MnB Exclusive Interview with Hoodie Allen
Q: Why don’t you start us off by telling us about your background, and how you got started in the music industry.
A: I've been making music since I was about 15 (I'm 21 now) and I don't know if I'm quite "in the music industry" I just love making music and it's great to see people be receptive to it and enjoy what I do
Q. Any musical inspirations? Who are your favorite rappers or any other musicalartists of all time?
A: Completely inspired growing up by Outkast, Beastie Boys, and Mos Def. That's what made me fall in love with hip hop.
Q. One person to feature on one of your tracks. Who would it be?
A: Amy Winehouse. I think she's an incredible talent.
Q. What’s next for Hoodie Allen, upcoming albums, singles, mixtapes?
A: I will be releasing a few more songs in anticipation of my free mixtape, Pep Rally, due out sometime this Fall very very soon.
Q. Who should be MnB’s next babe of the month, a.k.a, Ms. September?
A: Kelly Brook, you're welcome
Q. What was the process in making your hit song, and my personal favorite, You Are Not A Robot? How did you decide that you wanted to sample Marina & The Diamonds?
A: I love Marina's album The Family Jewels and wanted to see if I could pay homage to it the only way I know how, which is to put my own spin on it so I sampled the song and "You Are Not A Robot" was born. The attention received was way more than I could have ever imagined.
Q. Both You Are Not a Robot and Words of Wisdom have peaked at #1 on the Hype Machine. Thinkin Threepeat? Are there any songs in the process that you have in mind?
A: From your mouth, to hype machine's ears, lets get that threepeat
Q. Are you thinking about/planning on touring the New Jersey/New York area sometime soon? I’ve heard rumors your doing a show with Webby in NY. Any truth?
A: I believe that it is confirmed I will be playing a show with Chris Webby on October 2 in NYC at Webster Hall. Excited to play at such a great venue!
Q. Alright Hoodie, thanks for your time, and be sure to let us know when you’re dropping some fresh tracks. Do you have any last words for our viewers at MnB?
A: Just thanks to everyone who have been downloading the music and I hope I get to perform in your city soon
Download some of Hoodie Allen's stuff below:
August 18, 2010
Music & Babes: Interview with Big Z of Big Z Remixes
Q: Big Z, why don’t you start by giving us a little background on yourself and how you got started in the music industry?
A: Most people don’t know that I’m only 16 and just started all this around a year ago. I started playin guitar a few years ago and recorded indie songs with my neighbor and my brother Chad. Then I decided to put some rap acapellas over the songs I was recording to make them sound more interesting and that’s when I started makin these remixes.
Q: People know your remixes but what people may not know is that you also work with up and coming rappers, recording them on your beats in the studio, or sending them your beats to work on themselves. Tell us more about this side of your work and who you’ve worked with so far.
A: Its a lot better to work with up and coming rappers than just recordings of the most famous ones. Its cool to see what people do with the beats you send them. I’ve worked with Loggy from California, a rapper from DC, and some local rappers too.
Q: Straight up, What’s next for Big Z?
A: New album in september
Q: Tell us what goes into making a quality beat. Where do you start? What part gives you the most trouble?
A: I guess I just fuck around with my guitar or synth until something sounds good then I build on it from there. And I like to make at least two different parts to every beat cause most beats now are the same loop with the whole song and it gets so boring so I try to change it up. So the hardest part is probably thinking of the second or third part of a beat.
Q: If you could produce a song by anyone in rap game now, who would it be?
A: J. Cole
Q: Do, kill, marry: Beyonce, Katy Perry, Ke$ha.
A: I would probably do Katy Perry and marry Beyonce so I could do her for the rest of my life and I would off Kesha.
Q: What’s you’re favorite song of all-time, if you don’t have one, favorite band, group, or artist? Did you have any inspirations to get started in the music industry?
A: My favorite album right now is Below The Heavens by Blu & Exile and my favorite band has always been Ratatat. The only music that I can’t stand is country
Q: Describe the style of your beats with just one word.
Q: Big Z, thanks for giving us a little bit about yourself and hopefully well see some more new Big Z on MusicNBabes.Blogspot.com in the near future. What do you say? Any last thing’s you’d like to share with our viewers?
A: Much more music to come, thanks MusicNBabes for makin a site dedicated to two of the most important things in life
That's whats up, Big Z sharin some time with MusicNBabes for this exclusive MnB interview. As he said, he's got a new album comin in September and you can download Big Z's current discography of 2 albums in the file below.
Download: Big Z Remixes