Answers for Questions vol. 290

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Hi guys. Welcome to Answers for Questions. you asked me stuff and I answer it. I always need more content so don’t be shy. Also, if you need love/life advice, send those questions as well. Email me all questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or simply leave them in the comment section below. Get weird!
Let’s peep this weeks batch.

How much do you put into consideration regarding the audience when performing? (e.g. playing more uptempo, “danceable” beats, sampling popular music) Do you ever feel like you need to compromise your own tastes to appeal to the masses?

Many people discovered you through The Music Scene, and I’m sure you’ve played it hundreds of times already at shows. Do you ever get sick of that song, and if so, how do you try to keep it fresh for yourself?

Does performing with instrumentalists interest you? Do you personally enjoy performances that involve improvisation or jazz musicians?

You mentioned that LA, Portland, and Denver were great places to go for the beat scene. I’d love to work with a bunch of artists/labels based in LA, but was surprised when you mentioned the other two. Who comes to mind for you in Denver and Portland?

1)I play the set I’m gonna play regardless. The way my live set works, a path is already in place. There is room to maneuver within the set but what songs I play doesn’t change depending on the audience. This has certainly worked against me but, then again, i’m not a DJ. I could go up there and just play entire songs but that’s not how I do my music live.
I will say, when I’ve dj’d at bars and stuff (not playing my own music) it’s definitely a constant compromise of finding a happy medium between music I like and music the average drunk person at the bar wants to hear.

2)I mean, I get sick of all my songs. Playing them live over and over again is definitely boring. So, I gotta change up the way I hear them (during my live set, I blend my songs with all sorts of other songs, vocal clips, etc…). But really, the energy from a crowd can make me get into it more.

3)Not really. I have live instruments on all my albums and I enjoy bringing in that kind of improvisation but, as far as performing live, it simply wouldn’t work with what I do.

4)Well pretty lights is from denver and that’s just a bubbling scene. There are so many acts coming up there right now and , more than anything else, it’s a place where people go out to shows and party. Portland has Emancipator and , much like denver, it’s a place where up and coming artists seem to be flocking to. I’d say,when I said they are great places for the beat scene, i meant there is a lot of support from fans there. They are both a creative environments with a lot of support systems in place.

Would you rather live in Council Bluffs, Iowa and eat whatever food you wanted or stay in NYC and be only limited to penne pasta noodles and lemon pepper?
Jesus…that’s tough. I mean…the idea of eating one food for the rest of my life sounds like torture so I suppose I would be forced to live in Council Bluffs. No clue what that is but I can’t be eating penne every meal for the rest of my life.

Have you ever found yourself in a moment where you’ve either flexed your celebrity or, looking back at a situation and been like, “that was kind of a diva move”. I know we’ve all had instances of self entitlement but has that ever effected you, being a well known musician?
Nope. I don’t do that shit. Ever. Partially, cause my “celebrity” is a joke. I don’t get noticed when I’m out. I’m low key. I have no sense of entitlement when it comes to this music life so the last thing I’d do is try and flip my situation into a way to get some cheap benefits. I go the other way. I try and not bring it up as much as possible. Like, when I meet people, I go out of my way to not talk about what I do for a living. And even if they ask, I’m pretty vague until pushed to the point where I have to speak about it. Not cause I don’t wanna talk about it or cause I am ashamed but cause I want to be judged on my own merit as a person. And, generally, no one has any idea who I am anyway so it’s a win/win.

What is something you’re okay with overspending on? Or rather just spending a lot of money on. For instance, once I started spending more than $5 on sunglasses, I could never go back.

Also, what do you think is the weirdest thing that people will shell out crazy amounts of money for?

Food. I will throw money down on an expensive meal, no questions asked. I’m pretty frugal in life. Not cause I’m cheap but I simply don’t have desire to own a lot of stuff. But food is one of my favorite things so you will never see me turn down a meal cause a restaurant is expensive. I’m all in, as long as the food is worth it.
Weird thing that people spend money on? I mean…lots of things. Like a $400 pair of jeans seems a but much. Women spending thousands on Handbags and fancy shoes they wear twice ever is insane to me but, hey, I’m not them. I’m very simple in my approach to life so things that are generally “extra” don’t make sense to me. Like decorative pillows. I dunno. I get why people buy them it’s just nothing i would even think to own. I buy things out of necessity , in general.

Do you try to call your rapper friends by their rapper name or do you throw in their “real” name every once in awhile? Along with that note, any stories about rappers being called their born name and getting pissy that you’ve witnessed?

Depends on the rappers. If I met them as the rappers then, chances are, I call them by their rap names. But If I knew them before that, I call them by their birth name. It’s really a case by case thing. I don’t have many close friends who are rappers. I know tons but only a handful I’d consider my actual homeboys. And those guys I call by their real names.
As for rappers getting pissy about being called by their government names, not really. I gotta say, it is a little weird when a stranger comes up to me at a show and is like “Hey Tony!” cause then I feel like I’m supposed to know them or I’ve met them. It gives this false sense of familiarity which can be confusing cause I’m constantly meeting people when I’m on the road. It’s impossible to keep track. It’s feels a little presumptive of someone to do that. I get why they do it and realize that it’s not done for any bad reasons but still, it throws me off. I’ve spoken to other musicians who feel the same way. It would be the same thing if a friend of mine called me “Blockhead”. They know me better than that.

how would you say you achieve “not giving a fuck”, especially today with the oversaturation of EVERYTHING, and living in a clusterfuck city like NYC? Thoughts?
Not giving a fuck is kinda easy when you’re naturally apathetic. I’m just kinda like that so it’s easy to brush things off. Thing is, I still feel things and get fired up about random bullshit but it dissipates quickly. Honestly, sometimes just firing off a dumb tweet or writing a blog post will clear the chamber for me. It’s like exorcising demons. Once it’s out, it’s no longer on my mind.
I should also add that I’m at an age where so little REALLY matters. It’s like “Does this effect me life in any way? No? then who cares?”.
I’d say living in a place like NYC makes not giving a fuck easier cause there is always a sense of things being bigger than you. You got your little problems but, oh look, that homeless dude is on fire. It’s easy to be distracted from the distractions here and that’s another reason I love it so much.

Hey Tony,
Why don’t more producers make beats in 3/4? This jay z beat is the only one I know of https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2pc3kD2iV8w
If you drop some beats in 3, I will be the first to pick em up. Or maybe you already I have?
Thanks man.

