Crispin Charles was born and raised in Grenada and was influenced by the sweet sounds of music at an early age. Music was a constant part of his life--his father was a DJ and he grew up listening to the sounds of gospel, reggae, calypso, and soca. With DJ equipment set up in the household at the tender age of ten, Crispin started learning to use the turntable, absorbing how to mix and make smooth music transitions. To hone his rap skills, he started writing poetry and doing research to study the game. By the age of 16, he had compiled two notebooks of poetry and rhymes. A few years later, he dropped his first mix-tape titled ‘Man of The Year’ but got discouraged with the marketing of his content and decided to take a break. Fast forward to 2019, after all of life’s challenges, Crispin is confident as ever and is going full force with his music.
“Pain” is a blissfully light on its feet yet fast-paced soundscape. It highlights Crispin’s skills in both musicianship and production that shine brightly from the offset. It’s busy yet gentle all at once, the details and layers that make it up are each incredibly crisp and impressively crafted. The beat works beautifully underneath Crispin’s personal outpouring of observations on life. The track sounds great, calming you in contrast with the struggle implied by the concept. The arrangement is brilliant, longer lines follow the simple repetition, paving the way for something catchy, hooky, yet loaded with emotion and depth. Some of the bars here are incredibly poetic, notably open and honest, all of which work well to impress and connect all at once. Crispin Charles doesn’t hide behind anything, the music and the lyrics work as a unit to portray a sense of realness and purity. Even when effects come into play, they’re artistic choices. We love what Crispin brings the table and can’t wait to see what he delivers next!
Check out “Pain” here and read more with Crispin Charles below!
What inspired the making of “Pain”?
Growing up in Toronto I have many friends who are still trying to figure life out they have not reach their full potential. I see there struggle and I understand it, they also look to me for inspiration and this motivates me to keep doing what I'm doing.
How long have you been making music?
I have been making music on and off for three years but it's been about 1 year since I have really focus on it and is consistent with putting out music.
What’s one of the most important lessons you’ve learned so far in your journey as an artist?
One of the important lessons I have learned is to be consistent and be patient if your work is good people will come your fans will come, you cant force people to like your music not everyone is interested in the same thing.
What’s next for you? What are your immediate plans, creatively, and what’s the bigger picture?
Im working on 5 song ep for next year. I will also be releasing a music video for my song Melanin in October of this year and then release a music video for Pain either Dec or Jan. The bigger picture for me is to continue to be build a loyal fan base that understands that I am not a one dimensional artist my music will change sonically, but also I will be adding other artistic pieces such as a clothing line. "Playamade music is coming".
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