Answers to questions Vol. 8

As usual, Keep the questions coming either in these comments or by email (
Let’s goooo….

-What do you think of Canada? And for that matter Canadians in general.
Actually wouldn’t mind your view on the hip hop situation in Canada at the moment either.

Ahh…a three parter. Lemme break this down.
Canada, the place:
I’ve been to Canada a bunch of times. The thing is, it’s always been to Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. Because of this, I actually think Canada is pretty awesome. Vancouver is full of junkies and has an air of that Pacific northwest hippie vibe I’m not crazy about but it’s a cool city with great food. Toronto is like if New York was sterile , slightly boring and filled with nice people. That’s not even a diss. I like Toronto a lot. Montreal is like Greenwich Village but in france. I love it. While the language barrier actually being a problem can get annoying , it’s a small price to pay.
Pound for pound, it’s got the most hot girls I’ve ever seen. Which is funny considering the dudes these girls date. It very well may be the lopsided couple capitol of the world. A place where the most jaw droppingly hot girl will date some skinny dork wearing cargo shorts, block socks and sandals. So, yeah, I’m actually a fan of canada. If New York got blown off the map and I somehow survived, I’d take a serious look into Toronto or Montreal as my new home.

Canada, The people:
Hands down the nicest people ever. I’ve written about this before actually. It’s the kinda niceness that is almost unsettling. This excludes the french Canadian assholes but that’s obvious. Pretty much every canadian I have met is sweet and down to have fun. They’re slightly off at times but the genuine kindness of their personality seems to make up for it.

Canada, The rap music:
Hmmm…well…I liked Maestro Fresh Wes. I guess Choclair had some moments. Sorry guys, but 95% of the rap made in Canada is REALLY bad. The worst culprit is the underground white guy shit you guys make cause it’s taking crackerness to new heights. There is something about hearing words rapped in that canadian accent that is just painful. It’s like a “fargo” accent but worse and should not apply to rapping ever. While I do see some of these artists contain wit and decent ideas , it just sounds so wrong to me. Some people just shouldn’t be rapping. It all comes off as very second hand to me. Don’t get me wrong, there are exceptions , they’re just few and far between. But , to be fair, most rappers in general suck so that 95% rating isn’t even that bad.

– Preferred headphones for studio? For walking around?

I tend to use monitors in the studio. I’ve never been a headphone guy. As for walking around, I use earbuds. I had those Bose ones but, to be honest, I didn’t like them. They always fell out of my ears and the rubber things would fall off all the time. Nowadays,I just buy these $30 sony earbuds. They do the job. I also tend to lose earbuds a lot so I’m not trying to spend mad money on something like that. I’m a creature of simplicity and ear phones that are “good enough” , are fine by me.

– Have you ever fired a gun?
Not a real one. I’ve shot BB guns and shit. I’ve held guns. I’ve had one pressed into my ribcage. I’ve just never shot one. It hasn’t really come up much in my life. Not a lot of casual gun owners round these parts. They either have a gun and need it for beef or they don’t have a gun.

– Have you ever been fired?
Kinda but not really. The types of jobs I had when I used to work were bullshit. I worked behind counters at food places, in the cd section of a record store, as a security guard at a video store/record store. All those things were so easy, it would be hard to get fired unless I really wanted to. However, what I did do was steal from every job. My music collection tripled by working at the cd/record store when I was 18. Eventually, I quit. About a month later, I wanted to go back and inquired about being rehired. The dude looked at me like I was crazy and said the spot had been filled. Right there, I knew he wasn’t as dumb as I thought and was on to the fact that I had been raping his stock room for months. So, I guess not being asked back is as close as it got.

– Would you write a beat for a Justin Bieber song?
Depends. If my name was nowhere near it and I got paid a ridiculous amount of money, I’d consider it. Times are tough on the music industry. Something like that could pay my bills for years. As long as it was nameless, why not?

