Name: Radicule. Born – Jared Miles Hunter
Birth place/current residency: Sprouted (born) in Manhattan, flourished (raised) up in the Bronx, and now residing in one of the backwoods of NY, Brewster.
Childhood Upbringing: Growing up in the Bronx, you’re surrounded by so many hustles and so many just trying to turn struggle into success, it does tend to easily spark a desire to create and express, especially with how active my parents kept my mind. My pops would always buy me manga when I was super young, my brother would watch DBZ and Yu Yu Hakusho, so that definitely set the stage for the themes in my beats and art today. Fun fact: I actually took up the violin as my first instrument back when I was like 9 (I’m terrible at it now, so that ship has sailed). I was a huge nerd as a kid, honestly; never was really popular, always got good grades, but got made fun of a lot, and I think that just made me want to succeed even more and show cats that anyone can create something beautiful out of nothing. I didn’t really start hanging outside the crib until I was like 11/12, so I’d just play video games, watch cartoons/anime, and just hang with family for the most part. My mom was more of the modern hip-hop/r&b head, and my dad was all about 80s/90s jazz, soul, and funk. So I remember hearing everything from the Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, Zapp & Roger, Bloodstone, Oliver Cheatham, to DMX, Tupac, Black Sheep, SWV, Guy, Al B. Sure, Heavy D, and Biggie.
Background: I’d say most cats would know me through my production for Ken Rebel. I was making beats for the homie a couple of years back when he dropped his first tape, REBEL (Revolution Exists Behind Every Leader), and luckily managed to produce close to half the tape. I’ve also become a lowkey cassette God (laughter), but seriously, the past year I’ve done a couple of self-release tape drops and those have received so much love from the fans and supporters. The sounds have really started to gain some love, and off the strength of CHAPTER BLACK, I was able to link up with the Grape Records fam and come out with COMFY CAR CHRONICLES.
Current Projects: What we got in the works right now are some very special soundbites that I think show the progression of not only my production, but just my growth as a person. Currently got a lil trap flavored bump-tape in the works *cough* Bando Bumps *cough*. I also been experimenting with some more Blond-inspired beats, you know just trying to expand the horizons, get on that sensual wavelength. Also, got some major, major, MAJOR collab tape vibes coming with my GRAPE RECORDS family, as well as my SPACE MOB crew.
Follow Up Questions
1. How did you start producing and what gave you the motivation to stay with it?
To be honest, I started producing after hearing the soundtrack for Samurai Champloo. It was my first time hearing Nujabes, Fat Jon, Force of Nature, Shing02, at like age 11, and I just knew this was what I wanted to do. Plus there were guys on youtube, circa 08/09, who were dropping these lethal adult swim-style bumps, and that just peaked my interest even more: Negrosaki, DJ Razzie, Asis Galvin, to name a few. My brother had put FL Studio on our desktop and he kind of just stopped using it. We had a janky ass gaming headset that I realized could record over beats. So I first started rapping and then I began to pick up producing as an alternative, cause I couldn’t really buss a flow like that. Who would’ve known I’d get good at it. Stayed with it after a couple of years, and I slowly started to see people come into my life who didn’t want me to stop. To see your tunes impact others in a truly life-changing way, you feel like you have this obligation to keep crafting heat for those who care.
2. What are some of the biggest mental tools you can obtain to be successful in this field?
“Persistence wears down resistance.” One of the best things I can say to have is the mindset to keep going, through it all. You have to trick yourself into thinking the rabbit hole goes deeper and deeper. Progression over stagnation is also key. So many cats get caught up in trying to fit a mold for clout. Be the best you that you can be and stand out…Totally embodied a weird mix of Dr. Seuss and Powerline [A Goofy Movie] there.
