Thursday, 2 December 2010

AC Interview

A.C. Exclusive Interview

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

Thanks Franko for the opportunity!

What’s your name and where you from?

My name is AC and I live in London.

What releases have you had out to date?

My first release was a limited press vinyl with Terra Slim and Eic Lau called 'In England', then my mix CD 'Human Trash' with Terra, then the album 'Broke' with Mentor Kolektiv, then 'Youthanasia: Escape from the land of the wastemen' with Terra and now this EP 'New Day' produced by Jabbathakut. I have also recently put out two EPs of my beats for MC’s and singers to use.

What’s your favourite part of being a rapper/MC?

My favourite part is either the recording process in the studio and hearing the end result after mixing etc or seeing a crowd get hyped up when I'm performing at a rave.

What do you think you bring to the table as an MC?

I bring humour, political opinions, different speeds of delivery and don't act like an arrogant wanker.

If you was not involved in music what do you think you would be doing?

I think I would be concentrating full-time on drawing cartoons and doing illustrations, or acting, since I just got a taste of that after taking part in a pilot for a TV program called 'Bad Karma'. If that all went wrong I’d be doing various hustles to stay alive.

Let’s talk about your current project. When’s it out? Can you tell who is involved?

It is out now! You can get it FREE from my bandcamp page: Jabbathakut has produced all the tracks, I met him thru my boy Genesis Elijah at a show we did in Southampton. Also I got Genesis and D21 from Black Mobb on the last track.

So what type of music do you listen to mostly?

I listen to allot of stuff, hiphop from the 90s, drum n bass and jungle, grime, dubstep, rnb, soul, jazz, classical music too.

Where would you like to see yourself 5 years from now?

I would like to have established a loyal fanbase and be throwing my own events with like-minded emcees, while doing more tours of other countries and working with artists all over the globe.

What have you been most proud of in your career so far?

Selling 40,000 cd’s on the street independently! That is why I am giving this EP away for Free, to celebrate that! The other things I am most proud of would be doing tours of Europe and India and getting into the top 10 on MTV Base, while still being an unsigned artist.

If you could pick one producer to work with in the world who would it be and why?

I don’t know you know that is very difficult to answer, maybe Dj Premier or Dre or Lil Jon, Pete Rock, Dj Quik, Heatmakerz.......

What’s your opinion on the current state of the charts?

The charts are a load of rubbish that I ignore. I don't pay attention to soulless, overly commercialized drivel. However I do like the occasional song that gets in the charts. I liked the beat to 'Pass Out ' and the beat to 'Frisky' still. The good thing is that there are allot of emcees in the charts, which gets the media noticing our music in general, but the labels make them change their style that made them popular in the first place for some reason.

How do you view Hip-Hop right about now?

I think there is allot of good music coming out and allot of rubbish coming out too. People say hiphop is dead if they just take what the mainstream is offering them, but if you look for what you want then you can still find it.

Would you like to see yourself in the top ten?

If I can put a track out that is real to me then yeah why not? However the fame it would bring would be a double edged sword so I don't know if I want that. I'd be happier being an underground name with a big fanbase.

What is your opinion on the current UK music scene?

The UK music scene is very good. Genres have been invented hear that other countries follow like Drum n Bass, Grime, UK Bhangra, Garage, Funky House etc. At the moment allot of artists are trying to do the mainstream commercial thing which I think they should be wary of as the industry is a horrible entity, that can ruin your life.

What’s next for you as an artist?

I have my album 'Keep it together' completed now. It is being mixed at the moment. I have done the first video for it and will be doing more soon. Then I will release it with allot of videos early next year.

Okay before you go please tell us how we can get your music and how people can get in
Touch with you.

You can get my music from my website, which also sells my designer clothing brand so check out the jackets and tee shirts! Also check out these pages:

Thanks for the interview! I wanna big up Tricksta my PR man and all the artists who sell/sold on road and create their own industry: my cousin JAY, DJ Amnesty, Execution Squodd, k-Sly and Chrissy (RIP), Mike GLC, D21, Stylah, D Raw, Darker, Daley Grinder, Genesis Elijah, Terra Slim, Wordsmith, Predator, Rizlo, KC, KJ, Rootsman, Navigator, Lexus, Shadowman, Luc Skyz, Kosha, Curt Composure, Final Element, EC, T Bizzle, Bate Nate, Breakbeat, Mr Drastick, Iron Braydz, Killa P, Tosh, Mohammad Yahya, Jungstas, Yeshuah, Rhyme Asylum and anyone else I forgot!

Interview by Franko Fraize

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