You have Chris Brown, Usher, and then you have Sean Gast, the Cuban version of both. With the ability to write, sing, and dance, the 21-year-old proves he’s a triple threat, just like the greats. Combining this new age of trap with the old school nostalgia of 90’s R&B and soul, he creates music from the heart, gifting this new generation of kids with music they can relate to. Read more…
Hailing from Orange County but finding security in his new home in North Hollywood, the mecca of studios in the city, Sean Gast wastes no time when it comes to perfecting his craft. Recently, he threw a memorable release party in downtown LA for his highly-anticipated project, Good Company, home to standout single “All For Me” featuring Skeme.
For those who don’t know, who is Sean Gast?
Sean Gast is a young man from California, who is Cuban and Caucasian — who brings you the romantic vibrations for years to come, with the Latin flare. The old R&B that you can reminisce and get in your feels about, with a new age twist that all these kids and parents will enjoy.
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
I feel like right now especially, there’s a lot of turn up music and not so much of the love music. We always know that love will be a very prevalent thing, no matter what era that it may be. I’m here to fill the gap that there’s been for that lately and give these kids that classic love story. The way that I felt about certain R&B when I was growing up.
You’re from OC, how does that play into your life and career?
It honestly helped me a lot. It’s very different, I lived in Ohio when I was really young for 10 or 11 years. But growing up in OC and having some friends that definitely were more fortunate, like their parents would be pro-hockey players or something, I was around certain scenes and parties that were much like Hollywood today. Certain things and vices that may be thrown at me today, it really doesn’t phase me, because that stuff is so played out to me already. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or where you’re at, using the resources you’ve been given. But I definitely knew I had to be in LA and Hollywood to make it happen, or be discovered by someone like Angel (manager).
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I think it’s just a certain point where everyone has to be out here. Obviously with the internet, you can blow so quick really anywhere. But once things really get rolling, it’s very beneficial to be out here. There’s so many people everything’s within an arm’s reach, such as coming to see you. It’s definitely important to be in LA.
What was the inspiration behind your name?
I mean, just like you have Chris Brown is Chris Brown. Or Justin Bieber is Justin Bieber. Sean Gast is like Elvis Presley, Sean Gast. I don’t know. They liked it. Angel liked my name. I even asked him, “Should we come up with a name?” It’s funny when I was like 15, I was just freestyling and recording stuff in my friend’s garage. I thought I was going to be 1 n S for a little while, like a little alias. But Sean Gast is what I stick with. It’s me.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
I was a really gifted athlete and I had a lot of opportunities to keep pursuing that and have that be my career, but music is unlike anything else. I don’t need anything to do my craft. This is an extreme exaggeration, but I could be butt naked in the woods, and still do R&B music. That seems really crazy to me. It just makes me feel like nothing else. If you’re hungry and you’re singing a song, you almost forget that you’re hungry. It’s medicine.
When I knew it was really serious was when people like Angel started bringing me around. Then the studios that I would walk into wasn’t just a studio anymore, there would starting being plaques on the wall. Very talented people that I’ve heard of, who may have produced my favorite tracks and I didn’t even know it. When I came out here and started running around, doing the rounds with Angel and linking with people such as Goldie, that’s the big sis, Bongo, Cassius Clay, 808 Mafia.
How important is a cosign in the game would you say?
I mean, it’s very important to have certain people that support you, so that they can show their fan bases that you have the stamp of approval. But at the end of the day, it’s really in your own hands to do what you’re going to do with your career and your future. The co-sign can only do so much for you, you know? It still takes the organic sauce that we have over here. That stuff is really cool, but I try to stay in my own lane, and my own creative space.
Talk about your new album, Good Company. What was the creative process and how long did it take you?
Well Good Company, that’s just been a part of my life. I’ve been saying it since I was 16, because that’s really one of the biggest things. That’s a necessity in people’s lives that’s taken for granted. Because you can have all the money in the world, but you could be very alone. You won’t necessarily be happy and enjoy it. Good Company is a classic love story about how you love and you lose. When you’re a young boy, you may make certain mistakes. Just a young story of Sean Gast, the romantic. I definitely am a hopeless romantic. I love romance. I walk in everyday thinking maybe I’ll find the love of my life. But you know, I think there’s some fun to that too.
Talk about your relationship with the ladies?
At this point of my life, I have a good relationship with the ladies. When I was younger, it took me a while to figure it out and find a balance. Right now, if you just put out positive energy and you’re not a thirst bucket, I think generally you have a pretty good relationship with anyone. Good Company is definitely something the ladies will really enjoy, and the men too. Put it on when you’re riding out with your shorty in the car.
Talk about the album cover created by Riskie Forever, who also did the Makaveli cover.
That was incredible man. Riskie is such an amazing artist. This cover is not digitized. When you see it, it’s a real painting. He did the Death Row covers. Nate Dogg was such an inspiration to me, because he’s the king of hooks on the West Coast, and I really take pride in my hooks and stuff. It’s really special to have Riskie do that cover. We have 12 songs on the project, just like Makaveli. Just paying a little homage to Tupac and the West Coast one time.
