Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
I was born and raised in the Netherlands. It’s a dope country but there’s a lot of racism. My childhood was filled with depression and good friends. Shout out to my brother for introducing me to hip hop through Dr. Dre.
Tell us your academic qualification.
I’m a history major and will talk about the Russian Revolution for hours.
Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience, and skills
I’ve been making beats for ten years and rapping for twelve. I’ve tried to learn how to play the piano three times and gave up consequently. I’m still trying.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
I make rap music. The concept of “Hellos n Goodbyes” came out of my previous experiences with love. At a certain point, I tend to isolate myself from a partner and I’m still figuring out how to break that cycle. The music video came out of me receiving a green screen for Christmas and messing around with effects and stuff.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I promote my music by making dope videos, good hip hop, and discussing socialist politics.
Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.
A communist society makes me happy. The capitalist society makes me sad.
List the radio stations, TV stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
I’m still submitting my music everywhere.
Give us links to where the song can be purchased.
All my music is for free but those that want to support me can on: Patreon
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
I’m broke so I do everything myself. I start with digging for samples. Then I make the beat on an old iMac using Logic. Then I record myself in a tiny little closet that has surprisingly good acoustics. I mixed and mastered it myself on twenty-dollar headphones. Then I put up a green screen for the first time, set it in front of it, and recorded a couple of takes until I got bored. Then I went to the same old iMac, started up premiere pro, and voila. The music video was born.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
I’ve been in the music game for twelve years and have been disappointed by many people. Still, I continue to have faith in the creative energy for all of us and hope my music can help mobilize the working class to achieve revolution.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I make a damn good dish of rice and beans.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
My weakness is that I’m really bad at promoting my stuff. My strength is that I make dope songs.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
Kool G Rap – “Men at Work”
Mac Demarco – “Chamber of Reflection”
Charles Mingus – “Moanin”
Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Doja Cat – “So High”
Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
Major Labels are only out to seek profits. We got to make dope music for ourselves.
Tell us the instruments put together in this song.
It’s all samples and I sampled so much I already forgot the name of the artist I looped in.
Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.
I love cooking, walks on the beach, and reading Mao. Preferably all at the same time.
Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
The more often I did it, the easier it got.
Narrate your recording experience.
My recording experience is intimate and humbling. It’s me, a laptop, and a mic in a little closet. Sometimes I’m scared that the neighbors hear me and judge me, sometimes I’m not.
List your various works.
All my music can be listened to here:
You can check out a video series where I discuss hip hop from a Marxist perspective here: