Cecil eX, a Pittsburgh rapper, is back with a new single, Butterfly Brains, produced by Blindforlove and influenced by Midwest Emo.
In his hometown, many music fans have been impressed by Cecil eX’s hypotonic melodies and harmonies, and he plans to conquer the globe with them.
It is clear to hear Ceese’s abilities as a composer as well as an accomplished wordsmith in this song, which has an addictive guitar sample and strong drumming.
A long chat ensued during which he shared his thoughts on music and the latest release.
What is your real and showbiz name?
My name is Randy Cissell, I record and publish as Cecil eX — a play on my given name
Where are you from (hometown)?
I’m from McKees Rocks, the most dangerous town in Pennsylvania, haha. That’s more of a reporting oversight though. It’s a borough of Allegheny County. When I’m out of town, I just say I’m from Pittsburgh.
How did you get into music?
I couldn’t really point to any one instance. My older cousins used to make music back in 05 or so. That was my first time seeing a creative process and its results of it. My dad got me my first iPod in 06-07.
I’ve always loved to write, so I think it’s a culmination of factors happening in the order they did. I didn’t start making music until 2017 though but didn’t start taking it seriously (spending money) until two years ago.
What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what your field feels like?
I make Hip-Hop. It’s a very crowded field but I feel we’re at a really special place in terms of variety, creativity, and dynamism in the genre. I’m proud to call myself a rapper right now.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why??
I’ve been a writer for more time than I haven’t. My main motivator is my own desire to push my pen further and be better.
What does your current song/album mean to you?
This is my first release in nearly a year. I’ve sat on this record for even longer. I think the motif of the butterfly signifies change. I’ve been in a proverbial chrysalis since last July.
What do you do aside from this profession?
Well, I have a day job. It’s mundane office work. I also do a bit of freelance graphic design work for other artists. I make all of my own marketing assets.
What are your hobbies?
I love to cook. And video games. In fact, there are a few video game references hidden in Butterfly Brains.