Published on January 18th, 2019 | by Dr. Jerry Doby0
Meet Hip Hop Powerhouse Duo The Seige
Back Story – Hip-hop duo The Seige command attention with the release of their highly anticipated double EP, Duality. The record delves into the symbiotic relationship between man and machine, traversing the worlds of trap, epic lyricism, and electronic-fused anthemic hip-hop reminiscent of Kanye West circa ‘07.
James “Taz” Conley (lyricist) and Riley “Goon” Taylor (producer) are the rambunctious masterminds behind the captivating flow and sensual beats reminiscent of legends such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Rage Against The Machine. Conley describes Duality as, “future meets past, biological meets technological.” Conley and Taylor complement each other’s talent without overpowering one another, creating an easy flow of symbiotic genius. “We are very accepting of each other’s creativity so when one of us has an idea, the other can easily see the vision and we’ll explore that world together.”
The Seige began their musical partnership as organically as one can: mutual friends. A few years following their move to California, the pair of friends brought up the idea of creating music together. Conley and Taylor were hesitant to bring up the topic of working together, both wanting to respect the others creativity. Eventually, the musical connection was made; “it ended up being so dope, we just decided to keep working and become a duo. It was a no brainer,” explains Taylor.
The lead single from the EP, “Back Up,” has already garnered praise from publications including Hip Hop DX, Good Music All Dayand Underground Hip Hop. Hip Hop DX described the track as an “adrenaline rush!” Their impressive resume includes having their music featured in movie trailers such as 12 Strong, Mission Impossible 6 as well as working with the NBA, NFL and Premier Soccer League. From performing at SXSW in Austin, Texas as well as the iconic Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, The Seige has garnered a large fan base on social media where their videos have over 6 million views on YouTube and over 570k monthly listeners on Spotify.
The Hype Magazine got the duo to weigh in on a few things
From the outside looking in, who is The Seige crew?
We’re a hip-hop duo based in Los Angeles rearranging the face of today’s rap music. We’re hip-hop plastic surgeons.
What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?
Music has been the only thing we’ve really cared about and stuck with throughout our lives. It’s been a kind of escape for us which turned into a way of life, a way to make a living and more importantly, connect with fans who love our expression.
What do you want people to get from your music?
We want people to feel empowered by our music. We don’t want you to just bob your head (even though it’s inevitable), we want you to take something away from it. We want to create an experience for our listeners and hopefully have them start looking at life and themselves differently, even long after the song ends.
Tell us about your current project Duality!
The current project is themed around duality, particularly, the relationship between biology and technology, past and future. The world is changing more and more every day and human beings are moving into a new technological age so it’s really the story of all of us. Our new single, “Back Up” is the first drop off of the new project and we’re really excited for listeners to check it out.
For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?
The song “Pe$os” from our upcoming double EP (releasing on January 10, 2019) perfectly highlights both of our styles and personalities. It’s the result of us sitting down to write a song with no objective in mind. Just total creative freedom.
Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…
We both have similar interests and hobbies. Fashion plays a big role in our lives inside and outside of music, fitness and health of course, video games, books, movies, women, and FOOD.
Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…
Probably the time we dressed up as Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton for the music video for our song “Boing Boing.” The resemblances were uncanny. Also, this is the only time we’ll ever use the word “uncanny”.
Duality is now available for download and streaming on music platforms worldwide. Keep an eye on The Seige by checking out their website TheSeige.com or Youtub