There’s a difference between 3/4 and a swing rhythm. Most songs that people assume are 3/4 are actually 4/4 but with swing. I’ve made a few beats like that… “Four walls” and the beginning of “Planes and trains” are two that come to mind. But actual 3/4 beats are rare. Only one I can think of is Aceyalone’s “The hunt“. Honestly, listening to it now, I can’t even tell. hahaha.

Have you ever had Vegemite?
I have not ever actually put it in my mouth BUT one of my best friends growing up had it in his house all the time cause his mom was from New Zealand. I smelled it once and almost barfed. We played a trick on his brother and made him a Peanut butter and jelly sandwich but put a huge dollop of Vegemite in the middle. Sufficed to say, he gagged and chased us around the house with a whiffle ball bat while we howled with laughter and evaded his swings.

Answers for questions vol. 289

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What up everyone…Back from the road with my dude Eliot Lipp. We had a great time. Thanks to all you that came out. It was a pleasure. That said, I’m happy to be home and will be loafing like a champion for as long as I can.
Anyway, welcome to “Answers for Questions”. My life long quest to answer every question anyone could ever ask me. if you would like to join history, ask me stuff. Anything. Make it interesting , if possible cause it only makes this whole thing more fun to read.
Send me questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section below. Be creative and weird!
Let’s check this weeks batch…

When do you think an artist should use a publicist? Is it as simple as if you want your shit on blogs etc then use one. Do you use one? Worth the $$$?

That’s a question I’ve actually discussed at length with many artists and I can’t say I’ve ever come up with a conclusive answer.
I can say the a GOOD publicist can help a lot. Creative ones. I don’t think I’ve ever had one like that but there are certainly artists who had publicists pulling strings that made their whole career take off.
Typically, a publicist will do a few things. Get you on blogs. Get you interviews. maybe some sort of printed media. It’s basically their job to spread the word. Thing with that is , in 2016, “the word” is a fleeting concept. To get a write up on a blog is cool and all but, by the end of the day, it’s at the bottom of the page and all but forgotten. It’s a weird thing to spend money on.
At the same time, i’ve done albums with and without them and , when you have a good publicist, it does spread the word better than you ever could alone. For instance, Ninja tune’s reach is much further than mine and that was clear when I put my own album out versus them putting one of my albums out.
To be totally honest, I’d say it more important to have something go viral (a video, a story, a song) than to have a publicist. But no one really can control what goes viral so that’s basically leaving it up to fate/luck. That or someone with pull getting behind you. Like if “The Needle drop” or “Pitchfork” give your album a good review, that’s a better look than a 1000 tiny blogs writing up your album. Most of which, by the way, barely even listen to the music. They just rehash the bio your publicist writes and post a song.

What’s your experience with international relationships? Could be you or friends. Culture clashes , language barriers etc. You ever dated someone whose first language wasn’t English?
I’ve never seriously dated anyone who was from another country (long distance style). I’ve dated people who grew up elsewhere and then moved to the states. I’ve dated one or two ESL people briefly. My experience is it’s just like dating someone from here. The ESL girls were kinda tough cause the language barrier was a little difficult but it wasn’t a deal breaker or anything. People are people, you know?

You play lots of festivals yea? If you went out of your way to just fuck with festivals do you think you could play them solely year round and live off them?
I actually don’t play THAT many festivals. My music isn’t really made for that kinda vibe. I don’t do massive EDM music. I make rap beats, basically. Generally, when i do play festivals, i’m the only artist like myself on the roster.
I don’t really have control over how many festivals I play (I get offers and take them) but I don’t think i could live off them year round. Partially cause i don’t get that many offers but also cause festivals aren’t really a year round thing. They tend to happen during the warmer months.

Whats your method for sleeping in an airport when necessary? Do you sprawl on the floor like a middle school child, try to retain a shred of dignity and look for a bench without those awful unmovable armrests and lay down, or try to sleep sitting up?

Have you ever been in one of those VIP airline member lounges, they cool?

I don’t do it. Never have. I’m a terrible sleeper. I can’t even sleep on planes, let alone a bench outside of a plane. I’ve been in airports more tired than I’ve ever been but just toughed it out cause , hey, I know that sleep will be shitty and anxious. I suppose I’ve trained my body to just be able to stay up when there is no other choice. I pretty much sleep like a person in jail anyway. Lightly and ready to spring up at any moment.

I’ve never been in on of those VIP lounges. I’ve never even flown first class. I’m a blue collar traveler to the core. I’m a coach riding, group C boarding motherfucker. 😦

Several times I seen phish being mentioned on your blog. Usually with a shitty connotation by a reader in a hypothetical Q n A. You yourself have mentioned them. It seems like the hip hop community hates on them hard. I think mostly this is due to the exposure they’ve had with their “shower-once-a-week” fan base than the band’s actual music. Whats your thoughts?

I think “hate” is a strong word. Hip Hop doesn’t give a fuck about Phish. They don’t give a fuck about Soundgarden or Ween either. It’s not just Phish.
That said, I think people, in general, make fun of phish and jam bands cause it’s an easy target. Most things hippies are into are easy to make fun of.
I personally haven’t heard much phish music. I did listen to a podcast called “Analyze phish” where comedian/writer Harris Wittles tries to convince comedy writer Scott Aukerman that phish is good. On that show, they play clips of live stuff and album tracks. From what i heard there, I could gather that Phish are very good musicians who makes really boring music. Jam bands, in general, don’t appeal to me. I don’t care for noodling. It’s just some masturbatory bullshit that doesn’t even sound that good to me. I’m not really a rock and roll guy to begin and the solos were always my least favorite part of jazz so it’s simply not my cup of tea. Also, the lifestyle that goes with it is not my cup of tea. I don’t like festivals. i don’t even like live music that much. I definitely don’t like doing tons of drugs around a bunch of hippies. It’s not for me. But do you, Phish fans, you’re not hurting anyone.

This is a revisit. Puppy vs 10 year old girl. You gunna drown that puppy huh? Can’t punch a female? Plz elaborate on how living with the knowledge of punching a 10 year old girl in the face would fuck with you more than drowning a puppy.

It’s not like it’s a choice I wanted to make.
The question was would i rather punch a ten year old girl as hard as i can in the face or drown a puppy.
Obviously, both these options are terrible. I wouldn’t do either ever in a million years.
My logic is that humans come first. I would never punch a girl OR a child. So a girl child is like twice as bad. As much as puppies are adorable, I don’t have a human connection to them. I’m also not a big pet/animal guy. I certianly don’t wish harm on anything but I’m not a dude who loves dogs or cats. I’m pretty much indifferent about them (I actively loath cats though). Again, drowning a puppy (or anything really, even a cat) would fuck me up. And the person who originally asked this questions is definitely an asshole. But in a battle between human or animal? I’m picking human. I realize there is a large swath of humanity that prefers dogs to humans but I am not one of those people. When a dog that I can converse and share ideas with exists, lemme know.

