Peaky from West London INTERVIEW @TheRealPeaky @ParkStreetPR

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Hi how you doing? Introduce yourself to the readers of TalkingAllThatRap.com.

Sup, my name’s Peaky. I’m a rapper and producer from West London and co-founder of the FRWRDthnkrs collective.

So tell us about your latest release and where people can get it.

My latest release is the concept album, Crazy Pupil Syndrome, which I decided to give away for free. It’ a coming of age story, outlining some of the mental and spiritual growth I’ve experienced over the past year, in the build up towards my tour of California.The title of it comes from always having felt like the odd one out at school, but realising after finishing with education that it was all down to preconceptions and social barriers I placed in my own head. You can download it on my soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/peaky/sets/peaky-crazy-pupil-syndrome-1) or my bandcamp (https://peaky.bandcamp.com/album/crazy-pupil-syndrome). I’ve you hit me up after a show I’ll have physical copies on me, too.

This is a tough question, and I know some people like to remain humble, but if you had to give a reason why you think people should check your music, what would you say?

My music is a showcase for the fact that I’m weird, but also that I’m just like anybody else. I’m also one of those lyricists that takes the time to tell a story, but also hide little wordplay gems in some of the lines. The production I rap over and produce is also generally aimed to be forward thinking and experimental; smooth and headbanging at the same time.

Out of all the songs you have released or been involved with, which song would you say was the most popular? What is your number one track?

Hmmm. There’s a few that have caught a buzz, but I’d have to say probably ‘FRWRDthnkrs’. The video for that shit was popping.

In the whole process involved in making music which do you think is the most exciting?

When I get that first 8 bar loop of a sample that I’ve chopped, glitched, crushed and melted, and I can see that the beat is about to be something totally new, and I can just start adding layers of different instruments and synths, and watch the loop build into a piece. Plus, listening back to a finished track once I master it.

When your recording what is the vibe like in your studio, do you have mood that helps you create?

Different moods for different tracks. I make a lot of my best music at home setups, because I feel most comfortable and free, and I can experiment with all kinds of deliveries without feeling self conscious. I have to say I like low lighting aswell. Moody candles and all that. Puts me in my favourite space.

How do you like your production, do you prefer original played beats or more sampled based production?

My production is half way between the two. I like it when samples are used, but flipped to the extent that they aren’t even recognisable from their original forms.

What producers do you work with and are there any producers you’d like to work with?

My favourite producer to work with is HAWF, the other co-founder of the FRWRDthnkrs, a friend of mine who is probably one of the most open minded musicians I’ve ever met. I also like working with Spok Beats, from Monrovia in California. His beats have the sickest vibe to them.

The Hip-Hop scene is really spilt between the mainstream and underground, do you think this makes it harder to get noticed by so many different types of rap fans?

It really depends on what kind of music you make. I feel like if you are just honest, through and through, your people will gravitate towards you and you’ll have your fan base.

A lot of artists have some sort of free download project. Do you think doing these kind of releases helps or hinders sales on iTunes?

Probably. But fuck iTunes.

Image seems everything these days, so lets talk about your artwork. Do you come up with concept or does your designer do it? Tell us more about who done the cover to your latest release.

My artwork was done by Flo Robinson. She’s a close friend of mine; a very open minded artist. I gave her some tracks off my album while I was still creating it, and told her the concept behind Crazy Pupil Syndrome, and she liked it, so she made the artwork piece. I want to give her more shine, but she likes to remain behind the scenes, which I totally respect.

Even though You Tube is on-line TV Station, it seems to also be the place where most people go to listen to music. Do you think putting songs up with an artwork image or photo is detrimental to your full music videos?

No. It’s a different experience. There are times for streaming audio while doing something else, and there are times for sitting down and watching a music video.

Do you have anything on You Tube or you own Channel?

Yup. Got a brand new video dropping on my birthday (29th of October) to the track LAtely, off my album. Right now my biggest videos are Belly of the Sphinx and FRWRDthnkrs, and my new video will drop on my youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/peakyTV

Have you ever done anything for any DVD or on-line TV channels? Any freestyles or interviews on-line to check out that are recent?

