What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is lo-fi producer, VHSGUS. VHSGUS is an American lo-fi producer and singer-songwriter going through a metamorphosis. What initially started out as an instrumental project has evolved over time as a collaboration among friends and artist. The Florida MC is buzzing in his city so we had to tap in. Checkout the interview below!
Westleaf Staff: What city do you represent?
VHSGUS: South Florida (Miami, FL)
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Florida. Y'all have a lot of talent. Who is your biggest Musical influence?
VHSGUS: I look up to producers like Timbaland who are creative icons who think outside the box. I love pop records and have always been influenced by all genres. Whether it is Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Utada Hikaru, or Mac Miller.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Those are some legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
VHSGUS: Landing the Spotify Editorials "Jazz Vibes", "lofi covers" and "Sunny Beats" with my music with a record label and independently. It shows me that quality music will always prevail and cut through the noise in the music industry.
Westleaf Staff: So cool! Salute for that Spotify placement. So what makes you a unique artist?
VHSGUS: I want to create new sounds and think outside the box within the lofi and chillhop community. Lofi Hip-Hop is such an oversaturated market that it is hard to identify an artist with their music because it is an instrumental genre. I want to be omnipresent with my music and create a network of other like-minded peers in the lofi community by hosting a monthly podcast called Chillhop Talks where we talk about everything lofi.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Much respect. So what does art mean to you?
VHSGUS: You express your feelings and passions in a 3-minute record where you hope to connect with fans and new listeners with a relatable message.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
VHSGUS: I want to further expand my discography in the chillhop and lofi instrumental space. I want to network more with other artists in the community for collaborations or to hop on an episode of Chillhop Talks. I want to see my podcast grow exponentially and have more influencers and fans use my songs in their TikTok and Instagram Reels. I want to grow and evolve sonically as an artist, branch out to different genres, and create more vocal tracks.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success this year! Before we go, describe music in three words.
VHSGUS: Memories, Chillhop, Lofi
Follow :VHSGUS and Linktrust
❏ Official Website ▹ http://www.vhsgus.com
❏ Audius ▹ https://audius.co/vhsgus/
❍ Social Media:
↘︎ Instagram: https://instagram.com/vhsgus
↘︎ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vhsgus
↘︎ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@vhsgusofficial
❍ Chillhop Talks - Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4DMJgnJoj5swJGJ1koNJjO?si=a6c8412c48094bb2
❍ Chillhop Talks - Mixtape: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6oAbQkBRxnJwt3az9rAmv5?si=cfc952efbde84739
Linkrust Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/linkrustflipchef/?hl=en
More about the song:
VHSGUS (FLORIDA, USA) and Linkrust (France) team up for the single "Fry Day" which is a classic lofi hip-hop instrumental featuring sounds from the 90s hip-hop inspired by artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Biggie Smalls. Linkrust's signature voice sample "FLIPPIN RECORDS TILL SMOKE COME OUT" is played before the chillhop drop. This easy breezy flip helps you cruise through the day.
"Fry Day" out now - https://open.spotify.com/track/377wW6Jww7GQQ8gB1PhNtB?si=341cf53d3b0144cb
More from VHSGUS and Linktrust:
Pictured: Linktrust (France)
Pictured: VHSGUS (USA)