What does a sound guy in a music venue do? is his role crucial? will he be obsolete anytime soon?
Uh, yeah…he’s crucial. He makes sure the sound from your instrument/lap top is heard clearly by the people who come to the shows. A good sound man is incredibly important. I’ve had countless shows fucked up by inept sound guys. Even been to a show of an artist you like but the sound is shitty and the experience is ruined ? That place needs a new sound guy. Or a new sound system. A good sound guy knows a room and understands who sound works. He also is into his job and stays by the boards during a show to make sure everything is going well. A bad sound guy just connects some wires, gets the sound to a passable level and is out smoking cigarettes during your set while people in the front rows are holding their ears.
So, yes, very crucial and they will not be obsolete any time soon.

Answers for Questions Vol. 288

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Hello everyone! Welcome to another edition of “Answers for Questions”. My never ending quest to answer every question anyone could ever ask me. If you have a question, don’t be shy, fire away. send them to me at phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section below. All i ask is be creative. Be weird. It makes it better for both of us.
While I got you here, I just wanna give a heads up that I will be doing some shows out west this week with Eliot Lipp. San Diego, L.a., S.f. and Seattle. For more info check HERE. This also means my posting may be scarce on the blog this week but, you know, who really gives a shit about that?
Okay, let’s go….

I get the impression that a lot of people in America are super PC and if you say something non-PC people will think you’re a privileged piece of shit. My question is how careful are you in general conversation to not offend anyone and do you think that over the top political correctness is another product of the internets global retardisation

Man, things have changed a lot over the last 20 years. I feel like it’s all in the name of good but ,sadly, the result is that everyone is kind of a pussy. It’s nice to see people learning to respect the lives of others and, in turn, not using certain words and speaking of certain lifestyles with disregard. However, in order for this to be possible it appears we have entered into a time where everything is a trigger and anyone who’s ever felt some sort of way about anything is out there policing what other people say. It’s a tricky situation. Cause, being PC means all sorts of different things. At one point it was something like referring to black people as “African Americans”. Now it’s more along the lines of what’s the right term to use for things related to gender equality. As a straight white male, I’m really not in a place to say shit about anything. The natural privilege that comes with being a straight white man is so engrained in our society that I have to basically just step back from topics like this and let the people actually involved tell me what is what. I’m fine with that. Sure, lots of the word based stuff is semantics to me. But, again, not my place to decide who gets to be called what. Like I think about how the word “midget” is now thought of to be offensive when , growing up, it was literally what you called little people. Like, that WAS the name. Or using the word “retarded” to describe someone with mental development issues. Same thing. Now these words are off the table. It’s more a case of getting used to things than fighting them.
So, to answer your question, I’m pretty careful to a point. More so in conversation than I am on this blog. Not cause I don’t have my own beliefs (and trust me, I think a big portion of what people get uptight about is ridiculous) but more because why rock the boat? If I’m talking to some stranger about whatever, do I really need to inject some word in there that might offend them just to prove some weird anti-PC point? It’s just not worth it. Now, if I know you? All bets are off. I say outlandish shit all day cause friends “get it”. The understand context and the concept that humans are multifaceted. Also, jokes. They get Jokes. But strangers? You gotta be more careful. It’s unfortunate that it has to be like that but, like I said, there is a greater good to it. Hopefully ,it will even out eventually cause some of the things people get upset about are just fucking insane. Gender, race, human rights, etc…those are all real things that deserve focus and change. But if someone makes fun of your gluten allergy or the kinda clothes you wear? Getting upset about that isn’t being “P.C.”. It’s you being a sensitive pussy who thinks, just cause you believe in something means it can’t be joked about or questioned. And that’s the problem. The P.C. movement isn’t a product of global “retardisation”, it is a product of the pussification though and that’s only cause people keep adding their little causes to the movement. THAT shit scares and saddens me but, hey, it’s the world we live in.

Knicks vs Celtics
Knicks:Walt Fraizer,Earl Monroe,Benard King,Melo,Ewing

Celtics:Cousy,Pierce,Bird,Garnett,Russell

Who wins in a 7 game series?

Celtics. Easily. Fuck the Celtics though.

What was it like making the decision to drop out of college? Was it more of a “fuck it” decision or did you have everything planned out? I don’t see myself getting through college but I’m scared I won’t be able to support myself without it.

Me dropping out of college was a culmination of a few things. One was “Fuck it”. I didn’t like school. Never did. Didn’t have interest in learning what was being taught to me and I figured I could save my parents a shitload of money if I just didn’t go back. That said, there was no plan. No at all. I just knew that school didn’t “work” for me. I had been a bad student and someone who genuinely didn’t give a shit about it my entire life. I didn’t get sad when i got bad grades. I didn’t beat myself up when things didn’t go well. This was because I truly didn’t care (or try). So, dropping out felt like that. Nothing. I clearly recall driving away from school after knowing I wasn’t coming back , thinking “i will never have to do homework again…”. Looking back, part of me missed the idea of college. The social aspects. But not the learning. If i could, I might have gone and lived on campus for four years but it doesn’t work like that.
All that said, I got lucky. The jobs I worked after college were trash and, had music not worked out, who knows where I’d be now? At best, a bartender. At worst? i really can’t even imagine.

What do you think of the word ‘cunt’?. where I’m from it is used quite freely (not even as an insult) e.g. “oh yeah, Tony’s a good cunt” or when toasting “cheers cunts!”, the loose rules are not to bomb it in front of children, girls and grandmas. In the workplace (blue collar) it would be unusual to hear it dropped less than 20 times in a day. Would this frighten you or would you not give a shit?

I don’t get offended by curse words. Ever. So, to me…hearing or saying “cunt” is nothing. At the same time, culturally, that word is much different in the states than it is over seas.
Here it’s looked at as the most fucked up thing you can call a girl. Like, “bitch” to the tenth power. If I’m calling someone a cunt, they are a fucking awful human being (and they are a female). So, it’s one of those words you really got to weigh out the usage of. So, no, it doesn’t get thrown around much here but when it is used, it’s done so to make a very clear point.

