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Independent Music Magazines – Q&A with Jazz.i.am
1.) When and why did you get involved in Recording Music?
I’ve always been interested, and I’ve always been interested in music ever since I discovered Wu-Tang and Nas and Mobb Deep, Diggable Planets and a lot more and I’ve always wanted to be able to rap so I took a shot at it and I get a lot of great responses.
2.) What is your role when creating a record? (e.g songwriting, recording, production, mixing, mastering, instruments)
Whenever I make a song or a record I do the songwriting and rhymes, I have some friends who mix/produce but for now, it’s just me.
3.) Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
Well if you mean teacher by music, I never really had one, I taught myself.
4.) Is your family musical? /Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
My parents come from the 90’s era and they always sing or play songs that I like from back then and my father put me on to a lot of east coast rap a lot of New York rappers and singers.
5.) What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
The fondest musical memory I can remember is when I went to my dad’s house and we did some karaoke night and I was doing Eminem’s “the real slim shady” and I was rapping the verses.
6.) Which musicians do you admire? Why? Have you learned from them?
I listen to and study a lot of Wu Tang , Chance the rapper, Nas, Smino, No Name, a lot of Method Man (only the tical albums though) I listen to a lot of new rappers and I know how to make a new vibe song but I love old music it’s so raw.
7.) Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Wu Tang – 36 chambers, The Infamous – Mobb Deep, a lot of reggae – Buju, Ini Kamoze, Sizzla, Capleton, The Refugees or the Fugees, Ice Cube – Predator, Craig Mack – Funk the World, and Eminem for the lyrical rhymes
8.) Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
No I never have and I would really want to one day like that’s my dream to be on a stage with 100’s of people screaming for me.
9. Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
The first I could remember was guitars and pianos because those are the easiest but they’re still hard to learn.
10. How often and for how long do you practice?
I practice very often I try to make at least over 5 songs a month but I’ve been doing this for 6 months since December or January. I’m persistent but there are some setbacks because of school among other things.
11. What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
I practice on slow beats like a “shook ones” type beat and occasionally hook up a fast beat just to try it and see how I can flow.
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