The SoulBounce Q&A: PJ Morton Shares The Recipe To His Infamous ‘Gumbo’

SB: I know you’ve collaborated with a lot of R&B singers, but I could see you working with more rappers, not even bounce, but maybe someone like Kendrick Lamar and Terrace Martin. Have any rappers reached out to you to do any production or collaborations?

PJ: Yeah. Just have to wait and see. I think there’s going to be more of that, especially after this album, because I really did a lot of break beats and a lot of soulful beats with the soul music. The conversations are bound to happen.

SB: Now another song you produced that I feel is criminally short is “Vines” by DΔWN.

PJ: Yeah, I wanted that to be a longer song, too. Ha!

SB: It felt like a slight departure from what you both do, but it still fit in both your wheelhouses. How did that song come about?

PJ: Well, DΔWN reached out. You know, she’s from New Orleans so that’s the home girl. She reached out to me and had the vocals ready. She sent me the a cappella and told me to do what I felt. I heard an almost ‘90s R&B vibe, like Brandy, but took it another place and made it current. I feel like it was a departure for both of us, but I think we know it because it’s the R&B we grew up on. For her, it was probably just a fun thing, that’s why it’s only an interlude, but for me, it’s one of my favorite things on that album. The vocals were already there, I just put the drums and music to it. It was like true collaboration. She did her thing and I did my thing and we just put it together.

SB: Yeah, if you can manage to get her in the studio with you, that would be great.

PJ: Yeah, ha! We gotta make it happen.

SB: Your band mate in Maroon 5, Adam Levine, mentioned in January that we can expect a new album sometime soon. I’m guessing after he gets done taping The Voice. I’m amazed you found time to do your own album and you have this coming out.

PJ: Heh.

SB: What can we expect in terms of sound and features on this album?

PJ: We’ve put out two songs with features already, with Kendrick Lamar on one and Future on the other. With this album, we really did some cool R&B, more than we’ve done in the past.

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