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Interview: We speak to Kempton Park based artist, Slay’ By Lann, about his journey in music, the come up and his new project

The Innanetwav team has consistently proven to the game that they are the leaders of the new wave. With fresh acts, a growing catalogue and a strong following, they have worked and earned their position of influence in the game. The label is slowly breaking through to the mainstream and they are doing this by leveraging the strength of their roster. A roster that has artists such as Kempton Park based rapper, Slay’ By Lann, who is preparing to drop new music this weekend.

We spoke to the young rapper about how he started, Innanetwav, the come up and his plans for the future. Peep the interview below.

First and foremost, we have to thank you for your time. We first came across your work earlier this year on SoundCloud and later realized that you were part of the Innanetwav team. For those that may not be familiar with your work and your brand, please introduce yourself?
Thank you so much for the opportunity, and showing interest and love to me. I’m a 24 year old multi-talented artist from a small town called Newlands east. Born as Lesley Shahid Fuller but I’m more commonly known as Slay’ By Lann. I sing, rap and compose music and I work closely with a producer called 808x.

How did your journey in music begin? What sparked your interest and love for rap music?I’m a writer. I use words as a tool to communicate my thoughts and ideas to the world. Poetry has always been a go-to artistic medium for me to express myself as a creative. My journey in music was, funny enough, sparked by me wanting to escape loneliness. My natural knack and love for words helped me evade loneliness.

 

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As noted in the first question, you are part of the innanetwav team. How did you link up with innanetwav? How much has your career grown since joining the team?
The idea of the Innanetwav brand has always been a dream of mine. Innanetwav was started by me, Tymon, 808x, MyKey, Solve The Problem and Oshoku. We all went to the same high school and lived in the same neighbourhood so it was only natural for us to have the same creative frequencies. We were and still are passionate about music. We would link up in random studios but we never really recorded until I started really connecting with 808x creatively. We made music and I was the first artist to release a project under the label. Six years later, I have grown to be a more refined, patient, confident and focused artist and I have to give all of the credit to my team. I’m grateful to be in a team that represents the new wave.

You’re quite a strong writer, very conceptual in how you approach your raps but somehow you manage to package your thoughts in a way that is very accessible and easy to the listener’s ear. Your flows, cadences and worldplay is world-class. How would you describe your creative process?
To be honest with you, I never would have imagined that one day I would be called a rapper. As a kid, I was more fascinated with dance and I picked up poetry along the way. When I was younger, my dad was in prison and my mom was hustling for me to live a better life. It became too much for my mom and she had to reach out to my grandmother who was living in Italy at the time. She came down to assist and quickly realized that I was a handful and very rebellious. For my 9th birthday I wanted a bike, but my grandmother bought me a book and instructed me to write my feelings down. She believed that writing and allowing me take the time to understand my emotions was a form of rehabilitation. I still do that to this very day – writing about how I feel. 

My creative work is inspired by whatever I experience, what I’m currently doing and all the emotions I go through. Feeling is everything to me. Different feelings produce different sounds.

Who are some of your influences as an artist? Local and international.
Priddy Ugly, Frank Casino, Tupac and Drake. I also listen to a lot of DJ Fortee, Solve The Problem, Southside Mahommed, POPNOTYOURFATHER and MyKey.

As a young rapper on the come up, what would you say are some of your biggest challenges as an artist? Do you feel that the game is welcoming to new talent?
That’s a very interesting question. Firstly, it’s not easy being a new artist in the current industry. You have to make sure that you build a solid and you kinda have to be your own brand ambassador in the beginning. The game loves new talent but there are some challenges obviously. The current state of the music industry is not built around relevance anymore. It’s more about consistency and visibility. I know artists that blew up off of one song and they somehow managed to stay visible in the game, getting gigs and staying consistent while working on new music and leveraging the steam of the song that made them blow up. However, my biggest challenge as an artist is that music takes me away from my family and that can get hectic as I’m a family-oriented person.

