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You just released your album Broke and Happy. That’s quite the contrast. Can you elaborate on what it means to be “broke and happy” and was there a particular situation that prompted the idea?
SRH: I was in LA when I came up with the title. I think I was walking down Sunset Boulevard, listening to beats, and I had about three dollars in my pocket but I was the happiest person. I’m not sure how to explain it, cause I was absolutely broke, but I was so happy because I was doing exactly what I love and that’s making music.
You’ve been rapping since you were ten years old. Clearly you were pretty dead set on doing this from the beginning. What inspired you to have such a drive for Hip-Hop?
SRH: I guess the music that I listened to and the people around me. People like David Hodges and Group Therapy were doing what I wanted to do, and I wanted to be just like them, so I trained harder and did my best. Also my parents. My mom is a musician as well so that was always pretty inspiring.
You’re only 23 and you’ve accomplished a lot in your career thus far. How much has your growth within the industry helped you see things in a new light?
SRH: The industry is constantly changing, so it definitely allows you to see people’s true colours. You really find out who your true friends are, or at least who you think they are. There are a lot of good people out there, but it makes you more aware that you have to keep your circle tight and have a group that you really trust. It’s also always good to work with new people to help broaden your horizons, and get out there to work with whoever you can. Obviously everyone is trying to get ahead of you, but you want to work with people who care.
You’ve had the opportunity to work with Mike Posner. Did you pick up anything particular while working with him or did his work ethic have an impact on your own in anyway?
SRH: Yeah, he is always someone I’ve looked up to, and his work ethic is absolutely insane. He works harder than anyone I know. Sometimes I’ll call him up and ask what he’s up to and he’ll send me his schedule and, I don’t know what to say. He’s a genuinely nice guy, and while I was in LA he definitely helped to not only influence my sound, but to influence me as a musician as well.
Your hometown of Montreal has long been pretty notorious for having an active Rap/Hip-Hop community. What do you think it is about the city that draws out that particular genre more so than others?
SRH: Probably the winters [laughs]! I don’t know, I feel like anywhere you go there’s a lot of Rap and Hip-Hop because it’s so easy just to set up a microphone and a laptop and make something. But I guess Hip-Hop talks so much about struggle, and the winters there are harsh, so maybe that has something to do with it? I know for me in the winter time, I just write songs cause it gets gloomy and cold. Also, artists are emotional so sometimes that has an effect. I just know that there’s a lot of Hip-Hop everywhere. It just keeps on growing.