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1. Whatupdoe Fam, thanks for blessing me with this interview. Now i know that you are dope beyond dope at what you do but for those who may not be familiar feel free to intrduce yourself, Who are you? What do you do? And where are you from?
No doubt bro. I appreciate that, and thanks for reaching out. Man, where can I start? I'm JB Swift. Dj/Producer born in Ann Arbor, MI raised in Inkster and Ypsilanti, MI
2. Jb Swift, thats a dope name does it hold any specific meaning and how did you come up with it? Not really too much to it.
My government initials and my nickname from high school. Back in 90/91 in Ypsi, everybody had a nickname pretty much lol.
3. What is your earliest recollection of music?
That's hard to say say really. Probably around 2-3 or so. My mom was always playing some kind of music. I'm a 70's baby, so I know it was all good music.
4. When did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?
Man, I'd have to say in 84-85 when I went to the Freshfest concert in Detroit with my big cousin. I was like 10. I just remember that being the best thing that I had ever seen or heard. Run- DMC in their prime with Jam Master Jay. I was hooked after that.
5. Who are some of your influences and how have they influenced you?
I try not to pattern myself after anyone, so I really don't have a lot of influences. It's just the music for me and how I'm feeling when I'm making it.
6. What inspires you to create?
It's just in me I guess. But I could say my family though. They definitely inspire me the most.
7. What is the local scene like where you live?
Not as live as it used to be in the 90's, that's for sure. From what I see though, Detroit still has a few lanes open.
8.Does the local scene where you live affect how and what you create?
Not at all. All I do is work, spend time with the fam, make beats and sleep. I'm in the house a lot.
9.What are your thoughts on the analogue vs digital debate?
I understand both sides of the issue. Digital will always have it's place. But there is a certain pureness to the analog sound. It's hard to explain. All I've ever had was analog equipment.
10.What are you thoughts on crate digging vs e-digging?
I love them both. Sometimes, you don't have the time or resources to go out digging. It's only a couple of spots that I go to. But if I find song/sample a online that I'm looking for, I'm never mad.
11. Not to show age but when did you start producing?
I started producing seriously when I was 19. But I was making pause tape mixes in high school too, so maybe 14.
12.When was the moment you realized you had a talent with music that you wanted to pursue?
When I bought my first MPC in 98. It was a lot of money for me back then, so for me to spend it, I had to be serious about it.
13.How do define your signature sound?
That's a hard question. I just do what feel good to me and I hope that whoever hears it, feels how I meant it.
14.What sets ypur brand of music from everyone else?
Basically, I just try not to sound like anyone else.
Everyone has their own style. I'm just trying to do me.
15.Im a producer as well but what does your lab set up consist of and how has it changed over the years?
Not much really. Macbook Pro w Pro Tools,Mpc 2500 and 2000xl. 2 1200 Technics and a Roland VS-1680 mixer. I started with a Boss SP-202.
16. What is your creative process consist of?
I usually start slow when I make a beat. I try to listen to the entire song that I'm sampling before I start chopping. It depends on if I already have a drum pattern or not.
17.How do decide what tracks to send to which artist when submitfing tracks?
You have to look at tempo. If your beats fit an artist's usual flow tempo and style, send it.
18. If You could pick five artist or producers to collab with who would the be and why would you pick them?
Dilla(RIP) of course, Pete Rock, Kev Brown, Roc Marciano and Sean Price(RIP). Simply because I love all of their music.
19.What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?
I have three projects out. Reinvented is available to stream on Dat Piff. Reinvented 2 and my joint album" From MI to PA" with my man Rye-Bread, out of Pennsylvania are both on iTunes and Apple Music.
20.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?
In December, we're dropping The Preservation with Rye-Bread and K7, Reinvented 3 in April, then From MI to PA 2.
21. Do you have any jewelz for people aspiring to pursue music as a career?
If you're gonna pursue music as a career, stay true to it. Practice your craft daily. Even when you don't feel like it. You'll be better as an artist.
22. Do you have any shout outs or special thanks?
Thanks to God, first and foremost.My wife and kids and family. I also gotta give a big shout of respect to the artists that I've worked with. My man Bub Bizzle, Rye-Bread and K7. My day ones, K. Forbes, K. Holmes and G. Hall. Diz and Smurf(Gualla Game), Mocab, Alphounce Wolfe, Kamoni Khem Cook, Nick Neech, Rill Ill aka Sonny Dulphi, C-Will, just to name a few. I'm sure I'm missing some folks. Shout out to you as well Nate OG.
23.Do you represent any companies or labels if so how long have you been afilliated with them?
Foley Ave/JB Swift Productions.
24.Anything that we didnt cover feel free to do so here?
1.Whatupdoe my brother, now we have been building for a short time and i am a
huge fan of your work. for those who may not be familiar with your work feel fre
to introduce yourself. Who are you? what do you do? and where are you from?
My name is Alpha Centori, i’m a producer and sound designer and i’m from
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2.Now Alpha Centori, that is a dope name what is the science behind it and how
did it come about?