The question I have for you is, what do you make of artists, particularly rappers from outside of the US that rap in fake American accents? Personally I think it’s silly and I’ve tried to understand why they do it but I just don’t get it so I’ve given up on trying to understand it and just let it be. Do you think that rappers from outside the US using a fake American accent is the equivalent of a producer using a sample and that’s why these rappers see nothing wrong with the fake accent?

I didn’t realize that was a thing. Like, all the foreign rappers I’ve heard sound foreign.
So, if this is in fact a trend, it hasn’t made it over here yet.
That said, if you think about it, it’s not that crazy.
Rap is from America. It’s an art form created here and, to this day, the validity of it is still based on sounding a certain way. I mean this in the sense of “what is accepted in the states” in terms of rap. Outside of some british mc’s and, i guess, MC Solar you will pretty much never hear a rapper with a foreign accent have success in the US. It just doesn’t play. I know I heard that shit and immediately zone out. So, if a rapper from another country seeks the validation of the US rap audience (which is understandable cause this is where it all comes from. It’s the major leagues of rap), why would he not try and sound as american as possible? It’s similar to white rappers throwing on a heavy fake “blackcent” in order to sound more authentic. It’s corny but I see why they do it. They just wanna be accepted.
As far as your “using a sample” comparison, it’s nothing alike. Sampling has been a part of beat making since hip hop began. Rapping in german has not been. The fake accents (that I’m not aware of but you seem to be talking about) can only be the result of rappers on the outside looking in, trying to fit into american hip hop.

Michael Jordan coming out of retirement AGAIN.

Thoughts?

Well, that’s not happening so my thoughts are “where did you get this misinformation?”

I’ve been a big fan of you and Aes for a few years now (when I say big fan, I freak out when I come across vinyl copies of either of your works). I wanted to ask you what advice you’d give a 16-year old hip-hop nerd like me who’s an aspiring producer?

This is one of those FAQ type questions but there really isn’t an answer. Sadly, my advice won’t help or hurt you. There is no secret to being good or being successful. You either are or you aren’t. Sure, having a natural talent for making beats is a good building block but things like timing , luck and who you know are just as, if not more, important.
My only advice to anyone wanting to do this is to work hard on it, try and find your own sound and don’t get caught up in what other people are doing. If you dedicate your life to making trap beats cause that’s what’s hot right now then, in 8 months from now, when that phase has passed, where are you gonna be? Make your own path. Also, don’t expect it to work out. For anyone to have a career in this kinda of thing is a fluke. It’s like playing a professional sport. A guy like me is still in the minor leagues. I make a living off this shit but I’m far from rich. So, make music for the love of making music. If it pans out, that’s great. If not? well, you do it as a hobby cause it’s something you like doing.
Regardless, keep doing it until it’s not fun anymore.


Do you ever refer to women as “ma’am?”

I do on random occasions. I don’t even know why, to be honest. You would think I would save it for an older woman, as a sign of respect but it generally blurts out my mouth when I’m getting my change from a cashier at some place like chipotle. There is something kinda funny about called a 19 year old Chipotle cashier “Ma’am”. It’s not a diss but it definitely makes them be like “say what?!?”.
Also, i definitely use it more when I’m down south but I think that’s just what happens. It’s in the air down there.

Answers for Questions vol. 287

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G’day mates! Welcome to another edition of “answers for questions”. You ask stuff and I do my best to give you answers. I’m always in need of new questions so don’t be shy and fire away. You can either email me questions at phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave then in the comment section below. All i ask is be creative…and weird. It makes it more enjoyable to read and write.
This weeks batch is…educational? kinda sorta.

What do you think of the much-discussed gender binary? Do you believe in masculine and feminine principles, and that rebelling against them is subversive, or attractive?

You must think I’m much smarter than I am or that I read books or something cause I’m not aware of the “much discussed gender binary”…but lemme google that right now…hold please.
Okay…I’m back. Ah…that’s more simple than I expected. I see the word “binary” next to gender and expect to have to figure out equations on dicks and vaginas.
I think it’s become a whole lot of grey area. Just listening to high school kids talk, hearing a 15 year old boy say he’s gender fluid is something that would never have even been thought of 15 years ago. I feel like I’ve discussed this here before but it’s almost as if to simply be a boring straight person is looked upon as lame. Which is obviously a huge shift from how things used to be. I partially don’t believe most of these people are even that “fluid”. Like, the majority of them will date and marry people from the opposite sex and outside of an experimental experience here and there, they’re straight. It’s good that the world is finally caring less about such things cause being persecuted or judged based on who you fuck is ridiculous (assuming both parties are willing and adults) but it’s also in our nature to front. That said, teenagers are gonna do what they do and who’s dumber than they are? No one.
As for the whole idea masculine and feminine principals, that’s changing too. It’s as if both sexes are taking notes from each other with hopes of maybe meeting in the middle. That said, i do think certain things are engrained in our DNA. Men and women are undeniably different. To pretend that isn’t the case is short sighted and not really healthy for opening a healthy dialogue. We, in general, feel and act differently. There’s nothing wrong with that though. One isn’t better or worse than the other. At the same time, it’s not like one day, a new generation of men are going to wake up and just all of a sudden be driven by emotions and deep feeling and women are gonna wake up driven by simplicity and logic. I’m not saying any of those characteristics are specific to either sex but, in general, it seems to be thats the way things lean.
i honestly don’t even know if I answered you question but it seems more like something someone should write a thesis on than I can wrap up in two paragraphs.

how important was “The Music Scene” animated video to your success at the time it came out? I understand it aired on adultswim for a while. Did you have any input on what the animation depicted? It’s a really brilliant video and it’s always the first thing I show anyone who doesn’t recognize your music; the pairing of a dope song with super interesting visuals is something to behold.

I would say that video revived my career. Not like I was floundering and gonna quit before it came out but it reinvigorated interest in what I was doing. Prior to that I was “The guy who made the beat for “daylight” by Aesop” or “The guy who made insomniac olympics”. Both those things were good to have under my belt but they also were from years earlier. When “The music scene” video came out, people freaked out over it. Rightfully so…it’s an insane video. But it also got people looking into my other work and , around that same time, i started booking more tours. All of a sudden, I had new fans (younger fans too) and I would close my set with “The Music Scene”, where as it was always “insomniac olympics” before that. So, yeah…it was a huge deal for me and to this day it resonates. I have someone mention that video to me at every show I do. It’s become a starter point for people to find out about my music.
As for input on the video itself, I had nothing to do with anything. That was all the artist. Which is fine with me. He did a great job and my two cents wouldn’t have helped him at all.

do you watch any cartoons or animated films you’d recommend? I feel like you would have good taste in adult cartoons. Maybe its just a weird assumption.
ehhhhh…I watch some things here and there but I’m not really a guy who seeks it out. Like, outside of South park, there’s no animated show I watch with regularity. I check on Adult Swim stuff sometimes but even that is rare. I’m skeptical of cartoons for some reason and , generally, have to be won over for me to get into them. Even when they’re good (bob’s burgers, archer) I don’t find myself compelled to watch them. Dunno why.

