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Fresh Produce // HIGH KLASSIFIED (Part 2)

HighKlassified

In the second and final part of Wat You Sayin’s interview with rising Canadian Producer High Klassified, he talks about his rapper brothers, his love of The Neptunes and why upping your swag is important in this age.

In the last two years, there seems to be a very strong Southern hip-hop element across electronica and hip-hop itself. What’s your take on it and has it subconsciously influenced your music?

I used to listen to a lot of A$AP Rocky and I had a laidback beat flavour a couple of months ago but now I just go with the flow. I don’t know if I had a lot of inspirations but I used to listen to a lot of Neptunes and use their chords. I don’t really like listening to EDM Trap which sounds like Hardcore.  I’m more into keeping that real Trap flavour from the US, as there’s a hip-hop trap and there’s a dubstep trap but I listen to a lot trap artists like Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane.

It’s funny you mention the Neptunes as they’re my favourite producers too. What are your favourite tracks from them?

Yeah it’s kinda recent and it’s called Gone Away by Joe with Pharrell on the hook and it’s a pretty great track. I really love Cot Damn and everything they did with Jay-Z and for Toni Braxton.

Toni Braxton and Loon – On The Freeway?

[laughs] Yeah Yeah!

Toni Braxton & Loon – On The Freeway

That’s a sick track. You know The Neptunes Presents Clones is almost ten years old?

What?!… Wow.

It’s making me feel old man!

[laughs] Word

You’ve worked with rappers BB-Boy  and Green Hypnotic and I’ve listened to k-os, K’naan and the more obvious example in Drake. What’s the rap scene like in Canada and is there anyone I should be looking out for? 

BB-Boy and Green are my brothers.

Oh really?

Yeah. Actually Green is pretty much doing his thing now. I don’t really follow the hip-hop scene, there are a couple of local artists and don’t know about anyone whose about to blow but there is a pretty good artist in Montreal called I.Blast and he’s doing his thing.

I.Blast – Money Is A Drug

Your recent beattape artwork evokes an ethereal feel almost like you’re a glutton for the galaxy.

I’m more into world stuff that looks like the galaxy and a greater space image.

That personifies itself on the following tape ‘Neo ReFlexion’, which was shorter than Flexury as well. Was that more a case of you wanting to release music or just to keep eardrums fresh about your output?

I had some mixing problems with Flexury, as I had just started using Ableton and there were a couple of problems with the software. There’s a normalizer when I render my beats and shit, so Flexury had some mixing problems concerning the mastering. I just dropped Neo Reflexion to show that there was an improvement in the mixing and to have a tape which was a laidback flavour. As Flexury was a taste of both, there are quick beats, slow beats, hard beats, soft beats and my next one is going to be more aggressive.

High-Klassified – Neo ReFlexion

When you say aggressive, does that entail more rappers being involved or improving the vocal sampling?

I’m gonna do both. I’ve got this track called Scopola which is a really hard upper Calyptic track and I’m gonna do a visual for it and drop it. I’ve got some beats with voice samples too but right now I’m really into faster trap beats.

When will you release something new?

Actually in two weeks, a beat called the BabyFace. It’s a kinda soulful trap and I might drop it, as it’s getting a bit warmer. It’s Summer Trap and hopefully next month drop the visual for my next beat Scopola.

Have you already filmed it?

We just had a meeting last week to film it, so we’re gonna start this weekend and I’ll shortly be doing a 20 min mix for Music Is My Sanctuary.

When are you crossing the pond i.e Flexin’ in London ?

I’m playing in LA at Low End Theory next month with Beat Cinema but it’s not confirmed yet. So from there, I’m gonna peep for bookings in London after that!

Are you doing any festivals in the summer?

I’m doing all the festivals in Montreal and Quebec and that’s about it.

No doubt someone will pick you up.

Word. No Doubt.

The producer is gaining more prominence than a vocalist in recent times and people have a genuine interest in finding out a great deluge more information on those behind the scenes. How do you feel about that?

With the internet now, it’s harder to be an artist as you gotta be a good artist and a good-looking artist [laughs]

[laughs] Is that why you got the swag going on?

