Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with up and coming LA hip-hop artist Hyro Da Hero. Hyro stands out by spitting fast and furious rhymes with a full rock band behind him. This band consists of Daniel Anderson (Idiot Pilot), Paul Hinojos (At The Drive In, Sparta, The Mars Volta), Cody Votolato and Mark Gajadhar (both from The Blood Brothers). His upcoming album, ‘Blood, School, Work, Death’, was produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, At The Drive In).
I watched the video on your website (below) which shows a bit of your history, but can you tell me a little bit more about where you started and how you got to where you are now?
I Started in Houston, Tx with my Dell computer, a $90 microphone, Fruity Loops Producer Kit and a dream. I used a social network called Myspace to spread my music and message and was discovered by my manager. Ever since then, it’s been on.
Your passion for preserving and honoring Southern rap was really apparent in the video, even with the criticisms and problems that you brought up. How do you feel ‘Birth School, Work, Death’ balances the line between honoring the past, addressing the present and building a future?
It’s very important to me to stay true to who I am and to where I am from. I’m from the South. I love those slow gritty double time beats that bump and get you crunk. It’s what I grew up on. I want to make sure I keep the Southern flavor alive and kicking in my music and prove that intelligence can reign over the ignorance people spew on those beats. The southern style of music is very hypnotic and can be used for positivity or negativity. Birth School Work Death is an example to rappers today to be innovative and intelligent like the greats from the past. We can shape the future.
One of the lyrics that really stood out to me was from the song ‘Sleeping Giants’, where you say “And that’s a voice, a voice of youth, a voice of truth, a voice for you/A real voice that ain’t motherfucking auto tune.” Where did the passion behind this statement come from?
The passion behind that statement comes from my hard work and grind trying to be heard in this game. I have a deep love for people and this art form called hip-hop. I hate seeing the youth be led astray by false images and fake people. I’m basically screaming that I’m here to help, and trying desperately to lead everyone toward the light. It seems we’re asleep and need to be woken up. Strong words can do that.
When was the first time that you thought the mixing of rap and hip hop with rock and punk was the style you wanted to pursue?
When I created my first track using the two and saw the reaction of the person I handed it to. I knew I was on to something. It felt right and it felt so good and it was the only way I wanted to make tracks from then on. In hip-hop, live instrumentation is not as prevalent as it used to be. All those samples that people use were live musicians playing. Birth School Work Death is bringing that back by being original with it. No Samples.
Other artists have labeled themselves as “rap rock” or something similar. How do you think you differ or stand out from them?
The way I talk and walk. The way I sound on a track. The emotion I display. I think that separates me. There’s a certain credibility to my music that’s not seen with other rap rock acts.
At the end of the day, what is it you hope people take away from your music?
My Message. I want to wake people up that are sleep and walking around through life as zombies. I want to uplift everyone and have us all vibrating on a higher frequency.
‘Blood, School, Work, Death’ will be coming out April 3rd. Keep up with Hyro Da Hero through his MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.