You’re dropping an EP called NIGHT LIFE on the 25th of August. What can people expect from the EP?
NIGHT LIFE is an acronym and a play on words which stands for: Never In Guilt Having Time + Live It Fully Everyday. What people can expect is a brand new sound from me, originality and a unique perspective. This EP will serve as a proper introduction to the Slay’ By Lann brand. The project details my growth as an artist and provides some insight into my musical journey. It’s also a dedication to my best friend, who lost his life to the night life this year.

 

Official NIGHT LIFE EP artwork

What inspired the NIGHT LIFE EP and what do you aim to achieve with the project?
The project was inspired by the streets of Kempton Park. The purpose of the project is give the masses some insight into my life.

What else can we expect from you in 2018?
More music, more videos and more heat.

Where can people follow you online?
You can catch me on Facebook and Instagram by using my handle, @SlaybylannSA, and my handle on Twitter is @SlayByLann_SA.

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Interview: Nonku Phiri shares details of how she started, her new single ‘Sïfó’ & her future plans

When you speak of creative forces that continually push culture, shift perspectives and break boundaries, you cannot leave Nonku Phiri out of the conversation. Nonku Phiri is a talented, multi-disciplined creative who has collaborated with global industry leaders in electronic music with a growing track record. Experimentation is rooted in her artistry and as time goes, she exposes layers of her being as she continually and naturally comes into her own. In the creative industry in South Africa, she is regarded as a pioneer and a future leader who is pushing boundaries in art. Musically, she knows no bounds or limitations, as her creativity is not built on singularity but rather the flexibility and the unpredictability of life.

We got a chance to speak to Nonku Phiri about her start in the creative industry, her new label venture and her future projects.

You first burst into the South African music industry about seven years ago, breaking down walls whilst also eradicating common perceptions attached to womxn in the South African music industry. Your story obviously doesn’t start there. Please share your story of how Nonku Phiri, the multi-talented artist, came to be?

I basically decided to pursue music after I completed my studies, it took a series of serendipitous events to finally convince me that this was something I wanted to do. Working in the creative industry is challenging as it can be quite a thankless job but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Since breaking into the industry, you’ve done quite a lot for yourself in music. Having worked with some of the best electronic music artists in South Africa and the world, it could be easy for one to assume that you’ve ticked a lot of boxes of success in your career so far. How do you stay sharp as an artist and what inspires you to keep creating?

Surprisingly enough I feel like I’m just beginning, I try not to focus too much on following trends and always try mix things up a bit when it comes to collaborations. The project I’m currently working on has allowed me to explore things like production and how that translates into creating a unique live set. I’m super excited to begin sharing a lot of the new material and hope that you’ll enjoy what comes out this phase.

What are your thoughts on the current state of electronic music in Mzansi? Do you feel that there is enough representation of womxn in the industry and if there isn’t, what change do you want to see in the near future?

I really think we should stop using this segregated narrative when it comes to women in the creative industry, as there are tons and tons of strong female artists kicking ass locally and internationally.  Since there’s lots of music available nowadays people tend to gravitate more towards what they like, I don’t think one’s sex should play a role in making this decision. Regarding the current state of the electronic industry artist like Manthe Ribane, Moonchild, Eve Rakow, Purity and Rose Bonica really excite me.

You’re one of the best performers in our country. One can tell that you put a lot of effort into your performances as you consistently display excellence in your showmanship. How do you approach performances?

Thank you. I try to approach each show with an open mind and tend to focus on creating a new experience every time we get to play. Seeing as none of our performances have ever been the same, it definitely does help that the live show has an element of improvisation that allows me to feed off the energy of the room. The rest is often left to the universe and the mood of the day.

The second half of the year comes with a new single from you called Sifo. With this new song, you seem to have taken a different direction musically, from the production to the writing. How did the single, Sifo, come about?

