Terrence Spectacle is already outside of Dallas’ hip-hop scene. How far the 21-year-old lyricist is able to go is strictly up to him. The Detroit born, Dallas based artist left his record label in 2016 and is now set to debut his indie sophomore EP, One Summer Night, due March 31st. The new EP finds Spectacle venturing away from his first album’s sound with electronic, sonic-infused flair and will be showcased on stage at Dallas’ Cinderblock during the One Summer Night Release Party on the same date.
Track Rambler caught up with Spectacle to hear more about the new direction he finds himself headed.
TR: One Summer Night shows a much more mature and defined Terrence Spectacle. Did you approach this EP differently than with your debut album, NuDallas?
TS: I went through a very ‘singer-songwriter’ development process with this new EP. I sat down with the guys in the band and brought in songs that I had written and choruses and a lot of ideas for full-length tracks. I just went into the studio with them to see what happens singing and rapping along-side the instrumentation and One Summer Night was the result.
TR: Was there a particular reason you wanted to record with a live band?
TS: It was always something my older brother encouraged me to do. He always thought it was a great idea because we had more electronic production and I always played live shows with a band. I suppose he thought it was the most lucrative idea to combine the live band together with the songs I record. He always saw that as the next level of my artistic evolution, if you will. He’s the most advanced artist I know and he’s really about artist progression.
TR: What did producer Ish D bring to the recording?
TS: Ish D played a very intricate part in creating this EP. He was able to take the strums and the chords…really just the progressions from the instruments and sort them into the electronics.
TR: Did you incorporate any Detroit influences into One Summer Night?
TS: Detroit is like my backbone. I was born and raised there and I can’t really shake some of those Detroit roots. But, that has more to do with who I am as a person. Even though I’m from Detroit and live in Dallas now, I feel as though the experiences I’ve had in these places has more of an effect on me as an artist than with the actual songs. The songs aren’t very grassroots. It’s music that transcends a city or a place from a lyrical standpoint. I feel like a lot of people couldn’t pinpoint where I was from by listening to my music. I mean, they’d probably guess I was from California.
TR: You posted an interesting comment on Twitter the other day. “I feel lost. So very, very lost, yet in the dead center of everything.” Would you care to elaborate?
TS: I caught this really weird vibe the other night. I felt as though I was doing something that wasn’t bad…but, I was being called to do something else. It has a lot to do with music. There is so much going on…so many goals and aspirations. I know that my music is bait. My art is bait. There’s so many people that want to ‘DIY’ their musicianship. And in the public eye, you’re not really successful unless you have a manager, a booking agent…more relevantly speaking, a record label behind you. I didn’t really know what that was like in the public persona until I left the record label in spring of 2016. This experience now is very different for me. I’m doing everything on my own and it feels strange. I felt very at home with the record label. I had a whole team of people that did stuff. And now I’m basically a team of one. I have Ish D who helps me create my songs. I have the guys who play with me in my band. I have Amber [LaFrance] who handles my public relations. But that’s it. That’s the extent of my reach. Everything else is on me. And that can make a person feel very drowned.
TR: Does that change how you create music?
TS: One Summer Night is listed on Apple Music as ‘singer-songwriter’ because that’s a genre we felt resonated with this project the most. Ed Sheeran is a singer-songwriter. It kind of makes you feel washed in a sense when you look at where Ed Sheeran is and you look at where I am. It doesn’t take a genius to say, ‘you know? This could be some top 40 music.’ It has to cater to a very large audience or else it can very well get smothered with the other underground indie music. I feel as though I’m in the dead-center of a lot of music. But at the same time, it’s not ‘me’ that opens the door. It’s my music. I just walk the path. I don’t really know exactly where I’m headed. I just know I have to go and if I do what I’m supposed to do, If I do what’s destined for me, I know the door is open.
Catch Terrence Spectacle at the One Summer Night Release Party on March 31st at Cinderblock. Spectacle will perform after a special DJ set by Christy Ray and performances by two female up-and-comers Devin Papillion and M3CCA. Doors open at 7 p.m. with live music starting at 8 p.m. The event is welcome to all ages and a tickets can be purchased from Spectacle’s website below for $8 tickets in advance ($10 at the door). Fans will receive a free copy of One Summer Night with a purchased ticket. Cinderblock is located at 4622 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, Texas 75223.