Sonreal talks "For This Town" EP and Tour
Vancouver native, Sonreal has been racking up a fan fever of his own with his energetic brand of hip-hop music. After igniting a spark on Youtube, the rapper continued to gain success with mixtapes Where’s Waldo?, Words I Said, Good News, and One Long Day, allowing him to tour Canada with ever-growing popularity. Now, Sonreal has released an EP entitled "For The Town" and talks about creative process behind it, as well as excitement for the "For The Town" tour.
You have a new EP “For The Town” which your fans are excited about and I’m sure you’re excited about. Can you tell me a little bit about the process behind that?
I just kind of wanted to wait for my album and be in a position where I really felt like I would get it out to as many people as possible. This EP was almost like something for the fans to tie them over until the album dropped. You know I ended up scrapping some songs that were going to be on the album, for instance “Whoa Nilly” was a song that was going to be on the album for sure and same with another song on the EP called “Try” but we just said you know what I want this EP to amazing, I want it to be a talking point, I want to tour off the EP so we really kind of put everything on the line and put out some songs that we really love for the album on the EP. I think its a great body of work.
So what’s your favorite song from the EP?
“Try" is my favorite. I like “Try” the best, “Whoa Nilly” too. I mean I don’t really know it’s kind of weird. When I first started performing the songs, “Whoa Nilly” was my favorite because it was upbeat and stuff and I was still learning how to perform “Try.” Now I really like doing “Try” because I’ve grown with the song more. But I like them all. The thing with my stuff is its so bipolar its all over the place. You could never really compare “Shit’s Epic Pt. II” to “For the Town” or “Shit’s Epic Pt. II” to “Try” there all so different. I kind of like them all.
You are beginning a North American tour, what are you hoping to accomplish?
My main goal is to really break into America. I think every single time we come to these places the audience gets bigger and bigger and bigger, so I figured hey I’m going to headline a whole tour and headline around the EP so it’s been really good. Every show’s been bigger than the last and that’s all you can ask for
I noticed “For The Town” the video and a lot of your other videos are very creative and unique so how involved are you in that creative process?
Super involved. Lots of times I’ll come up with a concept right when I write the song and pitch it to a directer maybe Dane Collison or Peter Ronald. But I really have to give the credit to my team and my two directors. Dane is one of my best friends and he did the “Preach” video, he does all my day to day stuff and he’s working on my next video. Peter Ronald did “For The Town” and “Everywhere We Go” and he’s got my next one, so I’m really involved with it. I’m a visual person too, like when I’m writing songs a lot of times I’m writing the video in my head.
What’s something you want people to take away from your music?
To just be yourself. Go out and do whatever the hell you want to do. My music basically glorifies being different.