Interview with JR&PH7
'Let's Get It' is exactly what JR&PH7 with rapper Rasco are doing their latest classic single. The duo recently released their album 'The Update' and like its title everything has undergone an update. The duo tells in this interview about their process, Soulspazm's 'The Office' moments, and much more... There are no plans for a tour but the duo is working on even more music.
Artist: JR and PH7
Title: The Update
Release date: 11/30/10
Label: Soulspazm Records
Single: Let's Get It ft Rasco
Buy at: Amazon
[Q]: First off, congratulations with your new single 'Let's Get It'. Fantastic single. What's the story behind the song? How did you guys started working with Rasco?
[A]: Thanks! I met Rasco in Copenhagen like 4 years ago when he did a show with Planet Asia. We were kicking it backstage and just stayed in contact after that. This is actually the first song of a few we did with him. He also came down to Cologne where he hosted our release party for the album. We'll do more music in the future I'm sure.
[Q]: Did you have an idea or concept for your new album?
[A]: Well the concept was kind of like this: After setting the standard with the first album, do everything a little better on this one. We always try to make albums sound cohesive so it's not like a bunch of mcees on random beats. We put a lot of thought into what beat we give to whom and how we want the song to come out. We see "The Update" as the logical progression from the first album. But bottom line it's still the same recipe: Dope beats matched with artists we love.
[Q]: Which song on "The Update" took the longest to complete? Why?
[A]: Mmh. Let me think on that. We didn't really encounter any big delays with any artists or anything on any song. Probably the songs that take longest are the ones with a lot of live instrumentation on. Sometimes it's good to put a song aside for a little bit and then come back to it later...
[Q]: What is the meaning behind the title, "The Update"?
[A]: Well, like I said. The Update is the improved version of the standard. Maybe you could also say that we somehow feel like we update the classic nineties hiphop sound a little bit, inject some freshness and our album is the outcome.
[Q]: I don't want to sound rude but how hard is it for (European) white dudes in the hiphop scene?
[A]: I don't think being white is any problem. If you can bring good music to the table, are straight about your business and not an asshole then it's not that hard I'd say. But of course you have to network and build connections to all kind of people, artists, promoters, labels, video people, etc. There are many people with good beats but it takes a little more to put together a whole project, especially if you don't have a big budget. And we have close to no budget haha.
[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?
[A]: Usually we have a rough beat pretty much ready when we go to the studio with the artist or send it to them. Sometimes we tell the artists how we feel about the beat and if we have a concept in mind. We definitely don't want 16 bragging tracks on our album but have a variety topics But most mcees we collaborate with are not that one dimesional anyways.
[Q]: Any plans for a tour? What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?
[A]: Man we would love to go on a tour but as of right now it's a little tough. Pete is finishing up university and has tons of stuff to do while I just started a new job up in Copenhagen, Denmark. we still spin single dates here and there but a tour would be dope. Let's see what happens later this year...
[Q]: Any tour-event, or fan-moment, you like to share with your fans?
[A]: I think we are still flattered by anybody who comes up to us and says that they love our music. I mean this is what we do it for. For me personally working with artists that I'm a fan of myself feels crazy. An artist like Elzhi asks us for beats, thats pretty dope. Last year we also went to NY for a week to promote the album and shot two videos.We slept on the floor in the Soulspazm's office and just had a blast out there. That in itself was big to us and an experience with many hiphop moments.
[Q]: What collaborations could your fans look out for in the future?
[A]: Mmh. We are currently working on new stuff but we rather don't want to drop any names yet. Later this year will drop a project we are doing with two really talented groups from New Jersey and hopefully an album with some remixes, bsides and exclusives. And after that there will be another full lenght but when that will be excatly? When we are done and happy with it, no pressure.
[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a band?
[A]: Getting our music heard, meeting nice and talented artists and having a good making the music I'd say. So somehow we have already accomplished that I guess. At least we are having a great time. Of course things can always get better and we are still hungry for more but we are also very thankful for what we have done up til today.
[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
[A]: I get up, go to work ( I work as a music supervisor at a publishing/production music company), come home, chill with my girlfriend, make some music or go and play basketball. Nothing crazy. Lately Pete has been studying a lot and any free time he either spends with his girlfirend or making music. I gues we are boring haha. Of course we like to go out as well to partys and shows on the weekend. Pete always tries to get me drunk because I can't hold my liqour.
[Q]: Final words?
[A]: Thanks for the interview and anybody out there hit us up on twitter @jrandph7, facebook.com/jrandph7 or youtube.com/jrandph7 We like to hear from people, be it good or bad.
"The Update" by JR and PH7 - release date: 11/30/10..