Lil Wayne’s “Mahogany” was a sleeper hit on his 13th studio album, Funeral, launched this previous January. As I scrolled via the thread celebrating its launch on the HipHopHeads subreddit earlier this yr, a remark from consumer chakitabanana caught out to me: “I produced Mahogany with Mannie Recent. The 2-hour wait from the Youtube leak to it dropping formally was excruciating.”
Following my journalistic instincts, I instantly reached out to the consumer through Reddit DM. After just a few days of ready with no response, I gave up on the story. Quick ahead to July; I randomly opened Reddit and observed I had a brand new DM. It was from chakitabanana. He was nonetheless involved in an interview.
“I’m additionally like a fairly profitable solo artist who simply signed a take care of Columbia Data,” chakitabanana wrote.
I used to be intrigued over again; who is that this child? The reply is Sarcastic Sounds, the 20-year-old Toronto-based producer born Jeremy Fedryk. As he explains to me on the telephone, his stage title got here from a short-lived profession as a sort beat producer.
“I used to place out sort beats on the web after I was 14, 15, and my title was Sarcastic Asshole on YouTube,” Fedryk says. “As soon as I began to promote beats, I knew I couldn’t use that as my title, so I modified it to ‘Sounds’ on the fly.”
The sort beat chapter of Fedryk’s profession preceded each his work on “Mahogany,” and the solo sound Sarcastic Sounds has grow to be identified for at present. After turning into involved in lo-fi beats after discovering them on Instagram in 2017, Fedryk rapidly developed a knack for flipping samples, which birthed early songs like “Jealousy” and “I Can’t Assist.” Earlier than he knew it, Fedryk had racked up hundreds of thousands of performs throughout YouTube and Spotify.
All of the disparate components of Sarcastic Sounds’ profession feed into one another. His lo-fi flips gained traction individually from his work on “Mahogany,” which happened when he entered a beat battle in 2018 and performed his unique work for Mannie Recent and his entourage. Touchdown a placement on a Lil Wayne album was an surprising confidence booster, pushing him to take issues critically.
“I deal with music extra like a job [now] than I did earlier than,” Sarcastic Sounds confesses. “I perceive extra about what goes into being a profession producer now than I did just a few years in the past. I’m simply making an attempt to set extra targets for myself, so I could make it a profession.”
Our dialog, flippantly edited for content material and readability, follows beneath.
DJBooth: What was your first expertise with music rising up?
Sarcastic Sounds: My dad is an beginner piano participant, so music has at all times been in my life. He bought me and my brother began on music classes early, so I began taking guitar classes after I was six. I did that for a yr or two and began up once more, however it by no means clicked with me. I performed drums all through center college and highschool in a jazz band and issues like that.
What was the primary rap music you bear in mind listening to?
It was “Obtained Cash” by Lil Wayne, mockingly. My brother confirmed me [the video for] it and a few Eminem movies. I believed it was cool that Wayne had a shirt that stated “He Raps,” and T-Ache had a shirt that stated “He Sangs.” I need to’ve been about eight years outdated.
Discuss to me about being approached to supply Lil Wayne’s “Mahogany.”
That was the profession second for me. I’d at all times seen myself as a hip-hop producer initially, and making beats for rappers I beloved was the top objective. The humorous factor is that this occurred fully separate from my complete lo-fi factor. I may’ve had no data out, and “Mahogany” nonetheless would’ve occurred.
I used to do beat battles after I was youthful. There’s an enormous one in Toronto referred to as Battle of The Beat Makers I had been doing for just a few years at this level. The final one I did was after I was 18, and one of many judges was Mannie Recent. I performed the “Mahogany” beat onstage in the course of the battle, and [afterward], somebody he was with approached me and stated Mannie needed to fulfill up. We met up the subsequent day in Toronto and chopped it up for a bit bit. A few months later, he flew me out to his place in Houston, and [we] made music there for every week. It was just a few different producers and me. It was loopy to be with one of the crucial legendary hip-hop producers ever simply consuming breakfast [laughs].
