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Undercooked Beats – The Marc Handler Interview

mainProfile_smRarely do you find a musician so humble and skilled as Cape Town based emcee and producer, Marc Handler. Having grown up in two opposite ends of the planet he brings a unique flow and sense of style to SA with some LA underground flair. New to the scene he is progressing rapidly and doesn’t seem to be holding back, even if he is using a ‘vintage’ laptop, his trusty Akai MPK49 does a lot more than simply compensate. We sat down with Marc at his hometown lair in SeaPoint, to understand a little more behind the scenes and drink beer over a beat or two.

Denton: To kick this off tell us how you got into making beats and how long have you been producing?

Marc: I have been producing for probably about a yeah and half now. And I think I’ve always had music in me, like I’ve always had melodies playing in my head all day. I think it was always needed that I make beats, that I do something with it. I played guitar, and bass a bit and drums and this and that and I was in a band when I was younger, and I was really into a lot of punk music and you know growing up in LA there’s so much musical influence.

D: So what kind of influences outside of HipHop would you say fuel your passion for music at the moment?

M: I think just melody in general, and I can’t classify that to any kind of music. I really like the way HipHop borrows from every kind of genre and its constantly evolving which is exciting. HipHop has the potential to take from every genre and not just be a certain tempo, and its just going to grow and evolve and really its exciting like that. But I think all genres inspired me in some way or another like old Rock, Punk Rock, Jazz, some R&B; any great artist. Its not about the genre its about the individual.

D: You seem to have a very signature styled approach to your process, often making a solid beat in one sitting and swiftly moving onto the next, is there any reasoning behind this?

M: I’m very much inspiration based. I’ll sit down and get in a bit of a zone and put one melody down and try put another melody on top of it that’ll sound really good and some drums, and I’m always excited for the newness. I love 90s HipHop but I always want to hear whats new and whats current, and whats pushing the boundaries, or like what sounds really good and its coming from 17 / 18 / 19 year olds. So for me with music I kinda have a short attention span, which is a good and a bad thing. We all have the shortest attention span these days, its all about the little 30 second sound-bites and I think thats applied to music. I listen to something for 10 / 20 seconds and I’ll kinda know whether I like it or not. And sometimes I’ll be wrong. Sometimes if I give it another listen I will learn to like it and appreciate it for what it is. So I think the same applies for my music, I’m either feeling it or I’m not. And I might feel it for 4 or 5 hours and feel that its somewhat finished and then not really want to touch it again. And even though at another listening, I’ll be like ‘I could do this or I could do that’, the next time I sit down and do something I’d rather just start fresh and create something new.

D: The local scene seems very isolated and distant from whats happening out in Europe and the States – whats your take on this, and do you see it changing anytime soon?

M: This is a difficult question. I think because I lived half my life in LA and half my life here, but I grew up in LA I come from a different perceiving point. I think SA’s got so much potential talent and a lot of it doesn’t come to the surface because of economic problems, people don’t have the money to advance their talent and then certain people do have the money, and maybe their talent is not as good or whatever the case is, but I think there is huge potential and its only going to grow in SA and I think its going to get bigger and bigger.

D: Are there any local artists you would be down to collaborate with?

M: The one track I made with Petit Noir who is already doing his own thing, and is already pretty recognised overseas and plays huge concerts and festivals in the States. And he’s really got his own style, and when I have worked with him its been really awesome. Theres a guy Sol Pros who lives in my neighbourhood who really got me on the beat making tip, like I always wanted to do it, but he kinda gave me a half hour of his time to show me how to start if off. He’s been doing stuff for a while, he makes really cool shit.

D: Your beats have a very sombre and cool vibe too them, borderline melancholic – is there a particularly mood you want your listeners to feel or is it something deeper you expressing?

M: Its not necessarily about the emotion or particular mood, everybody is open to their own perception based on how they’re feeling at the time. For me its all about beauty, creating something beautiful and I think thats what all art is. Thats what artists are out here to do, to create beauty in this world. So for me its really about the melody. I don’t start a song and go for a particular theme or emotion, I maybe subconsciously do depending on my mood, but its really just about creating something thats really beautiful, just really good to the ear, and hooks you in. I like things that are catchy, but catchy maybe in a melancholic way or maybe in an emotional way, but I’m not trying to create any particular emotion, just trying to make something that will make you feel. And I think beautiful art makes people feel.

D: So are there any future projects in the pipelines?

M: Just to really keep making music. Should be doing more stuff with Petit Noir and I got couple friends in the States that Ive worked on stuff with. Definitely collaborations are on the table.

D: Peace

https://soundcloud.com/marc-handler


 

Willie Green - A Suite for Souled People

“A Suite For Souled People” – Brand New E.P. from Willie Green – Out Now!!