Without going into too much detail, Sifo was inspired by a personal experience that took place last year. I’ve essentially spent the last two years on the road exploring and showcasing the new sound/material and I felt that it was time to share apart of my journey sonically. I hope you’ll like what’s in store as I feel as though I’m finally coming into my own as a solo artist.

The new song is released through your own label, Albino Black. What inspired the move to go independent?

I’m inspired to see more artists take the leap. Everything that I have released thus far has been released independently. Starting off I felt that it was important to be hands-on and in control of all facets of my career. All it takes is a little bit of investment in oneself and taking the initiative to start things off without waiting on someone else to make it happen.

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Cover for Sïfó by Nonku Phiri. Photography by Angus Mackinnon

What can we expect from your new label?

For now, a new EP releases from me.

What can we expect from you as the year goes?

I’ve got plenty more music to release so you can definitely expect to hear more from me. I’ll also be heading out of the country for a couple months and am currently working on curating a couple of shows around SA with some of my favourite acts over the summer time.

Stream Sïfó below.

 

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Vitu: Fearless in his expression and carving a new path in film & music

Honest expression is something that is difficult to come by and expression that knows no boundaries can easily translate into a form of liberation. An unbiased observation of society and particularly its youth, since the youth is going to be carrying the torch and pushing society into the future, is important in trying to understand how important expression is to young people. One can even stretch the notion to a point where we can hold creativity up to a high-esteem and treat it as a commodity. With mind-blowing advancements in technology, it feels like time is moving faster and more people are starting to feel left behind in life and work. In these fast moving times, the burning question is: Who has the power to mold, move, lead, direct and create culture? The answers that may be derived from that question may vary from person to person, but one thing that goes without doubt is that a creative mind has the power to move mountains and often times, art is what shapes society and unfortunately it does not gain the acknowledgement that it deserves.

It is not easy to go out and carve your own path to do what you love, but one individual is fighting off the struggles that life brings and that individual is none other than the Pretoria-born, Cape Town based creative, Vitu. Vitu is an artist that takes up a stance of making people realize the power and value in art and this is reflected in how he chooses to live his life and his career choice.

His understanding of the influence the places you may or may not have a choice to live in shows in how he crafts his music. “I am originally from Pretoria and spent some time in Jo’burg for my studies and moved to Cape Town for work. When I was in Pretoria, I was making Pretoria-sounding music and when I was in Jo’burg I was making music with a Jo’burg feel. And now that I’m in Cape Town, the city reflects itself in my music”. What we gathered from that statement was that Vitu is an artist that has a deep understanding about how location has a huge impact on work that an artist creates. Here is an artist that is connected to his surroundings and an artist that knows how to connect how he feels, what inspires him, people he comes across and the spaces he inhabits, which is absolutely amazing.

“When I was in Pretoria, I was making Pretoria-sounding music and when I was in Jo’burg I was making music with a Jo’burg feel. And now that I’m in Cape Town, the city reflects itself in my music”

Vitu forms part of a musical outfit called Arcade Music, which covers feats like beat production and the creation of quality music. The fact that the members of Arcade music are friends allows for a genuine synergy when they jump in the studio to create music.

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Creatives are often challenged by one thing – and that is balancing working and doing what they truly love. In Vitu’s case, that is not necessarily the case as he works in an industry where he gets to do work that he is passionate about. “At the end of the day, I need to eat. I can’t disregard the importance of having a job and making sure that I survive. I don’t necessarily struggle with balancing my work life and my creative life, because after work when I get home I get to work on my music. It gets crazy, sometimes I sleep late. “I love working in the industry that I’m in, being in the film industry in Cape Town is cool.  I get to build crucial connections that I can later on use in the future. Let’s say I want to shoot a music video, I would have access to people that can help me conceptualize and shoot it.”

“At the end of the day, I need to eat. I can’t disregard the importance of having a job and making sure that I survive.”

