interview
BASICK
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This year you established your own company OUTLIVE. What did make you to start it?
- My contract with previous label, RBW, was over last year, and I was wondering what I should do next.
I decided to make my own label with my friends, and wanted to concentrate solely what I wanted to do with my music.(You can also find those thoughts on my first EP 'whatiwant' with OUTLIVE)
In other words, I wanted to be a decision maker for my projects and albums, and I'm having fun now.
Why do more and more hip-hop artists choose to open their own label? Is it so because they don't want to share profits with their companies or they just want to have total creative freedom?
I think it's more about the creative freedom. As I answered in the previous question, the reason for me was the creative freedom.
I'm pretty sure many artists have felt the same way as I felt.
Why do more and more hip-hop artists choose to open their own label? Is it so because they don't want to share profits with their companies or they just want to have total creative freedom?
- I think it's more about the creative freedom. As I answered in the previous question, the reason for me was the creative freedom.
I'm pretty sure many artists have felt the same way as I felt.
Do you think that your songs that were written under RBW are different from songs that you have created under OUTLIVE?
Yes. However, I'm not saying that I don't like or hate the music I made under RBW. I enjoyed working with RBW, but there were many people involved in making songs and albums. But now, the overall project supervisor is me, and I get to do whatever I want.
This could be good, but this could also be bad because feedbacks are always important.
How did you come up with the idea to wright "솔직히" in the style of 1990s?
I grew up in the 90's, and the music from the 90's were always my favorite. I admired the musicians from that era, and always wanted to make something like that for my own. I was tired of making songs that say "I'm the best rapper" or "I got money I got swag".
I had so much fun making this single. Actually, this was the most exciting creative experience I had in years.
Recently, you have signed new artist Layone who was a participant of SMTM season 8. What do you pay attention to when looking for new artists for OUTLIVE?
First, I need to love his music, of course. There is no specific qualification I look for. I need to "click" with his music and his personality.
We need to get along musically and personally.
Did you watch SMTM8? Did you have a favourite contestant?
Layone. LOL. I had an opportunity to go to the shooting scene as a guest judge. I was happy and excited to see many talented rappers perform. Watching talented rapper's rap is always fun. I liked Mushvenom too.
You could be considered as a veteran of Korean hip-hop as you started your career back in 2007. Was there someone who encouraged you to take hip-hop?
- I listened to ALL of Korean rappers. They all encouraged me in some way. However, when I met Bill Stax (at the time Vasco), he really complimented me and encouraged me by saying I'm the best. I owe him a lot. He also told me that I should keep rapping when I was considering quitting. I actually did quit for couple years, but he always told me I should rap again.
How often do you perform your old tracks? Do you have a special song among old ones?
I still perform "GXNZI". which was originally made in 2008 and I performed old songs in my I still perform "GXNZI". which was originally made in 2008 and I performed old songs in my own concert. But I often perform new songs. Among the old ones, GXNZI is the most famous one, and the most special song for me.
It is much easier nowadays for rappers to become popular than before, thanks to different hip-hop shows and the Internet. What did you use to do to gain public attention?
SMTM changed my life. The show really changed the whole system for Korean hiphop. At first lots of rappers did not like it because they thought SMTM commercialized hiphop. However, now I think most of rappers were benefited by SMTM in some way. I started my Youtube channel recently (Basick TV). I think these days, we gotta utilize all the possible channels.
We know that you took a break in your music career. You even worked at FILA. What did push you to come back to music?
I watched SMTM 1,2,3 when I worked in FILA. My friends and old colleagues came out and became stars. I knew I could do it too. I always felt something unfinished and wanted to do music again.
And at the time, my friends kept telling me I should do music again, so I decided.
We know that you took a break in your music career. You even worked at FILA. What did push you to come back to music?
I watched SMTM 1,2,3 when I worked in FILA. My friends and old colleagues came out and became stars. I knew I could do it too. I always felt something unfinished and wanted to do music again.
And at the time, my friends kept telling me I should do music again, so I decided.
Is your wife your biggest fan or she is not into hip-hop at all?
She loves hiphop fortunately. She is my biggest supporter. No doubt.
Does your son already realise who his father is? Has he ever visited your performances?
He always asks why people want to take pictures with me. He know I make music too. But he's still 4 years old and doesn't know exactly what I do. He thinks I'm a basketball player lol. He came to my last concert. He really loved it.
If Mnet decided to make superseason of SMTM with all winners and runners up of 8 previous seasons, would you like to take a part in it? Who do you think would win?
Haha. Of course. That sounds really fun!