Hip-hop and rock are blending more than ever recently, and we’re seeing the likes of Twenty One Pilots and Death Grips finding success worldwide. L.I.F.T. (or, Love In Future Times) are a brand new emo/hip-hop group who are turning heads on Pete Wentz‘s DCD2 Records, and recently dropped their debut EP, ‘Autop$y’.
We caught up with the band to get them to introduce themselves, talk about hip-hop and rock music in 2018, and what they’re up to for the rest of the year.
DP!: Hey guys! Just to kick off – how would you describe L.I.F.T. to people who hadn’t heard of you before?
L.I.F.T.: Our music is the product of our influences and a coping mechanism for us.
DP!: Your first EP ‘Autop$y’ was out this year. How has the reaction been?
L.I.F.T.: The reaction has been dope!
DP!: You’ve now been signed up to Pete Wenz’s DCD2 Records where your labelmates with Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy, how did that come about?
L.I.F.T.: There were lots of people who wanted to work with us after our initial release; however, the reason we decided to work with DCD2 is because they were the first people we met who we felt did music for the same reasons as us. We also felt they trusted us as artists and didn’t want to change anything we were already. We are really happy and grateful to be working with such real goats.
DP!: And you’re out on the road with Fall Out Boy playing arenas in September! How are you going to prepare for these huge shows?
L.I.F.T.: We have been preparing for these shows by touring a lot and performing our hearts out whenever we can.
DP!: The four of you used to be in punk bands growing up, how did you form this brand of ’emo hip hop’?
L.I.F.T.: Hip hop became assimilated into our sound because not all our band was in the punk scene and the one common influence we were all most passionate about was the underground trap scene. The only new artists we feel have encapsulated the energy that first got us into music were artists in the hip hop scene.
DP!: Do you think with the likes of nothing, nowhere, Scarlxrd and $uicideboy$ that the line between rock and hip hop is becoming smaller and smaller?
DP!: Why do you think the rock community embraces these certain artists that musically don’t seem any different from artists that circulate in the hip hop world? What makes them different?
L.I.F.T.: Rock and roll historically has been about standing up for something and most of the newer rock artists have lost site of the purpose and seem to be doing music for the wrong reasons. We feel like most people our age and in the younger generation aren’t as drawn to genre anymore because the internet allows them to not be pigeonholed. The vast majority of kids are drawn towards energy and are attracted to artists that are going to speak for them more accurately and in the way they need.
DP!: Thanks for talking to us – any final words?
L.I.F.T: DEAD 30
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