When asked about the differences in the respective creative scenes between Jo’burg and Cape Town, Vitu had the following to say: ” Cape Town is very small which makes it easier to connect with people as opposed to how big Jo’burg is. Jo’burg is more fast-paced and you can get things done quite quickly. Due to the size of scene in Cape Town, things are slightly slower but one can’t take away the amazing creative work that the city produces. It made sense for me to move to Cape Town after spending some time in Jo’burg.”

When it came to the topic of music, Vitu made it quite clear that he wants to make music and that he doesn’t want to be boxed in any category that will limit the lengths his creativity can take him when he creates the work that he puts out. “I think it’s unfortunate that when you make music that is not necessarily popular, you get tagged with the word underground. I really don’t like that word. I just want to make music. And just because I made a few jazz-influenced tracks with a boom bap feel doesn’t mean that I will never make trap. Don’t get me wrong, I love trap. But the reason behind why my music sounds the way that it does at the moment is because of what I have been listening to recently and the space that I was in.”

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Photo credit: Vitu Maphenduka

“I think it’s unfortunate that when you make music that is not necessarily popular, you get tagged with the word underground. I really don’t like that word. I just want to make music.”

Artists often face struggles when it comes to creating the music that we enjoy so much and it is unfortunate that we hardly get to see the challenges that they go through to create. “Last year, I didn’t make a lot of music. I wasn’t in a space where I could make music. But this year, I was like let me go at it again and things started working out. People responded quite well to my first single, which is great.” Vitu released about 5 tracks this year and people responded quite well to ones that are particularly going to be in is new project which will drop in 2017.

“I recently got a new laptop after my other laptop got stolen. And unfortunately that laptop had a lot of music that I worked on that I had initially planned to be in my next project. I am making beats and trying to recreate what I had worked on, but it seems that I am taking a direction that differs from what I had initially planned and it is coming out quite well” he said. He is working with a lot artists that he has met in Cape Town, which includes his partners in Arcade music and DJ Skinniez. 2017 is looking quite great for Vitu and it seems as if it will act as a defining moment, so to speak.

When asked about when we can expect his next project, which is called This Time Next Week, he said the following: “I am still working on music and I plan to release it on Bandcamp for downloads for free and people can pay what they want if they want to and on Soundcloud for streaming. All the other platforms like iTunes, I will consider later on but for now I want people to be able to access the music” he said.

“If all goes well, I plan to release the project in March so that I can have February as a month for promo” he said.

Vitu is scheduled to impress in 2017 and we’re quite excited about that. We’re looking forward to what he will deliver in the next year.

Catch him on Soundcloud here .
Catch Arcade Music here .

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Connecting the African diaspora through creativity with brother portrait

Not so long ago we had an opportunity to chop it up with the brother portrait and we discussed topics such as the black British experience, London’s creative scene and its collaborative energy, his upbringing and his music and poetry.

We first caught wind of brother portrait through an unusual sequence of events which followed after crate digging at a local record shop in Brooklyn, Pretoria. We got 5 records namely, Nat King Cole’s Greatest hits, Gloria Gaynor’s Love Tracks and a compilation album called ‘Black Is Beautiful’ which included hits by Gladys Knight. Out of intrigue, we were quite curious about what the ‘Black Is Beautiful’ album was about because at the time, we did not have a record player so we chose to go on an online search for the compilation album and the first platform we used for searching was Youtube and we typed in the name of the compilation of the album and to our surprise the results of the search came up with Windmills by the Black/Other. After a few plays of the song, the Nusoulhub Radio team was compelled to find out more about these three amazing artists. The first thing we did was to do research about the members of the group and we didn’t know that the universe was plotting something that we weren’t aware of, a week or two after finding out Black/Other, brother portrait released a video which combined two of his songs called Seeview and Rearview to create a powerful cinematic story. The video was directed by Nadira Amrani and it was effort to depict the dual experience of being a migrant in Britain.

