Answers for questions vol. 243

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Hi there and welcome to another edition on “Answers for questions”. You asked me random shit and I answered. It’s the logical reaction.
If you have a smart or dumb question you’d like to throw my way, the party is always going. Email me questions to phatfriendblog@gmail.com or simply leave them in the comment section below. The weirder the better. Get creative. I know you can do it. you’re the internet.

Would you consider cryogenically freezing yourself for science or personal gain?
Not really. Seems like a waste of money. I’m also not one of those people who really puts much value on getting way older. Like, from what I can see, being over 70 kinda sucks. Sure, you’ve got wisdom and , most likely, an inner peace but everything you do seems hard and your body is just falling apart on a daily basis. I’m already past the age I’d wanna be frozen in so it’s a moot point. Also, the world isn’t exactly becoming a better place to be. The thought of being frozen then thawed out a few hundred years down the line makes no sense. Like “Oh dope! I froze myself so I could be awoken in a mad max like hell world! There’s not food or water and it’s 200 degrees during the summer! Awesome!”
Also, I don’t think me being around for future generations is important. Doubt I’d make the list for people that needed to be saved for later. I feel like only someone like WIll.I.AM would freeze himself. He seems like that kinda guy.


I know you travel a lot but do you ever shut it down for a week or 2 and go on vacation? If so, what kind of vacations do you take? Cruise, all inclusive resort, backpacking through Europe or just something simple like a secluded cabin for a week?

I do not ever go on vacation. For a few reasons…
1)My life is a vacation
Meaning, outside of making music an touring, I don’t have a ton of real life responsibilities. When I’m home for long periods of time, I’m chilling. I’m a man of comfort and regiment and NYC is , by far, my favorite place to be. So, when I’m here, I’m at my happiest.
2)I travel too much to wanna travel more
I take ,like, hundreds of planes a year. I’m not a bad flyer but it’s enough to make me not wanna be in airports or , really, be around any form of travel ever, when I don’t have to be. If I can not be traveling during my free time, that’s a win for me. So, going to far away lands isn’t that appealing to me , if we’re talking about my own personal leisure time.
3)I don’t really care about seeing places THAT MUCH.
Sure, there are plenty of places I’d like to see. Cities I’d like to check out. But, in general, I don’t care for nature (so camping is out) and I get bored by beaches within about 2 hours. A cruise sounds like a mall in the water. No thanks. My job has enabled me to see a lot of the world and because of that, I think I know what interests me. I’m not into being a tourist. I’m not into sightseeing. I like eating and experiencing cities as naturally as possible. That’s it. So, if that’s not on the menu, I probably am not that interested.
4)My vacations are brief
The only thing I do do is occasionally got away for a weekend to someones beach house or something like that. These trips are always more about just hanging with friends than the location. Swimming in a pool is nice. Maybe doing some drugs.

All that said, I think a crucial thing about traveling for fun is that I go with friends. That will always up the fun no matter where you are. I could probably have as much fun in Cleveland as I could in Rome if I went with the right people.

For whatever reason, if you had to make the choice between watch tv shows only or movies only (they can old or new, doesn’t matter) which would you choose – movies or tv?

That is tough. I wanna say movies but the reality is that, at this point, TV shows are right there with it AND the have way more variety. Also, sports play on TV so that’s a bonus as well. I love movies but there are maybe 10-15 that come out a year that I really wanna see. Where as , tv shows are constantly churning out new one’s that I want to see. I’m assuming netflix counts as tv, btw…

Here’s a somewhat FAQ speed round interview:
When did you start producing?
I started in the early 90’s by bringing samples over to peoples houses and watching them make beats. I got my sampler late 94/early 95 though.

Was it just a hobby to begin with?
Yup. Everything is a hobby when you’re a teenager.

How often would you lose hope in yourself?
I didn’t take it seriously enough to really get down on myself like that. I was more just obsessed with it and always doing it. I’m not really a person who sits around doubting myself or patting myself on the shoulder. I just did it and kept doing it cause I enjoyed it.
How often
would you change styles or genres?

I don’t think I’ve ever actively changed genres. It’s still hip hop to me.

Who supported you through the journey to ‘making it’,
and how?

My friends and family, I suppose. No one was like “Don’t do this!”

Where do you look for samples?
All over. Rare records of all genres.

