Q&A: Frosty

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How did you come up with your artist name?
My name Frosty came about one day when one of my teammates (when I was playing junior college baseball) randomly started calling me Frosty. The word included my last name “Rost” in the word, so it just stuck from there. I wish I had a more interesting story but that’s really it haha.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound is engaging, dynamic, and catchy. The production in Hip Hop music right now is getting incredibly generic and my goal is to make it interesting again by thinking outside the box, using sounds that catch the ear and make the listener want to go back and dissect all of the elements. When I make music, I’m making it for those who really listen to music and want to study its intricacies.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
I was a huge Beatles fan growing up so I began taking guitar lessons at around the age of 10 and enjoyed learning Beatles songs. From there I ended up playing guitar for the band at church, so my musical aspirations sprung from there. After graduating high school in 2012 I bought a MacBook and started making electronic music in GarageBand. I really started taking music more seriously when I received a baseball scholarship in 2015 to attend Academy of Art University thus beginning their Music Production program. Now it’s 2018 and I have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production for Visual Media, so I am very excited to go full-time with music.

What are you listening to these days?
I am listening to a lot of Jon Bellion, Drake, and all of Kanye West’s projects as of late.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
I lived on Sutter Street for 3 years so I found myself within walking distance of the Regency Ballroom, The Masonic, and the Warfield, but my personal favorite would have to be the Warfield for its history and beautiful design.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
I’m kind of a homebody so I don’t have too many hangouts, but the Tacorea restaurant here in the City was a consistent one for me through my college years. Owners, David and Jae, are awesome guys and I always enjoyed watching baseball games and Super Bowls with them and my teammates. So if you haven’t been there yet, definitely go by, say hi, and try out Frosty’s favorite burrito, the California burrito.

What does music mean to you?
Music to me is therapeutic as it allows me to release and express my emotions and how I am feeling at a specific period or moment in time. I feel like it is an incredible way to communicate ideas or thoughts through an avenue that may be more receptive than just saying it outright. The freedom allowed in music is quite liberating so that keeps life new and exciting.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I was a Tim Lincecum look-a-like in high school and my fastball touched low 90s as a pitcher in college.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
Go check out my new song, “Blade Runner” featuring Bay Area rappers Cam Jones and Los. It’s an energetic, hard-hitting song that differs from anything you hear in mainstream Hip-Hop. You’ll find it on Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, Tidal, and all other major streaming platforms on June 22! Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Soundcloud @frostyrost for future music. Make sure you listen for my producer tag and know before the beat drops, “it’s aboutta get chilly”!

Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.

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