OK, let’s get straight into this. Can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about where you are from / coming from? Where were you born, where did you grow up & where do you live now?
Weike: I’m in north London, grew up in North / NorthWest London during the 90’s.
Who influenced you to start rhyming?
Weike: No one particularly, if there was I can’t really remember.
So talk us through your recording career so far. Have you had any records out in the past or collaborated with other artists? What kind of response have you had from people to your music?
Weike: I work with only a chosen few, I’ve got mails from interesting musicians from rock singers to guitarists to poets on myspace that are eager to collaborate, at the mo I’m working with a few, I’m actually working with a mystery guest on my mixtape right now that I can’t mention and also with one of Lemar’s producers in Brehmen Germany…
Describe for us your production and recording set up. What equipment do you have? And how do you use it?
Weike: Most of all my music is recorded at Studio56, the backing tracks are composed by Blood Brothers at their studio Enfield and then later mixed and mastered down at Sultan Studios in Kilburn by “The man” Dave… Everything is done separately and re-arranged for the final mix… I’ve got a healthy team of creatives behind me.
Who are your influences? What is it about them you like? What music are you listening to at the moment?
Weike: Influences as people I look up to? None…
The secret is to look into people and understand what drives them…
Rather than admire I look for sources that motivates creativity in other artists…
How do you feel about the current state of UK hip hop? Do you object to being categorised in this way? Who do you respect on the scene at the moment?
Weike: First I’ll be honest and tell you the type of music I don’t respect, music that sounds overtly American, music coming from the likes of SAS, Bronze and Black… etc. … I’ve got respect for them as MC’s don’t get me wrong but not as artists or for their work. Its either they have admired so much they have become… or it’s the transformation money takes on us. As the world is becoming more of a visual platform labels place pressure on their artists to make that certain transitions to fit marketing strategies. But the current state in UK hiphop right now is beautiful we havn’t fully reached that stage of selling points as of yet… theres so much creativity from various boroughs and we all love it… to be a part of something from the Underground UK scene.
What do you think about the media’s constant comments on youth culture and violence and its relation to hip hop?
Weike: “sighs” In every music genres theres always a form of negativity, look at rock music for instance… neo nazi rock bands has the most violent followers… where’s that on the news? The media I feel are probably threatened or maybe intimidated by the rise of the urban music, but I’m for it, I mean it produces growth in “urban” communities, as in fashion (Patrick Kevin), model agencies (Confidence Models), magazines (Rewind), freelance photographers, great media companies like greytypemedia.com that helps artists with affordable first rate artworks, music business advisers, music producers… etc. we are finding other creative ways to do what we really want to do.
What have you learned from your recording, performing and business experiences so far? What advice would you have for anyone trying to get out there now?
Weike: I’ve learnt the difference between an artist and an MC, Artists produce music, it’s the transformation…just like caterpillars grow to become butterflies… MC’s are still raw at heart and haven’t yet controlled or maybe learnt to control and mature the movement of their music…
Advice from Weike, read everything even the coffee smiles, everyone’s trying to make a profit… any more advice Alex I’ll have to charge for… I could even start up an advice centre for UK rappers… how far do you think would go?... lol.
Where can people hear your stuff? What are your plans for the immediate future? Do you have any live shows lined up? What is your long term plan for global domination?
Weike: Check out myspace.com/weikemusic for upcoming shows. I’m working on an untitled album / Mixtape at the moment… its due completion by next month. Global Domination strategy to sell a million copies in Iraq…
Anything else you would like to say? Any shout outs?
Weike: Yeah first and foremost big up britishhiphop.co.uk for the support, Big up Derick, Pyrelli, DJ 279, Rebel Act, Phobe One, Sincere, Godson, Art’n, Venom, Studio 69. 1 love…
Thank you very much for your time.