Over the past two years, Prince Fox has slowly been rebranding himself as one of the best dance-pop producers on the rise. From his catchy collaborations with Bella Thorne and Quinn XCII to his sentimental solo singles, Prince Fox’s evolution has left a lasting impression on the dance community. Fully embracing his new “pop that knocks” mantra, Prince Fox has delivered his collection in the form of his debut mixtape. The first in a series of mixtapes, ALL THIS MUSIC, Vol. 1 includes his hit singles like “Five Months Later,” “Trust,” and “Come Thru,” along with two brand new songs. We had the chance to talk to Prince Fox about his debut mixtape, redefining pop music, and what’s on the horizon. Check out our exclusive interview and stream Prince Fox’s new ALL THIS MUSIC, Vol. 1 mixtape below.
Run The Trap: Tell me about the mixtape.
Prince Fox: It’s kind of just collecting everything I’ve put out from “Just Call” until now with two new songs. I wanted to put it together because it really encapsulates the moment in time when I was getting out of my major label deal and trying to figure out what I wanted for myself. In that, I realized that all I ever wanted to be able to do was to have a forum to do whatever I want musically and put all these different sounds out and have it still be a Prince Fox record. I felt like early on in my career I had to keep doing the same things. At first, it was future bass and I had to ride that wave. Then I saw a lot of people doing similar things and I got scared and thought I was going to get swallowed up in the mix of all that, so I had to switch it up. I kept feeling like it was a losing battle because I felt like I had to change myself to either fit in or not fit in, and in the soul searching of being home and not touring, I was like ‘shit, I just want to be able to make music.’ I only really ever cared about writing songs, the production was just whatever I was feeling at the time. So this mixtape and the series of mixtapes that are going to follow are all about embracing my eclectic tastes. I felt like I needed to set up a forum for myself to freely release whatever I like. That’s what this mixtape opens the door for.
RTT: Over the past few months, you’ve been redefining pop music and your brand. How does your new music differ from your old stuff?
PF: I think that I’m just more comfortable with doing whatever I’m feeling at the moment and finding the place to release it. It always for me just boils down to the song. Sometimes, even in the future, I have songs that I’m working on that should end up as future bass records but then I have other records, like this one coming up, that has a summery dancehall kind of vibe. I just care about serving the song at this point. Whereas in the past, I shoved everything down the same genre hole. In this case, I’m trying to let the song have its own feeling.
RTT: How did you decide to start using your own vocals on your tracks?
PF: It just kind of felt like coming full circle. I grew up playing guitar and wanting to be John Mayer. I kind of hid behind producing for a little while just out of sheer insecurity. As I got more comfortable with producing and with working on things that I write in general, I was like ‘damn I should probably just sing it, it’s my words, I’m writing everything.’ It just evolved from me singing demos and thinking ‘ok this kind of sounds good, I should keep doing this,’ and it snowballed into what it is now. I’ve always wanted to have a live aspect of my touring and play guitar and sing and find a way to maybe play with a band. I just want to open myself up to have that opportunity and to have it make sense with the music that I’m putting out. I’m releasing a couple of live videos with the mixtape. I did a live version of “Just Call” on acoustic guitar. I’ve done a bunch of them but the three that are going to come out are “Just Call,” “Time Alone,” and “Tell Me.” I’m really stoked. It’s definitely a cool feeling being able to do that and it’s just a different kind of confidence I’m trying to build up. I’m excited to put that stuff out and see how it does.
RTT: Can fans expect a tour in the future?
PF: I’m not officially touring right now. I’ve been producing for a bunch of other artists and that has afforded me the ability to not have to survive off of tour money so I’m just trying to wait until there’s a pretty significant demand for my tour across the board so I can just announce one big tour rather than doing fly dates. The fly date lifestyle is what got me into a rut in the first place. I just got too tired and too burnt out and I was predominantly traveling alone so I would get to my hotel room and it was just really unpleasant. So touring is something that will definitely come but at the right time. I’m no in a rush to run back out on the road. I have this mixtape and then I have like another five or six songs that are probably going to come out before the end of the year as well. So it’s just going to be peddle to the metal trying to do this right again.
RTT: If you had to choose, what is your favorite song off the mixtape?
PF: They’re all my children. It’s almost an impossible question. I guess I’ll classify it into two things. The biggest sleeper on it, for me, like the one that has definitely had a slower start but will build is “Come Thru.” I really really love that record. I think it’s super cool and it’s one of those songs that has a ton of Easter eggs in it, both in the production and lyrics. I’m into that because it’s a sleeper. As far as something that I think would be really cool to play with a full band, like a pop-punk band, I think “Just Call” or “Tell Me” would be really sick to play with some kind of a punk band. It would be such a crazy flip, which perhaps I’ll arrange for. But on that regard, probably those two.
RTT: This is the first in a series of mixtapes. What can fans expect in the future?
PF: Just a ton of cool music. I have stuff that I’m sitting on that I’ve written with Lauv. I have stuff that I’m sitting on that has different rappers on it, like Yung Tory out of Toronto and this girl Saya out of Toronto. I have stuff with Satica, stuff with a ton of different writers that have been making waves recently, some more stuff with Ellise in the works. And then all the other people that I’ve produced for and collaborated with recently like Emily Vaughn, Alexis Ashley, Why Don’t We’s protege Eben, and just a lot of different people. In short, just a ton of music. I’ve been working my ass off the past year and a half and I’m just finding homes for everything so I can just have my music everywhere, whether it’s under Prince Fox, under Julien Tranq, or any of those other artists. I just want to get all of my stuff out there.
RTT: Is there anything you want to tell your fans?
PF: I’m stoked that my fans are still on board through all of the changes and all of the ups and downs and social media silences. I’m just appreciated of anyone who still smashes that like or play button. All of this music means nothing without fans, consumers, friends, and supporters, and I just really appreciate everybody. It’s not something I accomplished alone because making the music part is only a quarter of the battle. I just want everyone to know that even if I’m on social media or not, if I’m being a clown or being serious, I’m always really grateful for my fans.
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