The Rundown: Lonny X
Written by Greg Harris
The Connecticut music scene has instantly become a hotbed for independent who are breaking barriers with their flow. In our previous editions of The Rundown, we featured the future of wavy music in CT, Ksubi Kayy and also featured the melodic sounds of the Northeast brought to you by Say Kuro. We continue to explore this expansive territory with emerging creatives with our latest piece with 860's own Lonny X.
Coming a different perspective than the two artists before, Lonny presents a more rowdy yet intriguing figure to his foundation of music. You can hear it in his project, "Money Year: Very Bad Influence" to some of his more recent material, Lonny is moving at his own pace and winning his own race. The visuals that he releases depict the modern day set up of CT and how one can emerge from that area.
We recently had a chance to speak to Lonny X about his upbringing, being apart of the emerging scene in Connecticut, what are his plans for this year, and more.
How’s Your Modern Life?
My modern life is part work orientated and part getting high as fuck
What are three things you have to do when you first wake up?
Listen To Max B, Smoke, Hit the bagel spot. Aside from all that hygiene shit you feel me? I keep fresh too
Coming up from the Connecticut area, how was your upbringing?
It wasn't the easiest, I come from a single mom household so you know how that goes. My mom worked really hard for us. Still working hard for my youngest brother. Pushed us through the Catholic school system and always tried to do the most for us even if it was the last dollar. She taught us how to hustle early.
How do you think Connecticut sets itself apart from the rest of the Northeast area?
I feel like there's just a certain swag. It's hard to really explain..We just do our own thing (Most of us)
What are the advantages and disadvantages coming from CT?
Having the opportunity to set the flag down is an advantage just because nobody has done it before. So it's cool knowing I could be the one to do it. That's also a disadvantage too though, there's barely anything for us artist out here. We get shortchanged a lot.
Who were some artists who played an influential role into your music today?
Lil Wayne, The Cool Kids, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Drake, MF DOOM, Earl, Kanye, The Clipse, Jay Z. All played major parts.
Coming off the legs of your recent project, “Money Year: Very Bad Influence”, how do you think this project set itself apart from other material that’s being released today?
The production, mixed with minimalistic style, say less for more kinda thing is really my swag. I don't think anyone can do it like me. I came into every song knowing exactly how I wanted to do it. I'm just really good at doing me so you can't really compare it.
How was your creative process while making that project?
At this point, I just dropped out of school. I was working everyday. Most of these cuts we're supposed to be on the album. This was a statement project for me.
You’re often collaborating with another rising CT artist, Ksubi Kayy. How do you think you two can become the voices of the city’s sound?
Me and Kayy just have amazing chemistry. We work together for real. So when we make something it's always a fully strung out idea. On top of that there's people look up to us, hate us, and love us. We built a spotlight directed at us.
What are some of your plans for the rest of 2017?
My album will be released. More self directed videos. Merch. Just a whole bunch of ideas turned to reality for all the people who appreciate it.
How do you want to revolutionize the sound of CT?
I just want to inspire people to be the best them on the track. Theres no time to waste on half ass shit.
"I want to be remembered as the artist that did more than he said. I wanna go down as a legendary influencer."
What are three things you want to accomplish in your career?
I want a grammy, I want a Rover Truck, A video of the year award would be nice too
How do you want to be remembered when it’s all said and done?
I want to be remembered as the artist that did more than he said. I wanna go down as a legendary influencer.