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Connecting via Zoom, we’re usu- Connecting via Zoom, we’re usually robbed of the details that help ally robbed of the details that help bring these words to life, but ever bring these words to life, but ever the storyteller, Teezo kindly fills in the storyteller, Teezo kindly fills in the blanks. “It’s like a $5-a-night the blanks. “It’s like a $5-a-night motel,” he drawls on his current motel,” he drawls on his current backdrop in Dallas, with a distinct backdrop in Dallas, with a distinct Texan twang. “I was awakened by Texan twang. “I was awakened by a car alarm at six in the morning. a car alarm at six in the morning. The floors are a little moist and The floors are a little moist and the sheets are too, I’m not sure the sheets are too, I’m not sure if there’s a little mould going on if there’s a little mould going on here. Also the room smells like here. Also the room smells like onions because we had Wha- onions because we had Whataburger.”taburger.”

Simultaneously revealing and Simultaneously revealing and concealing, he often interviews concealing, he often interviews as one of his alter-egos Eu- as one of his alter-egos Eugnious Hanes – his “left- and gnious Hanes – his “left- and right-hand man” who speaks right-hand man” who speaks with a Nasally southern accent with a Nasally southern accent – but today is totally Teezo, – but today is totally Teezo, face obscured by sunglasses, face obscured by sunglasses,

answers the burning question: answers the burning question: ‘What would an uplifting indie ‘What would an uplifting indie rock anthem sound like if it was rock anthem sound like if it was made in the 80s?’ over which made in the 80s?’ over which he croons, ‘I may be missing a he croons, ‘I may be missing a few screws/ I may miss a few few screws/ I may miss a few social cues, I’m so confused’. social cues, I’m so confused’. The funky mellow ska-inflected The funky mellow ska-inflected “Strong Friend” reminds you to “Strong Friend” reminds you to check in on your strong friend, check in on your strong friend, while “Bad Enough” melds while “Bad Enough” melds country and rock with Teezo country and rock with Teezo appearing in an outfit that looks appearing in an outfit that looks like a high school jock and emo like a high school jock and emo had a baby. In fact, the only had a baby. In fact, the only constant is the graffitied garage constant is the graffitied garage doors that act as the backdrop doors that act as the backdrop of Teezo’s lo-fi music videos. of Teezo’s lo-fi music videos. “I always hear there’s nothing “I always hear there’s nothing new under the sun and I try to new under the sun and I try to challenge that every day,” the art- challenge that every day,” the artist muses. “Before they invented ist muses. “Before they invented rock and roll, it wasn’t there. So rock and roll, it wasn’t there. So I just feel like I’m chasing, I don’t I just feel like I’m chasing, I don’t artist himself is still discover- artist himself is still discovering new old talents, referencing ing new old talents, referencing iconic Black British photogra- iconic Black British photographer Dennis Morris – known pher Dennis Morris – known for his iconic portraits of Bob for his iconic portraits of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols. As Marley and the Sex Pistols. As the interview wraps up, he re- the interview wraps up, he reveals his own “interviews’ he veals his own “interviews’ he wrote about himself years ago wrote about himself years ago – there’s that storytelling again – there’s that storytelling again – from the depths of his iPhone – from the depths of his iPhone notes.notes. Where next for the Texan native? Where next for the Texan native? “Tomorrow, the unknown of tomor- “Tomorrow, the unknown of tomorrow,” he says is what he’s looking row,” he says is what he’s looking forward to. “I just bought my first forward to. “I just bought my first guitar, my first guitar amp and guitar, my first guitar amp and speakers. What I’m excited about speakers. What I’m excited about is learning to play and getting a is learning to play and getting a good show to give to the people good show to give to the people who are invested in me or people who are invested in me or people who don’t know who I am and giv- who don’t know who I am and giving them a great show. I’m excited ing them a great show. I’m excited to be the best performer that I can to be the best performer that I can

“So I can’t wait to go back home and do more famous shit.” “So I can’t wait to go back home and do more famous shit.”

