: What was it like working with Vaegud and HXRXKILLER on “Before You Go”?

CODY: I’ve never met them honestly. I found their website and scrolled through their catalog, which by the way everything is fire and clicks for me in an instance. When I found the instrumental for “Before You Go” it matched perfectly with what I wanted to present. Every transaction with them has gone completely smooth on both sides. I would love to get in a studio with them for sure.


Q: How different was the creative process for your upcoming EP, Twenty7, versus your last project, There’s Always Tomorrow?

CODY: I like to say that it’s just two different Codys. Two separate mental states. A time gap and artist growth. Twenty7 wasn’t rushed or experimental in the fact we know what we are doing now and what we wanted to do. I’m happy with every song and single factor we put into Twenty7 as a whole.


Q: What got you interested in emo-rap and what are your thoughts on the emo-rap scene?

CODY: Honestly, Lil Peep. As soon as I found him I immediately dug into research on him as an artist and I’m glad I got to watch him grow as an artist early on in his career. That man’s energy is Immortal.

It threw me into the world of emo-rap and I remember just being in awe that it was a possible mash up and knew I wanted to be a part of it.

The emo-rap scene is very versatile right now, every artist in it has their own take and sound which I love. I feel like the emo-rap scene is just now getting a sliver of the spotlight it very much deserves, but it’s only a matter of time.

Q: How has growing up in Pensacola, Florida influenced your music?

CODY: I always tell people Pensacola is a medium city, there is and isn’t stuff to do there.

It raised me, it’s given me so many stories to share, that it’s hard to be mad at the bad ones. A lot of my sound influence is from what I was into growing up in my childhood so I love it in a weird way, I always wanted out growing up, but now I don’t seem to mind it.


Q: Since the pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies that you are willing to share with our readers?

CODY: It’s the most important to me, we are surrounded by social media. Every given second is millions just glued to social media. You want to put yourself out there and in front of these eyes. There are so many ways to push ahead from online music promotion.

I would say try and connect with other artists online, work with them and make connections, you never know what can happen.


Q: What would you like to tell your supporters out there?

CODY: Thank you, for everything, it means so much and it wouldn’t be possible without your support.

Interviewed by Brynn Hinnant

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