We last talked with Weike a couple of years ago. He's a London act who is set to return to the game with a new project. We managed to hold him down for a quick Q & A. Read on to find out more about the direction he is headed in and what he thinks the future holds for him.
What are the main things you have been up to since we last spoke in 2007?
Weike: I've been out of the music scene a little bit… been setting up others things. But just keep coming back for the passion of it.
How have you developed as an artist over this time?
Weike: Been listening to different kinds of music and hopefully people will appreciate it when new material is released.
Are you still positive about the UK Hip Hop scene? It seems to me to be a constant rollercoaster of ups and downs and never develops properly as new sounds keep hogging the limelight. Is it realistic to expect any growth now?
Weike: I am positive. I think the way the music changes from time to time puts some artist on their toes. For a guy like me coming up, the best you can do is adapt, And be creative with the kind of music you write.
So, you have a new project set to drop, can you tell us a bit about that and the tracks on it?
Weike: I'm in management now and looking at different ways to get my music out to the public.
Do you have any guest MCs on there? If you do what was it like to work with them?
Weike: Yeah… Oconnor is on there. It was great working with him, and hopefully we can work on some new material in the near future.
Are you still working with the Blood Brothers (Mills Production) wise, or do you have any new cats who have been supplying beats to you?
Weike: Yeah we still working on new materials… I'm still working with them with a few other producers abroad.
Do you have anyone else in your crew that you are hoping to bring through that you can tell us to look out for?
Weike: Yeah we have a few MC’s onboard, right now everyone is working at their own pace as artists, I think the most important thing is planning and working on priorities… and that’s what we all are doing at the moment… Oconnor has a mix tape soon to drop, nice listen! You guys should look out for that!
How far along with your million dollar business plan are you?
Weike: Right now it’s not a money thing. I'm just into the love of creating good music. Working with new artist and creating new music. The financial prospect is a positive effect but it’s not the main object.
How has the music business changed in the last few years? The whole file sharing thing has really taken hold and nobody is showing any signs of fixing the business model any time soon.
Weike: I think what’s changed is the technology provided and how independent artist can use these vehicles to their advantage. Artist now have the opportunity to control how their music is made and distributed. The file sharing is a problem but it makes the artist determined to perform more and brings the artist closer to their audience…
If you are not going to make as much money through sales where else can an artist make money from?
Weike: Live Performance.
What are the things that you like to do when you aren’t living Hip Hop? Do you like sports or the Cinema?
Weike: I just chill out with friends and family, my main inspirations… on a low I’m reading a few autobiographies.
I ask everyone about politics, because I think it is important that we have knowledge of what is going on, but most current Hip Hop heads decline to answer. I guess they don't want to upset anyone. Do you have anything to say on that? Any issues you think people need to open their eyes to?
Weike: First off, an unofficial congrats to Obama. I like what his achieved in terms how people can make change in their communities by coming together and following a dream… I think people should engage in politics.
What is going to be keeping you busy over the next few months?
Weike: I’m looking forward to collaborating with new artists and producers to stimulate my creative growth.
What are your longer-term plans and objectives?
Weike: Me and my management team have devised a plan for the next couple of months.
If you could change something about society, what would it be and why?
Weike: Boundaries. Taking away certain boundaries… boundaries really doesn’t exist in music, you may hear an African Drum pattern working well with a jazz sample or a Bangra Bass line… I think this is something we should possibly learn from music.
Thank you very much for your time.