Catching Up With Artist Of The Day: PongoFromTheS!
PongoFromTheS aka PFTS is an independent recording artist, songwriter, and producer from Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada. At only 24 years old PongoFromTheShas established himself an impressive and versatile musical catalog. Since making his debut in 2016, he’s released an incredible amount of refreshing material. Teaming up with skilled producer YNLSTACKINGBNDZ, PFTS released project “The Coolest Tape On The Planet” in early 2019.
Equipped with five original tracks, the mixtape includes features from artists Jaco, LPG, Raph D’Amours, and Juice Rose. This project garnered PongoFromTheS an incredible amount of success. He went on to release a 2-track project later in 2019 titled “The First Breeze” which features PFTS’ latest singles “Playroom” and “Need” with YNLSTACKINGBNDZ. PFTS is about the graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Communications and credits music as being an outlet to get him through school and the stresses that come along with that. He’s an artist that has the knowledge, ambition, and motivation to make it. PongoFromTheS is unapologetic and energizing, he effortlessly goes against the grain and is making waves throughout the music industry with his alternative hip-hop aura. Keep up with PongoFromTheS and his future musical endeavors!
Check out PongoFromTheS’ music here and read more with the artist below!
Welcome back to BuzzMusic PongoFromTheS! It’s such a pleasure to be chatting with you again. You seem to be an artist that puts a substantial amount of thought into your lyrics! Who/what has inspired you to be the artist you are today?
Thanks for having me back, it's always a pleasure. I do put a lot of thoughts in my lyrics because not only I want to represent my reality as it is but I also want to deliver my stories to my audience in an entertaining way. When you're listening to my music I want you to be able to imagine all the scenes I'm referring to. Theses days what inspires me the most is the journey I've been on trying to make it into the music industry. All the sleepless nights, all the investments, all the time and energy... And I still got so much to give. I'm only 24, I gotta wait until 26 to put on some Jay Z type of lyrics ahaha. But for real tho, I think my best tracks, lyrically speaking, are ahead of me. I still got a lot to learn.
"Playroom" is an energizing and refreshing new song. Where did you draw inspiration for this particular track?
I wrote and recorded Playroom on February 11th of 2019. My inspiration came from the fact that it was about to be Valentines day and I had nobody with me. So I wanted to write something for the woman I wanted to be with at the time. To seduce her, and to make her feel sexy. I think it's actually the sexiest track I ever did yet, even tho the lyrics are not even that explicit. You can feel the energy that I'm on. I was listening to Wizkid's and Burna Boy's records on repeat at the time. So one morning I woke up with theses words in my head "Addictive, like the first sip of coffee in the morning" . I can't even tell you where it came from because I don't even drink coffee ahaha. I basically built the song from theses lyrics. I first recorded an a capella version. I had the lyrics and the flow but no beat. So of course I sent the audio to YNL (YNLSTACKINGBNDZ.). We went to the studio a few months later and he did this instrumental that perfectly matches with the lyrics.
“PERFECT” seems like a deeply personal track. Is vulnerability something your fans can always expect from your music? Can you tell us more about this particular song?
It is personal indeed. It's a song about accepting who I am, taking control of my life, making my own decisions, dealing with my past mistakes, dealing with people who turned their back on me, and of course being thankful for the ones that are still rocking with me. Shoutout to my 4B brothers. Right now I got another unreleased track that is even deeper than PERFECT, like I really go into details, and I will only release it when I'll have the reach that this record actually deserves. You know you always gotta keep your best songs for the right moment. Other than that I won't always be vulnerable, but I'll be transparent as a Ziploc bag ahaha.
We know that you're a lover of integrating a variety of elements into your music. Would you ever incorporate contrasting genres into your music, or do you think it would ruin the type of sound you're attempting to reach?
I think I'm already doing it. If you're listening to our last project "The First Breeze", my flow on both songs are originally dancehall/afro flows, but on rap/hiphop type beats which brings a whole new genre that YNL and I like to call trap-dancehall. Otherwise, to be honest, I don't envision myself mixing rock and hip hop, or country and hip hop. Not that I don't like it, but I already got my own unique style, and I want to push it even further. I want people to hear the first note of the song and immediately say "oh ye that's PFTS" just like when you hear a Rick Ross' record.
Thank you so much for chatting with us. What else are you working on artistically through the end of 2019?
All I can say is me and YNL haven't said our last word. Thanks to you for the interview! It surely won't be the last time. Bless.
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