By Nicholas Jason Lopez
On Sep. 4, 2020, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter/hip-hop artist 2Four released his latest single “Down For Anything,” which is available everywhere now.
One of his most anticipated singles yet, it continues his momentum as a musician who aspires to drop “thoughtful rap songs.” His ability to blend nostalgic beats with powerful vocals and relatable lyrics sets him apart from the rest of the modern pack.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with 2Four about “Down For Anything” and more.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt the music industry?
2Four – I think it depends on perspective, honestly, but as an independent artist, it absolutely helps. There is no way I would have been able to reach the amount of people I have without getting signed or getting backed or cosigned by someone prominent in the industry. The alternative to not having social media is how it used to be when labels were basically the monopoly and everything ran through them. Social media levels the field just a bit and gives independents a fighting chance.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
2Four – The vibe and the emotions that it provokes. There aren’t too many greater feelings than having that beat riding nicely and lyrics that perfectly compliment it. I’m blessed to have many different sounds and being able to write just about anything, so I always catch that vibe.
Music Bugle – What was it like making “Down For Anything”?
2Four – It was great. The song came together pretty quickly actually and the lyrics didn’t take too long to write. When I heard the beat, I just caught a vibe and went with it and then as it started to develop, I just refined it and finished the lyrics, then went to the studio and put it down. I love to experiment in the studio a lot, so some of it happened sort of “spur-of-the-moment,” but overall, it was what I would call a layup.
Music Bugle – Whats a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
2Four – There is a quote that says, “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” I think that is a great one for anyone in the industry because the hate and doubt is always louder than the congratulations when you win.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Nashville, Tennessee to someone who has never been there before?
2Four – I would say that it is a great place to live and expanding rapidly. Music is engrained in the DNA of Nashville. Country is the face, pretty much, but artists in all genres come here chasing music dreams. It’s sort of big and small at the same time. You get all the southern feels, along with the bustle of the city. One of the best places in the world, but of course, I’m biased.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
2Four – I am a huge nerd. My first major when I was in college was history, so anything having to do with it I love, whether it’s museums or documentaries or something like that, I am interested. I also love art in all forms, so art galleries and art crawls are something I love going to and I also enjoy things like symphonies.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
2Four – Well, for a while, I was like everyone else, which was locked down and at home pretty much. For the most part, that’s still going on, but now, it’s sort of business as usual, with not being able to do the obvious stuff. Musically, it’s been great, honestly, because it has given me time to focus on other things, like marketing and creating content and being able to reach more people because everyone is online and on social media now.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you feel the need to escape?
2Four – I just simply go for a drive or walk around my complex. When COVID wasn’t going crazy, I loved to travel and see and try new things. I just try to find anything to help clear my anxieties and also help push my creativity in a positive way.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest struggle lately?
2Four – Being independent always has its challenges. The hardest part is just making time to work on and complete the many different moving pieces in life, as well as making sure I am engaging with fans and being visible. I don’t think the normal person truly understands the amount of time, effort and money and more that goes into creating and making all of this a go. it’s a challenge every day.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
2Four – I listen to a lot, but the usual suspects for me are like, Drake, Lil Wayne, Flume, Marshmellow, etc., but over the last few months, I’ve honestly just been listening to my music and my unreleased stuff and working on new songs.