HANZO, no not the overwatch character, is one of the most exciting new acts in the Atlanta underground. His music has such a distinct sound, in part because he’s usually handling his own production. Not only producing for himself, HANZO’s credits are quite impressive, including: Lil Pump, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna. We linked with HANZO to discuss his collaboration, “Thou Shall Never Lack” with for the Daily Chiefers x Red Bull tape, Making Movies Vol 1. Tap in and lore more about him!
City of Birth: Charlotte, North Carolina
Current City: Atlanta, Georgia
Q: You’ve got a really striking voice, who are some of your vocal inspirations?
A: Thank you!! I definitely was high in my room listening to toto before I wrote superblood. That being said, I don’t sound anything like toto, I really just try to sound like me, always!
Q: How’d you get involved with NeilaWorld?
A: I DM’d FBK after getting added to one of those random twitter dm chats with him and asked him if they would let me join. I really just fucked with the other people they had on the roster and thought it would be cool to meet/work with all of them.
Q: What inspired your work in regards to your work on Making Movies?
A: Joey introduced me to Yung Icey and we really just hit it off pretty quickly! I was at the session with my homie corporate lingo and Icey was in the room working with Loudy Luna already, we were all just in there vibing and having a good time! After we’d finished a few beats someone got word that Big Child support was at the studio and the rest was history!
Q: What are early influences that molded your music, lyrics and style?
A: Kanye West, Jay Z, Steely Dan, Tears For Fears, Fourplay
Q: Who and what do you listen to now?
A: Key!, Frank Ocean, Drake, Lil Tracy, Danger Incorporated, 6 Dogs, Corporate Lingo, Liamette, Safari Williams, Blueface.
Q: What are some of the collaborations that have shaped your career?
A: Thoughtcrime, 6 Dogs, Louie Duffelbags, Corporate Lingo, Liamette, Danny Wolf.
Q: Who would you like to work with in the future?
A: Lil Tracy, Key!, Matt Ox, Drake, Frank Ocean, Blueface.
Q: What are your goals as an artist when it’s all said and done?
A: I want to make the world a better place by helping people feel less alone.
Q: What goes into your decision to select and record over a beat?
A: Will this be fun to listen to?
Q: Tell us how you feel about being features on the Daily Chiefers x Red Bull Music mixtape.
A: Super hype to be a part of it! I was a big fan of Yung Icey’s production before this tape and I got to link up and work with him through this. Shout out Joey and Bel for the love and support. Redbull Gives U Wing$$$$$.
Q: What does the future hold for you? What are your plans for the next 6-12 months?
A: Dropping some EP’s as an artist, producing and executive producing a lot of projects, voice acting on a TV show, helping build a label, traveling and exploring new sounds, learning and growing as a person and member of my community, not juuling.