I did a couple music videos with Global Faction, check out ‘Belly of the Sphinx’ on their channel (above). Otherwise I did an interview with B Side Show over in LA, and another with Underground Hip Hop blog over there, but that shit got deleted due to some discrepancies with their staff (laughs).

Okay before you go is there anybody you’d like to thank or anybody you’d like to shout out?

S/O to my FRWRDthnkrs fam as always, my FreshState brothers over in Cali, and a thank you to CM for the advice and support they’ve given me when it comes to my music career.

Thanks for your time, give us all the relevant website details to check out!

Music videos: http://youtube.com/peakytv
New music: https://soundcloud.com/peaky
Twitter: @therealPeaky
Instagram: @therealPeaky
Facebook.com/therealPeaky

Questions by Alex Dunlow

D-Red speaks with Alex Dunlow #Interview @DeedashRED

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Hi how you doing? Introduce yourself to the readers of TalkingAllThatRap.com.
Bless, I’m D-red

So tell us about your latest release and where people can get it.
S.F.M.S. is my upcoming release, it will be available for free download on https://ddashred.bandcamp.com from the 4th of November.

This is a tough question, and I know some people like to remain humble, but if you had to give a reason why you think people should check your music, what would you say?
I make music that’s real to me, so it’s gonna appeal to people who think in a similar manner to me or about similar things. You might be one of those people.

Out of all the songs you have released or been involved with, which song would you say was the popular? What is your number one track?
So far ‘Just Some Weed Bars’ has been my most popular track. It’s the first track I recorded, it reached 1k views on SoundCloud in it’s first month (I had about 20 followers at the time) and the video I released for it recently reached 1k views on YouTube in it’s first week. Both the video and SoundCloud track are currently on 2.3K plays.

In the whole process involved in making music which due you think is the most exciting?
I really like the moment when I’ve just finished writing it, I’m by myself and go through it 3 or 4 times, and I think “yeah, that’s it”. I also enjoy hearing the feedback from my close friends.

When your recording what is the vibe like in your studio, do you have mood that helps you create?
Gotta have a couple zoots before I write or get on the mic, darkness is preferable to light, incense is the dopeness.

How do you like your production, do you prefer original played beats or more sampled based production?
I’d say I’d lean towards samples. But there are some insane original beats about I just haven’t had a chance to hop on any.. yet.

What producers do you work with and are there any producers you’d like to work with?
Since I started recording I’ve been working mainly with Matka, a dope producer from the west of France. He’s actually my cousin’s boyfriend. The beats on the mixtape were made by Jmaxfield, a dope UK producer who’s in a crew called Aristocrats. I’ve got some work coming with a really good London producer, but I don’t wanna say too much just yet. I’d like to work with any of the producers on the Japanese label Hydeout Productions, Statik Selektah & Alchemist. I don’t wanna name any UK producers I wanna work with, as I will work with them and don’t wanna give too much away.

The Hip-Hop scene is really split between the mainstream and underground, do you think this makes it harder to get noticed by so many different types of rap fans?
It’s never been easy to get noticed. As well as the splits that exist there are things that unify the underground & mainstream, festivals & certain nights being one example. I don’t focus on the problems, just try and think of solutions.

A lot of artists have some sort of free download project. Do you think doing these kind of releases helps or hinders sales on iTunes?
If you’re intelligent with your marketing it will help your sales, I can’t speak for overall sales.

Image seems everything these days, so lets talk about your artwork. Do you come up with concept or does your designer do it? Tell us more about who done the cover to your latest release.
I’ve come up with the concepts for all of my artwork so far except the cover for the single ‘Society’s Problems’. The cover for my upcoming EP is a photo I took myself, a friend did the editing that I suggest. I have a good imagination and tend to visualise things in detail, and I’ve been able to meet and work with people talented enough to help me bring these visions to life. I like this about creative people.

Even though You Tube is on-line TV Station, it seems to also be the place where most people go to listen to music. Do you think putting songs up with an artwork image or photo is detrimental to your full music videos?
No I don’t think so. It just gives people more variety to choose from, that can only be a good thing if the quality is maintained.

