Hella Juiced: Sueco The Child

October 12, 2019

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“Fast” by Sueco The Child is a certified banger. The Pasadena producer turned rapper describes himself as “an artist, a renaissance man, and a free thinker — the beginning of the next evolution in history.” It was his breakout single “Fast” that catapulted his name to mainstream light, receiving an explosive remix from Offset and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Read more…

The song’s official music video currently boasts over 7 million views on Youtube alone, but Sueco gives credit where credit is due: Tik Tok. The record became viral after being picked by Tik Tok influencer Lukas Daley, eventually becoming a competition on who could do the challenge the best. Proving he’s not a one-hit wonder, Sueco soon after unleashed his debut album Miscreant via Atlantic Records.

How long were you producing before you recorded yourself?
Well I’ve been making music my whole life. I started singing in church, my dad was the choir director and my mom sang in the church.

Singing like gospel?
Yeah white people church music, which is a little bit different. It’s like “awhhhh” [raises hands]. Like chamber music, if that makes sense. It’s a little bit more boring, but a lot of cool chords and harmonies. My first instrument was the drums because of the video game Rock Band my dad got me for Christmas. Throughout my earlier life in high school, I was mainly just playing instruments. I was writing songs too just me and the guitar, that’s when writing songs started for me. It was all singing, acoustic guitar type songs. I was playing drums in jazz band. I was in a hardcore punk band, I was the screamer.

So you went from gospel to rock to now rap?
Kind of. I was going to go to music school for jazz drums, I got into Berklee College of Music but it’s super fucking expensive. $70K then you have to pay for living and housing, it comes out to insane amounts of money so there’s no way I can do that. I went to CSUN, that’s where I started making beats. I’ve been listening to rap my whole life, that’s what everybody I grew up around was listening to. 2014 was when I started making beats and taking rap more seriously. It was because of DJ Mustard, he was really poppin’ at the time. Straight up, I remember I thought all his beats were hard as fuck. I looked up “what program does DJ Mustard use?” He uses Reason. Nobody fucking uses Reason but he used Reason, so I downloaded Reason and went to town. Downloaded an instructional series.

Have you crossed paths with Mustard?
I haven’t met him yet but I saw the video on Genius where he watches the “Fast” video. He’s like “oh, this shit kinda hard. This shit is different.” That was really dope to me to see that.

Bring us back to the studio session for “Fast.”
The beat came from KenzDean, I was in a big studio with him. It was one of JD’s sessions, he played me this vocal loop for this melody. He took a vocal sample and in 30 seconds, he put some effects on it and it instantly became the “Fast” melody. I’m like “holy shit, that’s fire. Send that to me.” He sent it to me and a week later, I pulled it up and put hi hat clap and an 808 on it. That’s all there is to the beat.

Do you produce all your own music?
90% of my music, I either produce or co-produce.

What did it mean to get Offset & A Boogie on it?
It was dope. We reached out to a whole bunch of people and they were down. They made it happen. It was a lot simpler than people think. I met Offset, he’s cool as fuck. I ran into him at the Chanel store. [laughs]

How often are you shopping?
I think that was my second time in the Chanel store. I like more weirder… I don’t like spend a whole lot of money on clothes but sometimes I spend a lot of money on clothes, so there’s these 2 opposing forces.

I see the diamonds on your wrist! I see the drip.
I have to, it’s like my uniform.

Being from Pasadena, what were you seeing growing up?
Where I grew up in Pasadena, North West Pasadena, it’s a real cool place. The public schools are very interesting because it’s a big melting pot of a whole bunch of people. Not everywhere in LA but a lot of places in LA are a little more… certain people live in certain places. But the part of Pasadena I’m from, everybody’s mixed. A lot of public schools are like that too, and it’s a pretty nice area.

I feel like there’s a hood side, then there’s a bougie side.
Yeah, there is. I’m low key right in between. Right around where I grew up in Pasadena, it started to gentrify from me growing up. I remember my family was one of the first white families on the block. Now it’s half-white on the block, so it changed a little bit.

