Cleptoz’ founder Hum.V releases debut solo CD
As a founding member of the Cleptoz, hip-hop artist Gregory Humrichouser — better known as Hum.V — has been a major presence on the Indianapolis music scene for nearly a decade. This week marks a major milestone in his career, as he releases his solo album, Simple Man, at a party at the Vogue June 21.
The title track from the album is a much-requested hit on Radio Now 93.1; in the meantime, the album will be available on iTunes, Hum.V’s Web page (humvmusic.com), Best Buy, LUNA Music and other local stores.
NUVO: “Simple Man” has been getting quite a bit of attention, especially on 93.1; why do you think it’s made such an impact?
HUM.V: I’ve been doing this for a long time, developing relationships and hustling for almost 10 years. Basically, I’ve just got a good manager. I got it in the hands of the right people at the radio station, and it’s a hit. It symbolizes my life in a huge way, and I’m not being cheesy about that. I’ve just grown up. I used to love partying and kind of didn’t respect my parents. This song really shows the growth of me both as a person and an artist. It’s about enjoying my life and making the best of things. It’s really cool to make a positive song and have people react so well to it.
NUVO: What’s brought you to this point in your life, to have this attitude?
HUM.V: With this CD, I’m laying it all out on the line. I’m talking about everything. I’m putting it all out there. I used to try to write that hit single, that club song, and right now I’m at the point where I’ve seen all that, I know what’s important to me, and I’m having the most success with putting me in the music. This is a much more mature Hum.V.
NUVO: Now that you’re stepping out solo, what does this mean for the Cleptoz?
HUM.V: I’m still going to be doing Cleptoz stuff, but from here on out, my solo career takes priority. I was a solo artist before I ever started the Cleptoz. I have learned so much from being with the Cleptoz. We have just grinded and been through the thick and the thin. BC and Dizzy Young are two of my best friends in the whole world; I love those guys like brothers. You have to make mistakes in order to learn from them. We’ve had a lot of success; I think that’s the reason we get hated on a lot, because people see we’re successful, but I wouldn’t change anything for the world.
NUVO: Where are things going for you from here?
HUM.V: A big part of the next six months of my career relies on the people of Indianapolis. If you love the song and you want to get behind me, and you want somebody from Indianapolis to finally make it, this is your chance. I’m that close. It’s really up to the city. In the next six months, who knows? I have every intention of taking it to a national level and every intention of making it. But if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be able to go to sleep at night knowing that I’ve made it a lot farther than most people ever dream. I’ve come a long way, and I just want to thank everybody who’s been there for me.
WHAT: Hum.V CD release party
WHERE: The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.
WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 9 p.m., $7, 21+