DELAYED THERAPY'S DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON BANDCAMP!
Delayed Therapy is a psychedelic, boom-bap, hip-hop group hailing from Houston, Texas. Their unique sound stems from an influence of rock, funk, and psychedelic music from eras past mashed together with a sample-based approach to hip-hop similar to that of the late, J Dilla. "Mr. Sizzles" the producer mastermind behind the music of Delayed Therapy, cites that, "a wide range of influences" go into crafting their sound.
What began as an outlet for creative friends to vibe-out a couple times a month, has morphed into a full-fledged serious musical project with weekly practices, studio sessions, and shows. Their determination, focus, and drive to inject true quality into their craft shows at every turn. From the skillful arrangement of the songs, to the well-written lyrical content, Delayed Therapy brings an immersive vibe to the listener, cloaking them in a world of psychedelic rock samples and hard hitting hip-hop beats with thought provoking lyrics that ride perfectly to the beat. This debut project holds the mark of a great album due to the fact that you can pop it in and let it ride from beginning to end without having any psychological interruption for a "radio single". No matter where a listener may reside, this Space City based group is sure to take you on an astral trip to another galaxy through their unique, other-worldly sound.
UC: How did ya'll first come together as a group?
DT: Nameless, Mr. Sizzles, and Mathew Charles had been collaborating for a while, building the sound, coming up with the foundation for what would later on be Delayed Therapy. Nameless, recruited Major Tom about 2 years ago and we began getting together at Mr. Sizzles studio as he was developing his sound. The squad was officially formed and since then has grown up together.
UC: Who are your biggest influences outside of hiphop?
DT: We're fans of all music, all genre's. Eighties music straight across the board, from hair-bands to rock. The Cure, Depeche Mode, anything that is melodic and has synthesizers. Believe it or not a lot of 80's music has elements of hip-hop in it. Also, Nirvana, not so much for what they created sonically, but for the format of their songs, which was basically two-and-a-half to four minute songs that bring you in, kick your ass, then let you go. That format plays a part in the music Delayed Therapy makes today.
UC: Who are your top three favorite hiphop producers?
DT: First off, before we give you our top 3 there's too many to name. Just the 90's alone there's ten to fifteen [influential] producers just right there. If we had to give you three, number one would be DJ Premier without a doubt. Number two, would be Dr. Dre, and third to round it off would be J Dilla. Honorable mention: Pharrell.
UC: Top 5 favorite emcee's?
DT: Too many to name as we said before... we have to reflect for a second. Number five would be Black Thought from The Roots, grew up with that band, love 'em, been listening to them since the very beginning. Don't think he gets enough credit, the dude just spits real-talk and just murders every fuckin' track. Number four would be Royce Da 5'9". Loved him since back in the day. Doesn't matter what era of hip-hop you're from, lyrically he's gonna murk. His techniques are just crazy! Number three would be Tupac. With his mystique and how he could just rally people, he's someone we could use in this day and age. As far as gripping you with raw emotion, raw lyrics, and just being able to come out with mystique and star power, we gotta put Pac in there. Number two would be Rakim. At the time you were hearing hip-hop for the first time and you heard him and Eric B, you were just drawn to the music like, "wow this dude is really good". It's tough between him being #2 and #1 you know. He's one of the pioneers just to do what he does, he's phenomenal. Number one would have to be Biggie, because he can make the most street, grimiest hip-hop song, but he can also make that club-banger and that's a very hard thing to do. We think Biggie is #1 for sure. Honorable mention: Eminem. The stuff he did with Royce Da 5'9" (his non-commercial stuff) cause obviously he can do commercial stuff (with Dre, Rihanna, etc.) you listen to some of his other stuff, nobody in the game can touch him.
UC: What is unique about Delayed Therapy's approach to music?
DT: Our uniqueness stems from each person's individuality. Anybody can make music on their own, but it's really hard to collaborate with certain people. Every time we get in the studio we're productive. We always come up with a song or an idea. Other artists may try to collaborate and sit there for hours without coming up with anything, but every time we get in the studio it could be five minutes later and we have a song. That's one of the most unique things about our creative process.
UC: Favorite spot to eat in Houston?
DT: High End: Vic & Anthony's. Everyday grub: Ninfa's on Navigation.
UC: Favorite hobbies outside of music?
DT: Digging for records, bar-tending, softball, CrossFit, and spending time with our families.
You can catch Delayed Therapy at The Nightingale Room in Houston on August 5th, and can stream and purchase their album exclusively here.