In terms of cosmology, Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to the Solar
System. And it has 3 suns. In my music i always like to put that extra space, exotic,
strange touch to my beats. I like melodies with weird chord progressions. I also come
from Montreal, Canada which in terms of hip hop is a bit of an outsider. We never really
made it internationally and montreal is not really known to the public. So all that made
me think like i’m an outsider, i’m super underground. So in my mind, i see myself as
coming from another star system. Another place with absolutely obscure samples that
no one can imagine.
3.What inspired you to become a Producer/Sound Designer?
As a young kid i always was fascinated by the clicks and pops of vinyl sound.
And when i heard those clicks and pops in hip hop beats, i immediately was intrigued at
how the beats where made. I knew it had something to do with vinyl but didn’t know how
it worked. So from there it sparked my curiosity and i made my research and when i
found out they made those beats with samplers and turntables, that’s the moment i knew
i wanted to make beats.
4.How long have you been a producer/sound designer?
I had my first sampler at age 13 in 1987. It was a Casio SK1 that my grand
mother gave me as a gift. But i would say i started getting serious in 1998. Sound
designer i began in 2007 with my partner at the time we opened a sound library drum
company called Drumlabz which made 3 releases. You can cop them at
5.What is you earliest recollection of music in general?
When i was very young, almost a baby i remember slightly just flashes of my
father playing so sad the song by Gladys Knight and Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore
almost each night so i could fall asleep. They were my lullabies. That’s the farthest i can
6.When did you fall in love with hip hop aka your brown sugar moment?
My pops one day, came back home with a Aiwa Radio and 1 cassette. The
tape was a EP from Run DMC called Papa Crazy. And the song that spark it all was
Run’s House. But on that EP they only had the instrumental version. So i kept listening
to Run’s House with the funky drummer sample.....that was it ! I was born !
7. What is your stance on vinyl crate digging vs e-digging?
As long as the sample is dope, to me it don’t matter where it came from. I
know producers that sample movies soundtracks from old VHS tapes and TV dialogues,
best example is Wu-Tang. A few years ago i was only about vinyl. But i forced myself to
open my mind and i did a good thing.
8.What is your stance on analog equipment vs digital software for music
I will always be a fan of the analog warm textures, harmonic distortion and all
that. In my book it’s the best. But time made me realize i couldn’t wait to buy all the
analog gear i want because i would be 80 years old making my first album. The cost of
the equipment is too high. So i opted for digital. And technology evolved to a point were
digital can replicate analog very well. I also learned to take advantage of analog tape the
cheapest way by just record my drums on a standard cassette and sample them back to
have that tape compression and texture. But at the end of the day, i think the most
important is that you have the tools to express yourself.
9.Who are some of you influences from when you first started producing until
now and how have they influenced you?
I was influenced by a lot but i would say Marley Marl, DJ Premier, Public
Enemy, Diamond D, RZA influenced me the most. The way the Shocklee brothers
accorded much importance to details to me that was a major influence. The « wall of
noise » concept also was very decisive. And then came the crate diggin' aspect pushed
by Diamond D. And then RZA came with all that and added movie samples.....wow !!!
That was it !
10.I am a producer as well but what does your lab set up consists of without
giving out any sector 7 secrets?
I use to believe that a big arsenal would make me better. But with time i
realized that the contrary was much better for me. I use only Maschine Studio with the
Roland SP-404 SX, some samples and plug-ins and that’s it.
11. What is your creative process as a producer and sound designer?
I first listen to a lot of music. Open my maschine and i try to stop thinking and
just operate. Just do ! Anything even if wack for the moment but do, do , do..... and after
maybe a few minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes a day or two, when i feel music
touched my emotion that’s when i become good. I express those emotions. I Translate
them into beats. It’s like drawing. First you warm up by doing simple circles and lines.
Then all of a sudden a vision comes and there goes the creative flow.
12.What inspires you to create music and to sound design?
I let my emotions guide me a lot. I’m very inspired by new technologies and
the way internet let’s you express yourself. I also watch lots of YouTube videos for
inspiration. Movies, life events and lots of music listening. For sound design i basically
inspire myself from other producers and how their music sounds.
13.If you could be in the studio with any artist or producer to create an album who
would be your top 5 choices and why?
GZA, J Dilla, Madlib, Guru, Busta Rhymes
14.How do you define your signature sound as a producer and sound designer?
Melodic, underground, fly, bouncy.
15. What makes your brand stand out from everyone elses?
The sample choice i use. I try to chose strange obscure melodies. Stuff that
makes you go deep inside your mind. And the drum patterns bouciness.
16. Do You represent any companies or labels if so who are they and how long
have you been affiliated with them?
No, i’m totally independent.
17. What is the local music scene like where you live?
I live in the french canadian part of Canada. The province of Quebec. So
french dominates but there is a lot of american influence and lots of english people also.
If your a rapper it’s not easy to find your identity. Radio plays 90% french music. Hip hop
in Montreal is mostly french but there’s also an english more underground scene. I
dropped the mic long ago and opted for music only. The universal language.
18. Does the local scene affect how and what you create?
Oh yes indeed. Artist here have a choice to make....english or french or
both. Then you create. And i think it’s a bit sad that you have to make that choice. For
example me i use to rap in english. But then i changed to french to get more popular. But
then in french your only popular locally.....so i switched back to english. But french is my
native language so i didn’t master english well enough to compete with the united states
or the rest of the world. So i became confused in my identity. That confusion led me to
make a drastic choice. And that choice was being a producer instead of a mc. That was
the best choice i ever made for myself.
19. Do you have any jewels for aspiring producers and sound designers?
Never give up and study music in your own way.
20. What are some of your current projects and how can we find them?
I’m currently working on promoting my sound library website Boom Bap
Labs where you can reach at www.boombaplabs.com and i’m working on my third album
titled : The New Diagonal. Of course always digging in the crates. It’s a daily opeartion.
21. What are some of your future projects and which ones do you look forward
I would really like my sound library company to grow, and i have lots of
music that i want to make. So expect lots of more albums by Alpha Centori. My goal is to
make as much quality albums possible in the lifetime i have. Sampling has such infinite
possibilities. I want to do this for the rest of my life.
22. How can we stay connected with you?
You can find me on Facebook as Alpha Centori. This is were you’ll get the
most recent news about me and my projects. I’m also on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and
i’m working on opening a YouTube channel.
23,Do you have any special shout outs or special thank?
Special shout outs to my bro Pascal, my best friend Andréanne, Nate OG
Detroit Oglesby, my main man Cashius Rockett, Remy Cosmo, Miki Funk, David Poe,
Merc’em, Chad Nissen, Steve, Carl and Raycord, LMN8, Browny Beats and To Tozz.
24,Any final thoughts for the readers?
Do what you like and be passionate about it. Never give up ! Be willing to
make some sacrifices. Believe in yourself !
25.Anything we didnt cover that you would like to mention?
Thanks to Nate OG for this amazing opportunity and for listening to my
music. Thanks to everybody supporting me. God bless !
!.Whatupdoe Big Brother, Now we have known each other and building for a short time but I personally know that you are a veteran at what you do but for those who still are unfamiliar feel free to introduce yourself?
Whats good bro! First off thanks for having me, really appreciate the opportunity and exposure. Introduce myself… Man that’s always been hard for me because I do and I am capable of so much, I don’t mean to come of rude, and I understand how it could, but I normally end up asking real fast “WHAT DO YOU NEED” I guess im like a plug, not just the one on the wall, but you know the track one that you plug 6 or 7 different things into. Im sure most of what I do will come out later but in short I am a Entertainment Consultant, Co- Owner of a Marketing & Promotions Company and a DJ!
2.Now Uncle P you have been a staple in the Detroit Music scne for some time how did you get your start within the scene?
I am from Pontiac Michigan, and that’s where I got my start as a artist/Dj. Couple years after high school, dropping a single I decided it was time to make a move. Headed south to Atlanta where I went to school and got a Degree in Music Entertainment Management from the Art Institute of Atlanta. When I came back in the Mid 90’s the “ATL” had really started becoming a great hub for music. I saw a void in our scene which was radio support of the local artist community. I recognized this after releasing a few projects and not having the same kind of outlets that Atlanta had. After a few years running a label and consulting I went to a AM radio station dropped some bread to run my own show and started Local Luv Radio and www.localluv.com. It was then I really started hitting all the spots in Detroit letting the scene know they now have a outlet for their music to be heard. So I’d have to say Radio is how I got my start in the Detroit scene
3.how long have you ben involved with the local scene in Detroit not to show age but what year did you start?
I was a artist too but as a business person I would have to say 2001. I started hanging in the D slangin our music tho early 90’s. Im not ashamed of my age bro. Hip Hop has been good to me im 43 years young! LOL
4.What are some of you favorite moments in you career and what are some of your least favorite moments?
O wow, brother I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin. I have been so blessed. I have worked at every level of this industry, Retail, Promotions, A&R, Distribution, Radio, Live Shows. Bout the only thing I have not done is toured the county with an artist that has a top3 single. Ill tell you something. I worked for this one company, it happened to be owned by a guy that was mentioned in one of my most influential books that shaped me in this business “Hit Men” by Fredric Dannen. When I tell you I felt like I was living the life from the movie “Wolf Of Wall Street”. My experience in that company was one that some of my associates that have worked at the majors for years hadn’t had. Ironic how this ended up being one of the biggest let downs when it became apparent that we were truly just there to spend money, not be successful. It was the craziest year and a half of my life. I learned so much during that time from the dirty game on this industry to the dirty game in corporate America. WOLF OF WALL STREET IS SO REAL!!! Lol
5.Now Uncle P, i had the pleasure of participating in your Beat Street Beat battle last month, what made you decide to start these events and how has it been welcomed by the community?
