SCRUB and ACE HA
Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
SCRUB (Adam Estep 3/26/81) and ACE HA (Ace List 11/27/76), United States. Scrub was raised in rural Missouri, born in a primitive log cabin to hippy parents. Ace was raised in Bloomington, IN in a working-class family. Both Scrub and Ace fell in love with skateboarding, punk rock and hip hop at a very early age and shared those influences with the eventually met decades later.
Tell us how you start your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Scrub has been writing, recording and performing for more than a decade and has shared stages with Atmosphere, DJ Swamp, Nappy Roots, JC Brooks, Macy Gray, Blueprint, The Cool Kids, Brother Ali, Prof, Louis Logic, The Palmer Squares and many more. Raised on blues and soul music, Scrub gravitates towards funky, melodic soundscapes perfect for his complex rhyme style.
Ace began producing for several groups including the Thundacats in Indiana before forming the group Maddwest with the emcee Branimal. The duo was signed to 2k Sounds, a division of Universal and released one album on the label. Since then Ace has produced for Rock Mafia, Jarren Benton, American Idol, and scores of film and television projects.
Scrub and Ace Ha were introduced three years ago by a mutual friend and they composed a song for upcoming film. They project went so well, the two decided to begin working together exclusively and the rest is history.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Sneaker Tweaker is a classic lighthearted hip hop song in the vein of Slick Rick or The Pharcyde. The song delves into the world of shoes, looking at the characters behind sneakers, Crocs, sandals, Jordans, flip flops, exclusives, classics and more. The hilarious video follows the shoe ‘plug’, who serves as the source for rare shoes – and the shoe ‘salesman’, willing to sell his product to anyone, including Jesus and the Devil!
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Scrub and Ace Ha’s debut video, Anita Ride, opened many doors for the duo in 2016. The video was featured in Foot Locker stores worldwide and aired on H2o Television NYC, IndiMusicTV, California Music Channel, Video Hits NY, Taste TV, ClubCom Network, SmashVision, DailyMotion, Music Inner City, HipHopCanada, Video Diversity, ScreenPlay, Zuus Media, YesterdaysNothing, HipHopVideoWorld, ArtistRack, PCMusic Canada, VideoDetective, BaebleMusic, AllBayMusic, Hip-HopVibe, GodsOfRap and more.
Scrub and Ace Ha followed up Anita Ride with Plastic Rock, a five-part video series where the duo flips classic rock anthems into something entirely new. The series has been featured in Ghettoblaster Magazine, All Access Music, Musical Notes Global, Garden State Hip Hop, Locash Magazine, Kill The Music and Concert Crap.
Tell us about other members of your band, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.
The Sneaker Tweaker video was directed by Calvin Tigre, a young director from St. Louis, MO known for his work with Sofar Sounds, Team Backpack and the Gaslight Sessions.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We are very fortunate to have had so many awesome experiences already in the music industry and we’ve each worked with many different groups and lineups. Working now as a duo with such powerful chemistry, we are having the time of our lives cranking out new songs and videos and we have no plans of slowing down.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Music has been Scrub and Ace Ha’s profession and sole focus for so long, the two wouldn’t know how to stop. Their humble beginnings taught them to never let a lack of resources stand in your way. They’ve made magic from thin air over the years so it has only gotten easier for the duo to write and record at a prolific pace.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Ha, wish we knew! But no question things must be melodic, memorable, relatable and honest. And less is almost always more.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
We’re very grateful for all the people who’ve supported using the past and continue to do so. We are trying to have as much damn fun as possible while we have the mic, and hope to encourage others to explore their own creativity.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Know your goals. Once you have very specific idea of where you would like to go as an artist, you can take concrete steps toward making that a reality. Broad, vague goals make it very difficult to know where to focus your energy.