Do you have anything on You Tube or you own Channel?
Yeah I have my own channel called Higher Frequency on which I’ve got my music video for Just Some Weed Bars, a couple of tracks with the artwork, and Episode 1 (and the only episode) of the UK 16 Bar Challenge wave I started a few weeks back

Have you ever done anything for any DVD or on-line TV channels? Any freestyles or interviews on-line to check out that are recent?
Yeah Fire TV dropped my a cappella ‘prestyle’ a week ago, I’ve got something similar coming out on an American channel soon too.

Okay before you go is there anybody you’d like to thank or anybody you’d like to shout out?
Shouts to The EMC HIGH GANG & all the Bristol heads, big up Matka & Tricksta.

Thanks for your time, give us all the relevant website details to check out!

SoundCloud Account; https://soundcloud.com/ddashred

YouTube Channel; https://www.youtube.com/user/HigherFrequencyprod

Bandcamp; http://ddashred.bandcamp.com/

Twitter account ; https://twitter.com/DeedashRED

FaceBook page; https://https//www.facebook.com/DdashRED

FireTV Freestyle;

My Music Video;

Questions by Alex Dunlow

Sketchamus Exclusive #Interview @Sketchamus @ParkStreetPR

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Hi how you doing? Introduce yourself to the readers of TalkingAllThatRap.com.

I’m Sketchamus, a rapper from Winchester. I’m also part of a rap duo called 2LostSouls.

So tell us about your latest release and where people can get it.

My latest release is called Scrumpy Rap, it’s mainly Hip Hop / Rap but I’ve also worked with a few other genres on there. The tracklist features several new tracks and a couple of re-mastered older tracks, it also feautures a 30 minute mix covering D&B, Garage, Grime, etc, so hopefully there’s something in there for everyone. The best place to get it is from my bandcamp as you can stream / download the full mixtape or single tracks there; https://sketchamus.bandcamp.com/releases .

This is a tough question, and I know some people like to remain humble, but if you had to give a reason why you think people should check your music, what would you say?

Good question, and yeah quite a tough one, I think people should check out my music as I feel there’s quite a variance in my tracks and I think specifically the deeper tracks like the two ‘Subconscious’ on my latest release have content that a lot of people could relate to.

Out of all the songs you have released or been involved with, which song would you say was the popular? What is your number one track?

One of the tracks that seemed to be quite popular was ‘Phantom’, I recieved a fair bit of positive feedback about my flow and the lyrical content of that track. It was really heart warming to see peope appreciate my music like that. I think I’d have to say that my favourite track is ‘Wake Up!’, it has a really funky beat and I proper enjoyed writing to it and flowing off it.

In the whole process involved in making music which due you think is the most exciting?

It’s tough to narrow it down to one thing, the actual writing process is my favourite bit, for example, if you’re writing to a beat and really struggling to get into it, then you leave it half hour or so, come back to it and suddenly find inspiration and start writing paragraphs of bars. Get a great sense of achievement when I finish writing a track that has taken ages to define.

When your recording what is the vibe like in your studio, do you have mood that helps you create?

Yeah I do get quite hyped in the studio, especially if I’m in there for a whole day or working with other recording artists on a collab track etc. I’m always on a proper positive vide on a recording day as I love the anticipation of waiting to hear how a finished track turns out.

How do you like your production, do you prefer original played beats or more sampled based production?

I don’t like to stay within a particular style and have a very diverse taste in music. On my latest release I’ve worked with many styles from really ambient instrumentals all the way to really punchy Gltich Hop style beats and can honestly say I enjoy working with all these styles equally.

What producers do you work with and are there any producers you’d like to work with?

I’ve written several tracks using beats produced by ‘The Passion Hi-Fi as I really love their sound. Nuttkase is another artist I am very fond of and am writing to a few of his beats at the moment. The loads of producers I’d like to work with, one of the main ones probably being Kno of CunninLynguists, I love the mood / atmosphere his beats create.

The Hip-Hop scene is really spilt between the mainstream and underground, do you think this makes it harder to get noticed by so many different types of rap fans?

Yeah it does make it harder, but I also think it helps you to create a loyal fan base. There will always be a few that just follow whats trendy like a herd of sheep, but most listeners these days just listen to what they like, so it good to know that most of your listeners follow your music for the right reasons.

A lot of artists have some sort of free download project. Do you think doing these kind of releases helps or hinders sales on iTunes?

