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Today, Seth Hirsch premiered his video for “Bayonetta,” a single he dropped earlier this year. You can check out the newly released video below and read our interview in which Seth discusses his career beginning, his favorite project of the past decade and the creation of “Bayonetta.”
Can you introduce yourself and tell us more about you?
Yo whattup I’m Seth Hirsch and I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I grew up escaping this wild world through music, art and skateboarding. These days, I’m living in LA running around with my head cut off (laughs).
How did your passion for recording music begin?
My family’s been through a lot and I remember when I was young, me, my brother and sister all slept in the same room and my mom used to play music for us to help us sleep. I think I always wanted to make music and even tried to learn guitar when I was younger. When I was in high school I was super into skateboarding, but had a really bad knee injury and that summer when I was laid up, I decided to start making my own music on GarageBand.
What’s your favorite part about making music?
Being honest…I feel like me and my friends growing up found it hard to talk about our innermost thoughts and feelings. So for me, when I can just make something that comes entirely from the voice in my head, I feel liberated and energized.
Your single “Bayonetta” is doing well. Can you tell me about putting together that track?
I came out to Virginia to do my EP (Who Is Seth Hirsch) and got put on Lex Luger’s radar. I always wanted to work with him, because he’s like the ‘Prince of Trap’ or something like that (laughs). We got in the studio a few times and I remember he played that beat and it was so hot that I knew I had to try to do something with it. I was driving back to VA from Ohio when I stopped at Taco Bell to grab a bite, and as I was eating a damn Doritos Locos taco in the parking lot, the idea for the hook just popped in my head and the next day I laid it down. I’m also stoked this video was directed by Salty, who’s done a lot of YG’s videos…he really brought the visuals together to complete my vision.
Are you a heavy gamer? What are some of your favorite games?
Yeah, I definitely was when I was a kid. I love vintage stuff so, I played a lot of Super Mario games, Pokemon, Banjo Kazooie, Spyro, stuff like that. Lately, I’ve just been playing Smash Ultimate with my homies. That’s where the concept for this song came about, from a character named Bayonetta on Smash Bros…she’s this badass chick that the developers actually had to make worse in the latest Smash Bros game, because she was too strong in the last one. I need a girl like that (laughs).
Who are your favorite recording artists?
Lately, I’ve been really into Silversun Pickups, N.E.R.D. and Linkin Park. My playlists are all over the place though.
What’s your favorite album of the past three years?
That’s a hard one, but I’d say it’s a tie between “Wins & Losses” by Meek Mill and “17” by XXXTENTACION.
What was it like going up to XXL?
Man, it was really nuts. I feel super blessed to be able to go up to XXL and do my thing. The vibe of that place is soaked in hip hop legacy and it was a trip to sign my name on their boombox, then step back and look at my name next to all these other dope artists.
What keeps you motivated to keep making music?
Thinking about where I can take my sound and how to evolve it in a way that’s unique to me and my story. I just love staying creative, it keeps me wired.
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