Tuesday, 31 August 2010



Thank you for taking your time out to do this exclusive interview.

You are very welcome!! xx

What’s your name and where are you from?

Miss Tofelees and I am from Leeds/Huddersfield. Currently in Leeds, back in Huddersfield in August.

What are you most proud of in your career so far?

Creating some sick tunes with some talented artists. The Life and the Music Series with Big Si and “Walk with a Homless Genius” released on DTTS soon. Check my facebook page – Miss Tofelees for tunes with Dabbla of London Zoo, Manny Moscow and Big Cakes, to name a couple.

Who is the most impressive person you have worked with either mc wise or production?

Dabbla, Big Cakes, Homeless Genius and Big Si and Belinda Hards. All very special vocalists.

What would you be if it wasn’t for music?

Probably very depressed, perhaps sectioned in a mental hospital.

Where do you want to be in five years?

Anywhere in the world so long as I am “wealthy” and have a good relationship with my child.

What do you have coming out?

Walk with a Homeless Genius by Homeless Genius released on DTTS coming very soon.

What is your o pi nion on the UK music scene?

At first I was a bit disappointed that everyone who has made it “big” seems to be rapping over dance music with quite shallow lyrics. But I have been really listening and there is a lot of diversity. Plan B raps over soul a little with an interesting concept and Tinioe Tempah uses Drum n Bass rhythms etc. I love the underground scene, there is some amazing music by some very passionate and genuine people. The underground is the blueprint for more commercial tunes I think.

Would you ever consider compromising your sound in order to make money for example working with a major label to produce a 'pop' tune?

I think there is plenty of opportunity for the most skilled producers to make a bit of dough and work on projects they more genuinely feel. I have the utmost respect for Cee Lo and was shocked to hear he produced the tune for the Pussycat Dolls “Dont cha?”.The most ideal situation is for a producer’s unique sound to become the most wanted thing in pop – the Neptunes, Alchemist, 9th Wonda, DJ Premier, Jay Dee have all done pop tunes without compromising their style. It is possible if you are a genius!!

If you could pick anyone to get on a beat of yours who would it be?

Hmmmm, someone like MF Doom because he is so unique, so creative, quite zany, very funny! Or maybe Plug One from De La Soul because he is extremely wise and intelligent and uses metaphors and symbolism well.

What type of music do you mostly listen to?

On the way to work I mostly listen to the latest free downloads from other artists usually more successful than me so I can hopefully learn something. Then at home I spend hours listening to old music looking for amazing samples.

What are your thoughts on other rappers jum pi ng on your beats without permission for things such as mixtapes or You Tube videos?

Well I do think it is quite rude, but fortunately I have never come across this situation before. I would like to think most people who have used my beats have told me, it would be good karma. I have no evidence of this ever happening fortunately.

Have you ever rapped or considered rap pi ng particularly over your own beats?

I did the odd rap a few years ago, and some poetry, but I have decided to focus on becoming a master at hiphop production. I totally love the challenge.

Do you prefer to produce tunes with samples or do you prefer to not use any?

I actually prefer samples because I love the romantic, nostalgic aspect of hiphop – it all started with two turntables and an amazing break. I love bringing that essence to my hiphop beats.

What was the last track or album you bought?

I bought five Slave albums for £18 from HMV. Bargain. Also a Roy Ayres album from Jumbo in Leeds for £12. Average price.

How do you go about starting a tune?

Listening to loads of music finding amazing samples. That’s how I start.

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