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What was it like being in Halifax when artists like the Sebutones (Buck 65 and Sixtoo), Hip Club Groove and Josh Martinez drew national and international attention to a relatively unknown part of the world?
I wasn't so directly involved in anything at the time, sorta learning and standing in corners taking notes. I was around and getting really excited for everyone and found myself extremely surprised the world was learning about these guys and their strange form of hip hop. It was so refreshing to hear it and see it and know how much they were putting into their music for the love... and to know people were catching on to it. There was many other things happening in Halifax hip hop but these are the artists I grew to love: Sixtoo, Buck65, The Goods, Tachichi, Knowself, Recyclone and J-Mart.
What changed and why did a lot of artists leave for cities like Vancouver and Montreal? Why did you leave?
A lot has changed. I guess people left to continue to pursue their career and needed to make a change to a new environment to do so. Halifax is a great place to learn a craft and start as an artist but the East Coast isn't always the best to back local talent. On a small scale yes. Mostly I think artists leave to grow. It's hard to push yourself as an artist if you remain in one place forever. It's good to get a fresh new look and surround yourself with something new. I left because I had an opportunity in Montreal to help push my career. I
had been planning on leaving to go back to Australia through this music program but that fell through. So, someone pushed me to come to Montreal and I thank him everyday for that. If I had stayed I wouldn't be able to work directly in the music industry within in a job I enjoy... No opportunity there for me and what I love. Also, the hip hop scene was also losing what I had enjoyed so much about it... But that is my perspective and many other do not share this and that is why it has changed.
How has the Halifax scene changed over the past 10 years?
There are many positive changes that are happening in Halifax at the moment. Many corners of the genre are starting to talk more and work together. You know hip hop... It's so touchy and everyone is so ego within this genre... But things seem to slowly coming together more - gangsters kickin it with boom-bap rap... etc. For me, music is music and I enjoy things that continually push boundaries and buttons. So it became less interesting to me (excluding a few of course). Too many people are trying to prove they are something when it's not about that - it's about making music that reflects YOUR life and the world around you. The innovation was lost and the pursuit to become accepted by a mass audience was put in place. But who knows, I could be full of shit.
If you could change one thing about hip hop or the music industry what would it be?
Blank all of the minds in the world of pre-conceptions and have people make music that they truly feel. I wish the music industry would get behind music that is innovative and important... not what is the flavor of the month might be. No images, no fashion, no cliché. Remind the world what it is to love about music...