Talk about linking with Skeme on “All For Me.” What was the dynamic in the studio?
Skeme, that’s the big bro right there. It was really awesome. We went to Inglewood where Skeme is the duke of, so to speak. We had a real cool vibe. We were recording just with all the guys. There were a bunch of the homies running the booth. Night time, it was a super cool vibe. Skeme is so incredible man, like the melodies he does. Just his direction to me in the booth, it definitely helped me figure out how to get in the pocket on certain things. He’s a busy guy. We both got things going, but expect more from me and Skeme.
Talk about working with Drake, the GOAT.
The way that came about actually: a few years ago, I had an apartment in Hollywood. I was down out of town for a little while and Angel, he’s such a networking guy. His mind is always on the next move. He ran into some people that were staying at the same building. Because when you have an apartment in Hollywood, you never know who’s going to be running through the lobby. These Canadian friends of ours, they happened to have ties with OVO and work with a lot of their writers and producers. They were showing us some stuff.
They really liked my music and liked what we had going on over here. They put me on the FaceTime with rest in peace, Smoke Dawg, and connected us with them. While they were playing us a Drake record, it got left on my computer. And I’m a fan of Drake, he’s very inspiring to me. What would you do? It’s like a kid in the 90’s getting a Jay Z verse. I really just wanted to do that for myself, and that was an amazing process. Pay a little homage to Smoke Dawg as well. It was also a super great vibe for the ladies, it’s a balled almost. It was great. We did it on the Fourth of July.
What is your take on the music industry?
I think the music industry is an ever-changing place. The porthole has opened for Sean Gast to come in and make a killing.
How important is social media for your career?
Nowadays, social media is very important. It’s crucial. It’s just a way to reach your fans directly and to get content out at the click of a button. It’s a blessing and a curse because you can definitely get wrapped up in the negativity of social media. But I like it, I’m getting better at it. I wasn’t really the type of guy who liked to be posting everything and showing everything I’m doing, but now I’m kind of liking it. I’m having fun with it. It’s cool. I think social media is a very beneficial tool. It’s super important if you’re going to be an artist. If you’re going to do music or anything entertainment, social media can only help you — as long as you’re not putting out crazy videos.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Man, I don’t think there are any normal days in the life. Every day is different. It could change. We could just be like, “Oh man, we’re going to Vegas this weekend to see J. Lo,” or it could just be a downtime. It could be going to a premiere. I do acting too. As of recently, I’ve been dialing up my acting, so going to certain auditions. Or cool days when I go to the gym, look at some beats, etc. Really just getting ready for the album.
3 things you need in the studio?
Some water for sure, some alkaline water. It varies. I was going to say some friends or some girls, but sometimes it’s nice to be in the zone, with not a lot of people. Some snacks for sure, you gotta have some snacks. And maybe one of those little mister things that has the essential oils, I like those.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
I really like the one with me and Skeme. Actually, my favorite, favorite is “Buena Compañia,” which is the Spanglish record I just dropped. Produced by The Profit$, shout out to those guys. That’s my favorite to perform, I love it.
Are you bilingual?
Yeah, I’m Cuban, so I do speak some Spanish. It’s actually not reggaeton or R&B, it’s rhythm and Español: R&E. Which is actually a genre that we pioneered, so expect a lot more R&E coming from us. I love performing that song. We recently were in Salt Lake City for this little ladies night out that the radio station did, and just the Latin shows and even the Latin clubs, it gets so turnt in there. Like everybody’s dancing, it doesn’t matter. There’s nobody just sitting in their section chillin’ — wall gliding as I like to call it. Everyone was dancing, super great energy.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I’ve had a lot of encounters online because weirdly enough, I have a lot of friends that are in Africa and Jamaica. I’ve had some dope paintings drawn, I really love when the paintings are drawn. A kid the other day, he’s from New York, he sent me a demo. He didn’t know I’m sitting right next to Angel. He wanted me to listen to his stuff and I listened. I’m just like, “Yeah bruh, I just played your stuff for an exec.”
He’s like, “Oh word? That’s amazing!” Just seeing the joy that someone gets and just knowing that’s how I used to feel when I reached out to a producer or someone like Angel, and they responded to me. I like spreading that because it takes nothing. It’s just for me taking a little time to reach out, and it effects them so much. It may give them an extra push for them to keep going. I try to respond to as many DMs as possible.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
When I work out, I bounce back between Kevin Gates and NBA YoungBoy. That’s right now. What else do I play? I be in my feels sometimes. I go back to the old Trey Songz. I been listening to Lloyd a lot. Some old Lloyd, shout out Lloyd. So R&B or some hard trap. Or some oldies, like some 1969 soul. I was sampling a soul record the other day. I switch it up.
Sean Gast, Earth Wind & Fire, and Celine Dion. I want the track produced by Earth Wind & Fire, and then me and Celine get on there and do our thing.
Anything else you want to let us know?
Shout out Shirley for being the best big sis out here. AFP in the building. We’re going to keep spreading this love and positivity.