Ray: Is there an overall philosophy or message you’re trying to share with your music?
R. Carlos: Part of it is expressing the idea of living in many worlds at once. But I also use the music to describe how I feel inside. To describe, as a child does, just singing impromptu—improvisationally in the moment—about their feelings of being here right now.
I still experience that even now, being on the world for so long, feeling what I think is a childlike experience of being here. It’s something that I can’t pull myself away from.
It’s just that I enjoy being here. I enjoy being in this space. I operate in this way all the time.