Interview by Heart Your Face Productions
Where are you from?
How did you become involved in music?
A few friends and I were hanging out at a park in Woodlawn, NY, and they were all free-styling. I said “I can do that”, and everyone just looked at me and said OK, go. The rest is history…
What do you play/produce?
I am an Emcee.
Before Kind Dub, how were you involved in music?
In Buffalo, I mostly did cypher sessions and battles at parties. It wasn’t until I joined the US Navy and moved to San Diego, CA that I met up with the Pyramid Empire Crew and started actively writing and recording. This is where I found my true passion and love for Hip-Hop, and knew it was something I wanted to pursue.
What music has influenced you?
I have listened to pretty much everything over my years, and feel it has equally impacted my style. I would have to say that Classic Rock and 90’s Hip-Hop would have to be the most influential though.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Notorious B.I.G. Although he is no longer with us, his brief life story was amazing. He rose from nothing, just a little kid from a poor neighborhood, to become one of the greatest MC’s of all time. Just proves that with some determination and dedication, anything is possible…
What programs do you use?
I try and use a few (laughs), but Mr. KD does most of that kind of stuff. I try to help him out, when and where I can with input.
What type of recording process did you use? Who produced your recording?
All beats and finished songs are produced and recorded in house with Kind Dub Music. Mr. KD does all the editing and producing.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
I would have to say both had an impact on me. I mostly had cassette tapes growing up, which were awesome for dubbing over old songs and making new mix tapes. But a few of the people who showed me the ropes growing up, also introduced me to vinyl, which is my favorite definitely. You just can’t beat a good vinyl!!
Have you been in competitions?
The Kind Dub Krew was involved in Colorado’s premiere battle of the bands this past year, which we took third place overall. It was an amazing experience and an awesome opportunity for everyone involved, and I am glad we could be a part of it. With the exception of an occasional spot battle here and there though, that’s about as far as I have gone with competitions.
What music are you working on?
Currently, I am working with the Kind Dub Krew on a follow up album to “How We Do It”, which I am very excited about. Make sure to check out a preview with “Revolution”, which just released. I am also thinking of working on a solo album, so keep an eye out for that as well.
How far along is the album?
It is still in the beginning phases, which includes writing and collaboration, but hopefully we can get it out to our fans as soon as possible. We received a lot of positive feedback from our fans, and want to give them another great album to enjoy.
Does this upcoming record have a driving philosophy?
We just want to put out a positive message for the community and our fans. I believe we have the opportunity to reach people and help out with issues concerning our nation. We must unite together to make positive change for the future.
When you’re not involved in music, what do you enjoy?
I am an athletic person, so I enjoy Hockey, snowboarding and golf mostly. When I’m not out trying to enjoy one of those, I like to spend time with my Chocolate lab, Sensi.