Scottish outfit Young Fathers gave us the time of day and dropped a little science on our heads! They were at SXSW with local homeys Petite Noir and Christian Tiger School and are currently touring the great white north with non other than Baths! Buy the album DEAD! Now read!
ABC: What is the hip-hop scene in Scotland? Do you think your guys are helping get Scotland on the map?
We’re not sure about the hip-hop scene in Scotland – we’re not part of it. Scotland as a hip-hop place is irrelevant – it’s always just about the individual artists.
ABC: You guys have gained quite a name internationally do you think global audiences enjoy your music more that the audience back home?
Nah, it’s the same. They seem to enjoy it the same – same grins, same looks of awe and wonder, same offers of sex and illicit drugs after the shows, same idiots and same saints – people are the same all over but somehow, we all manage to be individuals.
ABC: Where is your favourite place to perform?
A: on a comfy bed… (Imagine said with a voice half an octave lower than usual)
…intimate places, the more condensed the better.
ABC: Intimate gigs or festivals?
Intimate gig, always.
ABC: How different is DEAD to Tape One and Tape Two which feel like one big piece of work split into two?
It went somewhere else. Started from the same place though.
ABC: Based on your background in the Scottish Hip Hop scene. Do you guys consider yourselves to be a Hip Hop outfit?
We don’t have a background in the Scottish hip-hop scene.
That’s a dumb question
However, we are hip-hop and we are pop and we are something entirely else.
ABC: What else has influenced your sound?
South African township/Christian radio in the States/Shangaan/New Orleans funeral marches (second Line)/drum and fife bands/dub and Phil Spector.
ABC: As a record label, Anticon seems like the perfect fit for the Young Father’s experimental sound. How did that relationship come about?
It was all done online, conceived and consummated.We were the Russian bride to the lonely middle aged American. Before we knew it we had a virtual Green Card and were on our way to Texas.
ABC: How has label backing changed the way you approach music?
Well we used to approach from the south, but since we have label backing we sneak up from the west, although it depends somewhat on which way the wind is blowing. If there’s a money breeze we tend to have more success, although it’s not guaranteed. Sometimes, the arid, dry, still days make the best noises.
ABC: We’re really big fans of beans any chance we’ll see a young fathers/ beans collabo?
Not in the immediate future. We don’t collab…
ABC: Alloysious and Kayus, How much do your Africa backgrounds influence your music?
K: I am constantly reminded of my background by my momma and my sister speaking Yoruba in the house. .. A (interrupting) It’s just in me and I can call upon it when when needed. …K: yes, it’s in me, I can’t escape it. It’s given to me to do whatever I want.
ABC: Are there any South African musicians that you’re aware of or enjoy listen to?
Professor and Bricks
ABC: If you had to predict, which acts do you think will blow up in 2014?
ABC: What are you guys currently into?
ABC: The “dead album” has a cleaner sound to your previous recordings, is there a mission that you’re on that we should know about?
No mission, we have just distracted you from the dirt with our gleaming bass lines and shiny shiny words.Now look over there…
ABC: What are the most annoying comparisons you’ve received as a band?
Super lazy comparisons because we are black and white… look deeper.
ABC: How often do you find your music getting taken out of context? What is the context?
The context is created by the music, so if you hear our music, you hear it in context.
ABC: Do you see yourselves getting pressurised into molding the outfit to become a particular kind of aesthetic for people to buy?
That’s why we are with Anticon and Big Dada – they give us enough rope and keep us hungry enough so that we don’t hang but manage to choke out original sounds.
ABC: Have there been those dangers or experiences already?
Perhaps in our past but they are long gone. We are big fuckers now and we make our own decisions if that’s alright with you.
ABC: Occupying the experimental space that you currently do, what have the weirdest requests been from the industry?
The industry tends to ignore us… we probably have weirder requests of the industry actually.
ABC: You kinda seem to be musical only childs at the moment, anyone on a similar vibe that you’re trying to fuck with, or that we should be aware of?
We are not just only children we are a family of orphans, us and LAW.
ABC: What are you guys looking forward to this year and what can we look forward to?
Touring big ole America, and when it’s over so we can look and see where we are – essentially the view from the next hill. And you can look forward to the near-ish future where our latest thing already sounds old to us. Get it quick, it’s already moving on…
ABC: If each of you could choose one person to battle who would it be and what would be your weapon of choice, musical or otherwise?
G: we batter each other
A: my shadow
ABC: Batman: Fascist or benevolent billionaire?
Batman is a generous philanthropist with an ab mask.
ABC: Out of 99 problems, what’s the most important one?
The one that makes it 100.