great. I got a lot on my plate today. I just got done working on some
beats and now I'm getting ready for a little gig tonight.
the Distrakt 101?
I'm the dude
that's trying to keep it concrete. There's no artificial flavors. Just
straight up, real hip-hop. That's what I'm about. I just want to keep
it real. I'm not doing what everybody else is doing. I'm just doing me.
the scene like in Colorado Springs?
and cats are all trying to find their position. When we do get something,
we get it last. Cats out here have skills because they have to entertain
themselves. There's really not too much to do out here.
the hardest part about trying to come up being based in Colorado Springs?
On the East or the West, there's always people around and there's always
an event to get into. It's not really like that out here.
you describe your style?
to be different. I strive to be expressive and bring feeling. I don't
put myself in a box at all. I don't do anything hard or anything soft.
I just let the lyrics flow. I just let everything come. When I got words,
I just let it come. I'm the same way with my beats. I like to mold things
like clay. I grab as many sounds as I can and just mold them. I do the
same with my rhymes. I grab as many words as I can and just put them on
happy with your debut album Distraktions?
with it. If I'm not impressed with it, nobody is going to get it. I have
to be impressed with it. I made this record for me. People told me I had
to make it for what's hot now, but I said, Nah. I have to feel good about
it. It has to be something that's natural and organic. It's not something
that I'm doing because someone else is doing it. I'm pretty happy with
it doing so far?
I can't complain.
It's an every day grind. You have to work even harder after every little
success. I got a deal through Fat Beats and that was great to get noticed
all the way out in New York, but I can't stop. I have to keep doing these
shows and recording. I see progress and I see higher heights with every
everything on this album from the producing, writing to mixing. Why did
you go that route?
I look at
my project like a newborn baby. When you bring something into the world,
you want to make sure it has the proper nourishment. You want to have
your hands on everything. You understand that you have molded something
that is truly an expression. I tried to grasp the form of expressing myself
and that's why I handled everything from the album cover to the engineering
of it. I can get in a million dollar studio, but that may not be the sound
that I'm going for. It's like cooking. I put all my own ingredients in
and some of my ingredients are ancient family secrets that you can't share
with anybody. I had to do it, especially being out here in Colorado. If
I wanted to get something done, especially with being out in Colorado
and not having a lot of people that do what I do, I realized I had to
do it myself. That's why I was wearing so many hats on this record.
all the hats take away from the project?
Not at all.
I'm almost done with the next record. It's a way of life for me. It's
like therapy for me. It's like an escape for me. I'm able to sit down
after I make some beats and write some scripts up. I enjoy that. It's
natural for me.
your inspiration for "Fish Grease"?
A lot of
my songs come from experiences. "Fish Grease" came from when
I was frying some fish and I got popped with some grease. I was watching
C-SPAN and I was rubbing the burn from the grease and I see the war and
all the foulness going on in the world. It seemed like every time I blinked
there was something else burning people up in the world. I was inspired
through that whole element from when I got splashed with the fish grease
to when I was watching TV and seeing the crazy things going on in the
a lot of issues on "Stereotypes."
was a song I felt I had to do. I have zero tolerance for racism. I love
all people. I've experienced some things that were real harsh and some
people don't understand it. You can't force them to drink but you can
lead them to the lake. I thought it would be a good thing to reverse the
concept and show "what if this was you?" It wasn't me blaming
anybody. I was just saying, Stop it. I'm trying to do my part to end racism
on all levels. I love everybody. I just felt it was my duty to give people
something to think about. If you're going to distract somebody, you might
as well give them food for thought. I wanted to give cats a vision and
give them some food for thought.
of the songs on Distraktions are short. Why is that?
I like to
get in and get out. Another thing is people's attention spans is like
a finger snap. The beats are straightforward and grimy. I'm banging out
the drums and the basslines and they make people want to rock when they
hear it. It's like going to a race track and as soon as that gun shoots
off, the horses are right out the stables. That's how I wanted to approach
this instead of massaging people. I want this to be an edgy jumpoff.
you use to make your beats?
I work off
an SP1200. I record my stuff into Cubase and that's pretty much it. I
tinker around with a couple of instruments like the bass guitar and a
Wurlitzer electric piano. I mess with the ASR10 sometimes. I try to mess
with all different types of machines to get all different kinds of sounds
because I believe each machine has its own sound.
looking to do outside production?
I'm in the
process of building a couple of projects with some up-and-coming groups.
My first love is production and right now I'm just producing me because
I have to get that off my chest. I love to share the visions I have that
I can't use for myself. I would rather use that for somebody else that
would be a better fit.
your next album coming?
great. I'm just sitting here absorbing everything. I'm doing a lot more
shows and meeting a lot more people. The sounds and colors that I'm envisioning
and splashing together now is different. It's always going to be something
different. That's always my attitude when I approach records. I really
want people to catch on that Distraktions is a great record, but my next
record is going to be another record that's different but it's going to
have that same great quality. I don't want to have sequels. I just want
everything to be great. It's like thrillers or horror movies. They're
both movies, but they're different genres. I think when people hear my
next record, it's going to be a different genre than Distraktions. It
may not even have a title for the genre yet. I always want to come different
and I don't want to bore people. I don't want people to get used to me.
People have their signature sound. I want my signature sound to be something
you never get used to.
you looking to drop the next album?
I'm striving to get some nice features on the next one. I've been building
with Prince Po from Organized Konfusion. I've also been building with
POS from Rhymesayers. You'll never see me saturate my record with all
these features. I want everybody to realize I am about the beats and the
rhymes and I'm not dependent on anybody else. Back in the day the game
was about you representing you and holding down your square. That's how
I am. I'm also approaching this as a fun record. That's how everybody
should approach their albums. This is history and you're documenting your
state of mind.
your focus going to be for the next couple of months?
the road and I'm still striving to push this record. I'm still working
on introducing new songs from the record and getting people familiar.
I need to generate more awareness around the map and get out there hard.
Hopefully now when the next phase comes around, more people will know
what I come with and I'll have new ideas based on my travels. I just want
to get out there and grow, meet people and do these shows.
you want to say to everybody?
I hope they
can be inspired by Distraktions. Have no fear. There are people out here
representing real hip-hop. I don't let anything dictate my creativity
and you should never let anybody else dictate your creativity. Suggestions
and advice are cool, but just do you and you'll be a lot more happier,