Why did you make New Orleans your home?
I came to New Orleans to gut houses after the storm. I was still in school at the time. On one of the trips that I took to the city I was in the Ninth Ward, and they remembered me. They served me up some food. It was love and felt like community. When I graduated I decided this is where I want to be. I moved here in 2007.
You’re quite an eclectic vocalist with a signature of kinetic energy. How would you describe your sound?
Channeling something raw is what I strive for as a creator. The music I was creating with the Honorable South was to charge, to move the crowd. The Road Within and the current projects are all in the future soul category. The similarity between the two genres is the element of charging, except now I’m charging the listener to go beyond and exist in a limitless sort of way—to pursue something higher from the inside out.
You have a recent single, “UFO.” What influenced it and your music in general?
The Road Within was all about the next world. It was very heavily in the Afro-future narrative. I’m still very much interested in the future wave. I’ve found a lot of people on a very similar trajectory. We’re living in some dark ages, but the future isn’t this cold do-for-self world that it appears to be. I see consciousness rising. I see people showing up for one another. ‘UFO’ is all about that.
What happened with the Honorable South?
The Honorable South was one of the most beautiful, powerful, wild, adventurous, electric times of my life. It is a door that we’ve closed. Nothing happened. It just was time. We evolved to represent different things and express ourselves in different ways. I’ve been told, ‘How could you just throw it all away?’ We didn’t throw anything away. We started something and we completed something. The music is still alive.
What can we look forward to with the upcoming She Is the Future?
There’s an effort in some of it to be tightly arranged, and at the same time it’s balanced with a very third-eye type of otherworldly production. I call my music ‘journey music.’ I’m gonna take you somewhere and teach you the ways of my people. It’s still music you can move to but also meditative, steeped in the old world. Sinking City Records is looking at a release somewhere around Voodoo Fest. They’re also doing a re-release of The Road Within on vinyl around July.