MAUVEY – Vancouver [Interview]

Describe your sound in three words.

Honest, Hopeful, Different

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“These haters didn’t help at all, they’re way too small, and shame on me I turned the volume low, now your prayers aren’t getting to God. I never learned the guitar, I never was all that smart, but I have come way to far, and do it for love, and I aim at your heart.” – ‘Mauvey’ – Vancouver

What is the true underground sound today (if there is one)

I don’t think there is a true underground sound.

Best Hip Hop album ever?

The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, and Lauryn Hill is the best rapper of all time, Andre 3000 is second, I don’t want to discuss the matter further haha.

What would you change in the music industry?

Creators should be compensated more for their creations. How streaming services operate should change.

Oh. and the elephant in the room; could get some more people of colour holding key positions in the industry.

Favorite music related film?

8 Mile – my man was in every single scene!

Any future plans?

I’m releasing A LOT more music in 2021, and heading on tour, if the world doesn’t shut down again.

Thank you!

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Colérik Man & JonhySimonZ – LifeStyle [Interview]

  • Describe your sound in three words

Intense, deep and real.

  • Tell us a few things about your new album “Trapologie”. What was the main idea behind it? 

The idea behind our album is that we were used to do old school hiphop. But now things have changed a little and people are listening more to trap music. So we decided to adapt to what’s popular nowadays but at the same time, we have keep our values, our lyrics, and our taste for good rap with barz and punchlines. This is why it is called ‘’Trapologie’’ because we are new to trap music and now we are studying it, putting our stories, our lifes and passion into it !

  • Which song of the album represents you the most?

That is hard to answer but we thought about it and Lueur d’epsoir would be a good answer ! Why ? Because we all go through struggles and hard times, most of us have inner demons and challenges to face in life. This song is about giving hope and even if we face really big things and hard times in our lifes, we should stay strong and go through those phases to learn, to become stronger and a better version of ourselves, cause in the end, this is what it’s all about. It represents us because in this song we are really intense with our flows, deep with our lyrics and real with our content, it comes straight form the heart. So this would be a good one ! Literally, this song gives us goosebumps !

  • Is language a barrier in music?

Yes and no. It is a barrier in a sense that French isn’t the most speaking language in the world, compare to English. So it could be easier for an English artist to blow than a French artist. But we do our best to get known in Québec, France and other French speaking countries ! French is also our native language so its easier for us to rap in French than English !

  • Tell us a French artist we should definitely need to check out.

Dual-it is an artist that we are looking forward to do a song with him ! We discovered him recently and he got some skillz !

  • What would you change in the music industry?

If we could remove all the fake artists, to put on top the real ones, the real underground music artists that does music from the heart, than we would be happy to change that !

  • One last thing we should know about you?

We are simple people that are passionated about rap, lyricism and dope music ! We do music not for fame, money or anything like that, simply because we love it and we enjoy it !  

  • Thank you!

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T H R O N E x Infatuation – Checks Like Degrassi [Interview]

  • Please Introduce yourself

We are T H R O N E. Hip Hop duo and real life couple of YVHIKV and Hayatheus.

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

Freeform. Thoughtful. Genre-bent.

  • Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer

Hayatheus: Certainly MF DOOM and Madlib.

YVHIKV: Noname was probably the latest addition to my favorite rapper list.

  • Best Hip Hop album ever

Hayatheus: Probably Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick

YVHIKV: Channel Orange by Frank Ocean.

  • Top Hidden Gem Artist

Hayatheus: Right now for me it’s Adé Hakim. His music is incredible.

YVHIKV: Kaiit from Australia. She’s jazz and soul. 

  • Future plans

Keep developing our craft, keep releasing, get as good as we can and then get better. Oh and move to Japan and do shows in little local shops. 

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Madd skillz – Off The Dome [Interview]

Describe your sound in three words

Versatile, Dynamic & Psychedlic

Platforms offering sound recordings in a netflix style subscription-for-access model changed the art of sampling in a drastic way. Do you think that having such an easy access to samples affects the quality of instrumental music today?

I used to use samples for all my work, but I felt there was a huge restriction in truly getting taste of my soul out on to a canvas. In other words, I couldn’t truly express what I was feeling and any deep rooted emotions I’m holding onto because I was unable to play the rhythms I wanted with the timing that matched my moods.

Your music could work perfectly as a soundtrack. If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?

Oh wow, maybe along the lines of The Matrix, Gladiator or Interstellar. I really like films that bend the mind, so creating music around that would be extremely fun.

If you had to choose one Synthesizer (analog or digital) which one would it be?

Given the choice, I would go definitely go analog just to get that constant smooth sound. I feel that it gives more presence of the soul in mixes and fills up so much space In those frequencies only the subconscious can pick up on which is so key in music because people do really pick up on harmony with an innate ear for them disregarding having a professional one.

