“Earth is a Place in Hell”
British born Scarlxrd is just as renowned for his exceptional visuals as he is his unique musical style. Featuring both heavy metal and rap influences, his self-described ‘trap-metal’ is a juxtaposition of genres that works better than you might initially think. We sat down with the Wolverhampton native to talk all things music, style and his take on social media.
I know your real name is not Scarlxrd but why Scarlxrd?
There’s no other name that I can call myself. But it’s the perfect name to describe who I am as an artist.
Where did it come from?
Biblical references have always kind of inspired me. I’m not religious but that’s always inspired so that’s where the lord aspect comes from. Scar has always been, it has many meanings to me, from the character in Lion King to being cut and having it be there permanently.
Describe your personality in one word.
Beautiful. I don’t know, seriously though if I could describe my personality erm…
Or three words to describe your personality?
Ok, it’s liquid, mechanical, it’s not here I can’t explain it, calculated I guess.
Describe your style in one word.
You like a lot of black, you wear a lot of black, what is it with black that you like?
It just makes things easier, I actually don’t like dressing myself… as in, I don’t like having to decide what to wear. I feel like it’s such a waste of my brain power to wake up in the morning and say “f*ck! I want to look fresh, I want to look dope, I want to have people look at me and say ‘shit I’m heat, dripping,” but I don’t want to have to think about it, so having everything black is like, it makes things a lot easier.
What advice would you give to young people going through stuff that they feel is draining, like you said with YouTube, you said it was draining, and a lot of people are living like that right now, especially a lot of youth, because they only thing they can look to is social media and the internet, which also can be draining, so what advice would you give to young people?
Stay off social media for a week. Take a break from social media, spend some time with yourself, learn to love yourself and that is surprisingly not difficult when you step away and maturely want to better yourself, you kind of have to want to feel better to make those steps and give yourself the props and give yourself the pat on the back and saying ‘listen, I’m sad I’m depressed and whatever but I’m willing to get better’ and it’s a battle for sure, but battles can be won.
How does it feel when someone overcomes that battle?
It’s liberating man, it’s liberating, I was down as f*ck before I started making music, I was in a horrible space, and it was the music that took me and uplifted me and offered me a different perspective and gave me a voice to speak to other people, I am no prophet I am no preacher, I’m no motivational speaker I’m no one to give anyone advice I can only talk from what I’ve experienced and how I got over things, so sometimes topics like this I kind of tend to not weigh in on because I can come across insensitive sometimes and that’s never my intention, having been there and experienced things the way I’ve experienced and got out, I will only speak my truth, I’m not here to be this guy that’s like ‘look up to me and everything will get better’, this is me and I’m going to present myself, take what you will, be inspired by it if you want, hate it if you want, love it if you want, it’s there, it’s just there.