My best friend is a producer. I have always been fascinated and been into the beats/music behind the lyrics. My cousin Moonchild asked me to come out to his homies beat battle. I have to give the credit to Robo Robb & Mixo. I just put a spin on the presentation of it and started promoting it. Im not gon lie, I think it was like 06 or 07 and the first 3 battles I didn’t have enough show up. I had it as a portion of a showcase, that 4th month at the “Monthly Mixer” we had 6 producers show up and it’s been on ever sense. I had built the brand well enough that Red Bull would come into the market with there “BIG TUNES” Producers battle, and they allowed me to place a contestant into there battle. This was huge because they were very selective about who they let in. So my battle became the WILD CARD opportunity. Shout out to No Speakerz They won our battle and turned around and made it all the way to the National finals where they loss to another native Detroiter “14kt”. As to how its been welcomed? I haven’t met anyone that has attended a beat battle say. I did not enjoy myself. That will tell you a lot right there. Its sometimes hard getting people in the building because they don’t really understand what it is. But trust me anyone who has been to one LOVED IT. I haven’t really felt the same energy that was there back when Red Bull was involved with the producers. I think however its coming back with companies like I Standard Putting it down across the country for producers. They gave us support for our annual March Maddness Beat Battle and are partnering with us their next trip to Detroit.
6.I heard House Shoes on a uk producer dvd mag called behind closed doors say that detroit doesnt care about detroit hip hop but from where you sit is this truth or just a half truth?
Shout out to my bro House Shoes. Id have to say yea it is truth when you talking about Detroit HIP HOP. I cant say the “CITY” of Detroit is really HIP HOP. The “CITY” of Detroit lends its ear to a more street sound. A sound that is pretty distinctive to the city. When it comes to fans that make noise, let it be known who they support and will ride around bumping your music religiously… yea its that sound from the block, the streets.
7. How do you feel about the Detroit Vs Everybody movement, it seems to be gaining a mixed reaction from certain artists in the scene?
No offense but we still talking about that? Lol Naw man but for real. What I hated…. Is that everybody and they momma felt they had to do one too. Kinda like the Dej “Try Me” record, that really bugged me. If I want to hear that joint let me hear Dej and what she put out for the first remix. I just hate to see so many people put time into stuff like that when they should be in the kitchen cooking up they own hit record. But then they turn around and say “Awww mann it aint take no time, I did that real quick for some fun” Well you know what let me know when you get serious and you want to make your own original record a hit across the country. That’s when it will be worth my time. The Gear is cool though, im waiting to see what the creators next products will be.
8.How do you feel about the current state of the music scene in Detroit the last few years a few hometown favorites have been getting on from big sean to Dej Loaf and Doughboy Cashout what are your thoughts on it currently cuz it kinda seems like to get put on from Detroit you need to get out the city to build your buzz due to lack of exposure and labels within the city?
I mean music is global, and in this day and age we have and abundant of choices for EVERYTHING. If you want to be successful you will need a lot more support than just Detroit. As I said earlier, the voice of the city, the one that speaks up is the streets, so that’s who you will often hear the most about, IE Doughboy Cashout, Vezzo ect. Sometimes you just got to take the music where its accepted and grow from there.
9.You run the dopest of all sites Detroit Rap.com how long has it been established and how did the concept come to you?
Thanks I appreciate that. I bought detroitrap.com with a homie of mines. I was a user ofdetroitrap.com when the only relevance it had was a message board, before Myspace, before Face Book, we kicked it on message boards. It was how I did a lot of promotion for localluv radio. Back then folk didn’t really understand internet radio, not everyone had speeds high enough to enjoy the experience. The owner of Drap put it up for sale after he had run it in the ground, offended everyone on the scene, was the ground for many house call ass whoopings. It was in the gutter and no one respected it. So I saw it as a opportunity to make a change. And that’s what we did. Took all the drama out and made it what it should be and that’s the Detroit Hip hop scene. There were a lot of people mad because they enjoyed that negativity. But our city deserved so much better than that. I guess I bought it around 2005. Damn, you know what. I think this maybe our 10 year anniversary! THANKS BRO!!! lol
10. Tell me more about the Detroit Underground Music Awards that you sponsor, Im actually working on getting Nominated for Producer of the year Next Year but how long has it been running and how did it come about?
The real name of the event is the “Underground Hip Hop Awards” that was presented by Detroitrap.com and SP Marketing & Promotions. I did my first awards show back in 2010. It was called the Detroit Peoples Choice Awards. The event was a success, but it really took its toll on me in the amount of division it created in the scene and with me personally. I was trying to fill a void once again because I felt it was so many more deserving artist that should be recognized that the other award show in town turned they back on. I never played the politics and because I didn’t it kind of left me on the outskirts. I felt like this year it was time. Time to get back in the saddle, and make it happen. There is so much more to this awards show that you will see in the future. There is a much bigger picture that you will see over the coming years.
2. What do you think todays new artist are missing most, about how they handle the business aspect of being an artist etc?
Originality, don’t stand for nothing but money. No purpose. Its like everybody want to be they own boss, but none of them know how to run the business. At the end of the day its very hard for a record company to make money and not screw their artist. This is why the artist need to educate themselves or get people in there corner that understand the business. Then the artist needs to understand that these people if they are good at what they do don’t work for free. But its so hard to make money because the value of music has gone to next to nothing. So where is the pie to split? Worry about FANS not your peers or other artist. I could go on for days man! Lol
13. How do you feel in general about the music industry as whole, what are your likes and what do you think need to be improved?
