At 22 years old, the Iowa-raised, Chicago-based Billy Lemos has weathered more waves from his computer than many artists a decade older. Lemos is a self-managed producer/A&R who survived early popularity from the advent of bedroom pop, and currently strives to push pop music to its strangest potential. He’s rarely seen, yet always on pulse, counting Omar Apollo, Jackie Hayes, and Victor Internet as a few of many collaborators. Now, Billy taps in with Michael about the incubation of his debut album Wonder: the balance between home and roam, his production origin story, and how he stays centered to keep the process over the politics.
Michael Penn II (aka CRASHprez) is a rapper and a former VMP staff writer. He's known for his Twitter fingers.