With NYC’s massive gentrification, are there neighborhoods in any of the boroughs that you would not go to because of imminent danger/crime/etc?
Sure. I would avoid going to brownsville or east New york in BK. I wouldn’t go to multiple parts of the Bronx. I’m sure queens got some areas I’d avoid. That said, I’m an adult and that kind of shit doesn’t scare me like it did when I was a teenager. I’ve walked through and hung out in many fucked up hoods in my life…in and outside of NYC. I still felt safer in most of those places than i do when I’m in the woods in the middle of nowhere.
Thing is, there would never be a reason for me to go to any of those places in the first place. Honestly, that’s something that hasn’t changed with all the gentrification. The shitty hoods have always been shitty but they’ve also been removed in the sense that no outsiders really ever need to be in them. The dangerous areas that I went to when I was younger were fringe places. They were the places in the midst of being gentrified. Like , when i was a teenager, the lower east side was fucked up. But I still went there cause there was a reason to go (buy weed, bars, shows). So , that in itself shows the hood was changing. It was dangerous but not so much that I’d be scared to go there.
I wouldn’t have set foot in bed-stuy, BK ten years ago but I recorded my last album there. It’s all about having a reason to be somewhere.

I always love the feeling of nostalgia from listening music that I enjoyed in the past, but I’m curious to know if an artist could get the same feeling from there own music. Are there any of your past projects that envoke a sense of nostalgia when you listen to them? That is of course if you even listen to any of your own music in the first place.

I’m so sick of my own old music it’s not even funny. I pretty much never listen to any of it. I listen to the new shit I’m working on as a means to figure out what I’m gonna do with it but the old stuff? Not often. Every now and then I’ll have a moment where I check out some song I made 10 years ago just out of curiosity. Sometimes it makes me roll my eyes, other times I listen and think “man, how did I do that?”.
One thing that I definitely do is focus on the more obscure songs. Like if I never hear anything from “Music by cavelight” again, I’d be thrilled. But I’ll dig into weird album cuts off “Downtown science” or “Uncle Tony’s coloring book” just to remind myself of where my head was at musically at that point.
But, in general, nope. I don’t go back to my old work. I’d rather move forward than bask in the old shit.

When you drink, do you fill your cheeks and swallow several times, take big gulps, or small sips with small swallows?
Interesting.
It depends what I’m drinking. If it’s water, I take big gulps. If it’s carbonated I will sometimes fill my cheeks. If it’s got booze in it, I take smaller sips. You could say I’m a versatile drinker.

Just curious how the song “Cook It Up” came about, with you and Jer singing. It’s really good!

Oh man…that song. Well, when Aesop was making “Bazooka tooth” I believe “Party Fun action Committee” was already out…or had just dropped. We sang a lot on that and I think Aesop wanted some weird singing on his album. Thing is, neither jer nor I are serious singers. We’re passably okay at best. I forgot about this until recently but Aesop unearthed some demos from that era and played me a song I sang a hook on that I have no recollection of ever even recording. Sufficed to say, it was awful and thank god it never made his album.
Anyway, “Cook it up” seemed like the perfect place for our vocals cause the song was kinda tongue in cheek and I made the beat. During that time, the Neptunes were singing on everything so my performance was clearly an homage to that whole style of falsetto. I think Aesop wrote the lyrics. I may have helped with a word or two but I don’t really recall. But, yeah, we recorded it and that was that. It helped launch my singing career for sure. You might know me by my stage name “Bruno Mars”.

Answers for Questions vol. 286

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Hi there. Welcome to another edition of “Answers for questions”. You guys ask me stuff and I answer. So simple. If you’d like to join the fun, PLEASE DO! Send me questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or just leave them in the comment section below. All I ask is you be creative. Be weird. It makes the column better for everyone. I generally don’t skip over any questions but something like “What inspires you?” is getting ignored. Gotta keep it interesting. Speaking of which, this week has some good ones in. Let’s check it out…

What is the scariest experience you’ve had in your life?
Well, there have been varying ones. Seeing people get shot was scary but not in the sense that I thought my life was in danger. It was just fucked up. Being robbed at gunpoint was scary but, again, I never actually felt like I was gonna die. I just gave up 8 bucks and it was over.
Honestly, and I think I’ve told this story before, the most scared I’ve ever been happened in Cape cod, Mass.
My parents had a summer home there and we would go every summer for a month or two. It was a house buried deep in the woods and all the walls were glass. At night, you couldn’t see through the glass at all. So, one night, I was there with my brother, one of my nieces and one of my nephews. There was a baby sitter there too even though I was around 11 at the time.
We were sitting in the living room, just watching tv when we heard a blood curdling scream. Like someone had just gotten their toe chopped off or something. That was followed by the sound of multiple feet stomping through the woods and mens voices, creaming at each other, then followed by the sound of a bunch of motorcycles tearing through the woods. Now, keep in mind, we can’t see shit outside, but our lights were on so anyone with sight could see into the house. Also, these sounds sounded like they were coming from 15 feet outside the house. They were so fucking vivid. and the crunching around in the woods and motorcycles keep going. We heard lots of yelling and what sounded like arguing. Hard to say but it was pretty fucking aggressive, whatever it was. Sufficed to say, we all were freaking out. The Baby sitter too. So, we ran upstairs to my parents bedroom (the only room with a lock on it) and locked ourselves in there. The baby sitter had the number to where my parents were and called them. Like they would come home from some art party 4 drinks deep and stop a motorcycle gang from killing us all. My nephew, who must have been around 4 years old at the time, started just vomiting out of fear. So that was awesome.
Eventually the sounds stopped, my parents came home and everything was fine but that hour or so of sheer terror in the woods was something I’ll never forget. Man…fuck nature.
As some back story, it turned out there was a biker gang who had a place down the road. I never found out what the blood curdling scream was but no bodies were found so i can only assume they were drunk and terrorizing the locals for shits and giggles. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

If you had to pick one band/performer at some point in history to see live in their full glory, who would it be? Any specific songs or albums? (mine would be the Talking Heads doing this song…
…if you’re interested, although Pink Floyd is a close second

Hmm…That’s a tough question. I’ve never been a huge fan of live music but I also think that’s because I like hip hop and, let’s face it, it’s just not that great live. That said, when I see old clips of certain bands/singers, there’s a purity to their performances that I feel like is lost today. It’s simple and understated. Like, seeing Stevie wonder in his prime would have been insane. But, I’mma go with Donny Hathaway, simply cause I think he’s pretty much got my favorite singing voice of all time and to see him live would be very special. I found THIS clip of just the audio and it gives me chills.

