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Interview with Renold

Reynold Stubblefield is a 20 year old musician from Philly and based in Delaware. He got his name Renold from having an employee spell his name wrong on a Starbucks drink and loved the way it looked as an artist name.

How would you describe your music style?

My music is currently a hybrid of alternative Hip-Hop and bedroom pop. I like to call it

bedroom hip-pop.

Who are your biggest music inspirations?

Mac Demarco is my BIGGEST. The moment I heard Chamber of Reflection in the 9th

grade my whole life changed. 2nd biggest is Tyler, The Creator mainly after all his growth

and also the impact that the whole Odd future movement had on Hip-Hop. I’m also

inspired by HOMESHAKE, Earl Sweatshirt, Connan Mockasin, Tame Impala, David Bowie

(mainly his storytelling), Sade, Archy Marshall (old King Krule), Kanye, Tennis, Todd

Rundgren, and Soft Cell (my FAVORITE band of all time).

How did you get started in music?

I really got started in the 9th grade when I couldn’t skate because it was constantly

snowing outside. In an attempt to escape boredom I downloaded FL studio (production

software) just to try it out and I’ve been constantly making noise and improving my

sound ever since. I owe it to my cousin Roland for trying to get me into FL back when I

was like 13. I didn’t have much patience or understanding for it back then but when I

came back to it out of boredom 3 years later, I was so fascinated by it.

What are you most proud of so far in your career?

I’m proud of letting go of the old goofy ChairBoy stage name I had along with the songs I

made under it. ChairBoy was a chapter in my artistry where I made a lot of mistakes but

still just had fun. I now take those mistakes and learn from them by closing the ChairBoy

chapter and growing into Renold. I now put a lot more thought into what I’m creating and

continue to find balance between perfecting my craft and reminding myself that

perfection doesn’t exist. Letting go of something I started and worked so hard on was

very difficult but I had to face the music and just let go for the better.

Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

My 3 main inspiration sources are love, life, and my dh moments/imperfections. These 3

sources are where I find myself to be the most vulnerable and raw. Life being the most

important source because it basically translates to everything and has the other two

sources included within itself. Love is one of my main sources because I’m always trying

to understand it in order to interpret it in the best way possible. My imperfections are

another main source because I feel like everyone should be aware of the other half that

makes them who they are, the shadow self. Constantly pushing this perfect narrative to

the point where natural negativity and imperfection is drowned out always seemed very

unbalanced to me. I don’t mind publicly displaying my flaws because I’m just sharing

truth that helps me heal and might potentially help heal others too. Throughout my

career I’ll definitely get better at balancing these 3 sources within my craft.

What makes you different from other musicians?

As an artist it doesn’t matter if you’re making trap songs or jazz songs in 7/8 time

signature we’re all doing the same thing by just expressing ourselves through the craft.

There are artists who follow the next guy in their genre and those different ones who do

what they want their own way by blending different genres. I happen to be one of those

different artists. I just blend what I genuinely enjoy and make what I want to. I’m different

from other musicians because I’m me. I have my own methods and sound blending

dialed in and only I have the potential to get better at what I do specifically in my own

craft. There will never be another Renold.

What is it like being an up and coming musician in the age of social media?

It can be bittersweet at times. I always feel gratitude towards how easy it is to maneuver

and independently drop songs in 2020. On the other hand, especially when you’re just

starting out, there are moments where the lack of big numbers, likes, and comments can

really bring you down and make you feel like everyone is just getting tired of seeing you.

But for me once I imagine 20, even just 15 people all in one space I’m no longer so

focused on the big number that I want because even just 15 is a whole lot of people. The

root of the discouragement comes from social media tricking my mind into looking at

them like they’re numbers instead of people that also have their own lives and it also

comes from comparing my engagement to other more successful artists’ engagement. I

always remind myself that everyone is where they’re at currently for a reason and

meaningful connections with a small group of people mean a lot more to me than all

types of attention from 50,000 people.

Do you have any projects coming up?

Oh WoW. I thought you’d never ask! I actually do have a debut album I’ve been working

on for a year now that I just got the final mastering done on. It’s all complete now and

ready to be leaked. I’ve recently been working on different visual ideas I have for it so

people are able to connect to the project in more than just an auditory wav file way. No

matter what though I’m releasing the project when it absolutely feels right to do so. I

have rushed a project in the past when I went as ChairBoy and I’m definitely not

repeating that shit again.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from being in this industry?

I’ve learned that you can never get too comfortable in thinking that shit is gonna be

sweet out here once you become a full time musician. I’m not even there yet but already

know how blown out and exaggerated the glamour of it is. I try my best to stay educated

on the business side of music because that's where things really get messy. Expressing

myself to the world for a living definitely beats scanning barcodes at my Amazon day job


What message do you hope your songs send?

I hope they send the message that vulnerability and being yourself is okay. I know some

folks come from homes where they get brainwashed into thinking otherwise but I’m here

to snap them out of it. When you wake up, who do you want to be? Yourself or other

people’s versions of who you are?

What do you want to tell the people who listen to your music?

Don’t expect the same sound from me. I’m a wildcard. Also, thank you for sticking

around with me on this wild journey. I’ll always improve and give it my all for y’all.

How have the social justice movements that have taken place this year impacted your music?

It won’t be heard in any of my current songs but it has definitely influenced me to dive

into painting the imagery of rage caused by injustice in some future work. I’m getting

some influence from ANTIFA, I love their motives. I’m not for violence but when nobody

is putting pressure on these fascists that spread hatred, somebody has to take matters

into their own hands. That's where ANTIFA steps in.

Where can our readers listen to your music?

What kind of vibe do you want to give off to your audience?

I don’t really have a specific vibe I want to give off. Even if I did it wouldn’t hold up for

long because I’d be trying too hard to come off a certain way or carry a certain energy

that isn’t authentic. I’ll just be myself and let my audience catch whatever vibes I’m

spreading out naturally. I’m all about showing love at the end of the day. I feel, as long as

you’re not an asshole you should be alright.

Is there anything else you would like us to know/include in the interview?

This song Momo’s by Connan Mockasin is on repeat. JAMES BLAKE SNAPPED ON THIS.




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