Ahead of the next Earnest Endeavours party with Sketchbook and Hit+Run tomorrow, May 24th, we pit headliners Kutmah and Dabrye against each other to chat about childhood musical influences and who's got their attention now... The two are set to play with Patchwork Pirates, Darkhouse Fam and Widows to celebrate the latter's new EP. Expect a night of the best in forward-thinking electronic music and art at East London's Basing House, with visuals from Chris Shen.
DABRYE INTERVIEWS KUTMAH
Dabrye: Are there any moments or conditions from your childhood that you think positioned you for a future in art or music?
Kutmah: My family is a very creative one. My mum painted and drew a lot when I was young. My uncle Nagy is an architect and an amazing painter. He showed me line work and how to not press hard with brushes. Seeing them quietly creating and listening to music influenced me a lot. Plus, I didn't have many friends growing up so I drew to pass the time. But for music. No one in my family plays any instrument but music was always on in the house. You play them Abdel Halim Hafez at the dinner table and everyone will get up and dance.
Dabrye: Are there any new artists that you are stoked about at the moment - new talent that you think deserve more exposure?
Kutmah: Yes indeed! Well first off all the artists on my comp are all making some great music. I just heard Dirg Gerner's whole record and it's really moving. It's proper R & B but with very left sounds. It should be out this year hopefully. The new Computer Jay record is banging! It's called ''Savage Planet Discotheque''. Jameszoo is recording with Richard Spaven and music legend Arthur Varocai, I heard a couple demos and they sound great! My man I'Ced put out my favourite record from last year that I'm still not sick of. It's called "All in my Mind'' and it's proper heartfelt soul music. He's done work with Shafiq Hussain, Thundercat and the Hawthorne HeadHunters. Hopefully he'll be coming to the U.K soon! Jassy Grez. She's an amazing singer from London who hasn't released anything as of yet but is working with sick producers such as Mo Kolours, Lapalux, Moscow and we've also worked on a couple songs. Check her Soundcloud: jassygrezmusic/soundcloud
Dabrye: Illum, Johnny, and friends took me to Kabana for delicious nihari in Manchester. Do you have any favorite food spots that I have to check out?
Kutmah: I recently moved to Brixton and it has some amazing places to eat. In the market there's Honest Burger which is pretty bomb. Fugiyama sushi round the corner is nice. There's a lil Mexican joint that being someone from L.A I can say is pretty damn good. Try the Pollo Tortas! They don't make burrito's which is kinda weird though. But they have really tasty Horchata which is rare in the U.K. Last time I went to a random "Mexican" spot I ordered a Horchata they brought me a Hot Chocolate. There's also this little cafe called Sesame Delicatessen in Herne Hill. It's a nice mum and pop owned store that makes really tasty homemade Htipiti and Houmous. They also bake all their own bread which I always smell as I walk home after playing tennis.
Dabrye: Do you see the beat scene staying relatively underground or do you think someone will likely cross over? Or is it already happening?
Kutmah: I could see it becoming bigger if someone like Andre 3000 works with Shafiq Hussain or Samiyam works with Mobb Deep or Lotus produces Sade next record or Gaslamp is cast in a film as some psychopath. I'd like to see that happen!
Dabrye: Do you see yourself staying in London for the foreseeable future?
Kutmah: I'm going to chill down in Brixton for a bit.
KUTMAH INTERVIEWS DABRYE
Kutmah: First Hip-Hop memory?
Dabrye: Someone bought me an LP called Electric Kingdom in 1984. It's a compilation with "Jam On It", "Magic Wand", White Lines...the whole LP is dope. I won I breakdancing contest after practicing to this record a bunch. I was in kindergarten. The certificate is hanging on my studio wall.
Kutmah: Favourite piece of equipment and are there pieces that you only use as Dabrye?
Dabrye: I really love my 808 and Realistic MG-1. I just bought an AX60 from Dykehouse that I've been way into. A couple of months ago I was having the most fun programming my DX7 for example but if I have to pick a favorite I'd have to say my computer. I mostly use it for sequencing and multi-tracking but it's the most versatile piece of equipment in my studio. Everything I do requires arranging to some degree. It's pretty crucial but it hasn't become a chore.
Kutmah: Do you know what an influence you have been on the "Beat Scene" and do the biters get under your skin? (Even though no one has really managed to properly touch your formula. Pause.)
Dabrye: Ha! I felt the jaded thing creeping up on me at one point but I let it go as soon as I started feeling kinda lousy from it. I don't have the type of personality to be touring for months and being in the spotlight or being the face of a scene. Once people blow up beyond a certain point they get surrounded by a lot of BS.
Kutmah: Who's an unknown Detroit beat maker we should be looking out for?
Dabrye: Quelle Chris. Get that now!
Kutmah: I think Drake is shit. How do you feel about this child actor?
Dabrye: Haha! I don't know enough about him to have a strong opinion. It's funny what my compadres say about him though. There's loads of funny stuff on the web about that dude.
Kutmah: I believe this is your first time in London as Dabrye, will you play any new music on the 24th? If so, can I have them?
Dabrye: I played before as Dabrye at Plastic People and Coronet Theater. I will be playing some new joints by myself, Shade Cobain, Count Bass D, Waajeed, DJ Dez, Clear Soul Forces, House Shoes, Quelle Chris, Shigeto... and a bunch of other secret stuff. I think we can sort something out.