The music industry is a different animal now. The revenue streams have changed, old guards are falling down to new ones, and I see to many artist worrying about things other than fan building and making great music to feed there fans. If you are truly talented and you have the right kind of attitude that makes talented people want to help you. You can go far if you deal with folk who know what they are doing. And yes part of the plan requires money. As long as you ignore that elephant in the room you will get stuck and wonder why you just cant get to that next level. I feel the internet has made us very lazy.
14. Do you see Detroit ever regaining the limelight how they did in the Motown era, I heard Ma Dukes aka Ms Yancey saying that she sees here company as being the forerunners of the New Motown Era last year on Core radio with DJ Butter?
No I don’t, the Motown era was NEW! I MEAN NEW! It REVOLUTIONIZED THE MUSIC GAME! It was the introduction of when Black artist all but turned the music industry on its head. This business is to old to see that kind of impact again. I see Ma Dukes company that will shine a Beacon of light that will forever have Detroit in its flame. But her sound and vision is so much bigger than Detroit its global. No dis to Detroit at all. But we love our city til the wheels fall off of it, and we don’t want you to change a thang! We build the best here, from cars to stars and everything in between
]15. How do you define the Detroit Music scene as far as hip hop, I was told theres three different styles of hip hop, but how would you classify it?
You got the streets, and then you got everything else. Me personally I like the Everything else better than I do most of the street, thats because im hip hop to my soul. The issue is the Everything else just has to find they place. Its out here trust that because its some great music. It just may not be the CITY of Detroit.
16.I understand you do some consulting with artist producers and labels, how long have you be doing consultation and who are some of the people you have been developing career wise?
Ive been consulting for almost 15 years now. I wish I could tell you someone major but I cant. Been close a few times. But due to the nature of this business its very rare that all the stars line up together. I prefer to stay deep behind the scenes unless its my brand. I like to say I build leaders. I give my LEADERS all the credit because they have to have “it” for me to build onto and mold it. So ill just say this, if you happen to see me around somewhere, it’s a good chance im there for a reason!
17.Do you represent any companies and or labels if so feel free to tell e ore about them and how long have you been affiliated?
I represent Detroitrap.com and SP Marketing & Promotions. I am starting my next venture which is URBAN AMBIANCE RADIO. A internet radio station that will play only instrumental music. Pretty much everything else im doing falls under one of those companies.
18. Do you have any jewels for aspiring artists and producers?
Don’t wait for someone else to do what you can do for yourself. So many talented people never get there shot because they are lazy and rely strictly on their talent alone. Understand that just because your not signed to a label doesn’t mean your business does not need to be handled. Somebodies got to do it, and with the small profit margins in music you may as well do it yourself until you have enough revenue coming in to hire someone.
19.Do you have any special thanks or shout outs?
Id like to thank God for allowing me to live the life ive had and what he has in store for me in the future. Id like to thank all the people who have allowed me to help them and those who have helped me on this journey in the music industry
20.How can we stay connected to you to show support?
You can follow me on facebook at unclep313, Twitter @unclep and @detroitrap Instagram @detroitrap And as always on the site detroitrap.com. Check out the stories, if you like them feel free to share them on your own social network.
1.Whatup family, Now I’ve had the honor of seeing you using your gift and even though we have known each other a very short time, for those who may not be familiar with your work, feel free to introduce yourself?
Hey my name is blizzard the mad scientist lol i am just or average friendly neighborhood producer/emcee and Spiderman on the weekend’s lol
2. Now Blizzard, that’s a dope name I prob already know the significance of the name but for those who may not know explain the meaning to the name and what it represents?
well blizzard was a name that stuck after a while and it grew as i grew first it was blizz then yung blizz and i hit 20 and just kept it blizzard and the mad scientist part was added due to me getting into producer battling
3. What is your earliest recollection of music?
When i was younger and listening to big herk still guilty and a ton of rock bottom
4. Who are some of your influences as an MC/Producer and how did they inspire you?
My producer influences are
3. Just blaze
1. Big L
5. What was the moment you feel in love with music aka your brown sugar moment?
When i freestlyed to get my Gameboy color back lol its silly but i couldn’t get it back until i did a 16 bar freestyle and it was all history
6. What was the moment you realized that you had a gift with music and when did you decide that this was something you wanted to pursue?
When beat making and writing became fun and i could not keep track of time because i was either writing or checking out new sounds and drums
7. Which do you enjoy most MCing or Producing, cuz you're nice at both in my opinion?
loll well both i got my moment where i can produce anything but can’t write a bar and i got my time where i can write a dozen tracks and have beat block
8..When did you start MCing and Producing not to show age but what year did you start?
I started both at the golden age of thirteen but it didn’t get serious until about 17
9. What is your stance on the digital vs. analog debate as far as gear?
I feel it is what you were brought up using and where your skill set it better
I’ve seen and heard good and bad it’s all in how you use your equipment to me
10. What is your stance on the e-digging vs. vinyl debate?
Well i think it’s more on the records you are looking for and the kind of sound you want
While e-digging gives you an HQ sound vinyl give you that grimy feel and you can replicate that with a digital copy
11.What is the local scene like In Detroit, we are both from there but iI reside just outside Grand Rapids tho?