Talking about his upbringing and whether he, like most creatives and artists, has struggled to strike a balance between his work life and creative life he said the following “ I try not to separate the two too much, because I need those two aspects of my life to work together”. One’s upbringing shapes how one makes sense of the world and brother portrait, real name Hadiru Mahdi, has always had the avenues to include art in his life as he has parents who had been active in art.“Being involved in art has never been a problem, even in school and my academics I made sure that I made an effort and I did quite well. My dad was involved in the arts and music back in the day in various musical outfits and they played around the UK”.

“I try not to separate the two too much, because I need those two aspects of my life to work together” – brother portrait touching on how he balances his work life and his creative life.

We unpacked some of the experiences of being a young and black British individual in an attempt to understand some of the experiences that the diaspora face in the first world. Drawing parallels between the black British experience and the black Southern African experience and how we evidently express ourselves. Interestingly enough, most of the content that brother portrait raps about and the music that he makes can easily become a soundtrack to movements like FeesMustFall in South Africa, where black bodies are continually experiencing violence as they call for free education. Understanding the experiences of the African diaspora is crucial and it is important to document the narratives that we have as a people. Touching on the topic of the creative experiences that are seen in the diaspora, brother portrait said the following “There are guys in France that are doing amazing work, artists predominantly from the Congo are finding interesting ways to express themselves and tell their stories.”

Expression lies at the core of most things that brother portrait involves himself in and through his own personal expression and his interactions with other creatives in South East London, a creative movement was born.

One of the things that brother portrait stressed was the importance of owning and sharing our own stories. With the rise of de-colonial rhetoric in black movements in various parts of the world, the stance that brother portrait chooses to take with his music comes at a time where conversations about black identity are taking the forefront and his music aids, strengthens and furthers the conversations about the ownership of one’s blackness and black narratives. Brother portrait is relentless with his depictions of his experiences as being a black artist in the first world.

“Being involved in art has never been a problem, even in school and my academics I made sure that I made an effort and I did quite well. My dad was involved in the arts and music back in the day in various musical outfits and they played around the UK”

“I am fortunate and blessed to be surrounded by really amazing artists and I am blessed to call most of them my friends. Most of what we come up with is a result of jam sessions with friends” he said. Beyond the music, brother portrait is really good friends with Theo and Josh who are the other members Black/Other and this friendships shows in the creative chemistry that we witness in their work. Brother portrait is able to draw inspiration from his Sierra Leonean background and Theo and Josh are able to draw from their Mauritian and Sierra Leonean backgrounds respectively.

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It is evident that the creative scene in South London has a great collaborative energy as the creative efforts of some of the active participants in the scene are producing amazing work. “I honestly didn’t think that our work would reach this far and that it would have such an impact” he said. What is more interesting is the level of independence that artists in London have and how they are able to come together and create amazing work. “Collaboration is very important, I would like to work with other artists in Europe, West Africa and even South Africa “. The model that is used in the South London music scene to get things happening independently is fuelled by the willingness of artists to work together.

“Collaboration is very important, I would like to work with other artists in Europe, West Africa and even South Africa “.

Every great artist is influenced by great artists that came before them and this is also the case with brother portrait as he mentioned growing up listening to African musical pioneers like Lucky Dube and Fela Kuti. When it comes to producing creative work, we cannot limit brother portrait to just spoken word poetry and Hip Hop as he also expresses his creativity using other creative mediums such as photography and other visual aids. The bigger goal is keep working and delivering quality work for the masses to enjoy and judging by the successes of the work that he has put out, it is without doubt that brother portrait is soon to be a landmark in British creative scenes.

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His ability to create work that transcends borders and work that has a positive impact on people which also allows them to relate and connect his work with their own experiences is quite amazing. From the look of things, 2017 is set out to be a year of great things for brother portrait and we will surely be following up on his movements.

