Interview by: DJ Jones
It was a cold December Monday in Northwest Portland. Shops were in full Christmas time effect. Lights and spray painted snowflakes on every block I walked past. The area I was going to meet producer Free Tillman could have come straight out of a Christmas movie. The more I got to know Free during our conversation, it made sense why he selected the location he did.
When I arrived at the coffee shop where we were to have our meeting of minds, I saw Free with a shot of espresso and what I, for some reason unbeknownst to me, thought was a shot of clear liquor. Turns out it was a shot of water. I apologized and revealed to Free I wasn’t an experienced coffee drinker.
Free is a complex guy, in the best of ways. He’s dynamic, meaning he has a unique way of putting a story together in his work. I spoke with Free about how his upcoming project “My Way Home” is his favorite project he’s worked on thus far and his journey to being a Northwest homeowner. He even had time to make fun of my favorite rapper.
DJ: Would you say music is your first love? Or would you say music is more so something you express yourself with?
Free Tillman: I’ve done a lot of different things throughout my life, and music has always been the constant. It’s like it’s just always something I go back to.
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