A Bop! Rouleaux & David Munster team up on "Mean": Premiere



Hey Rouleaux could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I grew up in the cornfields outside Chicago. I can play nine instruments (saxophone is my main, of course), but I’m probably a little rusty on most, as I haven’t really had the opportunity to play much since temporarily relocating to St. Louis with my boyfriend back in 2016. I’m an absolute loser and do nothing but obsess over music. 

What sort of music inspired you when you were growing up?

I grew up listening to a lot of different stuff like P!nk, Lady Gaga, Slipknot, Mozart, and Britney. I didn’t really start branching out musically until I was in my mid-late teens, but I drew a lot of early inspirations from classical music I had in piano books. 

Could you tell us about your new song Mean featuring David Munster? 

“Mean” is one of my favorite tracks! David is an amazing musician and brought the sass and camp to this beat that helped it come to life. It’s a super eclectic song and we’ve been dying to share it for a hot sec. 

Who produced “Mean”? 

I produced the beat sometime last year. I was listening to a lot of electro house at the time and really wanted to let it bleed into my music a bit more, which worked well I think.

Have you always produced your own music?

Yeah. I’ve been mixing and mastering a lot of tracks for people lately but I’ve always produced my own stuff. I use my voice for ad libs sometimes too if it’s right, but I sound like a llama so we’re gonna keep it at that.

How did you David Munster find out about each other?

We started DM’ing on Instagram back in 2018, and I heard his song “Bleach” for the first time shortly after and we’ve been working together since.

What was the most challenging part of making this song?

This track was actually one of the first ones I’d mastered by completely by myself! I used to get help from third parties or just use plugins and presets, so I spent a lot of time studying and working with trial and error. 

Who are some artists you’ve been listening to lately?

Lately I’ve been obsessing over Rebūke, Melleefresh, Zebra Katz, SOPHIE, and Fisher.

Why is lgbtq representation in the media important?

Personally, I think it’s important because it makes us feel like we exist. It’s one thing to be advertised to and be included in marketing campaigns, but there’s not much representation that goes by without controversy. I think exposure therapy is the best therapy for these types of things, and normalizing our presence in and around all types of media helps make us seem more human to those whose ignorance comes from a lack of education. 

We’re excited to premiere “Mean” below.

Oliver Hue