Posts tagged ‘Leeds’
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
That is a difficult question. Musically, the soul jazz experimentation of the 1970s resonates with me and the ‘Golden age’ Hip-Hop era in the early 1990s are huge influences on how I express myself. But that’s just how it comes out. What comes out is inspired by life; God, social justice, love, frustrations, inner struggles…. Y’know, life… I just try and give an honest portrayal of what is inspiring me and hope that it inspires others.
How and when did you get into making music?
Well, I never thought I’d end up in music. Though I am grateful very I am. I started writing rhymes when I was 14 and heard the music coming from my big brother’s room. He was listening to De La Soul. “De La Soul Is Dead” was the album, it was on an old cassette which I ended up ‘borrowing’ for a decade or so. I read an interview with Mos Def once, who said it was his favourite album of all time. Its definitely up there. A few years later I came across a little known group called Freedom of Soul from Califonia. I found the new sounds I heard really innovative, funny, moving and deep. So inspired, I started writing rhymes.
Around the the same time I started to teach myself the blues on an old piano during my lunchbreaks at school and trying to work out my own chords and stuff. So by the time I went to University I had already written the music and rhymes to two songs. There I met a musician (an actual trained musician) and we started a live Hip-Hop band called Homecut Directive. After that finished in 2001, it just became me, Homecut. Then I begun the journey of learning how to produce. And that’s a whole other part of making music.
What’s your favourite place in your town?
My favourite place is a club called The Hi-Fi Club in Leeds where I live. Every Sunday night they have live music. Its a great night with a real mix of people all getting down to soul/jazz type acts. Great DJs too. Lovely vibe.
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
If there was no music in the world???? I’m really not sure. Something creative. Write I guess. I write (poems, short stories) a little already
What was the last record you bought?
Nu Amerykah Part 2. Erykah Badu’s last joint. I just buy everything she does. Standard. She’s one of the few big names in her genre that is still pushing the boundaries.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I’d love to work with British soul singer Omar. American singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens too. There’s also a incredible Scottish guy called John McCallum who’s on tour with Corinne Bailey Rae right now who I think has an incredible voice and great musicianship. I’m very grateful to have collabed with Corinne twice already otherwise she’d be up there too! She’s got an serious musical brain and her last album is a classic in my opinion.
What was the best gig you’ve seen (as performer or spectator)?
There’s been a few. One of the most significant for me was seeing Gil Scott-Heron in 1996 in Manchester at a very intimate venue. Its was so hypnotic. His presence was amazing. I can remember he performed a song called “Other Side” and you could feel his struggles coming through, it was emotional. We (the audience) felt like were battling through too. It was a spiritual experience. An overused expression, but it was for me. …Also, it was deeply funky. I was around 18 years old and after that I bought as many of his albums as I could.