Do you ever use field recorders?
Nope.

When the proddin’s going bad, what do you tell yourself to convince yourself that you’re not
a shit producer and that you have the ability to spill sweet, phat, saucy tunes upon the longing ears of society?

“Proddin” hahahahahahaha! Jesus man, how high are you?
I never feel that way. I accept that , sometimes, I don’t have it and I shut it down until I feel inspired again. it happens.

How does one cook the perfect roast?
I can only cook with a microwave but I’d venture to say in an oven.

What kinda people, or who have you been working with in the beginning of it all?
People I’m still friends with to this day. My friend Niles, Jer (AKA Sir Jarlsberg) this dude Dub-l. i started with them.

When, where and how did you meet Aesop and start weaving dreams?
Your phrasing is making me want to vomit right about now.Put the weed down.
Anyway, I met aesop in 94 at Boston university. We don’t weave dreams though.

What’s the meaning of life?
answering dumb questions on a monday morning is the meaning of life.

Which programs do you use? Which VSTs?
I only a cassette four track and a magnifying glass. That’s it.

If one train is headed from Minnesota to New York at 100km/h and the other is a transdimensional Mushi master how can mirrors be real if our eyes aren’t real?
If a guy smokes dabs and sits in front of his computer for a few hours, does his brain cease to exist or is he in a higher plane of consciousness called “being fucked up”?

Answers for questions vol. 87


Hey, it’s a holiday or something today , right? So, happy whatever day it is to you and yours. I hope you’re out lighting a candle or having a BBQ or whatever is significant today. I sure as hell am gonna get some serious laundry done and maybe go bowling later. HOLIDAY!

Anyway, send me more questions! Leave them in the comments below or email them to me at phatfriendblog@gmail.com. As always, BE CREATIVE. The better your questions, the better my answers and we all win that way.

What do you think of saying, “bless you” after someone sneezes? I consider it a common courtesy (like in German, and Spanish, “salut”), not actually intending any religious blessings. Most of the time I slur it like, “blush you” to make myself feel better (not being the religious type). Considering they’re spewing their potentially pathogenic mucous particles everywhere, it would seem more fitting to say, “Watch the fuck out where you aim that shit!” Thoughts?

I too am a non-religious person who says “BLess you”. I’ll also throw “Gesundheit” in there at times. I honestly have no clue why I still do it aside from just seeing it as being polite.
It’s funny cause I’ve been in situations where a person of certain faith will sneeze in front of me and I sort of panic as to which thing I’m supposed to say. Like I obviously don’t say “gesundheit” to a muslim, right? or A jew? “Bless you” seems to be the most flexible but I don’t know enough about the ins and outs of what offends certain religious folk to know what’s proper. I’ve been thinking of replacing them all with a simple , yet effective “Hi-yooooooo!”.

I noticed that you recently played a show with Conspirator and I was just curious to hear your opinion on trancefusion and/or jam rock and if you do anything different in your live set when playing with bands that improvise?

It’s funny cause, from touring, I’ve been thrust into this world of Burning man type shit that I was never exposed to. I honestly don’t know if I “get” it. As I’ve said before, I don’t really listen to that kind of music (or instrumental hip hop) in my own time. To me, it’s very inoffensive music that’s generally pretty boring. That’s about it. I don’t know why that music appeals to the people it does but, whatever it does, it makes hula hoops, glow sticks and face paint appear. To me, that’s the funniest/weirdest thing about the entire scene.
As for my set when performing with these types of musicians, I don’t change. For better or for worse, my set still is my music mixed with all sorts of other shit with heavy hip hop overtones.

You seem to know a lot about movies. Does Jenny give Forrest and Forrest Jr. her AIDS in Forrest Gump? It never clarifies.
I assume they all died of full blown aids while the credits were running. Little known fact: Forrest Gump was a big fan of anal and never wore condoms cause “They make my thing feel tired”.

What is your opinion of “ducks”? And Who do you look up to for musical Influence? I like Madlib. BTW, I see what you did there on Panic in Funkytown (btw, good job on the new ablum. Not as zomg!!! as Music Scene, but I’m likeing it better with each listen, I listening to it doing homework). But this time I was wiser. Do you consciously seek out samples that resemble old-school hiphop songs, or does the Void handle that and you just go with it?

