Phil Smith has had a wild musical journey. The Cincinnati, Ohio native started playing in Punk and Metal bands in his youth, including the one time Victory Records signed Corpus Christi. They managed to tour the country a few times and even had a video on MTV. But Phil wanted to expand his catalog, and for the last ten years has been releasing self-produced Rap and Hip-Hop albums under the moniker Eugenius.
His most recent full-length effort, Midlife, was self-released in late 2020 but is now getting the vinyl treatment thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and a partnership with Friend Club Records. The album is an introspective look at his own life, and acts as a follow up to a previous album called Of Age, released back in 2018.
Described as a mix between Lupe Fiasco and Death Grips, Phil Smith has taken the stance of incorporating all of his influences into the music he produces, which is certainly present in tracks. As he describes in this episode, he likes to attempt to tell a story or show a “lyrical movie.” Could Eugenius be at the forefront of Prog-Hop?
In this episode we discuss his musical journey, and what he has coming up, which includes some collaborations with the likes of Nathan Gray (BoySetsFire). We dig into what it was like to be on Victory Records and the ups and downs of touring. We touch on his creative process and he of course offers some artists to check out as well as his 5 desert island albums.
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Question The Answers Podcast is hosted by Andy Pohl, who is the founder of Sell The Heart Records and the guitar player for Tsunami Bomb. Every week we will be presenting a brand new episode featuring an individual that has made a contribution to the independent music scene in some way. Check back here on Wednesdays for a premiere of each episode, and you’ll also be able to find us on Spotify, Apple Music, Stitcher and other audio podcast streaming services in the days following the initial premiere.