Wed Mar 17, 2010 22:03
this was an interveiw with mc harry shotta people do not know how he is tking drum and base as he is the only white mc on that scene but not just that he putts alol mc's down which is not known in hardcore or drum and base
Interview with MC Harry Shotta
RG: The hip-hop scene is where you first really came from. From a hip-hop mc’s perspective, how do they really look at drum and bass mc’s?
HS: “I know a lot of hip-hop mcs and they all love Skiba. They love Hyper D. Certain man will say to me, Shabba is bad! They’ve got a lot of respect. You have got sections of all scenes which are a bit anoraky and backpacky. Theres sections of the hip-hop scene that will view the drum and bass scene [as having] a non-intelligent form of spitting but the people that really know, who will go raving to drum and bass – they love Skibba, they love Shabba, they love Dett. Fun gets his props. When that whole war thing was going on I was doing CDs of those sets and playing them to hip-hop mcs, saying to hip-hop mcs this is whats going on in drum and bass, this is how deep these man are getting now.
RG: What you saying about the hip-hop guys, which ones in particular are into their DNB?
HS: “Skinnyman’s always loved jungle, I know that for a fact. Skitz, Rodney P, Skeem, all these guys love the drum and bass, they’re just up for fresh vibes
RG: Do you think some of these guys have seen you and thought, ‘maybe I could spit to DNB’?
HS: “Even though I spit double time I had to learn things about drum and bass. I had to learn certain technical things about being on a set. Me and Fun have sat down and he’s shown me a few things, Skibadee as well. You can’t just come in a drum and bass rave and spit hip-hop lyrics its not going to go off. They want the hype and they want the energy. At the same time you can’t just go double time the whole time you have to have to slow it down, you have to speed it up, you have to know the music inside out. You can’t just step from hip hop to drum and bass, I’ve been doing it seriously for about six months and I’m trying to learn the game. I’m still new to it – I’m still learning now.
RG: Some would say liquid lends itself more to hip-hop style lyrics, have you ever thought about slowing it down over a liquid set?
HS: “You know what I would love to do a liquid set. Jordan V plays what we call the ‘panties selection’, the girls selection and I would love to do a set with Jordan, because I did a set with Fun and Chase and Status and Jordan came on afterwards. I love liquid bruv, I would love to do some liquid sets, I’m on it all day long.
RG: You said you had to learn a few things about etiquette on the mic. But in terms of the speed of it, you sound like you’ve been spitting like that for a long time, surely you can’t have learnt to spit like that six months ago?
HS: “No because I was spitting like that over hip-hop. I was always into that from day one, I’ve always liked the fast styles. Over drums you learn different things to do with the beats and stuff.
RG: Who would you say are your biggest influences as a lyricist?
HS: “I’d say there were a few people who have influenced my lyrically, people in my camp; Skibadee and Fun, I would say Wiley, Dizzee Rascal. Heartless Crew for the party vibes they bring to the table. Busta Rhymes from America. A girl MC called Tor she’s been a very big influence. She’s from England. She’s hip-hop but she can double time. There’s a track on the Lethal Destruction album of me Skibadee and Tor together. And toys verse on it – bwoy – trust me she keeps up with the boys mate, Who else? Big pun is another one, Scarface. Too man people. I’m not one of these people into one thing, I’m into all kinds of styles. Theres a lot of good music out there which you can learn from.
RG: And finally, obviously the last six months have been a big six months for you in drum and bass, how do you see the future; your long term goals and what do you want to achieve in the drum and bass scene?
HS: “I want to keep bettering my lyrics, I want to keep getting out there doing more sets. I’ve done a couple of sets like the Innovations and things like that, DNB Allstars. I’m looking to get more bookings and get my word out there more. Unity have supported me from day one, I did the midnight set this year that was a big look. So big up to Fun, Phantasy, Ruffstuff, all the guys involved with that I was doing a mix today actually. Sometimes I hear the radio sets and they’re not that clear. So I’m doing a clear set so people can hear the bars and hear what exactly I’m about. That’s with DJ KG, hes got a lot of big stuff coming out, he’s done stuff with Total Science and he’s got some stuff out with Phantasy;s label.
RG: How about Inno in the Sun?
HS: I’m not booked but I’m going. And you know what I’m hoping to hijack a couple of mics.