To be honest I’ve not even bothered looking into iTunes etc at the moment, I’m still at a stage where I enjoy making music for the love of music and all of my work so far has been a free download, regardless of how much I’ve spent to complete it.

Image seems everything these days, so lets talk about your artwork. Do you come up with concept or does your designer do it? Tell us more about who done the cover to your latest release.

I do all my artwork myself, I enjoy drawing / painting just as much as I do creating music, one of the reasons behind my artist name is because Im always sketching. I’m a huge cider lover especially Henry Weston’s, which is where the main idea evolved from.

Even though You Tube is on-line TV Station, it seems to also be the place where most people go to listen to music. Do you think putting songs up with an artwork image or photo is detrimental to your full music videos?

To me I think anywhere that you can get your music out there through is a positive thing. I do think that a proper music video can add a bit more depth to a track and keeps your attention, but I think it’s still good to post tracks with just artwork, as like you said, a lot of people go onto youtube just to listen to music too these days.

Do you have anything on You Tube or you own Channel?

I got a few things on there, I’m not particularly active on there at the moment if I’m honest. But I got a few tracks I’m working on at the moment that I may possibly end up recording a proper video for.

Have you ever done anything for any DVD or on-line TV channels? Any freestyles or interviews on-line to check out that are recent?

Got a couple of bits on my youtube, I’ve only recently got a decent enough camera to record with, here’s a prestyle I recorded to test out a new verse I’d written which I ended up using on Scrumpy Rap and a 16 bar challenge I recorded quite recently;

Okay before you go is there anybody you’d like to thank or anybody you’d like to shout out?

Firstly wanna big up my partner in rhyme Dubside, also Matt from Untapped Talent Studios and Tricksta for the support. Also shouts to anyone I’ve ever collabed with and to anyone who’s checked out my music. Big ups!

Thanks for your time, give us all the relevant website details to check out!

Thanks for the interview

Here’s a list of my relevant websites;

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mc-sketchamus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sketchamus
BandCamp: https://sketchamus.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sketchamus1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dan.s.walker.5
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Sketchamus
Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/sketchamus

Check these videos:

Sketchamus – Intellect’s Dialect

Sketchamus – House Of Mystery Verse (Living Room Session)

Sketchamus – 16 Bar Challenge 2014

Questions by Alex Dunlow

Intuitive Exclusive #Interview @Intuitive96 @UKRunnings @ParkStreetPR

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You’ve just dropped your new mixtape ‘The Shropshire Lad’ with UK Runnings, tell us how that came about.

I’ve been working with the team behind UK Runnings for a while now. I got involved in the #Estatelife series also hosted by Tricksta – sent him over a few tracks for the mixtape series, and soon we were talking about me doing my own UK Runnings mixtape. And now here we are.

How long did it take to create?

This was my Summer project – I came up with the concept in May/June, and started writing tracks immediately. Most of the tracks were finished by the start of August, and from there it was just recording, editing, and changing my mind about stuff. I did that a lot.

What would you say the standout tracks are?

Personally, my favourites are ‘This Is Your Time’, the Pound Cake remix I did (because everybody has done one) and I’m really really happy with Wasted and Cross The Borders ‘cause Reapz, Skramz and Killah Tal fucking murdered their verses! But I’m happy with every track on the CD, I tried to vary what I was doing with every track. There’s something for everyone.

Whats the scene like in Shropshire any other artists making noise?

Well I suppose Shropshire isn’t exactly the most poppin’ local scene, but yeah definitely! There’s artists all around the county doing their thing. Firstly, most of the artists who feature on the mixtape live in Shropshire – Skramz, Reapz, Trademark, Dean Fenton, and Lordy, and most of the producers too. Then you’ve got Eye Grade Records from Shrewsbury – go youtube them – that’s Tal, Ali and Jay, they started releasing tunes under that name this year and they’re making some nice moves. There’s a lot of talent in Telford too, Deadscruff productions are killing it. Check out grime artists like Reapz, Skramz, Warlord, ADouble, Gaarza, LukeFlowz, Batez, and the Smokey O’s gang. Warlord just dropped a sick tune called #FREEZING and we’re doing a remix – make sure you look out for that.

