Is it hard staying sober while traveling and playing shows?
It depends. I do a lot of different kinds of work and I have a support system that I’ve built here in LA. LA’s a great place to get sober. That helps me maintain a healthy state of mind so that I can go into spaces where people are using or people are partying really hard and be totally fine and not want to. My obsession to alter my reality has been sort of removed and lifted over the course of the past four-and-a-half years. I have a lot of experience doing things sober and that’s been good. There’s only some times where it’s really crazy. But most of the time, I know what’s on the other side of that, and I have enough experience fucking up from my early 20s to know what happens when I do those kind of things.
It feels like hardcore has made something of a comeback in the last couple years. Do you ever worry that it just might be a fad?
Totally. I think that it is a trend, I think that you’re absolutely right about that and it’s even a trend within the underground. There’s like a lot of big parties in Europe and in New York and LA and I went to a happy hardcore rave the other night, Kilbourne played, we love Kilbourne. They did like a total industrial middle-period hardcore to like early hardcore and a bit of modern.I do worry about that sometimes, but I do think that within the genre of hardcore, there’s this level of pride that will never die. And it’s huge in Europe still.
I know that 2019 has been a weird year for cowboy culture too. Lil Nas X, Orville Peck, Mason Ramsey, yeehaw everything — how do you feel about all that stuff?
I love it, man. We roll with it. It all just kinda happened at the same time and my name was fitting. I don’t know why I never decided to do this before, but I did it and I like it. I think that there’s room and there will always be room for it going forward. I don’t think it’ll be as trendy as it is, but I think they’ll be some people that live beyond the trend and I hope I’ll be one of those. But we have backup plans.
Does it ever feel like your thing has become too commercialized?
To be honest, I do worry about it a little bit. Like this huge selling point, it’s like really good timing, it really clicked with it that way. But I think that the music will always shine out. Like in Europe, there’s no yeehaw trend. I’m like a freakshow to them, I walked into HDE and everyone was confused. I’m just walking Amsterdam and we’re like, ‘Dude, they’ve never seen a fucking cowboy.’ Especially not one with like a fat neck tattoo and fucking rhinestones all over him, you know what I mean? I look like a fucking freak to those people.
What’s on the horizon?
I’m working on an album right now. I’m working with some different record labels, there’s definitely going to be some different sort of things happening, especially with the sort of big hardcore labels and shows over there. That’s kind of one of the big plays of 2020 that we’re working on. Additionally, finding a home for that album and finishing that. And a lot of collabs, I think the next move is getting these collabs out, like Kayzo and I just finished one, I’m working on one with Sullivan King, Nitti Gritti and I have a collab, and then a bunch of big European people. Me and Deadly Guns just did one, and some other people that I can’t really talk about as much. But yeah, that’s really it, man—albums, mixes, bigger, better shows, and doing more Lil Texas headlining stuff is the goal for the end of 2020.