Q: Hi P. Kruise! Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into this field of work –and who were some of your influences growing up?
A: Hey!! I’m p. kruise a singer/producer, born and raised in South King County by my grandparents.
It was clear early in my life that I have an inherent love for people and making connections. Music was the first thing to really facilitate my relationships with friends and family, even just as a fan.
Over time, I think curiosity lead me into writing and performing, etc. and around the age of 12, I hit the ground running. I went from basketball, football, and baseball year-round to singing and playing guitar for hours every day. It feels like I haven’t looked back since.
There are some artists from my youth that I carry with me still. Kanye, Gorillaz, Timbaland - I think those influences surfaced as I developed as a producer.
As a singer, I become inspired later in my musical journey. However, nothing has compelled me emotionally more than artists such as Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie.
Q: What has been your favorite project to work on so far?
A: Each p. kruise project has been a unique and wholly rewarding journey, in all honesty.
Call It Love was the most ambitious and dedicated project yet, and it paid off in many ways. Right now, it’s my favorite for that reason.
There are some on the horizon that I think will eclipse it, though.
Q: Your new single ‘Call it love’ is out and Who inspired you. Can you talk us through that?
No one artist in particular. More often than not, I’m inspired by my peers or my experiences. Duet songs such as Daniel Caesar’s song with H.E.R. and older Motown duet classics if I had to point somewhere.
Sometimes song ideas come out, and those ideas become the catalyst for their own creation.
Q: If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
Anderson .Paak - he’s a living legend but it feels like fans don’t know it as much as other legends do.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
Call It Love embodies the nature of the whole song. Playfully dismissive, like “oh I suppose you could call this is love” but increasingly more evident as the song unfolds
Q: What was the recording process for "Call it love"?
I have my own studio that I work out of in Central District, Seattle.
There, I put down a simple kick, snare and shaker loop. Picked up the bass guitar and it felt like a song immediately.
Q: What artists are inspiring you at the moment?
Sir has been a big influence recently, other than that, a lot of my peers have me inspired.
MistaDC, ZAHARA and Scarlet Parke inspire me to push my vocals and artistry as a singer. Having that upward pressure around you is essential as an aspiring artist.
Q: You have collaborated with some impressive artists over the last few years – who is on your dream list of people to work with?
I’m working with a lot of people right now that just last year I dreamed of working with. I try not to get too caught up with things like that. At the end of the day, I’m just a kid from Seattle so it’d be fun to work with Parisalexa or Sol while I’m around.
Q: What moment are you most proud of?
This past summer I sang Easy by the Commodores at Karaoke in front of my grandparents and like 40 other people in California. Seemed like the whole place walked over to meet me afterward. Most importantly, my grandparents were proud. It was wholesome.
Q: Who is your inspiration?
Communities and ideas inspire more than individuals I think. I love how involved Common is in his community or the scope of Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) projects.
Q: Do you have any advice for young music makers like yourself?
Lofty dreams are unsustainable for your happiness. Find joy in small victories and the relationships you form if you value longevity.
Q: Can you share your social media link?
Yeah my tiktok is … just kidding