After being compared to the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Chance The Rapper, Pell has steadily gained critical acclaim throughout the industry.
The New Orleans native continues to evolve his music catalog with his newest album Gravity. The record demonstrates the best of Pell’s talent. With songs like his single Skyfall an ode to NOLA, that discusses the importance of staying grounded and infectious songs like Sip, it is no surprise he’s on track to being one of hip hop’s biggest and brightest.
We got to chat with Pell about everything from his inspirations, his dream artist to tour with and more…
Where do you look for inspiration when making new music?
I actually don’t look for inspiration. I just try and live life outside of the music as much as I can. That’s where every song is inspired from and that’s how I really connect with music.
If you could go on tour with anyone, who would you choose?
If I could go on tour with anyone it would be a tour with N.E.R.D. and Justin Timberlake.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career?
I realized I wanted to pursue music as a career when I was in my second year of college at Mississippi State. I had started doing some shows and made a little money and it created a different type of hunger. It was always a passion but when it turned to profit I felt like I could actually drop other things going on in my life. I was working at a dollar general and I had missed several days of work for doing music related activities. I called my boss and told him that I had to make a show the exact same day I had to be in work. The conversation turned into both of us realizing that I had to quit. It worked out so I’m happy for that.
What is your favorite part about creating music?
My favorite part about making music is making something out of nothing. The fact that we as musicians get to turn what we hear in our head into reality is a gift. I love being able to do it and it feels like magic. I love the process.
Where do you see yourself a year from now?
I see myself a year from now with a house and a couple dogs. Maybe a nice whip too but I’m a modest guy so I might roll around in a Kia Soul and keep it lowkey.
Who are your favorite musicians?
My favorite musicians are Dominic Minix, Billy Delelles, all of Cool Nasty, Stephen Gladney, Black Party, Dominic Lalli, Nadav Nirenberg, Conor and Ivan of Brasstracks, Jay James, Braxton Cook, Rahki, TK, and Pj Morton. There’s many more but these are the first that came to mind.
Your song Skyfall is about New Orleans and not forgetting your roots, what steps do you take to make sure you stay grounded?
I consistently go back home and try to see what the city has going on. I’m literally in New Orleans every 2-3 weeks. It may sound like a lot but it’s what keeps me grounded and even more inspired while making music. You can’t see where you’re headed if you forget where your from.
What do you hope to accomplish before the end of 2019?
I hope to accomplish making a more established name for my sound this year. I definitely feel like I established my sound with this last record but I think it’s time to wake people up. I’m ready to go touring like crazy and share with people all of the video concepts ew’ve been working on. It’s also time to build in New Orleans so there’s a couple projects i’m going to get finished while down there this year.
Make sure to listen to Pell’s new track and album Gravity below!