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Deep Dive with Prentiss [Q&A]

Ian Hansen

At just 14 years old, artist Prentiss has already caught attention from the likes of Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Skrillex, Benny Blanco, and other big names in the industry. His music is relatable – with catchy melodies that have the ability to captivate a large audience. Learn more about the young artist and what's coming up for him with this Deep Dive below.

Talk about your music background and what got you into wanting to be an artist, and what led you into the industry.

It all started with my love for music. I have always been super into music. I was always like finding new artists and would edit videos that had music in it. I never really knew I had talent to make music. Around age 11, I would make kind of joke music which wasn’t too serious. Then I realized it was really fun to do. Regardless of if I had talent or not, it would be a fun journey. Around 13, I started making more serious music. It’s just been a ride from there.

When did you know it was time to take it serious? When did it get real?

I wasn’t really good at sports. I was good at school, but I didn’t really like it. I just needed to find something that I really loved. I decided to take up music and start taking it seriously.

Being from Jackson, Mississippi, what is it like growing up there, and if there is a music scene, what is it?

There isn’t much of a music scene. The friends that make music around me that are in my city are up to experimental stuff. I have a little friend group from my city that all make music. It was different seeing someone make music from our city because it’s such a football city.

Do you plan on giving your city a sound?

Honestly, yeah. I have found some artists from Mississippi that I have bread into the more experimental type sound. It’s not just a sound, I really want to build a community around Jackson. I feel like there aren’t a lot of outlets to make music, especially as a kid.

What kind of music inspires you right now?

I love the hyperpop scene. It is super experimental. It’s not something I make a lot, but I love listening to it and hearing the different beats. I love Kanye West. He has always been super influential to me. I love a lot of 2010 pop. I also love a lot of new artists such as PinkPantheress.

You’ve caught the attention of people like Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and a lot of these big time artists. What’s that like?

It’s crazy. Every time I get hit up by a big artist, it feels so cool. Especially with Justin Bieber, Skrillex, LAROI. I have listened to them forever. Last year, I was the biggest The Kid LAROI fan of all time. It’s been super cool to see my work pay off. I feel like they are super cool people.

What is your dream collaboration?

I think Kanye. I would love to sing vocals over a Kanye song or even be sampled by Kanye would be amazing. Obviously Bieber. He would be such a sick collab.

Your latest song with Matt Ox, “too fast,” tell me the story of how that collaboration came about and what that song means to you.

Matt Ox hit me up in about March. I have always been a huge Matt Ox fan. It was in the middle of science class, and I wasn’t supposed to be on my phone. I saw his DM and was telling all of my friends. We have been working ever since. He is such a good mentor for me. His mom and my mom are really good friends. His mom has helped mentor my mom about the industry. He is such an amazing person.

You said you learned about that in school. What was it like growing as an artist in school, and how did people react?

I had to stay low key until Justin Bieber followed me. I liked separating my music life from my regular life. Once Justin Bieber followed me, it was super hard to hide. A lot of people started asking me about it and learned about it. For the most part, they didn’t really understand it.

What are your thoughts on this hyper pop wave, and what made you go in that direction?

I didn’t want to go in that direction. I listened to so much of it that I was already inspired by it. I like the acoustic style, but the Matt Ox one was completely different. It was like more rage type beats. It was out of my comfort zone, but it was really cool to make.

What is it going to be like performing in front of a bunch of people?

It’s like everything has paid off. It’s really cool seeing people like your music in real life. I think at some point, the Internet can get fabricated a little bit. Shows really show me how important music is to people.

What’s in store for you? What can fans look forward to in the future?

A lot better music. I feel like every couple of months I get a little better which is going to be super exciting for my fans. October 27th, I am dropping a song called “I will wait.”

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