What is the best instrumental album ever?

Ouf, I’m a huge fan of Thom Yorke’s Suspirium. It’s got a mix of some instrumentals as well as vocals. I feel those albums have the most dynamic because they serve you the best of both words in terms of vocalization and instrumental work. That album itself really taps into a mysterious dark world dwelling deep in my mind that feels very real and once experienced if that makes any sense.

What would you change in the music industry?

I’d make the producers take over, haha! Well, to be honest, I would like the algorithms on streaming platforms to become so advanced in music that it caters to even the small guys putting them in front of the listeners that matter most. I think a great idea would be to give free to bare minimum streaming music memberships to people who can’t afford it but limiting them to listen to only independent musicians with premium features rather than full scaled and/or signed artists. It’s definitely been implemented with some music platforms out there but it should be normalized on the big players. I think it will ultimately improve their algorithms analysis and allow room for independent musicians to reap more profitability and fanbase for an audience that is unchecked.

Any future plans?

I’m hoping to sign to an independent label in the near future that can scale my music to a much larger audience. Right now in the present, my focus is on improving my instrument playing skills on my guitar and keyboard. As for my craft, I’ll definitely be objectively chipping away at it until I have several compositions to call it an album!

Thank you!

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Slow Pineapple – Mosh Pit [Interview]

  • Please introduce yourself

We are Tyler Beans and Rob Higgins of Slow Pineapple. Here to blow speakers and cause noise complaints

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

Against The Grain

  • You incorporate hip hop elements in your music. What is your creative process like?

Turn on the speakers and amps and start making noise! Let it come naturally!

  • Favorite album ever?

Nomeansno – The Peoples Choice
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

  • Top Hidden Gem Artist?

The Hip-Hop Duo, RoeShamBeaux. We are honored to have their vocalist jaythehomie on our track ‘Mosh Pit’

  • What is your favorite fruit?

Pineapple

  • What is the best music related film you’ve ever seen?

Definitely NOT “Yesterday” They just shat on a great premise. Disappointment!

  • Any future plans you want to share with us?

A new Slow Pineapple single coming everything month!

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Wettworker – Going Through It [Interview]

  • Please Introduce yourself

My name is Wettworker. I’m a producer, visual and musical artist, director and photographer from Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

Dystopian Sci-Fi Gangster

  • Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer

Favourite rapper – Lil Ugly Mane. The level of “not giving a fuck” is inspirational. There are no rules to this art shit and for some reason, when I think of LUM, I doubt people are ever telling him “your intros are too long”.

Favourite lyricist – Daveed Diggs of Clipping, on both a creative and technical level, the dude is writing engaging and nuanced tales with enough imagery and creative devices employed to make your head spin, all on some of the most challenging yet engaging instrumentals conceivable.

Favourite producer – El-P. Long before Run The Jewels, dude was incorporating science-fiction elements into his production and I always wanted to do that but with a little more of a cinematic, horror twist.

  • Best Hip Hop album ever

Right now, I’d have to say that “Hiding Places” by Billy Woods and Kenny Segal has me shook at how cohesive and refreshing it is. From the production to the message to the narrative, it’s just its own little world and paying attention to it really makes you think about the unnecessarily overhyped topic of drug dealing in a new light.

  • Top Hidden Gem Artist

Right now? Backxwash. She’s so fucking brooding and angsty and bold. That, and I have massive respect for anyone who is their own producer. It’s a blight and a freedom I know first-hand. To be fully in charge of the soundscapes you’re performing on top of and to create a sonic world of its own is no easy task and I commend folks who do it.

Misfittraumaqueen is producer I had recently been blown away by too. Phenomenal industrial EDM bangers. Was totally taken aback when his stuff magically appeared on my Discover Weekly playlists. I’d love to work with both of these artists one day.

  • Future plans

I’m gonna rattle out a few more singles over the next coming weeks but I’m celebrating my birthday by dropping my debut full-length. It’s got JPEGMAFIA meets Death Grips meets RTJ vibes. I’m very proud of it and if it weren’t for Coronavirus I’d be touring all of North America right now to perform it for you. I hope you all give it a listen. Thanks.

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Rohan – 2020 Vision (Freestyle) [Interview]

  • Please Introduce yourself

Rohan, 25 hailing from Toronto records his own music, self produces & also mixes is own tracks. He’s garnered over 1 million streams worldwide & is now gearing up for his debut EP ‘Stay Off The Internet’

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

Dynamic, Colorful, Soulful

  • Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer

Rapper; JAY Z, Producer; Kanye West

  • Best Hip Hop album ever

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • Best live gig you have even been

Kanye West Yeezus

  • Top Hidden Gem Artist

Snoh Aalegra

  • Future plans

Current & future goals: produce, write and perform music that lasts lifetimes