From random jam sessions with friends and other like-minded individuals, work that proves to have a replay-effect is created. When it comes to the work created, expect no compromise in the content as you are geared to hear sincerity, genuineness and an unrivalled honesty.

Brother portrait is cut from a different cloth when it comes to creativity, particularly in music and spoken word poetry. The angles he chooses to take up in his writing act as windows into his life and his experiences.

We’re looking forward to all the projects that he will be involved in and releasing as time goes.

Being surrounded by and having access to great artists like Shabaka Hutchings, Yussef Kamaal and James Massiah, just to name a few, can result in interesting collaborations which me might get to hear in the mixtape dropping later on this year or the other projects brother portrait is working on.

A positive individual who stands for self-love, creativity, truth, sincerity and unbounded expression is needed in a time where a lot of crazy and confusing things are happening in the world. Brother portrait is one of those individuals and he is spearheading a rise in honest expression within the greater black body.

Keep your eyes locked on his movement as he is sure to be delivering work that will grip whoever gets to come across it. The Nusoulhub Radio team will be constantly engaging with brother portrait to keep you updated on new releases from the South East London creative.

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Finger Trips’ rise in the East European beat scene

Instrumental Hip Hop is a sub-genre of Hip Hop and it is basically beats that an MC or rapper would typically rap on. It is important to note that due to Hip Hop’s ever-increasing segmentation and categorization, more genres are born. Gone are the days where beat-based beats and the producers of those beats only served purpose of solely supplying beats to rappers or MC’s. Producers all around the globe have taken a step forward by creating and pioneering a new genre that has grown to be respected and valued in music.

One individual that is particularly championing Instrumental Hip Hop is Finger Trips, who hails from Poltava, Ukraine. Being in East Europe should prove to be quite interesting as the Instrumental Hip Hop scene is still small, connected and the ones who participate in it act as a family or brotherhood. The Nusoulhub Radio team had an opportunity to speak to Finger Trips and find more about him, his philosophy when it comes to music, his upbringing and more.

Greetings, brother. We would like to thank you for responding to our call for an interview. We recently got to know of you through connections on Soundcloud and on a music note, we have a little idea of who you are. Mind letting us in on who you are and where you’re from?

Finger Trips: Peace everyone! My name is Maksym Dudka. I’m a beatmaker from Poltava, Ukraine. Nowadays I’m releasing Instrumental Hip-Hop music under the name Finger Trips. Nusoulhub:How does your upbringing and where you come from play a role when creating the sounds that you’re known to produce? Finger Trips: My journey began in 2002 when my parents took me to music school. They did not do that in hopes that I would become a musician, they wanted their son to spend less time wandering the streets. I studied there playing trumpet for 5 years. I finished music school but music was not part of my life until 2013. This year was the time I dived deep into the history of hip-hop and exactly in its golden era that inspired me to start learning writing a beat.

Tell us more about the music scene in Ukraine, particularly when it comes to instrumental Hip hop and beat music. Is there a more dominant genre of music that is popular in Ukraine and can one, if possible, see some stylistic similarities with that particular genre and your productions?

Finger Trips: I’m not really delved into the history of Instrumental Hip Hop in Ukraine, but I think that for the most part it is seen as an individual genre, this genre has been around for sabout 10-15 years, and ofcourse back then there were benchmarks which appeared in the music in the early 90s. As for me, nowadays in Ukraine this genre has become really popular. I can distinguish most famous beatmakers that have similarities in their genre with mine for example Klim Beats, The Cancel and Smuff tha Quiz, they all have their own style.

When did your musical journey start?

Finger Trips: I started building my network and putting out my work from the beginning of 2014 under the nickname Sweet So Weed, and the first EP was entitled “Catch Funky”.It had a blast among the B-Boys with the title track “Be YOng”. An Eastern Europe music party called “More Than Dope” from the neighboring country Belarus, was inspired my track and they used it in their movie.

