POS is a Minneapolis-based rapper/producer as well as a co-founder of the musical collaborative turned recording label Doomtree Records. The punk influence of POS can be seen in his industrial beats and progressive lyrics, with songs that often combine screeching guitar riffs, aggressive vocal patterns and synthetic electronic textures. His most recent album to date, “Chill, Dummy”, offers perspective on an almost-fatal kidney transplant three years prior to it’s recording. The album delves into the rehabilitation of making music and maintaining a balanced mind in an ever-changing world. POS featuring DJ Fundo will make an appearance at AS220 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 9pm Main Stage (115 Empire Street, Providence, RI). Special guests will include Metasota and Transit22. Presale tickets available starting at $10.
At what point in your career did you start to pursue your solo work and how did that differentiate from your collaborative efforts for Doomtree?
Doomtree collaborative songs came second. I was always playing music. I wasn’t ever not pursuing a solo career. It’s all songs. Just make a bunch of them. Some with the band. Some with the rap gang. Some all by myself.
After establishing yourselves in the local Minneapolis music scene, what did it take for you to gain a nationwide recognition?
I think having a major release on Rhymesayers records helped bring eyes to me. Then I toured relentlessly for years.
How has touring and gaining recognition as an artist changed your perspective on making music?
Oh man I hope it hasn’t. I’m still trying to pay as little attention as possible to what non essentials and non musicians think. I just wanna make songs.
What sort of obstacles did you have to overcome in order to pursue music again after your near-fatal kidney transplant?… Do you still struggle with any fallout from that period of time in your career today?
A music career is a hard thing to pause and un-pause. People are fickle. I’m lucky to have real great fans.
With the release of Chill, Dummy earlier this year and an extensive US and European tour schedule in support of the album, is there anything else we can expect from POS in 2018?
Yes. Shredders with Sims Lazerbeak and PaperTiger is next. But so so so much more after that.