Yeah my agent is really making me understand how important it is for an artist to have a good image and to be musically good too, as this is what will make me look different from the others. There are a lot of good artists but there are also a lot of SoundCloud stars too. So you have to show yourself, make visuals for beats and take good pictures for people to relate to me.

Are you still in college?

Yeah

How do you balance the books and the beats?

It’s pretty hard…I don’t sleep a lot. Music is my job too, so I have to finish beats for clients and then wake up and go to school at like 6 in the morning and I come home at 6 at night to work. It’s kinda hard but I’m almost done with college, so I just can’t wait to get done with that.

Are you at all surprised by the reception Kaytranada has received?

He has worked for it and really deserves it for real. He’s a really good DJ and a good producer.

Are you guys going to collaborate again soon?

We collab a lot and we’re playing a night together soon. We’re really good friends and I think he’s doing a Euro tour next month too.

I’ll have to get down to that. Are there any new tunes I should be on the lookout for?

Dilemma by Mr Carmack and LongliveASAP (Lakim Trap Refix)

Dilemma – Mr Carmack

A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP (Lakim Trap Refix)

Hopscotch by him is a banger as well.

Yeah he’s good.

Is he from America?

I think so but his Twitter is not so clear.

You’ve got an agent and dress fly too but some producers prefer to be anonymous and let the music do the talking. Do you reckon you’ll ever do that?

I’m really like into having attention and fashion, so I like playing with my image differently from other producers. Some like to be low-key, others like to have good swag but not a super fashion swag like me. I just like to go out and when I play I just like to go nuts and vibe out which is cool.

Thanks for giving me your time after this long Tom & Jerry chase.

Word Man. Take it easy.

BONUS READING: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/booty-bakery-feature

For more info on High-Klass, follow him on Twitter @HighKlassified  and check out his SoundCloud


INTERVIEW // DE LA SOUL’S PLUG 1 AND PLUG 2 AKA FIRST SERVE

I recently had the p-p-pleasure of interviewing Plug 1 and Plug 2 from the legendary Hip-Hop trio De La Soul. The duo talk about their new project First Serve, “fuckin” with the glass jawed hood terminator 50 Cent and the pitfalls of lapping up fame quicker than a piece of silver being scrabbled in an inner-city school playground.

Peep the LIVE Magazine interview here: http://www.live-magazine.co.uk/2012/02/music-de-la-soul-first-come-first-serve/

and the video for ‘Must B The Music’, the first song off the First Serve LP below:

Enjoy


One To Watch Interview // Harry Craze

Credit:Deep Medi Musik

DEEP MEDi artist and Anti-Social Entertainment co – founder Harry Craze is currently in the studio effortlessly crafting deep layered bass riddims doused in the realms of soul and hip hop. Whilst upholding the underground preserve via jungle, garage and house (to name a few) Quite simply the fella is a don. He rarely does interviews but I managed to find out more about the method behind the madness (as it were) As one half of production duo Craze and Hoax, he’s worked on remixes and created for homegrown artists such as Wiley, Tinie Tempah and Jamie T.I talk to him about his talented West London collective, fondness for the late J Dilla and why the ubiquity of the mainstream can be a double-edged sword.

Can you give us some background info for those who aren’t familiar with what you do?

I’m a producer from West London and I’m part of Antisocial along with Quest, Silkie, Mizz Beats, Jay 5ive and Razor. I’m currently making music as part of Craze and Hoax!

How did you assume the moniker Harry Craze?

My dad thought it would be funny to just call me that…so from birth (…its my real name)

*facepalm*

What’s your earliest memory of music in a performing or listening capacity?

Leonard Cohen asking my dad to play the tape with the banana man on the front (there was a weird synthy album called “I’m Your Man” he did)

From a listening perspective, I’d say making up a tune on this tiny keyboard i had while playing some mad imaginary game.

Along with Silkie you laid the foundations for the ‘Anti-Social Entertainment’ Crew. What was the main inspiration behind it and what does it personify?

Silks just had this idea to start a crew…of course I was down, I don’t know what it personifies but it’s all love we are a group of friends that make music, whatever it might be.

