Interview: Autumn in June
Interview by Carl Pietrusinksi
Illustrations by Peter Hopkins
I recently had the privilege of conversing with Andy Aceman. Aceman is an indie pop artist who goes by the stage name of Autumn in June. In our 30 minute phone conversation, we spoke about his childhood, $2 dollar french fry bags, 90’s gangster rap and who I should be listening to on Soundcloud.
Young Andy spent most of his childhood consuming whatever music he could and learning how to navigate the turbulent streets of south central, Los Angeles. His early love of music was mostly fueled by hip-hop, just as any kid growing up in his neck of the woods. If he wasn’t out free-styling with the older kids around the neighborhood, he was bugging his sister to replay Tupac’s All Eyez on Me.
Aceman’s music taste eventually evolved, gaining more of a pop ambiance. Currently, he produces his own music under the name Autumn in June. A paradox of sorts, the name is a solid descriptor of Aceman as he produces –what he dubs as—experimental pop in an area both famous and infamous for it’s gangster rap scene.
While Autumn in June’s music is far different from the rappers of his hometown, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, and YG (if i'm going to name drop a few), the streets still find a way into his music.
Aceman acknowledged that instrumentally, he aims for his music to have a positive vibe that “will make people feel happier after listening”. However, the music simply masks slightly gloomier lyrics that are inspired by Aceman’s surroundings.
He transcribes his daily visions to music in his own, self-made backyard studio.
The newest release from Autumn in June, Hours, a product of his own backyard, has a high replay value to say the least. Aceman’s voice glides along, complimenting the suave instrumental. The beat definitely has an 80’s synthesizer vibe going on, along with a hip-hop sounding drumbeat, and a variety of other sounds.