When I met you film making was your main passion, not music, why has creating music become so important to you?
I love the video for your single, Pain. Was it a challenge being the director and starring in the video?
Yeah, it was challenging, but more so in Taiwan. When I filmed the first day in Utah, it was a breeze. I got to use my favorite cinematographer, Jason. We just have the connections directors dream of. He reads me. I read him. And I trust that all his shots will be near perfect. However, in Taiwan, we filmed the monster shots. It was tough because finding the foreign actors and a cinematographer that I felt could do as good was really hard. This shoot was also the most expensive. We needed costumes, a cool setting, torches, and the costumes. So although being in the videos is more challenging, it’s not all that hard if you can find great people that know what you want.
You don’t come across as someone that is into Hip Hop, who are your musical influences?
Haha! It’s true. I really don’t fit into the cliche type I suppose. What’s more important is that I be myself. So I do suppose that’s why there are so many sub genres of hip hop. I am definitely not gangster rap. I just can’t see myself being anyway else. I would have to live with myself knowing I have not been myself. That would suck.
I tend to go towards artists that bring out messages or stories like Lupe Fiasco. I love Wyclef’s stuff too. His music brought so many visuals to me. I won’t deny that I was influenced by Eminem. I’m also old school, so some of my favorites are Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Das EFX, and the Pharcyde. There are a lot of underground guys I really appreciate too. I’m really influenced by guys like Johnny Cash, he’s rap isn’t he?
Why should we support your KickStarter project?
Well for most Kickstarter supporters, it’s about helping bringing someones creativity to life. That’s the beauty of it. What’s great about it is that through Kickstarter these aren’t handouts we’re asking for. The pledges are backed by rewards of your choice and there are options to support as little as $1. Of course, in the end it will depend on content and if the backers can see themselves enjoying the kind of music we’ll put out. I’m a passionate guy. I love being creative. I love making art.
- Wyclef Jean: I loved Lauryn Hill and my wife (salon.com)
- The Pharcyde – Cydeways – The Best of the Pharcyde (Mp3) 2001. butchT (extratorrent.com)
- Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde by Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul (whoneedsagenre.wordpress.com)
- Hip Hop and the 1990′s (crowleymia.wordpress.com)
- Rick Ross and Young Jeezy Fought at 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Backstage (aceshowbiz.com)