Sunday, March 22, 2015
!.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.
Friday, March 20, 2015
NATE OG DETROIT @NATEOGDETROIT INTERVIEWS HIS BROTHER THE DETROIT BEATSMITH AND VERBAL MARKSMAN BLIZZARD THE MAD SCIENTIST
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?
Not any I can think of at the moment
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.
Kuniva - “Gut Shots”
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)
I Am Soul 2 (Remixes) Coming Soon,
Merch Music / Mic Phyzics (Project in the works)
Golden Mane / Mic Phyzics EP early April / mid May,
Mic Phyzics Drum Kits (Coming mid May),
Mic Phyzics Mixtape (Whenever I feel like dropping it, But it will be soon though)
24.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?
My solo project coming in November which is entitled:
“The Book of Micah.”
I’m putting my all into this album man.
25.How can we stay connected with you?
Facebook Community for Producers
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?
Saturday, March 7, 2015
1. Peace and blessings sis, now I have been a fan of your work for a spell and I know how gifted you are with your talent. For those who may not be familiar with your work, feel free to introduce yourself?
“Allow, me to introduce myself…They call me Coko Buttafli/Let these words and rhythms sooth you ,groove you/ let me take you higk/Sexy/spunkyfunky grooving,Hip Hop/Jazzy/Catch these grooves and fly!” Well, my name is Coko Buttafli. I am known for my gritty funk infused vocals and my versatility. I was first introduced to the Detroit music scene in 2011. I worked with a local band called Will Sessions, and did the background vocals for Elzhi’s “Elmatic”. The day before his release at the Majestic, I received a call from his management team asking if I would sing live with the band. After that, I started featuring from time to time with Will Sessions at some of their gigs. In the meantime, I worked with several bands, musicians, and other artists in the Detroit are. I even had my own band for a minute. It was Coko Buttafli and the Ghetto Hippie Experience. Here is a clip of that Funk Night Show.
2. Now Miss Buttafli, How did your stage name come about, it seems to have a deep meaning to it, so what’s the science behind it?
Well back in 2007, I was working with a producer named Eddie Ed in Pontiac. I use to literally get off work, go home check on and feed my son, and then work on music. My stage name use to be Tony Covey. I liked it because at the time I was singing jazz, r&b and a little poetry so I liked the name fit the art. My boy Eddie Ed said to me, “you know what would be dope? You should change your name to Coco Butterfly! ‘Cause you got that smooth ass voice, like butter and you have that chocolate toned skin.” So as of October 2007, I was now officially Coko Buttafli. Truthfully, I was doing what butterflies do. I was reborn, and finally embraced my own sound. I was like a butterfly who was ready to spread my wings. I was ready to fly.
3. Who are some of your influences and how have the influenced your signature style?
4. What is your earliest recollection of music?
My earliest recollection of music had to be somewhere around 1976. I remember my brother playing Parliament Funkadelic all the time. My mom playing “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gay. I remembered I was singing that song and my Mom looked at me like I saw a ghost. I use to go to Jackson Tennessee in the summer when I was a child and be around all my cousins who were musically inclined.. Truthfully, we could have been a singing group. At this time, my cousin Tammy introduced my sisters to black culture. She taught us about Langston Hughes, Nina Simone, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. She made us appreciate the arts which opened us up to a wider variety of musical tastes. We spent a lot of time in church singing. Then we would go home and have talent shows and sing some more. My parents taste in music was different. My Dad likes blues, my mom liked R&B. When I became a musician at the age of 11, I then got into jazz. I played the clarinet and started doing solo and ensemble competitions. The biggest influence happened around the same time for me. Comcast went into all the neighborhoods and all the families go cable television. There was this cool channel called MTV. This channel opened up my musical taste in a whole other way. I heard The Police, Van Halen, Quite Riot, The Thompson Twins….wow! At that time, a lot of Afro-American artist were not featured but it did let me experience something other than R&B. This is where my eclectic styles hails from.
5. What was the moment that you realized what your gift was and that you wanted to pursue it?
When I sung the Marvin Gaye song. I realized I wanted to sing and asked my mother if I could join the choir at church. The funny thing was I was the youngest in the choir at the time because my church did not have a youth choir. I learned to harmonize singing in the choir. I think the only time in my life that I had patience was at choir rehearsal. My first solo was “Rock of Ages”. Ironically, I didn’t sing a lot of solos at church. I liked blending with the choir. As I go older, other choir directors took notice and started working with me on my range. I wanted to be a choir director (did it for a brief time) but then The Creator had another plan. I didn’t start pursuing singing until I was around 24. I started looking for bands to sing with.
6. How long have you been a vocalist, not to show age but what year did you start?
I have been singing since I was six years old. So about thirty seven years. I took it more seriously in my early twenties and started singing with bands.
7. We Are both from Detroit, but what are some common misconceptions about the city, people and the music scene that you would like clear up?
Actually I am from Pontiac. I just work a lot in the Detroit music scene. When I was in the Army, I was shocked with the perception people have about Detroit. They think everyone from here are “killers” or want to know if you can “sang” because of the Motown thing. I would say Detroit has a lot of talent. The funny thing is, when I watched American Idol once, they made Detroit look horrible! I noticed Detroiters never get far. That is a high expectation because of all the great music that has come from here. Detroit has more to offer than a bad reputation of violence and being broke. I don’t understand why Detroiters get such a hard time.
