It goes without saying that there are a handful of bands in Miami that are a necessity for your ears. That being what it is, if you live in Miami and have not caught ArtOfficial at a show, you should. They are one of those necessary musical experiences you need to have if you plan to coexist in the 305. Not because we are telling you to. No. Because you should do yourself a favor.
(Your ears will high-five you and remind you to send us a Thank You note. I promise.)
I recently had the chance to chat with ArtOfficial vocalist, Logics (Via email, which is a form of chatting, I guess.) and we discussed the band’s new album, The Payback. And trust me when I say that this musical venture is generating more buzz than cheap beer at a kegger, kids.
Well, for one thing…it’s free. And these days, we all find the word FREE even more enticing, don’t we? I don’t know about you guys, but FOR FREE feels extra awesome.
And you know what else? The album is dope. Yeah. It’s kinda fresh. It’s what an album should be…repeatedly playable. You will bump this album more than once. You might even give it to your friends…all of them.
So, without further ado, let’s talk The Payback…
Logics: Naw, that’s just a happy coincidence. Newsense is the one that came up with the name ArtOfficial and everyone agreed on it. It was one of those things where we started to get a bunch of shows lined up and we didn’t even have a name yet, so after some brainstorming, ArtOfficial was the winner. I’m a big De La fan by the way. Stakes is High, is my thing, though.
Logics:Ã‚Â Not specific plans, but I’ve spoken to Parable and let him know the door is open for collabos. I’m sure we’ll crack something out one day.
Logics:Ã‚Â Our band mates were all in another band called Defonce that had broken up. We were connected through Ralf, who had worked on some SoulWhat music with me and Newsense. Both groups were on the rocks when we linked up and started working together as ArtOfficial.
Logics: While people tend to associate our sound with jazz and funk, i think that sonically we are expanding more into other realms. You might here somethings from us that is straight up hip hop, or that tends to lean slightly into the rock sound. Regardless, those are all things that are in our arsenal of weapons. We like to keep it fresh, and that means always expanding your horizons.
Logics: It’s called The Payback, not because we are out for revenge or anything like that, but because we are paying tribute to some of our influences on this record. These are artists and songs that are at the core of what we do.
Logics: We wanted to give the people who are strong followers of the band something to hold them over until the official album and at the same time, we wanted to expand our reach by letting people outside of our normal scope listen to what we’re doing without having to risk spending $10 on it. Everybody likes free stuff.
Logics: We didn’t sample any artists for this record. We replayed the entire songs from scratch. Wrek is super talented. We didn’t work in the studio with him though. We emailed him the track and he did his thing on it and emailed it back. When we got it back though, we were really diggin’ what he did. Once the song was mixed and everything, that shit was a banger.
Logics: I would say Mayday’s music leans more into the rock/electronic/hip hop vibe than anything else. And Miami is big enough for three hip hop bands….but that’s it…no more than three..lol. Competition? Yes we are in competition with every band in the world. Competition keeps you sharp and it keeps you growing. When it comes down to it though, we are all on the same hustle, so you gotta give respect where respect is due. With that said, keep your ears open for the ArtOfficial remix of Mayday’s Technology single.
Logics: He’s based out of Queens, NY and our private jet is in the shop, so it was all online stuff. K.Sparks is a fucking beast though. We’ve done like three or four songs together. You’ll hear a few more in the near future. I’m on the Blue Swing remix, which is a fire track.Ã‚Â Nothing but respect for K. Sparks though. That man can release an album of quality material every two weeks if he wanted. He’s that prolific.
Logics: These are big influences for us. We thought of artists we really like and then picked songs out of their catalog to reconstruct ArtOfficial style. These are artists that are/were on the cutting edge of what they do/did and that’s whatÃ‚Â we aspire to do. I know we all have different favorites, but Happiness is aÃ‚Â Warm Gun was probably the best learning experience we had in the studio. It’s one thing to listen to the original and be amazed and it’s a totally different monster to recreate the track from scratch without ruining the legacy behind the original.
Logics: We’re always playing shows all over the place. The best place to find out where we’re at and what we’re up to is on our official website, ArtOfficialMusic.net.
Logics: We don’t have specific plans, but as our circle of musician friends grow, the music get’s more interesting. You’ll hear some remixes and hear us on some straight up hiphop beats by people like T-Mos and Llamabeats in the not so distant future.
Logics: We recently partnered up with a new company called Decade Entertainment. They have some revolutionary ideas that will take what we’re doing to a new level. Record labels are sitting dead in the water and Decade is paving their own way in this industry.
Logics: Personally, I’m an album kind of person and Moment of Truth is my shit!!! R.I.P.GURU.
Logics: Blu, Jay Electronica. Dope lyricists right there. Outasight, I’m really diggin this guys music. Let’s collab fam! Just heard some fire shit from The Dead Weather, that’s for the rock heads.
Logics: Can I say that Respiration by Black Star is best shit I ever heard? The whole song.
Logics: Disarray and chaos for the industry. For music itself. As we all know, everything moves in cycles. I think good music is making a resurgence. That’s just my optimistic opinion though.
Logics: Can I say its a tie? I’m a bigger Mos Def fan but some of Jay’s stuff is equally genius.Ã‚Â Fuck that Mos Def wrote Respiration. He wins, game over.