The Anime-Loving Lame Southern Version of Tupac
"cause I ain't mad at cha"
Dear Silas is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. His recent album entitled The Last Cherry Blossom is a nostalgic perspective on a young Silas and the obstacles he faced; the obstacles he conquered; and the obstacles he learned the most from. He proclaims himself a humble leader in his introduction The Village. The classic rags to riches storyline is emphasized by samples from the popular culture anime juggernaut Naruto. Position your earbuds and headphones for comfort; you'll be submerged by the fluffy, childlike yet hard hitting tracklist of The Last Cherry Blossom. OMNI unravels the man, the flower, behind the music.
First off, tell us what part of MISSISSIPPI you’re from? What does nostalgia mean to you? What was your childhood like for those who haven’t picked up “THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM”?
I'm from Jackson, MS (north side, Fondren) to be specific. Nostalgia to me means being able to go back or relive a part of my life when my innocence was everything. A time where the trials of being an adult was the least of my worries. My childhood I would say was pretty normal. It was the typical geek growing up story. Cartoons were and still are considered a safe place for me. It took a long time for me to be happy in my own skin but I finally got comfortable with who I really was as a person.
Being active in band in high school definitely helped mold my musical tastes. Were you a bandie or self-taught? If so, traditional marching style or SWAC? Was that you playing on the horn in your track “WRONG THINGS”? How many instruments can you play? I was a brass player also. I converted from trumpet to tuba. Can you describe the relationship between your instrument and voice? Did playing melodies on your instrument help you develop your lyrical cadence? Also, what other environments influence or have influenced you musically?
I was in marching band throughout my entire school career. I've done both traditional and SWAC style marching. I did play trumpet on "Wrong Things", "Tiramisu", and "Under My Feet". Trumpet is my main instrument but I've picked up other instruments and played around. Now that you mention it, what's funny is I would consider my voice to be very similar to trumpet more so than any other instrument. I have a really bright voice with a vast range. Playing horn definitely influenced my approach on cadence. Cadence is important to me. I think of my voice as just another instrument on the track. I always want to compliment what's already going on and not fight against it. I love musicals. My mom introduced me to "Little Shop of Horrors" (The Rick Moranis version) at an early age. Also certain movie scores play a huge part in my take on creating records like "Edwards Scissor Hands".
We're both from "The Crooked Letter". Tell us how Christianity impacted your life in your younger years and how has your relationship with God evolved as you’ve grown? The choir closing up “CHERRY BLOSSOMS” screams Dirty South for me. Were you a choir member at your original church home? What are three characteristics you value the most in Gospel music?
I started going to church consistently around the age of 12 with my grandparents. I'm almost certain this helped mold me into the person I am today. My faith has grown tremendously over the years and continues to get stronger. I was a choir member at my home church. Briefly as tenor singer and soon after as a musician (trumpet player). Three things I admire about gospel music is the worship, vulnerability, and the overwhelming feeling I get when I hear certain chord progressions.
We're just going to state this now. DEARSILASxOMNI mangas are going to flip the world on end! Naruto is probably my go to when I need an anime fix. I would be a member of the Uchicha clan if I had to choose. Which Naruto clan/bloodline would you align with? How tall is a bee’s knees? What are 5 things you would drop in a time capsule for the future misfit creative?
I would love to have my own manga one day lol. Dragonball wasn't my first anime but helped introduce me to the entire world of anime as a whole. As far as life lessons, "Naruto" has influenced me the most. Just the story of starting from nothing and ending on top is so inspirational to me. The Uchiha are definitely the coolest clan but I'll stick with the Uzumaki Clan just because I feel like Naruto had to work hard for everything he attained (with or without Kurama). If I could leave 5 items in a time capsule I'd leave the complete season set of "The Wonder Years", my crunchy roll login and password, a notepad of all the ideas I didn't get to achieve, a trumpet, and a Popeyes coupon for a 3pc side and biscuit.