Self-named music artist, Caleb Lombard, is a music producer, rapper, and songwriter from the IE. Though, he still makes the cut for Artform626 as he did reside in West Covina for about 3 years (so y'all better not give me anything about that). This past year he released his Mindfunk EP on August 28, 2020, giving us a taste of some old school West Coast hip hop. From start to finish, with songs such as "Pimp Me" to "Yea, Yea, Yea", Caleb definitely knew what he was doing putting us on to heavy bass, kicks, claps and snares along with high registered synths reminiscent of Snoop, Daz, and Dr. Dre. Read more of his story below!
Tell me about yourself.
I was born and raised in the IE, Chino, California to be exact. Music has been part of my life, all my life. All I ever wanted to do was make music. I just turned 28 and I’m loving every moment of life. I have 2 younger brothers, and a lovely wife I’ve been married to for 3 years. Other than making music, I love to hang out with my family, watch football, golf or just simply listen to music. I graduated from Chino Hills High School in 2011, and attended audio engineering school in Arizona.
Where do you see yourself pulling inspiration from with music?
I have a lot of influences when it comes to music. Production wise, guys like Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Daz, Kanye West, Battlecat, TrackMasters, Darkchild, EPMD, 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, to name a few are huge influences on the type of production I prefer. When it comes to artists...man...OutKast, Redman, Wu-Tang, Nipsey Hussle, Pac, Big, James Brown, Busta, Drake just to name a few, are big influences on me as well.
What are some obstacles you go through while creating?
The hardest part for me is writing a hook that will stick. The hook is the part of the song that everyone will remember. No matter how tough your lyrics are, if you have a weak hook, you have a weak song. You could have horrible lyrics, but if your hook is strong, you have yourself a solid track. That’s how important the hook is and I spend most of my time coming up with a hook during my creative process. It’s not the toughest part because it’s just too difficult of a process, it’s tough because I push myself to make sure I have a strong hook. I’ll scrap 10 hooks if I have to if that’s what it takes to get to that stand out hook. I can write a verse in 10 minutes...but it could take anywhere from 20 min to a few sessions for me to write a hook.
As an artist, in what ways have you seen yourself grow from your past projects?
A way I’ve grown wasn’t built on my own merit. My wife pushed me in a way that I never would’ve thought to push myself. My music has grown due to her ideas and suggestions. She helped me expand my range as an artist. I grew very comfortable in my music. I just rapped, that’s it. Same tone, same cadence, same vibe, nothing distinct, nothing that separated one track from another. Because of her I’ve been singing in my music, I’ve learned how to use my voice in ways I didn’t know was possible, and I’ve been able to push myself creatively to emerge out of the box I had put and kept myself in for years.
How have you been staying productive through quarantine?
With all the time on our hands during quarantine, I’ve learned a lot of new things to keep me busy. I bought my first cordless drill (yes, this is monumental for me LOL) so I’ve been doing a lot of house maintenance and trying to be a handy-man. I’ve also brushed up on my music theory and learned some piano basics. The other day I found my saxophone that I hadn’t seen in 10-15 years and got it repaired so I’ve also been trying to add that to my repertoire as well. I’ve also been a loyal Maschine/Native Instruments user my entire career and I felt like I was at a point where I got too comfortable. I took it upon myself to take time to create with Ableton and I feel like I’ve improved tremendously. This quarantine has been a once in a lifetime opportunity to really dive deep into things we’ve been hesitating on doing. Go start that brand. Go release that song. Go learn something new. I’m extremely grateful for the amount of time that we all have to work on ourselves and our craft.