Haloed by a mosaic of knobs wires and lights he looks out at the Rotten Apple Skyline outside his wall window, but his mind is on the track. Over a back-breaking bass line and neck-snapping snares, Gucci Mane chants and rhymes in his distinctive drunken drawl like blue lava over black jagged rock; a typical night for super-producer, EyeOnEyez.
Who could expect such weird and beautiful music from someone that looks like a Demon Doctor from the Dark Ages? With the help of his team at Wicked Mink, Eyez is taking on the titans of the corporate music industry, showing no mercy exposing the frauds and fakes that make this “business” more like a jungle filled with snakes and shape-shifters. All the while, finding time every day to make the coldest beats you ever heard in your life.
From his sound to what his character represents, EyeOnEyez aims toto provide a pathway out of the matrix—with his glass-shaded eyes on reality, the dream, and the forces at play. “There are certain aesthetics that I’m attracted to,” he says from a couch in his lair, a studio overlooking the Big Apple skyline. It’s filled with curated walls of rare and vintage analog equipment. Outside of music, he draws, paints, and enjoys art, evidenced by the mask that he designed himself. It’s a futuristic spin on what doctors wore during the Black Plague in the 14th Century. Meanwhile, EyeOnEyez treats another epidemic: one of compartmentalized thinking and bland artistry.
Summer 2020’s eponymous titled “EP” does not fit into any single dimension. Like the man who made it, it’s dynamic. The tracks involve a cast ranging from Hood Rich Pablo and Asian Doll on the spacy Trap of “Sticky” to the momentum-driven “Bruce Wayne,” a title fitting for a man with many lives. “Polar Bear,” the 2018 Gucci Mane-assisted banger (2+ million Spotify streams) is also included. Collectively, these spirited songs are intended to soundtrack life’s pleasures.
Although the mask can seem intimidating, fun is the end goal. EyeOnEyez’ Instagram shows inspiration in travel, art, fellowship—and studio gear. “You can make a lot of good stuff with plugins, but there are just certain things you can’t do.” From a rack of custom guitars to rare synthesizers, he’s set out to master each tool of his trade. The debut EP is only the beginning. Having toured Europe with Ghostface Killah, EyeOnEyez foresees an experiential stage show that merges sight and sound, conducted by a Mad Scientist
Check out “Shyne” below.
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