Does Shrewsbury have any Hip-Hop nights?

There’s Beat Juice which used to happen at the Vaults – but there haven’t been many events recently. So I guess we’re going to have to put our own events on… Oh, sorry, that was a secret. But yeah, we’re gonna make that happen. So stay locked!

You’ve dropped an EP, now a mixtape, will your next release be an album?

I’m going to make an album, but it won’t be my next release, no. When I release an album I want it to be something I’ll always be able to use as a benchmark for future releases. I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to do before I’m at that point. But it will happen. Promise.

What do you prefer, recording, performing, writing or battling?

Wow. That’s a hard one. I guess it depends on the vibe. There’s nothing better than the feeling of everyone going nuts at one of your lines in a battle, but then again I love the feeling of performing in front of a sick crowd… And I’m always writing… And recording… Shit, I don’t even know! I love it all.

Do you plan to do any more music videos from the mixtape?

Oh, yes. There will be many music videos coming from this mixtape. The first one is being filmed next week at City of Colours festival in Birmingham, so stay tuned!

Tell us about some of the guests on there.

So we’ve got Killah Tal, who features on Cross The Borders. He’s a dude I know making killer hiphop in the USA and we decided to link up on a track for this mixtape. He’s absolutely sick. Reapz and Skramz are both local rappers, and both killing it – go check out OK! By Skramz and you’ll soon be able to cop the #WHOSDABOSS DVD Reapz features on murking some fools in a few grime clashes. Dean Fenton recorded, mixed and mastered most of the mixtape and also sings the hook on ‘You’ll Never Feel Alone’ – the guy has unlimited talents. Trademark pretty much showed me everything I know and got me to where I am now. I couldn’t have a mixtape without a collab from him. I’m also featuring on his MAD new mixtape Tricks of The Trade – go and google it, bitch! Lordy has found his feet recently and is starting to record tracks – he’s got mad lyricism and comes up with brilliant battle bars – catch him battling Two-Putt on October 4th at Beats+Bars in Wolverhampton.

What producers did you work with?

I worked with lots of different producers on this mixtape – Lab Man, Khan E.G, Flyin’ Anvil, DJ Mainframe, Illyah, and I used beats from Riddle as well. I like using different producers as it means I can experiment with my sound more and try different types of tunes with different vibes. All of these producers are a) fully sick and b) safe guys, all of them, really approachable and easy to work with. There are links to all of their pages on the Shropshire Lad Bandcamp page. GO AND LISTEN.

Do you plan to do any more mixtapes with UK Runnings?

Yes. I. Do. That’s all you need to know. PLENTY more to come.

So when is your next battle or performance?

My next battle is September 6th against Rago Vybez, at City of Colours festival in Birmingham. I’ll be visiting Birmingham again for a couple performances in September – catch me at Lyricists vs Vocalists by Subconcious Sounds Ltd on the 19th – and I’ll be performing a new set at Beats&Bars on Oct 4th in Wolverhampton. Keep locked for more performance announcements!

Okay thanks for the interview and best of luck with the release.

Thanks very much!

Interview by Alex Dunlow

Intuitive – The Shropshire Lad Tracklisting:

01 – The Shropshire Lad
02 – Cross The Borders Feat. Killah Tal of Motta Gang
03 – Wasted Feat. Skramz & Reapz
04 – The Millionth Pound Cake Remix
05 – This Is Your Time (Prod. by Lab Man)
06 – You’ll Never Feel Alone Feat. Dean Fenton (Prod. by Riddle)
07 – Writing Letters (Prod. by Khan E.G)
08 – We Run This Feat. Trademark Blud (Prod, by Flyin’ Anvil)
09 – Thump (Prod. by Riddle)
10 – Dear Dad (Prod. by DJ Mainframe)
11 – Throwback (Prod. by Illyah)
12 – Dust to Dust Feat. Lordy

Stream/Download link:

https://intui-tive.bandcamp.com

Intuitive ‘Shropshire Lad Freestyle’ (Produced by Riddle) #Video

Intuitive ‘Hakuna Matata’ (Produced by Average Keith) #Video

Intuitive ‘Dear Dad’ (Produced by DJ Mainframe) #Video

Connect with Intuitive:

http://www.twitter.com/Intuitive96

http://www.facebook.com/intuitive96

http://www.intui-tive.bandcamp.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/Intuitive96

REDS Exclusive Interview with Alex Dunlow

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For those that don’t know, give our readers a brief introduction on who you are.