The first time I heard anything from your discography was on Antisocial’s Copenhagen OHOI! Mix in August ’09 and your track ‘Wa6’ was sombre and seminal respite on the live recording. Do you enjoy the live dominion away from the studio?

I love doing stuff in the live dominion it’s probably my favourite dominion!! 🙂  although my tunes probably work better on a listening level, i think that changes though the more you play out.

What is it like playing in a place like Denmark which has such a strong bass resonance with the likes of 2000F, JKamata and RUF?

It was fantastic, the crowd are hungry for real original music. ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is‘ is a FAV I love that G’d up 808 funk

They appear to be inspired by Zapp and Parliament via pitch-bending synths, and echoey voiceboxs of the early 80’s funk aesthetic. Your style of production has been compared to J Dilla’s harmonious synth riffs; sparse samples and subtle bass. Is Hip- Hop a primary influence on your output?

Yeah that’s crazy someone said that because I love Dilla.

Hip-Hop is a big influence. The approach of sampling getting a loop and perfecting it is definitely a big part of making music. I like listening to all kinds of music though especially weird soundtracks and things i’d like to sample because they have some sick ideas in them and if you only listen to what everyone else is doing it can get a bit boring.

On the Real Love EP, you worked with Anti-Social compatriot Quest on the shuffling Jazz inspired title track. How do you find a medium when collaborating for releases on Breaking The Habit (Anti Social’s record label)? Is there a particular brief running through your heads whilst producing?

I used to live in this house and it was like Antisocial HQ for a bit, a lot of tunes were made there like ‘Head Butt Da Deck’, ‘Eden’ and ‘Real Love’. Quest and I were just vibing out chatting shit and made a tune. There ain’t no brief though…. just making tunes.

How did it feel like signing to a well respected bass label in the form of DEEP MEDi?

I felt very blessed that someone (Deep Medi boss and dubstep pioneer Mala) i respected so much put his faith in me and to be on a label with some amazing people on is very sick.

What’s your production set up like?

My old production set up consisted of mpc samples, triton, fruityloops, guitars and bass.

My current setup is shared with hoax and is logic,triton,mini korg, guitars, percussion and loads of plugins especially kontakt patches. I want stuff to sound like a movie. It’s cool but I want an mpc again though.

Unlike a plethora of genres, Dubstep is impossible to classify with the versatile nature of production having their roots elsewhere. Yet, as per the major labels attempt to homogenise underground music for the mainstream. What are your thoughts on this trending topic?

Wow… I’ll try and keep this short.

We’ve been in this since 2002-3, when what people were calling dubstep was like this weird sort of garage like loads of congas and subs…maybe a wobble if your lucky, it was proper tribal though.

Year after year it gets more successful..it’s just a natural progression.

With all these pop artists battering the sound now, there’s also loads of fresh music coming out inspired by dubstep and the sound is just evolving faaast. As long as we all focus on making honest music it’s all good.

That response was informative and on point like a decimal. Do you have any forthcoming releases or projects lined up?

YES. These days I’m working alongside my long time friend and amazing producer Hoax, we’ve got a tune ‘Wait For Me’ coming out on Break The Habit as Craze and Hoax.

“Jesus Sandal” Weather a.k.a Festival Season is slowly creeping up on us again. Are there any bassweight bangers we should keep an ear out for?

SILKIES album is a Banger…and a new bit he played me the other day…i don’t even know if i can say the name but its the Future. Mizz beats has some 8bit gameboy jazz Bangers. Quest has got some sick tunes…just look out for Antisocial at the festivals we got the remedy.

Shish or Doner?

SHISH all day baby!!!

KA or Ginger Beer?

Ginger beer… R U MAD

Colonel Gaddafi or David Batty?

Gaddafi

Danke Schon, Mr Craze.

Peace

Craze and Hoax release ‘Wait For Me’ in late July on Break The Habit.

Catch the Anti Social Crew on Rinse FM every Saturday via their new slot from 5 to 7 pm on 106.8 FM.


Interview // Beardyman

In anticipation for his upcoming UK tour and forthcoming debut I Done A Album LP, I interviewed Sound Engineer Beardyman  for  TLOBF.

Have a Frank below:

http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/2011/02/tlobf-interview-beardyman/