The Up-Turn has always been devoted to music and musicians that we think are doing cool things but that doesn’t mean we still don’t like interviewing other cool people who do cool things. Basically what I’m getting at here is that I recently saw an indiegogo video about some fundraising a cool dude named Weston Wiener was doing for his senior thesis to help produce his movie Kelza 55. It looked cool, Psychic Films looked cool and indeed everything turned out to be very cool. Cool. Read the interview after the jump to learn about futuristic motorcycle gangs, druggy ski-bum spies and Weston’s first ever screen name.
Tay Devenny doesn’t just want to be your next favorite rapper, he wants to be your next favorite artist. Although he has been following the expected projection of an internet-age rapper thus far his most recent 11-minute track “vancouver/Palme” forces listeners to take Devenny as something different than just another rapper. He has ambition and the creativity and drive to see his ambition fulfilled. Hit the jump to read my recent conversation with Devenny in which we chat about Sussex, reaching his shrine and Riley Reid.
When I received an open-ended final assignment for my writing class this past semester I pretty much knew what I wanted to do right away. The class was about being a writing tutor and how to teach people how to write so I decided to interview some of my favorite under-appreciated writers and lyricists about their writing process. Although I’m not going to try and make claims about connections between rappers based on their influences, hometowns or styles I hope that the mapping serves as an illustration of just how amazing the world of hip-hop is right now. Hit the jump to read my quick interviews with Chef the Chef, Sidewalk Kal, uhlife, B L A C K K R A Y, Hanz, Chris Villa, NicX, and Tay Devenny.
It’s not everyday that we run across an artist like Sean Cullen, the dude behind SEENMR and founding member of the Young Ho Collective. Sean Cullen is so psyched on music, life and his crew that his personality beams through his recordings and has made his Chinatown Tape one of the most buzz-worthy beat tapes of the year. I had a chance to chat with SEENMR and the bulk of that conversation has been formated for your reading pleasure after the jump. Being the cool dude that he is, Sean also threw together an awesome mix that I highly recommend you listen to while reading this philosophic conversation. Get ready for the Young Ho revolution.
Over the past year, Soundcloud and the communities building in it have played a larger and larger part in how I found music. Soundcloud has always been great for finding new ideas in electronic music, but not so much in other genres, especially rap. Sidewalk Kal is one of the few rappers who has really stood out to me, and over the past few months has become one of my favorite rappers in general. Aside from getting the best beats from best-kept-secret beatmakers across the internet, Kal has never delivered an even slightly disappointing verse. I got to talk to Kal last week about how he chooses beats, the Chicago rap scene, and total creativity as an artist and now our conversation is here for your enjoyment after the jump, largely unedited as usual.
With the release of his Blur EP earlier this month, Dream Koala cemented his transition from a typical soundcloud producer to one of the most interesting young talents making music right now. The Parisian musician first caught our attention with his incredible remix of Waka Flocka’s Brick Squad anthem ‘Hard in Da Paint’ and over the course of 3 months began to develop and perfect his own style of rhythmic, electronic-infused guitar music that isn’t like much out there. It’s obvious that even after a stream of awesome singles and a solid EP Dream Koala has only started to tap into his creative genius. At the rate he’s improving, he has a lot more amazing music to make. I got the chance to talk with Yndi, the man behind the koala, and turns out that Dream Koala is just as cool as his music is.
If you haven’t noticed yet, a new trend is sweeping through the electronic music scene. The rolling hi-hats and pitched 808 bass drums of Southern hip-hop’s trap music are infiltrating the electronic music scene, creating a genre that many are calling Future Trap. At the forefront of this genre is Boston’s extremely talented M|O|D crew which is a group of five young producers with similar ideas who have teamed up to make some incredible advances in the Future Trap genre. Recently I had the pleasure of talking to one of my favorite members of M|O|D, Trap Arnold. Trap Arnold’s eccentric and quirky nature doesn’t just come across in his music, but also his personality. Hit the jump to read my conversation with him in which we discuss his musical influences, the origins of M|O|D, and yoga pants among other things. Per usual, we left the interview pretty unedited and sprinkled some good tunes throughout for your listening pleasure.