a mousy brown wig, and a hat a mousy brown wig, and a hat that has been nailed within an that has been nailed within an inch of its life. “It’s very person- inch of its life. “It’s very personal,” he shares on his signature al,” he shares on his signature style. “My dad is a maintenance style. “My dad is a maintenance man, so I got the nails and man, so I got the nails and chains from his house. It’s very chains from his house. It’s very DIY.”DIY.” Much like his looks, Teezo’s mu- Much like his looks, Teezo’s music is a mind-warping blend of sic is a mind-warping blend of indie rock, trap, rap, ska, elec- indie rock, trap, rap, ska, electropop, country, throwing in the tropop, country, throwing in the kitchen sink for good measure kitchen sink for good measure too – a sound he’s been concoct- too – a sound he’s been concocting since middle school, when ing since middle school, when he started experimenting and he started experimenting and produced his first song. “My dad produced his first song. “My dad was DJ and I remember in fourth was DJ and I remember in fourth grade I learned how to do this grade I learned how to do this new technique called chopping new technique called chopping and screwing, where they slow and screwing, where they slow down the pitch and repeat it,” he down the pitch and repeat it,” he recalls. “So I started DJing and recalls. “So I started DJing and then in middle school my dad built then in middle school my dad built my home studio, it was just a box, my home studio, it was just a box, but that’s when I started produc- but that’s when I started production on raps songs.” tion on raps songs.”

Bouncing through sounds from Bouncing through sounds from track to track, “Social Cues” track to track, “Social Cues”

know what I’m chasing, but I’m know what I’m chasing, but I’m chasing something.” As hard as chasing something.” As hard as you might try, Teezo is unbox- you might try, Teezo is unboxable, it’s like trying to fit a square able, it’s like trying to fit a square peg in a Tetrakaidecagon-shaped peg in a Tetrakaidecagon-shaped (14-sided polygon) hole, i.e. im- (14-sided polygon) hole, i.e. impossible. “You don’t have to con- possible. “You don’t have to confine yourself to alternative. I think fine yourself to alternative. I think everyone is alternative, there’s no everyone is alternative, there’s no other person like you and you’re other person like you and you’re not going to find no one else like not going to find no one else like you, so you are the alternative. you, so you are the alternative. There’s nothing exactly the same There’s nothing exactly the same so everything is alternative to so everything is alternative to me.”me.”

Fully aware of his lane and Fully aware of his lane and what he has to offer, Teezo’s In- what he has to offer, Teezo’s Instagram bio reads: “Don’t worry stagram bio reads: “Don’t worry you’re early,” a tongue-in-cheek you’re early,” a tongue-in-cheek nod to those only just getting nod to those only just getting on board. When will people on board. When will people be ‘on time’? Never. “There’s be ‘on time’? Never. “There’s always going to be someone always going to be someone who doesn’t know who I am. who doesn’t know who I am. I’m a new artist to someone ev- I’m a new artist to someone every day, you never stop being ery day, you never stop being a new artist,” he explains. Ob- a new artist,” he explains. Obsessed with music, interviews, sessed with music, interviews, and research, the and research, the be and the best songwriter that I be and the best songwriter that I can be. I’m excited that I’m still can be. I’m excited that I’m still growing and not complacent. I’m growing and not complacent. I’m still learning and I still get excited still learning and I still get excited for ideas, so I’m excited for tomor- for ideas, so I’m excited for tomorrow, whatever it is.” row, whatever it is.”

The conversation ends with a The conversation ends with a short story, sage advice from short story, sage advice from Teezo’s father on making it in Teezo’s father on making it in the creative industry. “On Mon- the creative industry. “On Monday, my dad woke me up at 6:45 day, my dad woke me up at 6:45 in the morning and said ‘Yester- in the morning and said ‘Yesterday, y’all sat there and did noth- day, y’all sat there and did nothing, just watching shows. If you ing, just watching shows. If you wanna be famous, you gotta do wanna be famous, you gotta do famous shit.’ And that was the famous shit.’ And that was the most productive day I’ve had in most productive day I’ve had in a long time. So I can’t wait to go a long time. So I can’t wait to go back home and do more famous back home and do more famous shit.”shit.” Stay tuned! Stay tuned!

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