– Have you ever walked out of a movie in a theatre?
Twice. One time , when I was very young, I walked out of the movie “The Burbs”. I must have really hated it or something. To this day, I don’t recall why and have no idea what that movie is about. Hell, it might be really good. I have no clue.
The other one is slightly more embarrassing. I was in my late teens and going through that phase were you try and watch as many art films as you can. It’s was a boring night and my homeboy and I were looking through the paper for any movie we could see. He read a review for this movie called “Super 8 and half”. The review described it as a comedy about a porn star trying to make a comeback. The titled should have tipped us off but I think we both thought it was a reference to a camera , not a penis. Anyway, we went to see it and ,to our dismay, it was basically a gay porn movie with jokes thrown in. About ten minutes in, we were both pretty uncomfortable and wanted to bounce but the theater was packed and we both felt weird that if we left, people might be offended. I know, that’s a weird way to look at it but the idea of all eyes on us leaving the theater was somehow an issue. We tried to tough it out but by the second blow job scene it was too much. We ran out of there , to a sea of eye rolls from the rest of the audience. I think that was the last time I let that friend pick the movie and , from that point on , if i was going to see some art house movie, there would be research involved.

– Do you eat bacon?
Of course I do. What kind of pussy do you think I am?
Bacon is the ultimate case against vegetarianism. I defy anyone to eat really well made bacon and not like it.

– When’s the last time you threw up?
It’s been so long, I honestly don’t remember. I reached a point a long time ago where I decided to be very strict with myself about when to stop drinking. While I still get wasted on occasion, I never have that one drink that puts me over. I never drink liquor after 2 am. I avoid shots in general (though they happen sometimes). I drink water when I’m done with the alcohol. These things have kept me from barfing for pretty much the last ten years. I forget what year it was, but one new years eve a while back, i decided I’d drink captain morgan’s for the evening. That worked, as I got obliterated. So obliterated, I thought smoking a blunt with hash would be a brilliant idea. About 10 minutes after that, I was in the bathroom , hurling my brains out. Somehow, I still had the presence of mind to take a comedic picture of the barf filled toilet so I could capture the memory. Unfortunately, after that, it was a wrap and I spent the next four hours hovering over the kitchen sink, barfing and sweating, unable to move anywhere else. A friend of mine saved the day by throwing me in a cab with 20 bucks in my pocket. I don’t even remember what happened but a lesson had been learned.
The thing is, I’m not the type of drinker who has that blackout area. I’m either drunk, wasted, or vomiting. There’s no middle part when I’m shit faced and doing crazy shit I don’t remember but , eventually, I’m ok. Because of this, I follow those rules I listed above.

– Thoughts on the current cast of SNL.
They’ve got some Ok people. I’m down with Sandberg , Bill hader and Armisen. The rest I cant really differentiate. I’ve seen a few of the new episodes and the writing has sucked but there’s this one girl (the one who does the Miley Cyrus skit) who is fucking awesome. I don’t know here name but she’s definitely the best new cast member.

– How many pairs of shoes do you own?
If I count old basketball kicks I don’t use anymore , this number goes up but I’ll say about 5 pairs.
I recently threw out a pair cause I stepped in so much dog shit , the prospect of cleaning them off simply wasn’t worth it.

– When’s the last time you wore a suit and tie?
A wedding this past fall. Pretty much the only time I ever wear suits are for weddings and funerals. Kinda fitting.

– Do you still wear any clothing you rocked while you were in high school?

I’m afraid those days are long gone. I dunno how well my Girbauds and Carpenter pants would go over now. However, I do still have the same pair of beef and broccoli Timberlands that I break out when it snows. They’re a half size too small but they get the job done.

– if you could go back to school for anything, what would you go for?

God, I hated school. There is really no subject or “thing” I’d ever want to revisit. I could say I’d wanna go for becoming a shrink or something but the reality of work I’d have to do really puts a damper on that.
That said, if I could, I’d probably go back in time , to high school , and just go to a completely different school altogether. My High school was the fucking worst. Not in terms of it being violent, but as a place of learning, it just failed. I can’t say I would have excelled in any school but the one I did go to was the worst possible place for me to end up ever. I fed into my laziness and leanings towards cheating.

