Get to Know Highway [Interview]

Ian Hansen

Seattle's emerging sensation, Highway, has recently unleashed his highly anticipated project titled Monochrome, solidifying his position as the city's next hip-hop superstar. With an infusion of vibrant melodies and unparalleled flows, he has positioned himself as a potential frontrunner in the industry. However, it is not just his musical prowess that sets Highway apart, it is his unwavering mindset and the way he carries himself that truly instills confidence in his bright future. Take a closer look at Highway and discover why he is destined for greatness:

I just recently saw your first set at Rolling Loud, and it was super fire. How was that experience?

It was my first time. It was fire, and I was having fun, which was my main focus.

What is your favorite song to perform? I really liked “No Guitar.”

I would say “By Myself” for sure.

What is the feeling of seeing the crowd going crazy to your music?

I like to bounce off the energy of the crowd. It is almost like an exchange.

This last year and a half has been crazy for you. The growth has been cool to see. How have you taken in the success?

I am really just enjoying it. A lot of it is mind blowing. I have to just take it in. The most fulfilling part of it is being on stage. You really feel everything right there, rather than being on the phone seeing how people react. Being in front of your fans and the people who are really excited to see you is the best feeling, and the best moment.

What moment did you know music was for real for you?

I knew it from the start and since I was young. When I was five or six years old was the moment I realized I had a love for it. It has been the same passion ever since.

Fast forward to now, and you just released arguably my favorite track of yours, “Jet.” Take me through how that came together.

It was with Mike Hector. I didn’t know Mike Hector at the time. One of the people on my team thought we should work, and we got in the studio that night. We just vibed out. He played me a few beats, and I felt like that was the one I wanted to run with.

How excited are you about Monochrome?

I am super excited. I feel like it is the one. I feel like it is what everyone has been waiting for.

What was the sound and overall direction of the project?

A lot of it was just me putting out my favorite songs. I have a big team, and a lot of it is for them to enjoy more than it is for me. I fed off of their input on what they like, and we all made a pot of the best songs.

Where did the name Monochrome come from?

It is pretty much the theme of one color. I wanted everything to have that feel aesthetically, visually, creatively, and the art. The feel of everything I do and how I carry myself has a dark feel to it. It still has a shine and flare to it. Monochrome describes that very well.

How important is the aesthetic to what you do?

I feel like it is equally important to making good music. I feel like when you have an aesthetic it makes people want to be a part of what you are doing even more. It makes people feel like they are a part of what is going on so that was my main goal with it.

What is the main thing you want your fans to grasp from who you are?

There are so many things. Most importantly, I want to give people something they feel like they can follow along with and be a part of. I want to leave my influence and give them a sense of direction. As a leader of the youth, people don’t know where they want to go or what they want to do. I feel like I am a good leader for how to do things the right way, but it is still cool and worth following along with.

Who influenced you growing up into the artist you are now?

I would say my parents and intermediate family. My mom being from the west coast and who she would listen to. She played a lot of R&B and Bay Area music. My dad being from the south and having the trap influence and always playing Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. Growing up on that helped me build my sound.

What makes the perfect beat for you?

For me, it is melody and hard-hitting drums. Sometimes, it is just having a unique pattern. When the drums have a unique pattern with a good melody, it hits.

You also have collaborations with Jetson such as “Sin City.” Take me through working with him, and what you have maybe learned?

He is somebody who has been in the game for a long time but still has a young point of view.  He is the perfect person to follow along with throughout music. We have just been locked in for a few years creating new sounds.

What are some dream collaborations?

There is a whole list. My top producers would be Wheezy, 808 Mafia, Metro, and artists would be Future, Uzi, Carti, and people like that. They are running rap right now. Those are people I have been following since the start of their careers.

What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be a leader. I want to be someone people follow along and leave my legacy. I feel like I have a creative point of view people agree with or find interesting. I want to leave my influence and be 100 percent myself, and be successful with plaques, grammy’s, and everything else. I want to do things my way and win.

Who are you in three words?

Confident. Influential. Cool.

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