First off, thanks for the awesome backhanded compliment. Glad you kinda sorta like the new alum enough to tell me.
I have no idea who/what “ducks” are. Unless you mean the animal (which I know you don’t) , in which case, they’re delicious.
I don’t really look at anyone one in particular for musical influence. At this point in my career and life, especially, I’m pretty internal with everything I do. I just make music how I make it. I don’t really try and emulate other groups or styles that I hear. I’ve found doing that tends to date your music and , inevitably, when that style passes, it leaves you behind with it. Unless you’re a shapeshifting whore like madonna, in which case it allows you to stay relevant for 3 decades.
As for samples, I don’t seek anything in particular out at first. When I start a beat, I’m looking for a good foundation to build off of. Once I have that, then I can zero in on particular sounds like “Oh, a guitar would be good for right here”.

What do you think of the whole “Cute” vs. “Hot” debate? Isn’t it just semantics?

God, I wish all the questions were like this. Readers! Take note! this is a great question.
Anyway…I’ve given this topic tons of thought, as i am a man with a penis who like pretty girls.
To me: Cute>>>hot
Here’s why. Cute ages better. Cute is approachable. Cute has nuances to it that hot just doesn’t. Do i wanna fuck hot girls? Of course. But, for some reason, it’s just not as realistic as bagging a nice cute girl. Maybe it’s some personal thing that still lingers from high school, but hot girls are unattainable. Like a Megan Fox type. She is so blazingly hot to me, it’s like she’s not even human. Where as, you take a girl like Michelle williams, who’s no where near as hot as fox, but I’d probably be drawn to her more. Perhaps it’s cause , in my head, I know a Megan Fox type isn’t fucking with me or it’s just I see the cute type just having more depth to it. Who knows?
However, there is a factor here that cannot be overlooked. Sexiness. Both cute and hot girls can have it and it makes all the difference. Hell, I know pretty mediocre girls who are so sexy I’d take them over far hotter girls. It’s a feeling. If you strip sexiness down , it’s really just “Fuckability”. How badly do you want to have sex with this person, regardless of how hot or cute they are. A random example of this is the host of the show “Food wars”.

She’s a very pretty girl. I’ve certainly seen better. BUT, she’s sexy as fuck. In fact, she’s got what I like to call “whore eyes”. “Whore eyes” are a subtle , inviting, flirty gaze that some women just naturally have. They in no way means the girl is a whore at all, but there’s something about the looks they give that cuts to the soul of most men. Personally, I think it’s when a girl emits a certain warmth and comfort towards a dude and he just reads it as her flirting. Whatever it is, “Whore eyes” wine every time. Except all those times when guys misread those whore eyes and get friend zoned for life. But that’s neither here nor there.

Aesop working with Kimya Dawson: Is this some Yoko Ono and John Lennon high potential for disaster or does it have a chance? Are we going to see a whole new genre of rap and folk, like The GZA working with Jewel; that album would have to be called drooling jizz. Sick.

Oh, it’s definitely got a chance. The songs I’ve heard have been dope and Aesop kicks some pretty undeniable shit on there. Sure, some people are going to be put off by the lack of drums and boom bap but it is what it is. It’s definitely nothing any two artists like that have ever really done before. That said, I’d be surprised if it spawned a whole new genre. I mean, them as a group was born out of a friendship first so it grew naturally. I could see seriously disastrous music if people where to just try to attempt it out of thin air by forcing it.

Yo Block, if someone were to plant a 25 ft. magical rubber tree that gave you the most amazing orgasms when you slid down it, would you do so under the conditions that it would be in public and you have to lube your entire body? Oh, and you wouldn’t get hurt when you landed or thrown into jail for indecent exposure.

So, I’d be lubed up and naked , having intense orgasms from sliding down a rubber tree IN PUBLIC? Um…nah, it’s cool. As much as I like busting a good nut, I’m pretty sure no one needs to see that. I mean, hey, you put that tree in a private area, where I’m alone, I might give it a whirl, but, really, I don’t need to bust a nut that bad ever.

What are your top three comedy podcast and are there any out their that are under the radar and you could turn us on to? Always looking for some new ones.
I honestly don’t dig that deep for my podcasts. I listen to WTF, Mohr Stories, Comedy bang bang, doug loves movies and a little bit of the Joe Rogan experience. Have you peeped “Gelmainia” on ear wolf? It’s interesting for sure.