Did you always want to be a rapper?
I always knew I was gonna make music. I always would make music. To me, I don’t even consider myself a rapper. I guess I am because I rap, but I don’t like labeling myself as that. I like being an artist.

How did you get your name?
I was in middle school in Spanish class. The teacher Mr. Craig (shout out Blair Middle School) was going around asking everybody “what’s your nicknames? I’ll call you by your nicknames.” I said “I’m an OG, call me OG Mr. Craig!” He’s like “I’m not gonna call you OG, I’ll call you Sueco G.” Because Sueco means Swedish in Spanish, and my entire family is Swedish and Jewish. Everyone in the class started calling me Sueco G, everyone in school started calling me that. Then after a while, the G dropped.

How’d you get the ‘Child’?
It was literally me and my homie Swank 2 years ago fucking around. I’m like “dude I can’t be just Sueco, I need something else.” He’s like “what about Sueco The Child?” I’m like huh. At first it was a joke, but then I’m like “that’s pretty hard.”

Congrats on Miscreant. What’s the significance in the title?
Miscreant out now all platforms, get it while it’s hot! I like the word ‘miscreant,’ I know what it means but the Oxford dictionary says it’s someone that does things that are negative. They’re up to no good or causing mischief. I personally like the word because in my brain, it has a positive connotation. It’s not a negative word, but the definition of it is somebody who does negative things. It’s almost an endearing term to someone who’s up to no good. I like the juxtaposition of that, it feels interesting.

What are you up to no good with?
I just felt the title personifies what the music says. It matches. A lot of my music, I try to imagine painting pictures with the sounds. Making everything visual even though it’s not, it’s in your ears. That word visually portrays the same thing that all the music on the project portrays.

What is one thing you want fans to get from the project?
The main thing I want people to take from this is the broad scope of what I’m doing artistically. Because if you just listen to “Fast,” you have a certain idea of what I am, but the reality is that’s only one aspect. One side of who I am. Besides people thinking it’s good, they can listen to it and enjoy it, take away something emotionally, but the purpose of the project is to show all the different sides so people can understand.

Ultimately beyond that, the goal with my music in general is I hope people can find something they need or they can’t find in themselves — or they’re looking for. Even if it’s turn up songs, it’s causing emotion. Something is happening within you from listening to it. You’re in the club, “woo yeah ‘Fast’, you’re fucking lit.” Or you need to find something else and listen to “Novacane,” it’s a feeling of “I need to leave, I need to get out of here.” I just want people to gain something.

Loved seeing you pop up at The Roxy at 1TakeJay’s show, talk about your fanbase in LA.
1TakeJay is cool as fuck. We have a couple songs together, I don’t know if any of them are gonna drop. I hope so, they’re pretty fucking crazy. Him and AzChike they’re cool as fuck. I have 2 songs with the three of us on them.

What are your 3 studio essentials?
I need my $4 7-Eleven wine. When I get sad or make sad songs, I need my cigarettes. I have a weird type of personality when it comes to drugs or alcohol. Example: I’ll be in a studio and drink 2 bottles of wine and smoke 8 cigarettes. But then for a week, I won’t drink, smoke cigarettes, or do any drugs. I have the type of personality if I’m gonna do something, I’ll do it. If I’m not gonna do something, I won’t do it. It’s almost the opposite of an addictive personality but for a long time in my life, I struggled with that. I was off the shits for a really long time. It’s only the past couple years that I came into this new mindset, this control.

Music helps I’m guessing?
Music helps but I meditate everyday. I align myself. I know what I want, I see it. When you move everyday towards that, you learn to control yourself. You control everything.

What are some goals for yourself as an artist at this point in your career?
I’m trying to get a song Kanye and Billie Joe Armstrong on it. I have my own TV show I’m working on. It’s under wraps right now but just know it’s something we’re working on. It sounds self-centered but goals, I see myself as the biggest artist. That’s not coming from an inflated ego place because I try not to be like that. I see what I want and actively move towards it. There’s only one stadium/arena I’ve ever been and that’s Staples Center. One thing I meditate on is selling out the Staples Center and I feel everyone’s energy on stage. I feel how that feels.

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