So… here are some tech related questions:
As you’re travelling just by yourself on tour, do you actually have a
backup plan, in case your gear gets stolen, corrupted or just breaks
down (dying the hardware death)? Is this something that frequently
concerns you? Do you carry backups? Do you have backups available online
(for the software), as hardware might be replaceable, if in luck?
I’m asking this, because I’ve been on both sides of the fence for more
than ten years now and with some combinations (especially software with
certain hardware, or cables) I tend to get super paranoid about by now.
This leads me to the next topic/ question:
What was your most horrible stage fuckup, as of now (hardware burning
up, software crashing irrevocably, destroying your session, or even the
venues’ hardware giving up on you)?

Oh great. Tech questions…my favorite 😦
I sometimes bring a hard drive with all the things I need on it but, even if that did work, I’d have to find another computer with abelton and I’d still lose a bunch of files cause some of the clips I use in my sets are simply not saved the right way.
But, generally, I don’t have a back up plan. I realize this is dumb but I can’t be traveling with two computers just in case. It does concern me but I honestly try to just not think about it. In fact, this just reminded me I need to buy a new computer.
One thing I’ve done before is recorded my live set in it entirety. I had it in a wav form and carried it on a flash drive so, worst cause, I could just play that and fake the rest but I’ve never had to actually do that. I’d feel shitty about doing that too but it would be my last resort.
I did have a computer die on me once while touring in russia. My shit just conked out and I was forced to do “dj sets” which was literally me just playing my songs on cdj’s to a crowd of disappointed people. But, hey, it’s all I could do. The promoters were not thrilled!
As for the second part, I haven’t had one of those technical meltdowns on stage yet. Knock on wood. Outside glitches and human error, I’ve been pretty lucky thus far with that.

What do you remember from your American History classes? Did you eat in class?
Nothing. I remember most of nothing from high school in general. Possibly cause i wasn’t paying attention in the first place. For me, school was about getting by. Retain enough info to pass the test and move on. When that’s done, that info got dumped and replaced by hip hop trivia or obliterated by booze, tv and girls. I was a TERRIBLE student. Not only did I not try in the slightest but I genuinely didn’t care about failing. Like, you know how some people have pride and that stops them from just totally throwing in the towel? I didn’t have that. To me, school meant nothing. Getting an f on a test didn’t make me feel bad about myself cause I knew how little I cared. I once got a 24 on multiple choice science final and hung in on my fridge. I somehow got through school though (I was naturally good at some subjects and just bullshitted/cheated my way through the rest) but it’s a wonder I even went to college, if not for just a year.
So, yeah…my knowledge of history is as basic as it comes. And , no, I didn’t eat in class. I doodled and spaced out.

you have to go on a cruise to the Bahamas with a famous comedian, musician, actor, and former president. They’re all coming with you and you’ll spend all of your time together. Who’s on your list? And what would you do to pass the time

Man, I don’t think I wanna take a trip with any of those types of people. Whole lotta misery and ego right there…
Comedian: Patrice O’neal.
He’s just the funniest person ever to me and he’s not a self hating , depressed comedian. He’d probably just diss the shit out of everyone there the entire time and I’d sit back and watch that happen.

Musician: Sammy Hagar
He makes his own tequila and I bet he knows all about that island life. I’m not the type of fan who has interest in meeting my heroes and recognize that most of them, in all reality, were probably very flawed human beings I wouldn’t wanna spend actual time with. So, I’ll go with sammy cause I’m not a fan and I don’t give a fuck about what he does. I bet he’s got some great stories though.

Actor: Jessica biel from like, 8 year ago

I don’t have much reverence for actors. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly talented people out there but it’s kinda like with musicians, I don’t need that curtain pulled back. So i choose Biel cause, well, she’s insanely hot and I’d like to see her on the beach. She seems pretty down to earth too and , honestly, I’d want a female there cause hagning out with 4 strange dudes doesn’t sound that fun to me.

President: Obama

I’m not a history buff and I don’t care about meeting some old president. Obama is EASILY the coolest president ever and I bet he’s be fun to chill with. at the very least, we could find a hoop on the island and play some basketball together. This is a vacation on an island, not a classroom. Why would I wanna sit around picking Abraham lincolns brain when I could literally be doing anything else. I could be eating some soft shell crab and drinking a Mojito. I’ll take that…with my dude, Obama.

What will be written on your tombstone vs. what you want to be written on your tombstone?
I don’t really ever think about it cause, you know, when I’m dead , I’m dead right? Not like I’ll come back and check up on that tombstone and be like “aww man…they didn’t even mention “daylight”!”. So, really, they can write whatever they want. “Here lies Tony Simon, He farted often and never understood the appeal of Star Wars” or “Here Lies Tony simon, He died…shit happens tho”
I’d imagine my tombstone will be no frills. Just my name and the dates of my life. Who knows, if I live long enough, maybe tombstones will be all futuristic and have LED recaps of my life’s greatest moments. Or maybe it will be that but they’ll use it as ad space. Like “Here lies Tony Simon 1976-2048: Buy Lexapro when you’re sad!”
The future is a magical place, guys.

Donald Trump, stripped of his power and wealth has to be sentenced. You’ve been appointed judge by powerful, ethical aliens that want humanity to carry out the task. All they tell you is that it has to be “educational for him, his supporters and everyone else watching”. You might be wondering if the aliens are testing you and humanity with the decision you make. What would you sentence him to?
I think I’d give him a “trading places” punishment. Make him live his life well below the poverty line with the same disadvantages those people have to deal with. See how he’d do with no money or power to fall back on. I’d assume he’d be dead within 3 weeks but, hey, that’s worth it to prove a point, right? Also,So that his supporters could be educated too, it would be filmed and made into a reality series that follows him through his awful fucking life.
I’d also do it in an unfamiliar place. He wouldn’t be broke in NYC. He’s be broke in the Ozark mountains or like some desolate shithole in the Nevada dessert where people die from scorpion stings on a weekly basis. A place where there is little or no hope to ever get out of that hole.
Yup…that would do the trick.

