Everything is good
right now. BEETNIX has gone through a whole phase of restructuring. We have
solidified our team and are moving forward with our vision of AudioState. AudioState
is the combined musical visions of over ten artists, producers and dj's.
Can you give
everyone a brief 101 as to who you are?
as a two people just fucking around making music. People started to really feel
what we did so we just kept pumping it out. The sound evolved. More people got
involved. Issues were ironed out, problems got solved. VA started to rally behind
us because we were doing shows for big ass audiences and no one else was really
doing it like that out here (Central VA). Next thing you know we are a household
How would you
describe your style?
We just go with
the hip hop philosophy: If it's dope, use it! We sample, program drums, use
live instrumentation. Our music has a feeling that is dark and driving. We ain't
on that copycat shit. So if you've heard it somewhere else you're not going
to hear it here. People listen to BEETNIX cause they want a new experience.
What music did
you grow up listening to?
My father had the
illest record collection. He was the envy of all his friends. He used to make
mixtapes for all his friends. He had everything; jazz, soul, funk, gospel, r&b
and even a lot of classical. My mom raised me in the church so gospel was always
there, plus my sister used to pump top40 radio so I even got that. There were
always different kinds of music going in my house, but in my room it was always
have you put out on your own?
BEETNIX have release
two full-lengths: Homesick and Any Given Day. We have put out a mixtape for
VA artists Supreme Council as well as just finishing two EP's: Black Ice Bullets
and Professional Thieves.
Can you talk
about the *Any Given Day*?
that album was a struggle. My crew was having creative and personal differences.
Plus life was just beatin' us all in the head. The album came out with that
rawness though. It is so real, you can't deny it. It is so original that you
have to respect it. Stay tuned for what is next.
What's the biggest
obstacles you've faced being independent?
Having to be patient.
Everything comes to those who wait. We have been building our fan base for a
while. It's like I can taste it but it ain't in my grasp yet. We just work hard
and don't worry about approval or acceptance. We just put our heads down and
keep on, only looking up when it's time to shake hands after we ripped a show.
What would a
perfect label have to have for you?
A perfect label
would have national distribution and could put us on tour in Europe and across
the U.S. in front of decent audiences. I don't care about the up-front money.
I tell anyone, put us in front of people and we will make them believers. The
music will sell, the merch will sell. We know how to make money, we just want
What DJ's have
supported you so far?
We put out our
own mixes. If a DJ wants to rock our shit, cool. More than likely we beat the
DJ to the punch and dropped 500-1000 promos on the streets already.
have your worked with so far?
My production team
is thick: Crimefighterz, Bovay, Rhettoric, Jack Move, and Myself. There are
more just signing on with the team now.
would you like to work with?
I have so many
original beats at my crib right now I can't think of working with anyone else
other than my own team.
What do you
look for in a beat?
A foundation on
which a good song can be built. All our producers are different and we all have
different tastes. I usually have the final say on how the song ends up (whether
it has live instrumentation added or how the mix sounds) but other than that
we can build a classic off a kick and snare if it has the right feel.
How do you know
when you've made a good song?
It has a feeling.
There's a lot of
biting in Hip Hop, as a new artist, how do you make sure that you don't sound
like anyone else?
I can't sound like
anyone else. I am me.
There was the
group of writers awhile ago with the same name, why did you guys choose the
the original Beatnicks of the sixties and seventies were similar to us. We want
to push the boundaries of what is considered taboo and what is considered art.
They did that as well but for a different era. We don't go with the structures
of society, we see what is real and in front of our face. We don't co-sign any
one way of thinking, we just tell it how it is. There is no good and bad, there
Your name sounds
very similar to the Beatnuts, have you run into any problems with that?
What do you
think is the best thing in Hip Hop today?
There are so many different styles in hiphop right now, so much inspiration.
What about the
What I love is
what I hate. There is so much diversity but a real lack of unity or continuity.
Also, I wish some my favorite artists would just put out albums that they want
to put out, not what they think people want to hear. A great artist puts out
what they feel and others feel it too. I want the good artists to become great.
people hear "The Beetnix," what do you want them to think?
that spray Black Ice Bullets at the Homesick on Any Given Day.