Maryland's own Substantial is back with the self produced single, Beyond the Stagefeaturing Uyama Hiroto and Stephanie Gayle (formerly known as Steph The Sapphic Songstress. This is the third single release, which includes the only vocal track on Sub's debut instrumental album, The Garden.
MORE ABOUT THE GARDEN:
Substantial defines The Garden, his debut instrumental LP, as a photo album. A collection of self produced instrumentals and photography featuring Uyama Hiroto, Marcus D, Malcolm Jackson, Mason Lieberman, Stephanie Gayle and Gerson Zaragoza. This is a new chapter in his nearly 20 year career, bringing his other talents to the forefront to give a more complete picture of his artistry.
Substantial attended Suitland High School's Center for Visual & Performing Arts. During his time there, is where he began producing beats using two gemini DJ samplers and an old cassette deck. After graduating, he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he began making a name for himself as a MC while producing, so he would have original tracks to rhyme to. Over the years, working with producers such as Nujabes, Oddisee, M-Phazes, Kno of Cunninlynguists and others, he has become known not only for his introspective lyrics but his ear for beats. After working on production in the shadows and teaching music production to teens for years, Substantial is ready to bring his beats into the light and debut as a producer.
Visually, The Garden's album art is centered around photos of flowers captured mostly at the Bronx Botanical Garden over a two year period. Each flower is coupled with an instrumental, symbolizing his growth as an artist and his diverse creativity.