3. Maintaining a successful career takes a lot of work and commitment, how much time do you dedicate towards your work?
You always have to take your craft seriously. Throw yourself in 100% and grind hard. However, I am a firm believer that you can burn yourself out if you stare through one lens for too long. I dedicate most of my time during the week to my craft or anything pertaining to it. I’ve been more on the DIY spectrum for the entirety of my career, so I have to constantly put time into my art, but the truth of it is, you have to know when to shift to different gears. There are days where I’m fully locked into Fruity Loops, chopping away like a sushi chef. Then there are other days where I rock the digital suit and hit blogs and ‘zines heavy with the tunes, hoping to get traction. All about spreading yourself out and not exhausting yourself in one mode. Oh, and get out to nature or out the crib every once in a while. Be inspired by things outside of music or the studio, just regular life.
4. There are times in a career when life isn’t going your way, how do you keep your mind on your work without losing focus?
So many things have hit me in my life and I know the struggle that comes with trying to balance your sanity and your work ethic. You’ll always face adversity, but I find reassurance rings louder than tribulation. For me, I had to take a lengthy break from social media and purge it from my system before I could come back stronger. It’s truly hard for artists now because that socializing element is very much-needed in modern times, so you have to open yourself up to the world, while dodging the poison that can creep in from unjust standards.
5. Do you work solely as producer or do you engineer as well?
Producing has been my be-all for many years. I’ve been thinking of honing my engineering skills since I have a lot friends who double doing both and it’s just like: “Hey, why the hell not?” New tool to add to the arsenal.
6. Do you prefer to work with big names or newcomers?
Fammmm, I prefer to work with anyone who wants to work with me. I used to get so caught up wanting to work with big names, but I realized that’s just chasing greed and fame. Gotta keep my ear to the streets (or internet) for anyone who acknowledges me and I try to show that love right back. I tried to give an artsy answer to this, but in truth I love the newcomers who are open to switching they style up.7. What’s currently on your playlist?
Ahhh, time to let y’all into the ears of radicule. You already know I got the homies at Space Mob queued up, as well as my partners at Grape Records, and my Project Hoshi homies. The homegirl QRTR has been killing it too, so I got her in the playlist. Bagoly, Ese Michael, Nothing_Neue, ewonee, K. Solar, Good Food, Slyme, Lo.Leaf, Scribe Mecca, Petey Defiant, Reem Unknown, SuperStarSage, Akai $olo, iblss, ELRIC, KINGMARZE, Don_Solo, Jai Daytona, HANDCANCEL, and Braxton Knight, to name a few (or a lot, lol). I could go on, but I gotta cap it at these: Madvillain, JMSN, SWV, Roy Woods, Kendrick Lamar, Men of Vizion, Lido, Gangsta Pat, The Whispers, KING, and there’s a lot more, but I won’t keep y’all for an eternity.
8. What’s your favorite record that you’ve produced?
That’s so damn tough. T.T I love a lot of my work and treat them as my babies, but I’d definitely have to say that CHAPTER BLACK: the bump tape is still my crown jewel. From the neck-breaking beats, to the merchandise, it was just a perfect display of my being. Truly dear to my heart.
9. Would you categories your production into a specific genre?
It’s hard to boil down everything I’ve made into one category. I’ve shifted from jazz-hop, to vaporwave, to lofi, to now just creating a cluster of just about everything. If I had to, I guess you could say it all traces back to Instrumental Hip-Hop for me. If there was a category just for HIGH music, I’d throw it under that, cause I hope the vibes take you to another head space.
10. You’re on death row, what would your last meal be?
Chicken Fried Steak with fries, from Jethro’s in Vancouver. No challenge. Hella specific, but it’s just that good.
Well, there you have it folks. We got the time to pick the brains of one of the hottest underground producers based in NY. Thank you for you time Radicule and glad we could give the people a clear overview of the man behind the work. Are there any last thought you wanted to share?
“Just want to say to all my creatives, you can achieve anything you put your mind to, as long as you stay humble and patient with your talent. Cats is gettin’ it twisted, placing value and attention on the most poisonous things and end up on a path filled with unnecessary drama. Don’t be that person. Put your soul into the frequencies for a greater good. Love and light shall prevail, never give up. Blessings unto all those reading and SWIDLIFE. We love y’all.”