Brothers Perspective: Interview AMP LIVE
How you doing Amp Live its a pleasure to interview you for bp 2009
So tell us first about your experience as a Dj / Producer Musician, how long you been doing this and when and why did you start?
ANSWER- I have been producing professionally for about 10 years. I started in high school, my father played jazz piano allot, so I would hear music all the time. On top of that, my mother was overly creative, so the two of them together rubbed off on me
Where are you from originally and how did this place influence you?
ANSWER- I am originally from San Antonio, TX. Then went to college at Morehouse College Atlanta, Ga. Now I reside in Oakland, a. Being from south definitely influenced me in allot of ways. I am very open to all kinds of music BC of my background. I grew up playing drums in the Baptist church, but also all of my school friends were into skate boarding. So I listened to allot of old school new wave, techno and skate punk (black flag, dead Kennedy’s, meat beat manifesto, the cure, etc), then listen to blues, gospel music, and soul music w my parents, along w hearing all the new rap from my cousins in Virginia (this was in the 80s)
Describe the Art of Djing to those who don’t know?
ANSWER- well traditionally, the art of djing is spinning vinyl records and mixing/blending songs together. Now days though, unfortunately, some people consider djing playing songs on your ipod
Do you have another job outside of music and or have you ever? Explain?
ANSWER - no, I do music full time. About 8 years ago I was a substitute teacher and worked at a boys and girls club
Tell us about being a member of the group Zion I? Tell us about the experience and your travels?
ANSWER- Zion I consist of me and mc zumbi. We have been making music together since the 90s and have toured the world many many times. I’ve been to every country except china and Australia basically. Good times!
Are you married with Children?
On production what are your tools of the trade?
ANSWER- I use everything…I love the mpc3000 because of its distinct sound quality, but I also am on logic and pro-tools allot. I try to have live elements also, like bass, strings, etc.
West Coast place in Hip Hop?
ANSWER- well, all I can say is the wheel must turn round. In the beginning of the millennium (2000) it was east coast, then to the Midwest, and now the south has been running it hard for the past 5 years. So the west is next!!
Who are some of the up and Coming emcees / producers in your area that you respect?
ANSWER- in terms of new emcees am definitely feeling blu the emcee, Mickey factz, and kflay. In terms of producers, it’s so many out there. I like what switch is doing and I like polo the don because he is consistent. But I always look up to the 5 standards (dre, timberland, etc)
When can we here a new Zion I album?
The new Zion I album is called the takeover. Drops feb17
What about an Amp Live album?
I have a bunch of projects coming out this year. My next album is a series I am doing…electro wonderland 2 “murder at the discotek”. Coming may 2009
Where do you see Hip Hop going in the coming years?
I see it continuing to expand. I think its hit its pop peek for right now and like any genre of music, certain aspects of it are going to stay commercial and then some aspects are going to go underground again. Hip-hop has influenced and become a part of every form of music out there, so it’s not going anywhere.
Ok last but not least some shout outs and anything we didn’t ask you about?
Give a shout out to all the fans, look out for more music soon. Thanks for the interview