Apollo Hill

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Apollo Hill
Where are you currently based?
Los Angeles
How did you first start playing music?
When I was 5 or 6 my Dad made me pick up the violin but didn’t stick with it too long. Also played the saxophone for a bit when I was 10.  When I turned 11, I was given an acoustic guitar as a gift and after my cousin showed me a few chords, I became obsessed. It’s all I did. 
What’s been happening recently?
These past few weeks have honestly been a bit hectic. It’s hard not to be consumed, along with everyone else, with what’s going on with the police and the unjust killings of Black people in the U.S., along with this whole COVID-19 pandemic fiasco. There’s alotta frustration and dissatisfaction going around that I know for a fact everyone can feel. The last few years, leading up to this year I was very apathetic to the current way shit was going in the world. Although, I was aware, I wasn’t doing shit about it. As fucked up as it’s been for a lot of people, I feel like this year is a wake up call and seeing everyone mobilize for these protests gave me the confidence to actually take action. But the fact that most of us are realizing how fucked up this world is, and we’re all coming together to do something  about it so we can make shit better in our own ways, there’s beauty in that. Still, alotta work has to be done but there’s hope.
You’re releasing your debut EP ‘ VIVID WORLD XPRS PT. 1’ what influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?
Struggling with relationships, dealing with anxiety, paranoia & depression, self-medicating, and overall dissatisfaction with the way shit is. 
How did you go about writing the music?
Melodies first. Whether it’s on guitar or keyboard. Then I add bass. I usually try to write the hook before I add the drums. 
Where and when did you record?
Fullerton, CA. Spanning from 2017-2019. 
What programs/instruments did you use?
Ableton. Guitar & keyboard. 
Did you work with anybody else?
Everything was self produced, written, recorded, and mixed. For “Poison” though, my friend helped me write the last line of the hook. 
Please tell us about the track ‘BLOOM’ how did this song come about and what does it mean to you?
Whenever I write these songs, I don’t really think about what I’m gonna write. It kinda just comes out, specifically talking about the lyrics.  I guess alotta the song deals with all the shenanigans me and my ex would get into. Just doing stupid, reckless shit, tom foolery. I just  wanted to write a catchy song people can go crazy to in a mosh pit and if the youth can go crazy to this shit, I know I did my job lol. 
How has your new music progressed since your previous tracks such as ‘ POISON’ and ‘WHEN THE SUN DON’T SHINE’?
I’ve been getting closer and closer to the sound I was tryna get at 16. I’ve always been very heavy into R&B and Rock and 
back then I was adamant about eventually blending the fuck outta the 2 to the point where you can’t tell what my shit sounds like. 
Please tell us about your musical journey up until this point:
It’s been awhile. Been recording music since I was 16 and it was at that point I knew music is what I’m meant to do while I’m here. I’ve had my share of great moments and shit moments with it  but this shit comes with alotta risk and uncertainty. No matter what happens with it, I can always rely on music whenever I’m going through some shit. 
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m boring as fuck honestly. If I’m not making music, I’m probably watching a dark ass movie, drinking beer and smoking cigs. 
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Alotta old R&B & rock. The Gap Band, SWV, Aaliyah, Bill Withers, Grover Washington Jr., Nirvana, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, and Green Day. I don’t listen that much to new music, but Frank Ocean, The Internet, & XXXTENTACION (LLJ) are magical. 
What’s planned for 2020?
Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m gonna sound like a basic Californian female but: Tacos and the Beach. Fuck getting in the water though, but sticking my feet in the sand is next level.

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