After I left, I didn’t hear from him for about eight months. Proper earlier than [Lil Wayne’s Funeral] dropped, one in every of Mannie’s representatives hit me up and stated Wayne chosen the beat. I have a tendency to not imagine stuff till I’ve heard the music. I didn’t hear something till the album dropped, and I assumed I didn’t make the lower. Then, an hour earlier than it dropped, I bought a name and was advised my beat made the album.
What was your first response once you heard the completed music?
I first heard the music an hour earlier than the album got here out as a result of it leaked on YouTube, and I couldn’t imagine it. I heard the lighter flick firstly, and it was essentially the most insane shit ever. I used to be leaping up and down and speaking to myself and saying it out loud.
I heard the report similtaneously all people else. It was a totally surreal feeling, and it was essentially the most superb factor ever.
Your solo sound exists on the intersection of rap, emo, and pop. What impressed this course—and the way did you land there?
About three years in the past, I had come throughout an Instagram video of any individual who had put collectively a bunch of SpongeBob clips and put a lo-fi music on prime of it to make a tragic edit of it. I believed it was the best shit ever. The music was “Wake Up” by an artist referred to as Moow. I fell in love with that and began digging into that sound. It wasn’t too technically demanding, and it was superb. A yr or two later, I used to be digging for samples, and I put out my first lo-fi music. The music bought extra of a response than the rest I’d accomplished, so I knew that was the course I ought to head in.
What drew you to lo-fi music? Its definition is hotly contested amongst totally different rap circles, so it means various things to totally different folks.
When folks consider lo-fi, they normally consider the jazzy beats to review to. I at all times discovered that to be a bit boring and felt that anybody may try this. That’s simply how I felt as a listener. I believed it was extra attention-grabbing so as to add the vocals and provides it a extra melancholy type of vibe. Most individuals I discuss to in my circles embrace the time period, however it completely means lots of various things, relying on who you discuss to. Even in that article you included my music in; these songs are solely totally different, even spanning throughout genres. [Lo-fi is] not one uniform factor.
You cultivated a large following via your remixes and flips. You now have over two million month-to-month listeners on Spotify.
It was a gradual course of. I by no means wakened at some point pondering, ‘Wow, I cultivated this fanbase.’ It’s not a loopy feeling to me outdoors of being tremendous grateful to be on this place. It’s cool to see folks join with my music, however it doesn’t register as a factor that’s occurred if that is smart. When you get previous a sure quantity, your mind simply can’t comprehend that many streams or that many individuals. My first 10,000 streams felt far more surreal than my first million streams. You simply hit some extent the place the novelty wears off, and it’s vital to verify your self.
Discuss to me about your take care of Columbia Data. When did they method you?
I bought linked up with Columbia via collaborating with Powfu. He signed to an imprint of Columbia, and Rob Ronaldson, who runs the imprint, hit me up after listening to [our] music. He had proven my music to Imran Majid—who’s an A&R at Columbia. I used to be gonna put my songs out alone, and Imran advised me we may work out a deal. All of it occurred via Powfu, to be trustworthy.
I began getting launched to folks within the business a month or two after “Mahogany” occurred, however it was all fully unrelated to that. These two separate issues occurred on the identical time inside my profession, and it was tremendous bizarre. However the way in which it occurred was excellent.
What would you say is the distinction between Sarcastic Sounds in 2018 and Sarcastic Sounds in 2020?
In the beginning, the way in which I make music is totally totally different. All of the songs I make with vocals function me singing, and my vocals are pitch-shifted. I used to be fully sample-based earlier than, which comes with its personal challenges and is an uphill battle, particularly impartial. I’m doing all the pieces from scratch now. So far as my day-to-day goes, I deal with music extra like a job [now] than I did earlier than. In 2018, I used to be in highschool after which college, so now I do it full-time. I’m simply making an attempt to set extra targets for myself, so I could make it a profession.