Lowki Lee and Sunset Black - 10 Questions Interview
Slummerville Records is a hip hop group based out of South Carolina. Their style is unique and sometimes touches and glides along other genres. Owned and operated by Sunset Black (Justin Tolbert) & Lowki Lee(Robert Herron), the CEO, Sunset Black, has been in the game for a while having toured 30 plus states and worked with artists such as Lil Wyte, La Chat,YMCMB, Silk the Shocker & more. Lowki Lee has been working on his craft for 14 years, only dropping hard copy tapes. He is a producer and sound engineer (on top of being an artist) who recently merged his label 2real under the Slummerville name, and with the help of Sunset Black, they have shot forward into the industry. Other artists on the label include Young Coupe.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Sunset Black: I grew up on 2pac, Lil Wayne, & Eminem. They are very influential in my style I feel the catalyst for me is the solid fact of wanting to make good music and keep hip hop alive, as well as maybe a song or 2 might inspire the next man or maybe they can relate to an issue that was similar.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Lowki Lee: I threw a house party for Halloween that had a 250 person turn out. And even did a 100 dollar sexiest female costume contest. Can you say ass everywhere?
What has been the high point of your music path?
Sunset Black: Well that's kinda hard to say. I would say now is the most focused I've ever been. Me and my team have really been putting in the work this year, and to be honest this is just us warming up. I don't think the people are ready for the intensity we are gonna bring to the game, and I game because oh it's definitely a competitive business , and we are playing to win.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Lowki Lee: I'm a feel-a-vibe type person. Every song I write, I pull for an emotion or past experience to make every word easy to connect with.
hat do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Sunset Black: I would say the biggest challenge is establishing a fan base because there is a lot of groundwork that has to be put in and it's an never ending process; you don't get timeouts or breaks.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Lowki Lee: Man I get the hard ones. If I had to pick one artist living today to share the stage with -Jellyroll. He is the best underground artist and is making a huge name for himself.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Sunset black: Funny story last rehearsal was combined with laundry day lol at Lowki Lee's grandma's house in the garage while his brother plays drums so I would say they are chill and lit at the same time because our mindset always stays in the element of music.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Lowki Lee: Incomparable feat. Lil Chuckee. I had to re-write a brand new verse in the studio mins before recording because my phone deleted everything!!
What's coming up in the future?
Sunset Black: We have tons coming up shows are starting to line up back to back. I have my album dropping Rhythm & Black, & we have a couple other projects that our fans are definitely going to love
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find our music on all platfor.
Stream on Spotify.