Bulgarian instrumental hip-hop producer Bojidar Vasilev a.k.a. TromBobby has teamed up with New Jersey vocalist Jermaine Holmes for this forthcoming album release PAUSE VOL.1. The album is slated for release on the 21st of April via Stereofox. We got a taste of this new album with ‘LONGING’ which featured vocals from Jermaine Holmes. With a sensual fusion of jazz and an undeniable groove, we are hooked on this track and look forward to what the rest of the album is going to sound like. We chatted with TromBobby about his latest project and artistry below.
What are some of your earliest memories of music?
I guess it will be hearing the Bulgarian National Bigband when I was about four at Studio 1. My grandmother took me because her brother was the conductor. I also remember being fascinated by the sound that the lowest piano keys made. Could play them for hours.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
I start with either the melody or harmony. Then continue with bass and drums. In the case of ‘Longing’ – Jermaine recorded it on a different beat. It was like a resampled, faster version of a very slow, older one. After he sent me the vocals, I deleted everything else, kept the tempo and reharmonized the whole thing. The next single that we’re gonna drop was made for something like two days. Sometimes you need to search longer for the right vibe and sometimes it’s right there from the start.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
I would say music creation is my thing, just because I love the process. Although, live shows can charge you for days, giving you a better perspective on how your music can be improved.
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
That moment when the audience sings the lyrics that you made up in your head in a moment of honesty. That’s beautiful.
If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?
Sweet soul music.
Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show
D’angelo – Voodoo
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay Sessions
Arthur Verocai – Arthur Verocai
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Special Occasion
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
A Grammy would look great in my parents’ house, although paying the bills and living a normal life thanks to music feels like a blessing every day.
One last thought to leave your fans with?
Peace & love. “Keep in mind that I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my s*it”.