The local scene in the city has anything you are looking for hip-hop gospel jazz edm all that good stuff
12.Does the local scene affect your creative process?
not really the people i work with and people who hear what i have to offer and i usually try to keep a little of everything if possible
13.What is your creative process as an MC and Producer?
well to be honest and this will sound kinda lame but i usually watch some super sentai (which is the Japanese source material for power rangers) kamen rider and play with some drum patterns snares and chops and the magic just happens
and when i am emceeing it’s just my mood lol you can hear it in my verses if im angry or in a good mood
14.What does your lab setup consists of not to give away any classified secret weapons and also how has it changed over the years?
Lol man I don’t hide anything but right now I just use my laptop and my beats by dre headphones and and mpd 18 and elbow grease
15.How do you define your sound and brand, what sets you apart from everyone else as a MC and Producer?
My sound has changed over time but now I am more classic hip hop now
16.What are some of you current projects and where can we find them?
Well I have a few things I am working on I have my mix tape which is titled after a Richard Pryor record “super nigga” and my coming beat tape #Shelia iktape
Also I have some work with sunny cartel
Yung souja and black tie collective
King quartz a vapor wave mastermind
YouTube t-gunz an local up and coming artist I did a song this is for my
Some things for aztek the barfly
And hopefully a few other things you may hear soon
17.What are some of you future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?
18. What are some of your pet peeves as an MC and Producer?
I don’t have many lol my biggest one would be that if you don’t want to grow or expand
19.How do you feel about the Detroit Vs Everybody Movement, it seems to be getting a mixed reaction with some of the veterans in the Detroit scene?
I feel is it an excellent movement I think that if it goes as well as I hope then a lot more talent will shine and Detroit will be back to what it is known for
20.With the exception of Dej loaf, Big Sean, DoughBoy Cashout, Clear Soul Forces , who do you see being the artist to give Detroit the most exposure when they get on?
Man it may sound super cliché but its really too many too name
Lol a few tho would be anyone AOE (souja,ant.swiz,beezy)
Mark lol that guy has some shit
21.Do you represent and Companies, or Labels, if so who are they and how long have you been affiliated?
Not at the moment
22.Do you have any special shout outs or thanks feel free to do so here?
Ummmmm again shout out to sound proof Yung Fam AOE black tie Detoritrap.com umm king quartz
Axe ripper and
23.What are some jewels that you would like to pass along to those who want to pursue this craft?
I would say enjoy yourself and make sure that when you show your talent you have confidence
24. Any final thoughts for the readers or anything we didn’t cover?
1.Whats good family, now I have known u a short while but has witnessed how great you are at your given craft but for those who may be unfamiliar with your work feel free to introduce yourself?
I’m Micah Andrew Richardson born and raised in (Downtown) Detroit, MI. (better known as Mic Phyzics) I’m a Producer/Rapper/Songwriter and I’m a Crooner.
Well, I meant I sing a little bit.
2.Now you got the illest production and MC name i know it holds a deep meaning and may be self explanatory but tell the readers the science behind the name and how did it come about?
Well, I started off in a group called P.H.E.A.R. with my brother (Entense aka Tense), in which my name at the time was “Mic Phenom”. It wasn’t until it was later in my career of rapping I would sometimes use a reference to my name as Mic Phyzics as if it was like a hybrid name because it made me feel like a different type of animal. Especially when it came to the beats. Tense told me one time, “your like a Mad Scientist or something”. It just stuck with me because it is a science to the things I do with beats man. But the weird thing about it, I hate math.
3.What was the moment or event when you fell in love with music in general and Hip hop as not only a genre but as a culture?
Watching my family members like my uncle’s, my father (who was a Phenomenal drummer) going to church listening to every detail around me. From the choir, to the Organist, Pianist, my dad on the drums who played for the church. The tambourine being played, ceiling fans turning during the hot summer days, babies crying during the pastors sermon. It was all music to me. I just had a different type of ear then most.
4.What is your earliest recollection of music?
Well, the very first moment was Seating in the living room of the old apartment I grew up in sneaking and watching “The Box” and I first heard “Bonita Apple Bum”. It wasn’t so much the song, it was the beat the grab my attention. Soulful, Jazzy, the swing of the drums. It was just different. Then once Rap City started taking over, I was introduced to “I shall/ Proceed/ and continue/ to rock the mic. Real live Jazz and Hip-Hop. ”The Roots” which was my very first CD I even purchased for myself. All my mom would listen to was gospel, soul music. My uncle, who was living with us at the time, was listening to a lot of R&B. My dad loved one guy and one guy only. The Godfather of Soul “James Brown”. Honest to god, me and my sisters did not understand why he loved him so much. He would even dress like him, from head to toe. And this was the 90’s. Do you understand how embarrassing that was for us bro. It wasn’t until I was going through so of my cousin’s vinyl collection, I stumbled across the Big Payback album. I’m like “whoa”, “wait, I’ve heard that sample on Big Daddy Kane song” or “I heard that on EPMD”. Man, you talking about music that changed my whole prospective on life. The next day I was looking for more and more records of him. I was a fan overnight. I almost start to go looking for slacks. A button up with a big butterfly collar and a Llama skin cape dyed purple. I can hear my father’s voice right now like, “What I tell you, there aint nobody like’em. Thats the Godfather right there”
5.Who are some of your influences as an MC, Producer and how have they influenced you with your signature style?
I would have to say Denaun Porter was my very first big influence because he was not only my mentor, but he is just an incredible singer, songwriter, and producer in general. He is like my version of Timberland mixed with a hint of Dilla and Dr Dre. He don’t sound like anybody out here because he has his own signature style. He is just phenomenal man. But Dilla? Man, there is nothing else I need to discuss. Most people don’t know about Dilla’s skills with the flo. Mastermind, that’s all I can say. I actually had two mentor’s growing up. Because Denaun taught me the basic steps of producing and I just learn all the other things on my own. Kuniva (of D12) taught me how to come with bars. He’s my version of Ludacris on crack. He is (still to this day) a Monster. He’s like a loose pit that will chase down your car and bite off the tires while the car is still moving. Youtube him, check his bars and say i’m lying.
6.How long have you been an MC/Producer not to show age but what year did you start?
It’s cool man, I’m going to keep it brief as possible, truthful and honest. I’ve been rapping since 97’. I’ve been making beats since about 2002, Man look, I don’t have to hide my age. Im 36 now. (as after March 11). I’m a father of four with an amazing wife who supports everything I do. Im not afraid of my age and Im not afraid to let the world know that I’m just as good as these young dudes who are 15 years younger then me. You see even though most consider me a vet in the beat battle world, I love what I do. I love to inspire. I know who I am. This is just the beginning of whats to come. Age don’t mean nothing once my beats come on.
7. Now Mic, do you have a certain genre that you like to listen to or create?
Hip Hop, Electronic, Neo-Soul. Im a weirdo man, I love good music. I don’t like to limit myself from any genre. But there are only certain types of music that just speak to me.
8.When was the moment or event that you realized that you had this gift that you wanted to pursue?
There were actually four moments when I realized my gift. When I made beats off of my Sega Genesis sound effects in the options menu. I told you, I’m a weirdo. When my music teacher in middle school (Ms. Baugh) would tell me I had a gift all the time. The very first time I came in her classroom, she was testing everyones voices individually just to find more members for her glee club choir (Don’t judge me) Yes, I was in a glee club in middle school. But not like what you would see on tv. We were like more strict and serious. But back to Ms. Baugh. She would play one note on the piano and we had to sing that one note. Man, you be surprised how many people in this world can’t sing one solid note. Any note she would play, I would hit. Not off pitch, nothing similar to the note. I would hit the actual note. It was just second nature to me, I didn’t feel like it was anything special. At that moment, she made me her lead tenor of the choir. The third moment was when I would just make beats off anything. The counter in the kitchen, the lunch tables in school, I got put out of class a lot of times not realizing how I was drumming on something. The fourth and final moment was when I got voted the most talented in High School in 98, my senior year. I was really surprised being the fact that i was so quite in school. I didn’t even know that most people even knew who I was. Or maybe because I was in the Jazz band, the choir, beatboxing and rapping for the rappers outside, making beats for the rappers the lunchroom, or winning the talent show my senior year.
9.Now we are bother from Detroit, but as an insider what are your thoughts about the local scene at this moment?
I love the local scene, but we don’t have enough support in the city then we should. Support, Support, Support. The word is so important man. The city is hurting and suffering in the music scene because of it. Look, if you sprain your arm, sprained your knee, what do you need to help it heal? An arm brace, right? What does the brace do? It supports the arm in order for it to heal. In order to heal the damages of the Detroit music scene, the people have to support. We’re only hurting ourselves when we don’t. Make sense?
10. What is you take on the Detroit Vs Everybody movement that has been buzzing for a minute?
I understand it completely. We as a city are tired of getting looked over, and stepped on. Not saying it’s more important than whats been going on with law enforcement lately. But we should be able to get respect in other cities just as much as anywhere else when it comes to events or business. It’s not fair for other artist’s outside the city to make money in our city, but when we’re in their city, artist don’t want to show love. But it all boils down to what I mentioned before. In order for these other artist outside of the city or events to come here, it’s all about support.
11.Does the local scene affect your creative process at all?
Never, the local scene is what it is. Some people like it, and some just don’t care to understand it. Even though I love the local scene, I can’t just expect things to get bigger for myself or other if we all don’t go outside of our comfort zone and perform or reach outside of the city to find others that respect what we do.
12.As a producer myself, i love hearing and seeing peoples creative process but what does your process consist of as a MC and Producer?
Um…….Well, I don’t really have any special process. I do have zones I get in once I making a beat. It’s a spiritual feeling man. It’s a uncontrollable feeling I get when I know for a fact that this is the one that’s going to kill’em. What I mean by spiritual. It’s far from a bad vibe, evil spirits, voodoo or anything crazy like that. It’s a unexplainable feeling that overtakes me that just makes you feel high in a way. And resonates through the music. Very few producers or beat makers understand the feeling I speak about. The very first beat I played at March Madness last Saturday, I had that feeling while I was creating it.. It’s just so funky and soulful man, no one could deny the feeling of it. The crowd was electric that night. And a little bias at time, but that’s a whole other discussion.
13.Which one do you enjoy most being an MC or Producer if you have preference?
