It’s been close to a month since Summit Boahen released his debut EP, ‘The Minimalist project’ – which comes just about a year after his 2018 ‘prequel EP’, Wolves Beta-Test. In this conversation with the artiste, we get to know a little bit more about the latest EP, his influences and his craft. We also get into the intricacies of the EP – from the ideas that grew into songs on the tape, all through to its release.
How would you introduce yourself as an artist to people who don’t know you or your music?
Hello there, I am Summit Boahen and my sound is loosely what I’ll term as experimental. It’s core is based in rap, alternative and soul which are my favorite genres, but I enjoy mixing these sounds and also trying out various elements from different cultures and art forms both audio and visual.
Why did you choose to call it “The Minimalist project ?”
The title of the EP was not the original idea for it. The project was first called the Emoji ep and the Minimalist Project was a spatial project I was embarking on in order to become a better minimalist. A member of my pack, Jesse Panfred pointed out how cool it would be as an EP title. I jumped at the idea and over the period of recording the tape, i actually found meaning in it by expressing it as an extended version of my being.
This is your first Ep. Is there any particular thing you aim to achieve with it?
Wolves Beta-Test was a prequel ep but I guess it doesn’t count. My main aim for the #MinimalistProject was or is to put out a message that indie artists can also put out well thought out projects. That individuals can also stand up to the status quo and challenge it, regardless of who they are or where they are from.
Do you have any particular reason/s for releasing that ‘prequel tape’?
The reason why I put out tapes especially Wolves Beta Test was to test how I sound and the reaction I could get from the world. For me, arts is a continuous living experiment and as such I felt the need to give people a chance to feel what I’m offering and then proceed from there. Also it was a way to sell some singles off the Minimalist Project before it was released in full.
What will you say was the most challenging aspect/time in the preparation for The Minimalist Ep?
The most challenging time for me, was recording the songs and getting them mixed and mastered. I didn’t have a standing recording space and everyone working on the tape didn’t have a specific schedule, so we had to work around it. Also, I would say the conflicts between me and the other creatives involved in terms of how the project should sound and the bigger picture et cetera…
And what influenced your choice of instrumentals for the project; because I couldn’t help noticing the uniqueness in each tune.
The beats style didn’t really have a particular influence, there was a document of the EP which the creatives involves had, and it had a loose beat style and rhythm in relation to each song, however the producer, Bryan the Mensah, also kinked it more to make it more unique and blend in with the message coming across.
Were the tracks intentionally arranged? I ask this because for instance: right after the ‘hardcore’ rap intro, you ease into a slow jam where you ‘try to sing. That was a very noticeable switch, which I feel was calculated.
Yes, the tracks were intentionally arranged. However they weren’t arranged for the purposes of the switch you mentioned. The arrangement was done with a visual direction in mind. It made a better story to portray if the tape had these switches and flowed between different emotions and concepts.
You talk on the 6th track about wanting to give the people a “brand new sound” and “something different from what they are used to”. How different would you say the soundscape on the EP is from other sounds. Also, could you possibly be implying the creation of a different genre altogether?
The Minimalist Project is different because it is a visual album straight from the beginning. One would consider it as a score to a film, which we are working towards. It also features the talents of experimental artists, soul artists, contemporary artists, poets and visual artists. As such it’s not an album written to please the ear but also to take the listener on a visual journey and highlight the importance of storytelling. Well I won’t stay it’s a new genre because experimental music exists and most artists do it sometimes without knowing. I would say I’ll be pushing a new way of viewing music by trying as much as possible to be a storyteller no matter the genre.
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