New York producer Willie Green just dropped his new E.P. called “A Suite For Souled People” focusing on and around the tragic events that happened in Ferguson, Missouri recently. It features Elucid, Curly Castro, and billy woods and is in our opinion, simply incredible. The powerful and emotive messages, and awe-inspiring production makes this a must have Project in 2014…
You can get your copy for free download right here:

“The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as Staten Island, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Los Angeles) have lifted a veil of comfortable ignorance across this country. The murder of Michael Brown, resultant cover up and egregious treatment of protesters has shown that the perception of Black people in America has changed little since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Americans live in a country where the oppressed are dehumanized and told to be quiet and gracious about their anger; and where the oppressors are harbored by our government and rewarded by our peers. Where the media warps facts to prove agendas against citizens and digital voices rush to play devil’s advocate to conceal their own bias. These are terrifying statements and not exaggerations. I’m no revolutionary. But I am someone who wants to look his children in the eyes and say when his country showed its worst, he did something”. – Paul “Willie Green” Womack, Sept. 15th, 2014

For more information and to stay in touch with Willie Green, check out:
http://www.williegreenmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WillieGreenMusic

Peace! ~dhh

Clipping - CLPPNG

“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree – New Official Music Video + Debut Album from clipping. – Out Now!

Check out this slick new video from clipping. for their track “Work Work (feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)” !!

This track is lifted from their album, CLPPNG. available for purchase right here:
Sub Pop https://megamart.subpop.com/artists/c…
Itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/clp…
Amazon http://amzn.com/B00IY30JVA

“CLPPNG is the debut album from LA based rap trio, clipping. for Sub Pop Records. Blending precise, quick fire vocals with caustic burst of noise, clipping. are classic west coast rap music from the tradition where sounding different wasn’t cause for fear”.

For more information and to keep up to date with clipping. this is where to look:
clipping. / Sub Pop –  https://www.subpop.com/artists/clipping
clipping. – Website http://www.itsclippingbitch.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/clppng
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clppng
On Tour https://www.subpop.com/artists/clippi…
Subscribe To Sub Pop’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/subpoprec…

Sub Pop Records http://www.subpop.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/subpop
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/subpoprecords
SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/subpop
Mega Mart https://megamart.subpop.com/

Peace! – dhh

MILO - A TOOTHPASTE SUBURB

“a toothpaste suburb” – Debut Album from milo – Out Now!

Today’s been a pretty huge day as far as new albums go, but wait..
we’re not quite done yet!!
Hellfyre Club emcee, milo just dropped his much anticipated debut full length album “a toothpaste suburb” and it’s officially available for purchase right here:

you can also purchase your copy via iTunes here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-toothpaste-suburb/id906568717

Here’s a little teaser video to give you a taste of what to expect:

“milo is a 22 year old rapper currently living in Chicago, IL”.

For more information and to keep up to date with Milo and his works, check out:
http://miloraps.com/
https://www.facebook.com/modestmilo
http://www.twitter.com/yomilo

Peace! ~dhh

Busdriver - Perfect hair

Busdriver’s – “Perfect Hair” – Brand New Album Out Now!!

Hot off the fresh! Very happy to be able to say that today Busdriver dropped his brand new and highly anticipated album “Perfect Hair” and you can grab yourself a copy right here!!!

There are also physical packages available here:
https://perfect-hair.bandcamp.com/album/perfect-hair 

“What would Gravity’s Rainbow sound like as a rap album? Here is an album which, if we may, reminds the listener of their whispered allegiances to fundamental realities. The brushstrokes are delicate, stabbing, pointed. The overwhelming crescendo they whirl towards may be one of bitterness, and rightfully so. There is also lightness. A black man is giggling and pointing at you. It may have everything and nothing to do with rap and one’s place in it. Humiliation, no longer a threat—but a reality, has been exhausted. Perfect Hair is what remains.
On Perfect Hair, Busdriver’s 8th official album, he defies the betted ante. The pieces, parts, sinews, synapses, synopses, passions, thrusts, and bits burst outward and realign of their own tremendous gravity in a dark and personal way. It is on this album that an OG announces his presence”.

For more information and to follow Busdriver, check out:
busdriverse.com

Peace! ~dhh

AMP LIVE - Headphone Conceto

“Headphone Concerto” – New Album from Amp Live – Out Now!

Amp Live recently dropped his epic new full legnth “Headphone Concerto” and true to the name, it is just that and so much more…
You can grab yourself a copy in various different formats right here:
AMP LIVE - Headphone Conceto Coverhttp://www.amplivesworld.com/

This album is a true syphonic journey of epic propotions and features the likes of The Grouch & Eligh,  Planet Asia, Dirty Cello & more!
Go get it..

All info about AMP Live is listed on his website:
http://www.amplivesworld.com/

Peace! ~dhh

Bus Driver - Ego -------

BUSDRIVER’s – “EGO DEATH” – New Song + Music Video ft. AESOP ROCK + DANNY BROWN (prod. by JEREMIAH JAE) – Out Now!

Word Up People!!

Check out the slick new video offering from Busdriver called “Ego Death” It’s produced by Jeremiah Jae and features none other than the likes Aesop Rock & Danny Brown!!! This is the first single off of Busdriver’s upcoming record, “Perfect Hair” due out September 8th via Big Dada! Check it out here:

You can pre-order the album via I-tunes now and get a download of “Ego Death” here!!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/per…

For more infor and to follow Busdriver, check out:
https://twitter.com/Busdriverr
http://instagram.com/busdriverr
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Busdri…
http://busdriverse.com/
#driver #hellfyreclub #perfecthair2014

produced by Jeremiah Jae (Warp/Black Jungle)
http://jeremiah-jae.com/
featuring Aesop Rock (Rhymesayers)
http://aesoprock.com/
and Danny Brown (Fool’s Good/Bruiser Brigade)
http://xdannyxbrownx.com/
Video – dir: Strangeloop (Brainfeeder, Teaching Machine)
http://www.strangelooptv.com/

Peace! ~dhh

besatree - the disolve

“The Dissolve” – A Brand New Music Video from Besatree + Interview – Out Now!!

Sup all! Hope the week is treating you well..

Check out this awesome video from Besatree for his brand new track “The Disolve”!!!

I thought we could switch it up a little and get the man himself to answer a few questions about the track and his music in general.. Big thanks to him for getting involved.
Check it out here:

What was the inspiration for this track/ video?
544291_10151340453834685_418931249_nBESATREE: Couple of things actually, one major factor was the loss of being a “stepdad”. Although it is a breakup track, for me the emphasis of loss is on no longer being in contact with my ex’s son who I helped raise from age 0-5. I have no legal ties or anything so I just stay stuck on the sidelines. It’s also about moving from a home that I really like. I lived here with a family, now I live here with a 6lb dog hahahaha so I need something more practical… on the same note tho, I feel devastated. So, that’s why the video release date is the last day of me staying here.  If you don’t mind us asking; what is your weapon of choice when it comes to production?BESATREE: No problem. I use Ableton Live for the majority of things. Big fan.

When can we expect a Besatree full length?
BESATREE: Honestly, probably a year out before I even am thinking about anything like that. Right now, I’m in singles/video mode. I am finding the artistic experience much more intriguing and enjoyable to go through the entire process of really making something stand out for just one track. First, making something worthy of a video… then, the whole video process is just another entire realm. Also, I come from doing albums all the time so it’s just a good change of pace for me right now.

Who are your greatest influences as an artist?
BESATREE: Resilient people. Emotions can just take over my whole fucking life so quickly. Resilience is admirable to say the least.

If you could work with any producer in the world, who would it be?
BESATREE: Maybe Think from the UK or Equalibrum…. Probably not someone everyone’s already heard… make our own waves.

Your dream collaboration..?
BESATREE: Das Racist

Any plans of touring soon; where are you planning on visiting?
BESATREE: No laid out plans as of yet. A few misc out of state shows but no tour or anything as of now. The Dissolve is not just a track for me… it’s the journal entry to my life right now, and right now… shit’s in shambles and I’ve got some pickup to do… Huge Thanks to DoHipHop for talking with me on the video/track, appreciate you guys. Big love also to my fellow cohorts: Supremeneckprotecta and Gadzooks / Red Pillgrimage.

It’s only a pleasure man; Keep up the great work!!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his last album “The Soiled” available for here:

For more information and to stay in touch with Besatree, check out:
http://besatree.com
http://twitter.com/besatree
http://facebook.com/besatree
http://soundcloud.com/besatree

Peace! ~dhh

besatree cantthink

“Can’t Think” – New Single from Besatree – Out Now!!

Check out this simply stunning track from Besatree called “Can’t Think”!!

“Can’t Think” is a song about growing older and the wear and tear we as humans take in doing so… More specifically it’s about Besatree slowly losing his hearing… and his mind as a result. Probably the single most scary thought for any passionate musician or music lover. Really loved the overall result and message of this track and I’ve had it on prominent rotation since I first heard it.

For more information about Besatree check out:
http://besatree.com/

Enjoy! ~dhh

The Haze

“Rogue” – Brand New Music Video from THE HAZE – Out Now!

Hot off the fresh!! Check out this awesome new video from The Haze for their track “Rogue”:

Buy the song or full album here (merch also available):
http://thehaze.net (physicals, digi-downloads, merch)

THEHAZE
Besatree (of CLDMKRS) & Kid Presentable!!! (of CLDMKRS).
Produced by: Haunted Days & Witch’s Teat

Directed by: MudsOne

We also shared some thoughts on the full project here:
The Haze: Album Launch

For more info, this is where to look:
Besatree: http://twitter.com/besatree
Kid Presentable!!!: http://twitter.com/kid_presentable
Haunted Days/Witch’s Teat:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Haunte…

Enjoy! ~dhh