May 14, 2010

Exclusive Interview with "Al Basics"




LatinoHiphop.Org:

How do you go about recording, promoting and releasing your music?

Al Basics:

Well I have a small studio set up at my place and record most of my music from there. I promote my stuff on just about every single social networking website out and www.albasics.com.

As far as releasing my content I use datpiff.com and my website. Most of the music I release is free for everyone to enjoy so come find me!

LatinoHiphop.Org:

If you received $100,000 dollars tomorrow, that you had to use on your music, how would you use it?

Al Basics:

I would buy the equipment necessary to make my music sound on point which would cost me somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000. Then I’d buy about 100 composition notebooks and a couple of packs of BIC pens, which should cost about $200. Lastly, I’d pay my rent and other bills for a year so I can just focus on making great music. The rest would be put in the bank to save for when I need money for advertising.

LatinoHiphop.Org:

Where do you see the music industry 5 years from now?

Al Basics:

I see the music industry gradually decreasing production on actual compact disks. As far as the actual music side, I see Hip-Hop breaking off into official sub-genres based on styles and content, not geographical areas. I also see the return of strong lyricism.

LatinoHiphop.Org:

What are you currently working on?

Al Basics:

I’m currently working on three C.D.’s.  First is a duo album with a producer/emcee from Brooklyn titled “The Sound of Sense.” Secondly I’m working on a group album with my group [KAMERATA]. Lastly, I’m working on a solo mixtape titled “Alone in the Shadows.”

LatinoHiphop.Org:

How is your music different from other Latino Hip-Hop artists?
Al Basics:

My music sounds different from others, because of my enrollment in college and studying literature and creative writing. I read about 500 pages a week with course-work and for pleasure. It has given me a strong base for my lyricism. Although Eminem, Biggie, and 2pac are great inspirations for me, John Milton, John Donne, N. Scott Momaday, and Cormac McCarthy are equally as important when writing down lyrics.
 
LatinoHiphop.Org:

Tell us a little more about your background?

Al Basics:

I'm born and raised in New York City, with both my parents being born in Colombia. I grew up in a very Colombian household with its culture, alongside the elcectic collage of people that live in New York. I am an encourager of staying in school and trying to learn about the things you love, not the things that will get you money. I have gone to a handful of high schools to encourage kids that going to college is one of the best decisions they could possibly make. 


LatinoHiphop.Org:

What is the best place for people to find out more about you?

Al Basics:

Well for starters www.albasics.com because almost all the social networks I’m part of are linked right there.

But if you’re a myspace aficionado then www.myspace.com/albasics

My twitter account is www.twitter.com/albasics

Email is for sure the fastest and most efficient way to reach me:


Wishing you continued success!

Cristopolis Dieguez
latinohiphop.org
cristopolis.com

2 comments:

krookid hooks said...

checkd out Al on myspace, shits tight on either coast for sure. next time Al does a show in Az mos def try to catch it

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