Iris Creamer is a multimedia artist dabbling in music production, writing, rapping/singing, graphic arts, fashion design, acting, etc. Her first album DENIM will be available everywhere July 6th!
INTERVIEW WITH IRIS CREAMER (RAPPER/PRODUCER)
(Interview conducted and written by Connor Sullivan)
Q: When did you start producing?
A: I started producing when I was 15 or 16. I made really ethereal, atmospheric sounds. But 2015 is when I finally buckled down and made beats I could write to that other people could enjoy as well.
Q: Do you see writing and playing music as a career?
A: I do. I’m starting to take it really seriously. I like making music now, but in the future I would definitely want to branch out and explore different things like clothing design and marine biology. And like before I started making music, I was doing some acting so i’d like to revisit that as well.
Q: Does acting influence your live shows?
A: It doesn’t yet! Performing these songs that i’ve constructed is such a nerve wrecking thing. I’m still a bit uncomfortable on-stage, but I hope to find my footing soon and be able to put my acting experience to use.
Q: How did your first tour go?
A: It went really well! My friend Dan had a tour booked and I was just like, “Can I go?” And he was like, “Yeah.” So we went. People are always saying how music is universal, i didn’t quite understand that before tour. But that’s where I got to see it for myself.
Q: How strong of a connection do you feel to the New England/Rhode Island hip-hop scene?
A: I grew up here in Rhode Island, but I honestly don’t feel a connection. I can say I’m really happy the music scene is growing the way it is though. I had moved to Miami two years ago, and that’s where I started writing music and realized that I wanted to take it seriously. Before I left though, musicians were a bit rare. There were very few of them and there might’ve been a show like once a month. And when I came back, there were shows weekly. Everyone’s an artist now — it’s cool and there’s a lot of creative energy. So I might grow some ties, but right now I’m just laying back and enjoying it.
Q: So you didn’t attend a lot of shows growing up here?
A: No. I was very much a party girl. I had interest in the events going on, but would never attend because I tried very much to hide my creative side in hopes of fitting in with others. It wasn’t til I moved to Miami that I accepted and embraced myself as a person of the arts.
Q: What artists inspired you to produce and write?
A: What inspired me to produce was my best friend who started rapping. I began to produce and write shortly after.
Q: Did it ever occur to you to go to drama school?
A: Yeah. I applied to a bunch of places, but ended up at CCRI (Community College of Rhode Island) for acting.
Q: What artists do you think you can draw comparisons between their music and your music?
A: Genre-wise, I consider myself alternative hip-hop. Huge influences for me are Tyler the Creator and Azealia Banks. I’m in love with old school stuff though– I’m a big hip-hop head. I’m talking Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL. I really love Digable Planets, they’re great. Their frontwoman Ladybug Mecca is amazing — she’s my biggest inspiration. Her raps are so smooth and cool. I also love Busta and Queen Latifah. I love it all. You’ve gotta see my library.
Q: Do you venerate female hip-hop artists?
A: Yeah, you kind of have to. I don’t know any woman in hip-hop that doesn’t idolize another woman. They paved the way for us.
Q: Do you think it’s offensive and kind of backhanded for people to separate “female hip-hop” from its male-dominated counterpart?
A: Absolutely. I mean it’s not something that drives me crazy, but it makes me wonder why it can’t just all be one thing.
Q: Femininity seems like a huge theme in your music, especially in the great cut “It’s Always Sunny in Vagina.” Could you speak to that a little bit?
A: That song is a tribute to the magic of women. We make the world spin. We can have children — give us anything and we’ll multiply it.
Q: The color pink is alluded to in quite a few song titles as well. Does that contribute to the same theme?
A: A lot of people have read it as me trying to be super fem, but I just really like the color pink. I don’t mind the assumption though.
Q: Are you psyched for Foo Fest?
A: Yeah! People are making me super nervous though. They’re all like, “It’s the biggest festival in Providence and people only play there once.” It’s probably gonna be my biggest show yet crowd-wise. But i’m really happy they choose me to play!
Q: What plans do you have in store for the future?
A: I just finished my first album, Denim, and that’s gonna be released on July 6th. I’m just really excited to see where that brings me! I’ll also be going on another tour early September.
Q: Do you think Soundcloud is a good outlet for sharing music?
A: Soundcloud is an amazing outlet for that, it really caters to the artists. But I would say to anyone looking to share their music on there to not pay attention to the numbers whether large or small, just keep creating.