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#GetInTune: nP0's Dysphoria is a vibe

October 4, 2018


nP0 (@nopoweroff) is a Chicago native and UIUC student who has a vibe that we all need to get in tune with. Blending sounds from all over the spectrum of Black music, Dysphoria is a funky meditation on assimilation and queer identity.  nP0's most recent project Meta is available for streaming too, so don't sleep.  

 

Get to know a little about the artist behind the music: 
 

Who is your biggest musical influence?

My biggest influence is Erykah Badu, hands down.
 

What are three components of a perfect studio session?

Three components would be my notebook, keyboard, and laptop. That’s pretty much all I need.

 

What’s your favorite part of songwriting?

I write to release, and that’s my favorite part. There’s nobody judging me, it’s just myself and paper waiting to be filled. I don’t have to be worried about being interrupted or unheard either when I’m writing.

 

Who are some artists you’d like to work with?

I have some people back home I wanna reach out to like Jean Deaux, Freddie Old Soul and a handful of Champaign people as well. I hope to work with anybody with a similar mission and message as me really.

 

What do you hope your fans receive from these lyrics, taken from your most recent song Dysphoria?

I really geared this song towards queer people of color. I want them to know that they aren’t alone and that I struggle too. Too many people wanna show the end product but not the process, so I want them to know that we are all going through this together, and that they don’t have to assimilate, not to gender binaries, or anything else constructed by white supremacy.

 

I hope that people who are minorities that aren’t queer but are fans of my music take from this song that we have to come together and not let all our differences separate us further, because that’s what white supremacy wants, but at the same time we have to all listen to one another. I want this to be a conversation starter.


feelin like I’m tryin to paint
feelin like all my paint’s
outside the lines
I can’t fit

inside the line
feeling like
I need to change
that mirror image
ain’t the same as what I’m seeing
inside my brain
can’t see my true colors
through this dirt on my skin...
They can’t see my new colors
through this dirt on my skin...
it seems to never matter what I see within


feelin like I’m in a box
feelin blocked by the building blocks
an infinite construction
only stopped by gentrification
and Eurocentric validation
hoodwinkin’ and habitually
unsynchin with myself
to avoid it all.

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