Currently living in LA, Skinny is a Saudi-born artist with a distinctive sound. After teaching himself different techniques about music, he caught the attention of many industry heavyweights including Timbaland. After releasing his well-reviewed Ghetto Disneyland project in 2014, Skinny has returned with more. He releases his new EP 1999 Parachutes, taking listeners on a sonic journey. We talked with Skinny about the project in a recent interview, as well as the differences between Saudi Arabia and the US.
How long have you been making music and when did you get your start?
I’ve been making music since I was 12. I played a lot of instruments. I used to play the guitar when I was young. So pretty much most of my life I was around it.
What was some of the music you listened to when you was growing up? Or that you might’ve tried to replicate when playing music?
The music I used to listen to growing up. I used to listen to Nirvana, Biggie, and all different kind of genres. I liked almost everything.
Did you have a favorite artist?
Definitely Michael Jackson. He’s one of my favorites.
Getting into the album. What was your life like during the recording process?
It was really long nights. I produced most of the tracks. So I spent a lot of the time making the music. So really long nights and just recording in the closet.
Since you produced most of the tracks. Would you say you were able to get the perfect sound that you wanted?
Yea I mean it’s just a very original, kind of custom made sound. Definitely.
Who’s featured on the project?
Ace Hood, Skeme, & this dope artist from the UK Sonna Rele.
Do you have a favorite track off the album?
It’s hard to say I have a favorite. I think all of the songs are such different type of songs. But the one I’m listening to is “Cookies & Swishers Sweets.”
One thing I noticed about your music is the vibe it gives off. Is that something you kind of focus on?
I really just sit there and make music on how I feel. I don’t sit there and be like “Oh this is a vibe record.”
What’s the place that music holds in your music?
It’s all I do. It’s pretty much like family now. It’s an everyday thing. So it’s definitely important.
What are some things you like to do outside of music?
I like to eat. I like to eat man. I also like to travel a lot, which is weird because I’ve become very antisocial. I also like to sit in the house and play instruments.
You’re Saudi Arabian?
Talk about the challenges that you faced growing up.
It’s definitely different. There’s some challenges that everybody has to face growing up, so yea there were some. It’s so different here and there. When you’re on one side of the world and the other half is completely the opposite. You grow up a little weird, you know what I mean. I guess I’m kind of like a product of my environment.
Compare Saudi Arabia and the US.
It’s different. They’re both good and have positives but they’re mad different. We don’t have the movie theaters over there. If you want to eat with your homies you have to eat in the men’s section. It’s cool though. It’s a cool culture and real interesting.
Do you add any influences from the culture into the music?
Definitely, definitely. You can hear some of my drums I use and some of the melodies. I like to include that into my music.