Answers for Questions vol. 285

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Hi! Welcome to a new “Answers for Questions”. THis is where you, the reader, get to ask me literally anything. I will answer it (within reason). So, if you have a question, send it my way: phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave it in the comment section below. Be weird. Be interesting. this week is full of music related questions and, depending who you are, might bore the shit out of you. Then again, it will be great for music nerds so i guess it works both ways. I’ll let you be the judge.

If you had to try a recreational drug that you haven’t tried by now, which one would it be?
Hmmm…I gotta say, all the drugs I haven’t tried are ones I haven’t tried for a reason.
1)Coke
Don’t like uppers and my heart gets weird when I drink coffee so I’m not fucking with anything like that. Also, having been around so much of it and the people who do it, i never wanna be like them. I bet i’d like parts of it too I just don’t think my heart could handle it.
2)heroin
Don’t like downers and I’ve seen this fuck up too many people to even indulge the idea. Also, any drug that makes you barf is a no go for me.
3)Dust
I smoked a blunt laced with it by mistake once and I’m good on that shit forever.The idea of smoking it on purpose is insane to me.
4)all pharms
I just don’t do them.
5)DMT
People keep shoving this shit in my face but , whenever I hear it described it sounds like the last thing I wanna do. I’m not looking for a life altering experience or to find myself. I’m almost 40.
6)Special K
Seeing people on this shit made me never wanna touch it. but, outside of molly, i avoid powders.
7)Acid
Honestly, I’m scared of it a little cause of how long it lasts. I bet I’d like it , under the right circumstances
8)Sizzurp
I don’t like the feeling of being tired or slowed down. This is like that on 10. no thanks.

So I guess I’d go with Acid. But , at this point, i don’t see that happening.

I know you’ve been asked about your favorite albums, but what are some of your favorite mixtapes? Not by today’s definition of a mixtape, but the kind you would go to canal street or fat beats for.. something that’s actually… mixed. I guess I’m mostly thinking hiphop, but any genre, any time period would do. Thanks!
I was never a guy who bought many mixtapes. I would walk up to the stands with them on the street, look at the tracklisting and be like “Meh”. Thing is, back then, I used to get all my new shit from radio shows. Stretch and bob, Nighttrain, Martin moore’s show and there was one on NYU radio as well. I’d record off the radio and make mixes out of that. In that era, mixtapes would have maybe one song i hadn’t heard/didn’t have already and I HATED scratching. Not in general but that thing where they’d play a song and then scratch the beginning for 3 minutes, bringing back the first verse over and over again. I couldn’t deal. So, i never bought any of them shits.
Nowadays, Mixtapes mean something else entirely. They’re basically albums that you give away for free. Gunplay has made some bangers, Vince staples put out a great one before he dropped his last EP. Hell, Drake’s newest “album” was considered a mixtape and, sorry to all the sad faced underground rap fans but that shit had some seriously dope music on it.

Can you offer some insight into why calling someone out for driving a rental car used to be a diss in 00’s independent rap?

“For the last time, I’m nasty – like Nas was at halftime
You fuckin know it like I know that’s a rental car
Hey sucka poet, whoever ya are” -Sage, Tolerance Level

Slug had a rental car diss in one of his songs as well, but I cant find/remember it.

I wouldn’t say those two songs make dissing people who drive a rental car “a thing”. I certainly never noticed that as a trend. i would say it’s cause rappers clown on each other for being broke but neither Sage nor Slug seem the type to point that out. Especially in the early 2000’s era of “Do it for the love!” indie rap. My guess? They were just random lines in songs that had no real meaning behind them.

You probably get tired of sampling questions. But I’m obsessed with sampling right now and you’re pretty much the only beatmaker whose beats I listen to just for fun (although I’m starting to get into 9th Wonder, but I doubt he’d ever answer questions). So anyway, how do you go about layering multiple samples together? Do you ever get frustrated that you can’t get two (or more) samples to blend together that you just stop trying for the day? It’s something I tried looking up online, but for some reason there seems to be no definite answer. Also, have you ever come to Mexico? I don’t know how many fans you have over here but it’d be awesome to see one of your shows live.

Back in the day, it was different. Before I used abelton (which was around the time I made “uncle Tony’s coloring book”), matching samples was tough cause I wasn’t using time stretching. My sampler didn’t have it so I had to do it manually by manipulating samples. Things wouldn’t match ALL THE TIME. Making a beat was basically creating a foundation and then searching for layers that might or might not work. Trial and error. I usually found some things but there were definitely days it just wasn’t working.
Once Abelton came into the picture, that all changed. I could match most things within reason. Just make the loop and adjust the pitch. Sure, not everything works but most things can be pitch shifted to at least be in key. Whether that works or not remains to be seen (major/minor chords, awkward time signature. dissonance, basic moods not aligning are all reasons a sample might not work with another even though it’s in the same key). So, basically, all you need is an ear that can tell when something is in key or not. If you lack that, i’m afraid music isn’t for you cause, well, that’s like being a chef who can’t taste.

As for mexico, I’ve never been or gotten an offer but I’d love to go one day. if you know promoters, send them my way!

If you could control one aspect of your biological functionality, what would it be? We’re talking exhaustion, tan levels, metabolism, muscle mass, ect.
I wish I could control all those things. Metabolism would be amazing cause then i could exercise sparingly and eat everything I want. Like, say I’m about to eat a huge meal, just flip my metabolism WAY up. Basically, I’m all about food and how I can cheat the system of never becoming a fat fuck.

Hey man, love the blog. I’ve got a few questions about drums…

Do you tend to sample individual hits from different beats or chop into a single loop?

Any great record labels or artists who are great for loud clear drums?

How do you generally layer / EQ your kick drums?

Do you get much use out of any drum machines?

1)I do all sorts of different things. I take hits, I use drum loops, I chop loops.
2)I’m sure there are but I don’t tend to pay attention to that kinda thing. I find most of my drums randomly.
3)I use 808’s sometimes to give the kick more bottom but often , the kick I use will be fine on it’s own. Layering tapped out kicks over chopped breaks gives me the best sound, i find. As for eq, I do it by ear. Just tweak it till it sounds right. I’m not a producer who will sit a tweak a drum for 3 hours. I usually figure that out pretty quickly and move on. Or save it for when the beat is actually being mixed by a professional.
4)I haven’t used any drum machines. i’ve used sounds sampled from them though.