That’s difficult because I love both so much. Rapping is something i’ve loved since I was in High School. But its just a bigger high when i’m making beats man. I can hear a song in every beat that I create. So I would have to say being a Producer because i’m actually doing both when i’m creating.
14. Explain the differences between a beatmaker and Producer?
Producers work with artist, mix the tracks, take full control of the music or a session, give direction, give structure to the music. They mold the music or mold most artist.
I’m a producer. Beatmakers make beats.
No punchline to that.
15.. Explain the difference between an MC and Rapper?
An M.C. is a crowd controller. The audience is under their spell. They can make a crowd react to whatever they say.
Rappers just rap.
No punchline to that.
16 Do you represent any companies or labels? if so how long have you been affiliated ith them and who are they?
Mic Phyzics Production is my own label.
Im cool with labels such as War Dollar Ent. Good people man.
They show a lot of support man.
My Own Planet / Denaun Porter’s label. Those are my people over there too.
17. How do you define your brand and sound what sets you apart from everyone else?
Man, I don’t sound like nobody you know. And when I say you, I’m speaking in a figure of speech. No one can compare my style to others in the industry nor on the underground level.
Before i would hear from others say, “oh he sound like Dilla”. Now, I don’t here that anymore. Because one thing i would never want to be is a clone, especially of a legend. I thrive off being different. No one can duplicate my style. I have too many. Once a person think I just stay in one lane.
They later begin to understand i’m going left field.
18.What does your lab set up consists of and how has it changed over the years since you started?
It’s gone from more to less over the course of a 10 year span.
I went from hardware to software. So now I just have everything on my laptop. Which was way more convenient. Taking a MPC everywhere you go after while was a hassle. It was to big and bulky to be carrying around, you know.
19.How do you feel about the analog vs digital discussion?
Well, I don’t really get too heavy on the technical side of this discussion. But I will say in my own opinion, analog has a more cleaner sound and heavy sound to me then digital. But I know how to get just as a greater sound with in digital then the average producer. I started off on a MPC sending all my sounds into Pro-Tools. But now that I’ve been using programs such as Maschine and Logic Pro X. Man, I’ve been in heaven.
20.How do you feel about e-digging vs Vinyl digging?
I started off with vinyl. But now I’m so spoiled with e-digging it’s ridiculous. I think i've become the MacGyver of it. It’s just easier, less hassle loading into my laptop. I mean it’s the new era of crate digging. I don’t have anything against either or at all because I like to do both. I know most people have their pet peeves about sampling in general because they feel like it’s cheating. Only one’s who feel like that are the one’s who don’t understand the art of sampling. Because it’s easier for me to play 3 chords and let it loop then it is to chop up the sample in an accurate time, and flip the sample in a way that the average listener couldn’t detect. It’s called skills, not cheating. Now you try it, or be the next Liberace and try to fit in. I know it would be hard in the generation.
21.Any jewels for people who are hoping to make this their career?
If you have a gift, you still have to hustle just as hard as those aren’t as gifted. Because there are too many talentless artist out here hustling harder then you, flooding the market. And right now, they’re winning. So what does that say about your gift, when the people can’t hear you, but can hear “them", loud and clear?
22.Any special thanks or shout outs?
First off, I would like to thank God for my existence, Nate OG, I want to thank you for this amazing opportunity with this interview, Denaun (for giving me my first start, love you couzo), Uncle P for awesome outlet he created for producers like myself and amazing words of wisdom express to one of his nephews, it much appreciated Unc. My little brother, Byron the Aquarius (Mars 11 all day bro). Shoutout to my big bro DDT, Masud (even though we still beefing, Happy Birthday bro), War Dollar Ent., Detroit Mixo, O1 and Ms Coco, Pnukkl, Konphlict, the whole entire Almighty Dreadnaughts Crew, my big bro Guilty Simpson, Shoutout to the homie D. Focis. (Keep you hustle strong man). Big Dame (Let’s make it happen bro) Shoutout to the Original Hip Hop Shop, The Hip Hop Klinik, Mark Cooper, Brett Fullerton, my homies Dirt, Dre D, and Entense, love ya’ll man. Kuniva (I haven’t forgot you on the beats bro) Sabrina Underwood (when she aint so busy) D.J. Los,Pdog, Candace, Leah, Russ and last but not less, my beautiful Wife and 4 little ones. I love you all like crazy. For all those who support every project I've release, I have nothing but the utmost love and respect for you. Thank you all.
23. What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?
Mars 11 Red Arrival out now on soundcloud (link below)
26. Any final thoughts or things we didn’t cover feel free to do so here?
Yeah man, to all those checking out this interview. I urge you to keep god first in all aspects of your life. One thing I do that most are afraid of is I put all my cards on the table. I’m honest and truthful with others because I don’t to hide from people. When it comes to being honest with others, I have an open mind when it comes to building a positive relationship with most. I give respect because I want the same in return. I treat others the way I want to be treated. Im a living proof that god will answer your prayers. If he can forgive a murderer on the cross next to his son dying for us and give that same murderer a place in heaven. What makes you worse off then him? The devil wants to see you so bad “not” to succeed. Are you going to let god down, or are you going to cross the path that you were destine to cross?