Every artist has a philosophy when it comes to creating, mind letting us know what yours is? This philosophy often sits as the core reason as to why artists create artwork.

Finger Trips: My view consists in dreams that I can leave my originality and a mark in the Hip-Hop music and culture in general, and bring my own style and rhythms to it. I want to collaborate with some rap artists who have been inspired by my beats and create what would turn out to be a good product.

As much as your core focus is beat production, do you have a particular message that you always try to push out in your music? The messages attached to your beats could be conveyed in maybe how you choose to title your beats?

Finger Trips: In my mind, making instrumental music making is for a person who has a passion and an ear for it and someone who, in his or her mind, understands some political history or situation, possibly inventing or remembered with real life. The name of my tracks are often taken from the name of old records from which samples are basic cut. But often I just twisted it into some words that is closer to the subject of the track.

What is your creative process? We would not want to know what your trade secrets are when it comes to creating your beats, because we respect the process. Is there a piece of equipment that has to be in your setup when making beats?

Finger Trips: It’s all just my little wonder and the buttons from a company called AKAI. Until recently, the album “Funky Weekend” I used the AKAI MPD 32, then changed the MIDI keyboard into a full-fledged AKAI MPC1000. I like playing on a drum machine samples complete live without play buttons,at the same time I play drum samples and samples that are cut from the old tracks on vinyl. So I just can get almost full track playing on buttons and thinking through all the new combinations in the sampling.

How important is collaboration to you? Have you collaborated with any artists that are beyond Ukrainian borders?

Finger Trips: So far, I’ve only worked with local artists and artists from neighbouring countries, but I am open to all of the world. Maybe some of your rap artists hear my beats and want to make a track, it will be cool.

Who are some of your major influences when it comes to music, art and life in general? We know you’ve tagged yourself as someone who primarily produces Instrumental Hip Hop and beat music and we assume that your interests in music are probably beyond those genres.

Finger Trips: I don’t limit myself to instrumental Hip-Hop or beats. I think if you listen to one style music in the style of you doing, then you will repeat for those who you listen, maybe not consciously but it’s true. I’ve always liked Reggie and Dramenbeys and Ragga Jungle I just really excited. Also, like in the old school house sound this is closer to the disco. But the most favorite for me is always Funk, its really inspires me. Jazz and Soul also be loved and I sampled its old records too.

Given a chance to perform anywhere in the world, where would you ideally want to perform?

Finger Trips: Perhaps in France, and especially Marseille, my dream is to go there. It would really be great if I have a chance to play in every city in the world, because each is individual and would have inspired me. And now I know that I should come to play in South Africa, because there are people who have heard or will hear my tracks. It’s cool.

We are currently in a time where we are probably experiencing some ground-breaking advancements in technology which have an effect on how we make and consume music and art. Think about how technology made it possible for us to connect online to carry out this interview, are you embracing the digital age and does the advancements in technology affect your creative process in a positive or negative way?

Finger Trips: Only in a positive way, because now I can quietly have my own collection of movies, audio, pictures that inspire me to collaborate with other artists from all over the world. And now it’s not necessary to have all music tools at home, you can simply download drum sounds in a drum machine, put it in your backpack and go have a great journey.

How important is it to you to stay true to yourself in a world that is constantly trying to tell you who you should be?

Finger Trips: This is an important part for every person, especially for individual who writes music in it’s authentic style, not like what the majority is enjoying.

In conclusion, where can people find you on the internet? Where can people buy your music?

Finger Trips: My lastest work can be heard on my page Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/fingertrips – and if you are interested in my early albums, you can go to BandCamp – fingertrips.bandcamep.com. Last EP will appear there later.

Are there any shout outs you would like give out, any words for your fans or potential fans?

Finger Trips: Create To Enjoy!

Finger Trips released an EP called Funky Weekend this year, which you can stream below.