8. What is the local scene like where you live?
Oh boy, I am not sure if I should answer this. As I stated, I live in Pontiac. Literally, there are like two bars that do live music right now. I always have to go to the D to gig. I have some cats I gig with in Pontiac, and I have learned a lot from them. The thing about Pontiac is a lot of these cats are older and set in their ways. When I show up to practice for a gig, I have often been treated like I am green and don’t have a clue. Cats from my town want to name drop. “Hey man, I worked with the Fantastic Four” or “Man, I toured the country with the Dramatics for five years!” Okay, that is cool, but besides drinking and getting high, what are you doing now?? I tend to humble myself when I am around these cats. Perhaps I don’t want to seem pretentious or arrogant. I may not share that I just played a Funk Night with Gabe Gonzalez (drummer from the Enema Squad and George Clinton), Edward Tony Green (played a lot of the Death Row bass lines), or I sung vocals for Paul Riser or Dennis Coffey (Original Funk Brothers) and as we speak my voice is on Elzhi’s Elmatic (His Group Slum Village has a song with John Legend) cd. What does it matter, let’s work! I do believe it is important to embrace where you’re from. I am proud I am from Yaktown, but I decided to step outside my city and it was the best decision I ever made!
9. Explain the difference between and vocalist and singer as you see it?
10. How do you feel about the state of the music industry currently?
Well the music industry is a business. The goal is to make money for all parties involved. This means the artist has to meet a certain standard that the masses will gravitate to. Singing doesn’t matter. Actually, it is the last thing the record company is worried about. The record company wants to sell an image. They want artist to have crossover appeal. Now for independent artist, they should have some skill set to create a buzz. The best thing about being an underground artist is that people will appreciate your work, not your look or your antics. I was telling someone how Erykah Badu will always work, because she has a big underground following. That is the artist that you want to be. I don’t want one hit then I have to perform this damn song for the next twenty years! Lol
11. What does your creative process consists of?
Good question. I get inspired by different things. I may witness situation and right about it. I may be in love and write about it. If my man up and quit me, I will most likely write a Grammy winning album! But for real, I go and listen to my favorite artist. When I need to create harmony, I listen to the Clark Sisters. Or I will listen to Ta Ta Vega when I want to get down home with it. I go deep in my psyche and write. Sometimes I meditate before I write. I get my Cabernet Sauvignon roll up and think. Then I hum. Then I rock then I sang. It depends what I am writing about.
12. If you could lock in the studio with any three artist, groups or bands to create an album who would they be?
I would like to be in a studio with D’Angelo, Georgia Ann Muldrow, and Prince. That would be awesome! After of course being revived from fainting! lol
13. What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?
My vinyl’s are on websites all over. I will include some links.
14. What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?
I am trying to get this “Buttafli Effect” EP completed by late Spring. I have been working with O1 from The Almighty Dreadnaugtz on some of the tracks. Dope producers. I also have another song coming out with Will Sessions. I am excited about this, because this song really show me how to record a funk record.
15.Do you represent any companies or labels? if so who are they and how long have you been affiliated?
I am affiliated with Funk Night Records (FNR) shout out to the Soul Controller Frank Raines! If one of the bands who record records needs a vocalist, they may hit me up. I recorded “Boss Lady” and a remake of “Good Things” with Will Sessions on FNR. I recorded “Lady Lucy” and “Wicked” with the Soul Surfers (a band out of Russia) on this label. I love this funk realm, because my music is on wax!
16. How would you define your brand of music and art, what sets you apart from everyone else?
I would define my music as eclectic soul. See, music comes from the soul. I take all the elements that music is made of and incorporate it into my show. My live show takes you on a journey. I want the person who witnesses to come out with a better understanding and love for music. I want people to ask me, “did you just make that Cream song funky?” or “never heard it sung like this before”. Being a chameleon sets me apart.
17.How can we stay connected to you?
Hit me up on my Facebook fan page
18. Any jewels for aspiring artist that you have gained in your career?
Humility! Listen to people who have knowledge of the business. However, express your views in a respectful manner. In order to be heard, cockiness doesn’t have to be your weapon of choice. Artist need to know, your reputation precedes you; so if you are an azz clown, the word in the street is going to be just that. Most of the gigs I have gotten was because of my attitude. Personally, I will work with a person with a little less skill than one with massive skill who is a jerk. If an artist makes me want to kick him in the balls or punch her in the ovaries then we shouldn’t collab!! Treat fans good, because they buy your product and spread the good word about you. Dig this, if you run into a fan, and you are polite they may tell a few people about it and go on about their day. But if you run into a fan and you are rude, arrogant and flaming jackass, they are going to social media and blast you!! The other thing, STAY THE HELL OF SOCIAL MEDIA WITH DRAMA AND BULLSHIT! Stop advertising your love life, your beefs, smoking, and all your other vices. Social media is free advertising. Use it wisely. I could go on all day about this one.
19.Any special thanks or shout outs, if so feel free to show them here?
First of all, I want to thank you for thinking of me to do this interview. Thank you so much! I want to thank my band The Urban Hippie Project, my producer Gary Samuel aka O1of The Almight Dreadnaughtz, my brothers The Almighty Dreadnautz. My girl Venus Skye, Most Wanted, Will Sessions, The Soul Surfers, The Hip Hop Shop, Frank Raines(Funk Night Records) and everyone who has showed support and love for my craft!
20.Any final thoughts or anything we didn't cover feel free to do so here?
Keep going. Sometimes, it seems like this is in vain but there is a bigger picture if you stay in it. There is an artist named Charles Bradley who was discovered at the age of 61. His first debut album came out in like 2011. If you really want this music to work, you have to believe in yourself and believe you can do it. It is up to the artist to promote and produce. Make it happen!!! Never give up on your dreams.