Last month we had the french producer Myth Syzer staying with us in our Brooklyn house. Besides being a great person, I can say he is one one of the most creative producers I have heard for some time; Myth Syzer has a way of mixing soul, hip hop and electronic elements with such simplicity that its mind blowing. Some damn good righteous beats..
Below is a couple words with the man, enjoy.
What up my man Myth Syzer! how you been my friend?
Chillin, Chillin and you?
Sippin to some hot ass beer, but I’ve seen worse. (laugh)
So can, you start by telling a little bit about your music and your background?
My name is Thomas, from Paris, 25 years old, 8 making music, 2 as Myth Syzer. I’ve started mostly with experimental music but now Im more ruled; more classic hip hop, smooth and chill.
Cool, your music carry lots different elements, who are your biggest influences (inside or outside hip hop)
Jay Dilla, of course, its a big influence even thou its not so similar to my sound…
I’ll say Jay Dilla, Flying Lotus, Dr Dre.
Heavy hitters… any french?
In France, Iam, Mc Solar , Doc Gyneco.
Dope, Def checkin them out.
Whats the tools behind your production? MPC? instruments? Sampling?
I have used MPC, but not now. I have been using mostly software, midi-cables, and SP4-4 which is its a sampler. I only use software tools now, its practical, easy and you have all you need there.
As far as instruments, do you get to record any?
Yea, sometimes, I use a DX7 , its a syntetizer. I start with a melody and then I put some drums, do some arrangements and mix it to get to feel. and thats it!
I see you have done a lot of collaborations with rappers and recently Bonnie Banane (which you just released the new video with), how does that process happen to you? Are you always looking for people to collaborate?
No, all the people that I worked, they are all my friends. We are a community in Paris and everybody makes music. With Bonnie Banane, I made the beats and in 20 minutes in the studio; I asked her “Yo? You want to sing on this? Can you do it in french?” she usually sings in english but I wanted the song to be simple and cool. Another project that I have on the way is called Prince Waly with a french rapper called. Since all these people are my friends, so the connection is really easy.
In the USA, I have worked with Perrion from Harlem and also a featuring for ASAP Ferg.
I been looking a lot for more grow in the U.S. , I have a big fan base in France, but Im looking to expand more outside France.
About the french Beats and Hip Hop scene, how do you see it? You think its growing?
Its really nice, I don’t think its doing better than the current american scene, but its really good.
What do you think its different?
U.S artists have been taking more risks to create a different sound. In France they have good sound, but most are still afraid to try to create a new hip hop sound. They are more traditional with their style so and I don’t know if it grew up much. In U.S. you see new artists taking their music to new strong styles, like Kendrick Lamar.
I think France still have a very simple Hip Hop, coming back from the 90s, not really experimental.
What about gigs? Hows that work for you? What kind of places you been playing? You play a lot live?
Yea, I was on tour on Brooklyn and Montreal, it was really fun. I dont have a booker or agent, I do everything on my own, I have my Gmail where I receive some gigs and just go for it. I have also shows with my french band, its a hip hop band with two mc’s.
Speaking on the gigs, how did the Boiler Room gig happened for you?
It was nice, I got their email inviting me. I like the project so I said, hell yea lets go.
Thats the way to go man, you got a style in mind to bring there?
I think, a mix of many styles. From Sade to House music and Hip Hop of course. Try to bring a different style.
When I go to see a DJ, I want to discover some new music, not only rap, not only trap, not only techno; I love to hear a nice transition going thru different styles, if you can mix a hip hop right after house song, thats crazy, you know?
For sure! It’s the flavor behind it, just ask Z-Trip…
For the future, you got any set plans? Places to bring your music?
I dont know… I hope to keep living with my music and to keep working in the U.S and maybe Brazil hahahaha.
Just keep doing my thing! being on tour and playing live every week! living the good life!
Hell yea, we’ll be right there with you!
Thanks a lot ma brother, last words? Shout out to the homies?
For sure! Shout out to my brothers at TheSoulStoned and everybody on the house! You, Germano, Veeps, Roy, Leonel. To all my friends in France and my family. And R.I.P to my dog, the best!