A Q&A with BARS IMPSON

Sandbox Collective multi-style digital recording artist, BARS IMPSON drops a new beatstrumental entitled “mindseye” and chats to Planetary about the dude behind the name.

Planetary Beats: Yo, so first off as a musician rooted in the Cali underground what’s the 411 on BARS IMPS, for those who are unfamiliar?

BRSMSN: I began making music in 2010, inspired by Wayne’s No Ceilings format, jocking beats and writing raps. Soon after I began making my own beats and linking up with producers in my area, (Blap Deli and Lifted Aquatic), who helped me get my first 2 projects (Tiger Printed and Navajo Prints) off the ground. Lately, my focus has shifted from raps to beats and I have been really inspired by labels like BRAINFEEDER, Soulection, Alpha Pup, and all of the homies I am surrounded by in the Sandbox.

Planetary Beats: How does the BARS IMPS rap writing process take place? Do you keep it pen and paper? Or new age, typing on a cellular?

BRSMSN: It all began on a BlackBerry, but now I write all of my raps in Microsoft Word. I write while the beat is being produced and record in the same session usually. I use little to no revision in my writing process I just go.

Planetary Beats: How long have you been in the rap game for, and how have your influences shifted your rhymes over time?

BRSMSN: It has been 3 years now. My influences have shifted drastically with time. My early music was influenced by the likes of Wayne, Wiz and Mac, but has shifted to people like Dom Kennedy, Kendrick, ASAP, OF, HBK gang, and lots and lots of beat tapes. One of the biggest things I have learned is that my appeal to rappers I like is their individuality and the fact that they stand out.

Planetary Beats: After having some of your beat-tapes on blast, I noticed the golden era hip-hop influence coming through. Who are some of your 90s influences, and how do you feel about these 90s hip-hop revival cats, namely Joey Bada$$ and Pro.Era?

BRSMSN: I have a lot of love for 90s flavor and for the Pro.Era team. I think it is really cool that they are bringing back the boom bap sound; I support that movement and like to see all of the collaborations going on with them.

Planetary Beats: Is it correct in saying that you’re a bedroom producer/rapper or do perform live as well. If so, describe your most hyphy performance in 3 words?

BRSMSN: I guess you could say I am a bedroom producer/rapper. I get out and do shows when the time is right though. I would say my most hyphy performance was with my brother Subtle T, at this venue called the Raven in Healdsburg CA. Blap was spinning beats for us and he had a bunch of porn samples laced up on the MPD. No need to say that made for an interesting performance. Other than that going to a super hyphy concert, but that was never really my scene.

Planetary Beats: So when you’re not saying stuff on the mic, or knocking beats out, what are you doing in your free time?

BRSMSN:  I am networking, digging for samples on YouTube, shopping at thrift stores, or watching cartoons.

Planetary Beats: What’s good with Sandbox Collective? Who’s who and what projects is the crew currently working on?

BRSMSN: The collective consists of Blap Deli, Woodblok, Drii, Subtle T, Tony Manfre, Ian Shoop, Lifted Aquatic, and Zach Miller. We have a lot coming up; I know for sure Drii’s album “Nervous System” is on the way, Woodblok has a project in the making, Ian is putting his energy into his band “Secret Cat”, and Blap has some big things poppin. I’m going to leave it at that. Check out our website http://www.thesandboxcollective.com

Planetary Beats: After checking out your latest music vid on Youtube, how do you budget for these projects as a solo artist? And how do you market yourself in this digital age as a young musician on the come up?

BRSMSN:  At this point in time I am getting a feel for what I truly want to do and everything still feels like practice.  The silver Surfer video was filmed by the Sandbox Collective’s first lady, Drii, and edited by me. As an artist I like to do as much as I can by myself, from production, to rhymes, to video editing, to graphic design. I do not like to limit myself to any one talent; I don’t want to be known for just being a rapper or producer I want to be known as an artist. Knowing how to use all of these tools (beats, rhymes, videos etc.) makes me more marketable.

Planetary Beats: What’s the vibe between you and Blap Deli? Who’s Gatman and who’s Mobbing? On the real, can we expect any collabs between you dudes in the near future?

BRSMSN: Blap and I have been friends forever, way before music. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him. When we are working, he is the gatman and I’m mobbing haha, but I would clean up the prints for him any day. Right now I am focused on my own production and Blap is working with 5+ other artists at any time.

Planetary Beats: Last off, what’s your take on the art of twerking?

BRSMSN: I am a strong supporter, shout out to the twerk team and thank you based god.

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