Interview with Ordinary Cool
Hometown: Beacon, NY
Location: Beacon, NY
Hometown: Peekskill, NY
Location: Beacon, NY
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Honestly we have no idea how a deaf person would be able to understand any aspect of sound as far as rhythmic elements but we could relate our music to films in order to parallel the emotion received from it. For example, “The Pursuit of Happyness” embodies the struggle, grind, perseverance and determination that you can feel in our music.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Jamir: I grew up in a family real heavy into R&B and jazz but I would say that my primary inspirations as an artist we’re Jay-Z and Nas. Jay-Z’s wordplay was always so ill to me and his flow was always so fluid and smooth I wanted to be able to command a listener’s attention the way he did. Nas on the other hand had some of the greatest story telling ability I’ve ever heard. “Rewind” is one of my favorite songs ever. I have many other musical inspirations but those two by far we’re the foundation for desire to rap.
Nyrell: There’s too many to list, but definitely DJ BattleCat, The Underdogs, Pharrell, Timbaland, and Pop Wansel and Oak. The musicality within those producers as well as the knock their shit has is ill to me. As far as songwriters I’d have to say Kirby Lauryen she’s dope. I witnessed her write a song a day for about 300 days. She’s amazing
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
We have only released one official project to date, which was “Welcome To November.” As much as we like that project we would have to say that the project we are currently working on is our favorite so far. Our growth musically has been tremendous and this next project really puts our diversity on full display.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
We have been making music since we we’re about 12 man and we just got tired of sitting on music waiting for “the right moment.” Opportunities are not handed out these days you have to create your own. So many tracks were just collecting dust we felt it was time to introduce ourselves to the masses. Now that we here… it’s time to be heard.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Jamir: There are a lot of people I’d love to work with such as Kendrick, Cole, Dom Kennedy, Drake, KRIT and Wale. Those are really the only artists that I have been listening to for years outside of Hov, Nas and Lupe. I’d also like to work with Jhene Aiko and Eric Bellinger. Those two are real dope vocalists and songwriters.
Nyrell: I’m an R&B head so I’d love to work with Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Charlie Wilson. There’s also this guy named Dornik from the UK he’s ill.
The Internet is definitely changing the way that music is heard these days. The days of going to A & R’s and begging people to listen on street corner are almost gone since you can reach much more of a diverse base and mass amount of people online. Bloggers have evolved from music lovers into A & R’s in a way. They get thousands of music submissions a day from people wanting them to co-sign them into stardom. There are so many people recording music with dreams of being the next big thing that music has become kind of over saturated due to the Internet. You have to really come with a strong brand and large fan base of your own these days in order to get any kind of notoriety. The Internet does however make connecting with people much easier. You can establish relationships and build with people without ever meeting them in person that can become influential in your progress. Sending beats to artists, reaching out to work with others or receiving inquiries have all become much easier due to the use of the internet so yeah, I’d say a lot has changed and will continue to change due to the Internet.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Jamir: For sure. I feel like we’re not just another rap group who just raps to rap. We have a strong passion for music and our songs have real substance to them. Sure we feel good tracks as well as tracks that just display our talent as lyricists but we like to give real perspectives on life. I think people who really listen to our music will feel what I’m saying. Stacey Hash is a perfect example of a jam with substance. We’ve got much deeper records that the world definitely needs to hear because what we have to say is very important.
Nyrell: Most definitely our struggle is in our music, it’s an open diary, it’s therapy. We have records that evoke all kinds of emotion. We got jams too, the music with that feel. For example D’angelo – “Lady” and Foxy Brown “Get Me Home” just have that feel to it. It’s good music. I can’t wait for the world to hear it.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Jamir: Long term, I’d like to wake up every day with the sole purpose to create music for the masses to vibe to. I have always wanted to perform to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden. Coming from New York I know how hard it can be to get the entire city behind you so if we make it there, with a sold out crowd, as the headliners…. that would be legendary. Not many people have or can do that. At the end of it all, I want to be mentioned with the greats not only of my time, but of all time.
Nyrell: I want to continue to grow as a producer and songwriter. Definitely want to win a Grammy, that’s like balling and getting that ring; I want a few. Just knowing the music that we make inspires and touches people is good with me.
Social Media Links?
Soundcloud: Ordinary Cool on Soundcloud
Jamir: OC_Jamir Nyrell: Nyrell_OC
Facebook: Ordinary Cool on Facebook