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Through the Wire with Hip-Hop Producer Kriswontwo

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Kriswontwo is a young and extraordinaire Scandinavian music producer. His signature-style production—is not only mesmerizing, but it is a breath of fresh air in today’s music scene. I got a chance to converse with Kriswontwo, and through the wire—this is what he had to say.

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ZT: Growing up, who were some of your influences?
K: I was very inspired by Madlib growing up and also the whole Soulquarian movement. My father is a piano player and he always played soul, funk & jazz at the house, like Stevie Wonder, Weather Report, Randy Crawford, Miles Davis and all there is in between. Also, my mother went to church a lot so we listened to loads of gospel too.

ZT: What’s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
Musically every track is kind of an obstacle. I always start from scratch with songs, and don't use templates or anything pre-made. So I expect to learn a lot every single time I create. In that sense the obstacle isn't a negative thing. It's like if you always stay in your comfort zone, you never find new cool ways to do stuff. Or, like if you're at the gym but never lift heavier weights... I'm just hungry to make beautiful music.

ZT: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
Ha-ha, I don't know. That's a crazy question. I would say the new "Ms. One" Ep with Georgia Anne Muldrow. I love this Ep! G is one of the main reasons why I make music in the first place. So, to have done this project with her is a great honor!

ZT: What's the worst advice anyone has ever given you?
Ha-ha, good question. You can always learn from what people say, but when people say something like, "Why don't you make something more radio-friendly?" I laugh. But never the less, I always try to listen to what people have to say. Like one time a Danish musician that I have a lot of respect for asked me, “Why don't you make your music simpler and stop using all those sounds?” First I was like, "Yeah whatever. I'll do my music how I like!" But later that same night, I took it as a challenge and went into the lab and made something really dope with that concept in mind. I kept it simple. The beat actually ended up on my upcoming debut album and Edgar Allen Floe is rhyming on it! He is so dope!

ZT: How would you describe your sound?
It's always changing. I try to do new stuff all the time. So that's what you can expect, always something on the edge.

ZT: What advice would you give to an aspiring producer?
Do you. Work hard.

ZT: Years from now, when people say Kriswontwo, what will they say?
Something good I hope. I don't really worry about things I can't control.

ZT: What’s your favorite word and why?
"Gumbo." My tracks are kinda like gumbo because I mix a lot of crazy stuff together. That's also how I cook. I like to mix all kinds of styles or just make something delicious with whatever is in the fridge. Kinda like a fusion style. Making something out of nothing.

ZT: How can people get in contact with you?
K: is where it's at!

ZT: Thanks for a great interview, and as an honored guest, is there anything else you would like to say?
Thank YOU my friend.

ZT: In conclusion, I want to end this Q&A session with Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks again for reading another Through The Wire article, and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (PEACE).