BEING APART OF THE SASKATCHEWAN MUSIC SCENE DURING YOUR ‘COME UP’.
AFTER 6 YEARS OF CREATING AND LIVING IN VANCOUVER, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK HOME IN SK? WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE IN BC? TELL US ABOUT YOUR UPBRINGING AS A MUSICIAN IN SASKATCHEWAN.
ORIGIN OF SPIN: It feels great to be back in SK. This is where I grew up and started making music. I studied everything I could about Hip-Hop in high school through every 90’s golden age album I could find and listen to. (I often joke that I learned more through Hip-Hop from emcee’s like NaS and “the teacher” KRS-One than my actual school teachers). I also learned about being a true artist from Saskatchewan artists like Merky Waters, Def 3, Info Red and the 11 Hooks Crew helmed by WizWon and Dave Loran, all of whom were some of the first people to give me a chance, a track on their album to rap, or a venue for me to bring my turntables and DJ shows, parties and rap cyphers. The inspiration they provided to me was crucial in my formative years. Back then, I was releasing music for fun, producing, rapping and making videos with my good friend Malfunction, who now goes by Sport Mathews and is living in Toronto. (Our creative connection was almost like J Dilla and Madlib, I don’t think I’ve met someone on that level since). I didn’t really know the science of production such as mixing or recording techniques. I was making my first beats on a cracked version of FL Studio, plugged the mic in hot, recorded, bounced and released it. We did it all for fun, made videos and rocked shows for the hell of it, and it was dope. Through those experiences I started getting nicer chops in my beats, rhyming better, and learned to scratch on my first Numark turntable I bought used for a hundred bucks. I then started upgrading my studio equipment, learning the science of sound, recording and music production and forming my artist persona in 2011, before I moved to BC in 2012.
After going out to BC and experiencing some extremely crazy Jazz and Electronic based Hip-Hop, my mind was blown, and has never been the same since. Coming back to SK has really solidified a return to my Boom-Bap roots, but I can’t help sprinkling those elements of inspiration I received from Vancouver on top of my ideas.
Vancouver was amazing, but it’s very busy and hectic at times. I really felt a sense of relief and relaxation when I got back to the prairies, where its quiet and calm and the city isn’t as huge and always moving, but I will always miss the huge scene and shows in Van City. A few things I took away from my experience in BC were inspiration from my favorite artists I saw perform live. I saw almost all my big Hip-Hop and Electronic influences and met them personally in random encounters after the show such as Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Raekwon, Mos Def, DJ Premier, Com Truise, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ab-Soul, Souls of Mischief, Gaslamp Killer, The Pharcyde, Illa J, Blackalicious, Zion I, DJ Numark and the list goes on… I even rapped on stage with Ghostface Killah. It was wild. Along with that was the drive that all the artists out there had, all the time. There are SO many talented people in BC working their asses off to make timeless, interesting and amazing music and it really inspires me to have gotten to know them. (AstroLogical & Nick Wisdom – Potatohead People, Clear Mortifee, ARO, Kapok, Jonny Tobin, Moka Only and the Chapel Sound crew, to name a few). I feel extremely grateful to have networked with so many amazing artists out there. My memories, experiences, connections and growth in Vancouver fuel my output as an artist today.