TSIS has been a longtime supporter of Brillz, his music and his Twonk brand which has grown significantly over the years. It started back in 2013 when he released his Twonk LP on Kill The Noise and Craze's label Slow Roast Records. Since then, the Twonk brand has translated to live shows, merch and an ongoing mixtape series that features some very talented up-and-comers. Well Brillz has taken another big step in bringing the brand to life with Twonk Records.
We're stoked to be premiering the record label's debut release "Twerk Star" which is a collaboration with Jackal and Kstylis. The bangin track mixes hip-hop and trap, incorporating hype vocals, crisp percussion and a catchy pitch-sliding lead synth that drives the drive. "Twerk Star" will be part of Volume 1 of its new Twonkilation compilation series. Volume 1 will feature 16 tracks and comes out Friday, Apr. 28. We were able to catch up with Brillz and learn more about the label, the twonk brand as a whole, what's in the store for the future and more. You can check out the interview below. Enjoy!
Can you tell us about the history of your Twonk brand?
I put out an album in 2013 called "Twonk," then Someone asked me what it meant and i just cryptically replied "exactly". We all smiled. Theres a message in there. Its ok if some people don't understand you - as long as you live your truth - get hyped on you. We all express ourselves in our way, and its ok to be weird, Its ok to feel different. That energy and philosophy allowed the Twonk movement to manifest. We owe it ALL to the fans for turning it into a movement and allowing it to grow and keep growing. Now there's a new chapter in the Twonk Story. Our label.
What led to your decision to evolve into a label?
The label dream is something Ive been wanting to do for years. I love this music so much, I love our community, I love bringing people together. The branches of our tree keep growing and they can't be stopped. We want to make sure underground producers have a place to thrive.
Another reason is purely giving back, like I mentioned earlier about Craze and Kill The Noise, Im eternally grateful to those guys for giving me a platform. I want to continue that cycle and Im in a position to do that. Im not the reason they will be successful, dope music and dope artists will always prevail one way or the other. However, I want to see the up and coming homies get some shine and get their music heard and supported.
What was your inspiration behind this new track "Twerk Star"?
Any producer that tells you that the inspiration for a twerk song isn't A$$ is a liar. What stood out about these artists you’ve included in the compilation?
What was your experience like coordinating this release?
Honesty. Passion. These guys are making the music they love. They aren't compromising shit in their work. This compilation is all about Bangers, and all the artists who are a part of it came through with so much fire. Some of these artists have less than a few thousand followers, but their talent is undeniable.
Tons and tons of Dms and Emails. Ive been working on this for months it was hard to stay quiet about it. Im really happy with the experience, it was fun. A major part of that is the team we built for the label. S/O Brandon, Rob, Ross, Sam, Dan and our creative director Oz who has been with me since day one. Our whole squad put in 110%. We are on a mission.
What can we look forward to with Twonk Records?
Look forward to a ton of new music from me. Look forward to discovering a lot of new and upcoming artists who are producing some really dope music. Look forward to getting weird on the dancefloor, cause we are planning to take our squad on the road for a tour later this year.