“Addicted” is an all new mixtape from Hemingway!!
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Rarely 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.
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
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:
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:
Al’Tarba just dropped this incredibly fresh new video for his track “Just Like Ants”!!! Check it out here:
This track is lifted from his upcoming album “Let the Ghost’s Sing” due to drop in October 2014, so best be on the lookout for that!!!
for more information and to stay in touch with Al’Tarba, check him out here:
I happened to come across this incredible, somewhat scary music video for Tobacco’s track “Streaker”!!! Check it out:
This is track is from Tobacco’s new project “Ultima II Massage” due out a little later this month… however, the 2 most limited formats are already sold out!
You can Pre-order the project here:
Also, e sure to stay in touch with Tobacco here:
Enjoy! ~ dhh
Al’Tarba just dropped this awesome new Video for his title track and EP “The Sleeping Camp”… Check it out here!!
As a turning point in a search for sounds with darker moods, this new EP is the introduction of his new album “Let the Ghosts Sing” due for release later this year!
You can get your copy here:
“The Sleeping Camp securities and Dusty Signal present ghostly atmospheres that will haunt future album Toulouse. With its misty and dreamlike songs, The Sleeping Camp returns to the world of gypsies and the magic. References can be found through the guitars and synthesizers on the heady title Dusty Signal. With this EP Al’Tarba invokes the ghosts who are awake on the future album. The new song “Hey Boys or ” n is a tribute to the collaboration initiated with live DJ Nix’On past year. Indeed it brings its scratches which have the effect of boosting the title and offered him a summer flavour. Al’Tarba but do not forget his first love , featuring the Dirt Platoon returns on a hip- hop and hardcore rough bases with flows that make violence. This EP also announced the release of two clips that are in the general spirit developed by Al’Tarba over 4 tracks”.
Really excited that this EP is here and I really can’t wait for the full album!
How bout something fresh to kick your weekend into gear?…
Well, here you go!! “Forever” is the debut single from the California bred, hip hop duo Grand Opus, made up of Joc Scholar (emcee) & Centric (producer). Check it out here:
“In the vein of Pete Rock & C.L Smooth, Reflection Eternal, Gang Starr and other legendary hip-hop MC/Producer duos, Grand Opus is a newly formed California based group, and the nostalgia-inducing ‘Forever’ is their introduction single. Joc Scholar, MC from Fresno and Bay-Area producer Centric (Sean Price, Kool G Rap, Rapper Big Pooh, Wordsmith), join forces to create a timeless offering, letting listeners know that hip-hop is very much alive on the West Coast”.
Someone say fresh?? well, this is just incredible in my opinion!!!
SONS OF BITCHES is the latest offering from the one and only Buddy Peace; his ‘ultramix’ of the entire ‘Bitches Brew’ / ‘On The Corner’ sessions by Miles Davis!
I also see there’s only two physical copies left, so you best get on that!
He disassembled every single track and reassembled the 4200 chops into 2 x 30 minute productions. The first part is ‘Sons Of Bitches’ – the Bitches Brew sessions megamix. The second is ‘Ten Horn Core’ – the On The Corner sessions megamix.
for more information on Buddy Peace and his woks this is the space: