Queens, NYC rapper Buddy Lofton presents “Love Potion”, his new single produced by Los Angeles producer CUSCINO. The two began working together after Buddy played the lead role in A Smile, which CUSCINO scored. “‘Love Potion’ came about as a result of the film itself, and my process while scoring it,” CUSCINO said. Buddy’s last release was the full-length Under The Influence, and CUSCINO’s was the Eternality EP (click to listen)
Check out the track, and read our exclusive interview with Buddy Lofton below!
Q. How did you get started as a rapper?
I started rapping in middle school in lunch. While kids would make beats on the lunch tables a bunch of us would just rap to pass time, I guess it was the cool thing to do at the time. Rapping on computers before we knew how they worked, eventually it became an art form for me where I could express myself and display my individualism.
Q. You talk about being under the influence of what the world has to offer and how it shapes what we are today. What would you say was the biggest influence on your life?
My biggest influence in my life would have to be my family, my Dad in particular was always strict growing up, but also had a great sense of humor. We bumped heads a lot when I was young, but I realize now the lessons he taught me, and his outlook on life prepared me for the rough times I’ve faced as an adult in the entertainment industry…like just staying true to yourself and the ones who surrounded you since day one. I believe the sense of humor and the values I learned from my family shows in my music and I want my fans to connect with that.
Q. You recently starred as lead role in an urban film called ‘A Smile’, tell us a bit about the character you played? What was it like working in film?
I was in the short film “A Smile” which was written and directed by my good friend and writing partner Matthew Torchon. The character I played, Eric Hemming, is a lost soul who suffers from extreme depression, and tries different techniques and vices in his life like seeking therapy, drugs, sex and alcohol in hopes of finding a cure because he believes that he is not “normal”. The character was very different from anything I’ve done in the past and I was very nervous to see how people would respond to seeing how the story unfolds on film. I had to step out of my comfort zone and really get into character because I knew Matthew wrote something inspirational and deep…something that could really help people who feel like my character Eric did, and let them know they are not alone.
Q. What has it been like working with producer CUSCINO?
I was introduced to CUSCINO while filming “A Smile” as he also scored the film. in the short time we have been working, its always been a pleasure. He’s passionate about his work, very efficient and its always great working with a producer like him who can push you and keep you on your toes.
Q. Tell us a bit about your latest track ‘Love Potion’?
“Love Potion” was made as sort of a one song soundtrack to the film, and it continues on the film’s concept of being lost in the world, dealing with paranoia and all the ugly and evil people of the world that your mom or dad tell you to watch out for growing up. Its kind of me saying damn all these rules and people you have to watch out for…why can’t we just find a love potion that would put us all on one team again, rather than the dog-eat-dog cutthroat world we have became so accustomed to.