What would be your fantasy cartoon foursome? Feel like a threesome involving only two cartoons wouldn’t really suffice with the whole dimension problem, you’d lose a pretty significant factor of threesomes really wouldn’t you. (Mine would be Rick Sanchez, Larry the Lobster and Aladdin…would be mental)

Hmm…I’m not much of a cartoon person. Especially action cartoons. So, my knowledge is stifled here. But, Jessica rabbit, The hot girl from Archer and April O’neil from Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Answers for Question vol. 284

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Hi there. Welcome to Answers for Questions. I’m back home from my two week tour with Eliot Lipp. Thanks to all those who came out on the east coast and down south. We hit the West side early next month. Special shout out to all the people I met who actually read this blog. I was shocked at how many of you there were at every show.
So, as you can guess, this is something where you ask me stuff and I answer it. If you would like to ask me anything, fire away. Send questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section below. Be creative. Be weird. Don’t be basic. That’s all i ask.
Okay, here is this weeks batch…

What are your thoughts on homeschooling? Have you ever had any weird of uncomfortable interactions with people that were homeschooled?

I’ve only met a few homeschooled people in my life. It’s not exactly a common thing here in NYC. The few people I have met we’re people who moved here from other places , after homeschooling. The fact they came to NYC leads me to believe they aren’t you’re typical weirdo’s you might see on Spelling bee’s and shit.
As for thoughts on the idea in general…I dunno. I’m a person who believes people learn more about life through social interaction than acquired knowledge from books. There’s a difference between knowing facts and understanding other people. Emotional intelligence. I don’t have any studies to prove me right but ,I’d imagine , a child that it homeschooled loses out on many of those things. I mean, general life experience can’t be had if you’re with your family 24/7. Friendship bonds, healthy sexual growth, basic human interaction with people outside of your family. I don’t even wanna get into what agendas the parents might have in molding the minds of their children.
I’m sure there are some good parents doing a fine job of home schooling their kids but, in my mind, it just seems more beneficial to kids to live their lives and learn from experience outside the house. But , hey, I don’t have kids so what the fuck do I know?

How would you react if you found out that someone hung themselves to your album Music By Cavelight?
Jesus dude…you trying to ruin my week?
I mean…if the suicide note read “I killed myself because of Blockheads “Music by cavelight”, I’d be more confused than anything. It’s not an album promoting death. If anything, it’s celebrating the passing of my father in a few songs. I’m of the ilk that feels people who kill themselves and blame one specific thing obviously have much bigger problems than that one thing. So, honestly, I wouldn’t feel bad about it…cause I didn’t have anything to do with it. That person just happened to decide my album was his excuse. It’s never that simple. So, yeah, please don’t kill yourself in general but, more specifically, to my albums. Thank you.

Say one night you met a girl at the bar that you really hit it off with, and you go back to her place. When you wake up your in a small wooden shack outside the city and surrounded by cultists in robes. What do you say do to get them to kick you out of the cult so you can go home? Right now they wont let you go because they think your Jesus, and the girl you met is no where to be found.

Well, the awful question situations keep coming!
Hmm…If I’m their jesus, I’d assume they would listen to me. So I’d probably order them to do some menial task, I’d call an uber and be the fuck outta there. That’s the easy answer.
The hard answer would be: I’d get a lay of the land. See where their heads were out and possibly start a church….here’s the thing…I’d just preach my real thoughts and see how long I could get them to go along with it. Hell, in a week or so, I might have some really chill, Athiest interns as my disposal. If not, they’d probably figure out I wasn’t a messiah and move on…or murder me in some weird cult ritual. So, yeah…I’mma go with option A on that one.

So, it’s been 4 years now. I come back to this article every now and then (as well as the first one) because it’s interesting to read how pop stuff works (from your perspective). I’m not the biggest fan of LDR, I find her a bit repetitive, but different strokes for different folks…

Any thoughts on that from a four-year distance?

Not really. The world seems to be the same. The machine still cranks. Only difference now is that Lana Del Ray probably wouldn’t have happened in 2016 without being from the internet or some other public forum.
I’ve venture to guess pop music has gotten worse and more formulaic in the sense that every song has 15 writers , it has to go through a hellish screening process and the end result is so tested out, it lacks any sort of spontaneity to it. At the same time, pop music has always been like that on some level so it’s not a huge change.

Which holidays do you think would have the highest streaming traffic for porn?

Hmm…National ass to mouth day?
I would guess ones where people don’t go out at night. Like Thanksgiving or christmas. Most people just feast then dissolve into the couch afterwards. I’d imagine , once they peel themselves out of the living room many men will find themselves alone , in bed, with nothing to do…possibly at their parents house (the origin of their masturbatory life) and…there we are. Splooooosh.

What are some of the best “Alternative Hip-Hop” names out there?

Names? As in the best names…not artists, just names? i’m gonna go with that cause the alternate question is too boring.
Oh, you know, MC verbs n’buttah , The vocal lyrical MC worduser, Lil Mr. big stuff, BLVCK White guy, Cloudy Mcfloats the God MC.
That’s just a few off the top. Those are some great names.

Hey Block, I’d like your best guess on some stats. About how many times do you think someone has been listening to your music while doing the following things?
-Having sex
-Rollerskating
-Playing boardgames
-Baking a cake
-Cleaning a toilet
-Doing a backflip
-Tripping really hard
Actually, numbers are hard and not that important. Ranking them would be great. So, the activities in order of how many times someone has done them listening to your music (your solo stuff and anything you’ve produced).

I’ll do both…rank and number.
Tripping: a bazillion times.
Sex: thousands and thousands of times
Boardgames: between 300 and 600 times
Baking a cake: Over 200 hundred, less than 1000
Doing a backflip: I would go low with this but I know a lot of people dance to my shit in weird ways so I’m go with , like, 150 times.
Cleaning a toilet: 78 times
Rollerskating: once or twice ever

Do you worry about clearing your samples or do you kind of just skate under the radar? Your music is very sample-heavy and I know you released Bells and Whistles independently, so I’m just wondering how the sample clearing process went down for you.

I definitely skate under the radar. Thing is, it pretty much eliminates any chance of licensing music, which is a HUGE form of income for artists like myself. So, it’s a trade off for me. I don’t clear stuff (unless i have to) but i also don’t get big $ from song placement of those songs. Such is life, I suppose!