– On a scale of 1-10, how much do you give a shit about politics?

It’s hard to say. I really don’t keep up on politics. I don’t read the paper or watch the news. All that happens around me, in that realm, is very much in the air. i’m aware of it but not really paying close attention. But I certainly do have opinions on things based in politics. I’d like to say my ignorance of the news is cause I’m taking a stand against the corporate blah blah blah…but really it just doesn’t interest me. What’s gonna happen is gonna happen regardless if I watch the news. If the end of days is coming, I’d appreciate the heads up but otherwise, it’s business as usual.
So, I’mma say a 4.7

21 thoughts on “Answers to questions Vol. 8

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  2. I remember seeing a Ninja Tune show in Toronto years ago that was headlined by Amon Tobin and Kid Koala. I got there and saw you spinning Aesop beats(didn’t know you produced those beats at the time). I bought Music for Cavelight at the merch booth that night and have been a fan ever since. Thanks for having love for Canada.

      • Do you like Amon Tobin’s musical style? I can never quite put my finger on your feelings towards electronica.

      • I’ll just answer this here. Amon is pretty much a genius. The shit he does, production-wise is so far beyond my comprehension, I don’t even wanna get into it. I like his mellower stuff more , but that’s just the kind of ear I have. That said, I don’t really listen to any electronic music. I certainly appreciate it and see why people like it but i need some sort of vocals involved to keep me interested. Ironic, I know, but i’ve always been that way. Even when I used to listen to lots of jazz, I ended up seeking out the vocalists. Go figure.

  3. dude i like your music alot but the more i read about u as a person i come to realize you’re a pretty lame individual. but keep making music.

      • really? darn i was trying to hide behind a screen name :/ u failed to mention that i am also sixsev. hense (but the more i read). and maybe i should rephrase that comment …due to the fact that you’re music has been in my life since about 05 early 06 i thought it was pretty dope that u actually reply on here.. but BASED ON some of the lame shit you post im really not as interested in you as a person as im interested in your work. thats a bit nicer sorry dude i didnt mean to offend you keep doing your thing like i said ive dug your shit for quite a while. and my opinion of your personality is completely based on your posts which means i can also be absolutely wrong about u.

      • I mean, dude, you’re entitled to your opinion of the shit I write on here. But if you don’t like it, why read it? I’ve gotten a lot of criticisms about this blog (tons) but me being “lame” is definitely not one that ever has come up. I think that’s why is struck me as odd.
        But , hey, support the music and I really don’t give a shit. Chances are, if you think i’m lame, i’d very likely think the same about you. So, we both win.

  4. like i explained above ive read it due to my interest in your music. and i took back the part about me calling u lame in the comment before this.. but this is going nowhere good luck and safe travels. peace

    • that’s funny, because i came to this blog after getting ‘the music scene’ album, and am kind of the reverse. Love the blog, fantastic writing, the only blog i’ve ever actually read more than once and am psyched about reading. The album was alright, but your sense of humour, style, master story-telling, actually makes me want to give the album another chance, because from your blog it seems to me more like you would be a pretty awesome individual.

      I don’t know you obviously, so it really means nothing, but just wanted to be the counter-balancing point of view. Anyways, why even bother making a comment like that, ‘heyyou’. So listen to his music, don’t read his blog. Pretty simple. Btw, thanks for giving us Canadians some love, though i myself actually love Vancouver. Go Canucks.

  5. sup block,

    you mentioned earlier how you don’t really listen to that much electronic music and you need some vocals to keep you listening well have you heard of this new kid making music names James Blake? Hes doing shit with vocal samples thats really different and interesting.. its most noticeable on one of his more popular tracks called CMYK!/search/james%20blake/1/?sortby=fav

    btw.. im not James Blake

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