My name’s Reds I’m an emcee and occasional DJ/producer. I started out with Chronic Redeye and now put out solo material alongside my work with DPF under the name Soldjasoulz.

The new EP is really tight, so first up much love for that. Let’s talk about that for a minute. How long did it take to make?

Thanks man, I appreciate that. This has been in the works for the last year, I know that seems long but I’ve been carefully crafting it and bouncing ideas back and forth with the producers because we wanted to make sure we achieved the vibe we were going for. Also real life stuff has to be handled so I’m not just grinding out music 24/7 unfortunately!

Tell me more about the producers of the EP; I believe they are from Holland right?

Yeah man Edible Beatz handled the whole project. DJs Kai, Relski and P-Trikz are some official cats from Holland that I started following on Soundcloud ages ago. I rate their work highly and I noticed they were dropping a load of remixes by 90s artists that I’m into like Beatnuts, Das Efx and Shabbaz The Disciple. We got talking on the net and I could tell we are on the same wavelength musically. Their style is very golden era orientated but with a unique vibe as some of the samples they flip I wouldn’t have even thought about. After sending me a few beats I found that their beats fit my flow and voice down to the ground so a couple of tracks has turned into a full project, and now I speak to P-Trikz almost daily so you know we’ll be cooking up some more marvellous sh*t in the future.

Out of the eight tracks do you have any particular favourites?

It depends on my mood really. If I was DJing a party then I’d throw on ‘Pull Up’ or ‘Hundred Hand Slap’ because they’ve got that old skool block party vibe going on, but there’s others like ‘Sacred Ways’ or ‘Life In Focus’ that are dope if you’re zonin’ out late night in your front room or whatever…

I see a few blogs writing good stuff about the new EP but what has response been like elsewhere?

Yeah man considering its a totally independent release with no backing whatsoever the response has been good. Its been picked up by quite a few websites already and Im not really one for watching social media but I have been getting good feedback from what I have seen. A few artists I know have been texting me saying they’re playing it so that’s a good sign too.

You’ve played live with a few UK and US rappers, but which gig sticks out as the best in your mind and why?

Ah tricky question man! I’ve been lucky enough to share the billing with a lot of artists that I grew up listening to so I feel kinda blessed. One big one that stands out was a Roots & Culture event at the Waterfront in Norwich, the line up was insane – Million Dan, Task Force, Skinnyman, Deadly Hunta are just some that I remember and at the end everyone was passing the mic in a cypher it was going off. A funny one was when RA the Rugged Man played in a sh*tty little club in Norwich with a crappy sound system it was just off key he must have been wondering where the hell he’d been booked for! But it was rowdy people were moshing and all that haha

Apart from making music what other hobbies or interests do you have?

Apart from making music I love spending time with my 5 year old daughter, she’s my whole world. Im also a football fan so I try and get to see my team Norwich City play when I get a chance.

So what’s next for you as an artist?

Im just taking things as they come really but I’m sure there will be a few guest features on other people’s work, plus more Soldjasoulz music and more collaboration with Edible Beatz is definitely in the pipeline…

Questions by Alex Dunlow

Reds ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’ (Track-list):

01. Sacred Ways
02. Lost Art (World Of Hip Hop)
03. Pull Up Feat. DPF
04. Life In Focus
05. The Essence
06. Fly Ebonics
07. 100% Raw
08. Hundred Hand Slap

Produced by Edible Beatz
Cuts on tracks 3, 4 & 6 by DJ Kai
All other cuts by DJ P-Trikz

Download link:
http://soldjasoulz.bandcamp.com/album/reds-raiders-of-the-lost-art

Connect with Reds:
chronicredeyehiphop@hotmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/soldjasoulz.dpfreds
http://www.soundcloud.com/chronic-redeye-music

SOLOMAN GEHAZI #Interview @remnantmuzic @parkstreetpr

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Hi how you doing? Introduce yourself to the readers of TalkingAllThatRap.com.

Hi im good thanks, my name is Soloman Gehazi

So tell us about your latest release and where people can get it.

My new project is called the Street Gospel Mixtape it’s available for free at http://www.solomangehazi.bandcamp.com

This is a tough question, and I know some people like to remain humble, but if you had to give a reason why you think people should check your music, what would you say?

My music is different from most rappers, the music that I make is that pure hip-hop sound, I grew up listening to wu tang and gangstarr and those are the sort of sounds I love. .My lyrical content is educational, Godly and positive. I make music to inspire and uplift people, I don’t glamorise negativity. I try and inform the listener about the bigger picture of life. Life’s not just a carnal materialistic thing it’s also a spiritual thing and a lot of rappers don’t deal with the Godly spiritual side of life, but I do.

Out of all the songs you have released or been involved with, which song would you say was the popular? What is your number one track?

My number one track has to be Racial Injustice taken from my knowledge lessons project which I released last year

In the whole process involved in making music which due you think is the most exciting?

I enjoy working with different artists and bouncing off there vibe in the studio a lot of tracks on this mixtape where done on the spot with different artists we just heard a beat went in the booth and did it.

When your recording what is the vibe like in your studio, do you have mood that helps you create?

The vibe is always electric, I’m always hyped when I go studio I just want to make as many banging tracks as possible. I always like to have a beer or 2 when im in the studio just to loosen up.

How do you like your production, do you prefer original played beats or more sampled based production?

I do like a lot of sampled production, but if im feeling the production I will tear it up sampled or original

What producers do you work with and are there any producers you’d like to work with?

I work a lot with D7 and the divine arkatek im also currently working with 2 producers called termite and ghost museik. I would relish the opportunity to jump on a beat from producers like beat butcha, danny spice, lewis parker, jehst, kelakovski, lost alliance and leaf dog

The Hip-Hop scene is really spilt between the mainstream and underground, do you think this makes it harder to get noticed by so many different types of rap fans?

Yea I do, back in the 90’s there was a more level playing field for artists now it is very divided. I don’t feel a lot of the mainstream artists to be honest im an underground head. I think there are some really talented rappers out there that just don’t get the shine they deserve.

A lot of artists have some sort of free download project. Do you think doing these kind of releases helps or hinders sales on iTunes?

I think it defiantly helps, I mean personally I wouldn’t spend my hard earned money on an artist I haven’t or don’t know what there about. So I think when an artist does a free project its gives the audience time to get to know them and the artist can establish an audience more quickly.

Image seems everything these days, so lets talk about your artwork. Do you come up with concept or does your designer do it? Tell us more about who done the cover to your latest release.

I come up with a rough concept and I let my designer put my ideas into reality, we have a good understanding so it’s not a long thing. A producer and friend Dj vital does all my artwork for all my projects, I have known Vital for about 4/5 years he’s a cool guy and a dope producer I rapped on a couple of his beats on the project I dropped last year.

Even though You Tube is on-line TV Station, it seems to also be the place where most people go to listen to music. Do you think putting songs up with an artwork image or photo is detrimental to your full music videos?

I think people want to see a proper music video that will always get more views than a song with an artwork image. However if people want to listen to more than just 2 or 3 songs that you shot video’s for, putting a video up with just photo artwork can give the viewer more opportunity to check out your music in greater detail.

Do you have anything on You Tube or you own Channel?

Yea we have our own channel more videos are currently being edited right now here’s the link:

YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/theremnantchannel

Have you ever done anything for any DVD or on-line TV channels? Any freestyles or interviews on-line to check out that are recent?

I done freestyle for Bigfingz.com recently and I will be doing some interviews and more freestyle’s in the future here’s the link:

Okay before you go is there anybody you’d like to thank or anybody you’d like to shout out?

Yea thanks to my family, shout out to D7 and my remnant fam, Curls at Dc studios and shout out to Tricksta and Park Street PR

Thanks for your time, give us all the relevant website details to check out!

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/remnantmuzic
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/remnantmuzic
BANDCAMP: http://www.solomangehazi.bandcamp.com
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/theremnantchannel
REMNANT MUZIC: http://www.remnantmuzic.com

Questions by Alex Dunlow