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Interview: Black Milk At Scala


We interviewed Black Milk. Again.

It’s one thing to interview one of the best hip hop producers out right now and someone you stylistically look up to over the phone but to get the chance to meet them in person and do it all again is something to treasure, not only for the experience but as a way of sharing the insights of a talented individual. We got the chance to speak to Black Milk once again before his gig at Scala on 23rd November 2013 and he talked to us about the reception to his latest album, No Poison No Paradise, what he’s learnt from the tour so far and who’d direct his biopic.

Sampleface: What are your best highlights of the tour so far?

Black Milk: Erm… that’s a good question. Surprised you didn’t save that one for later. I don’t know… I mean it’s weird because every show has been pretty damn great and we’ve only got halfway through the tour now. I can’t think of anything right now.

SF: Is there anything you’re looking forward to from here?

BM: From London? Oh, definitely. London is one of the livest crowds and they’ve been supporting me for so long. Every time I come out here, it’s exciting so tonight might be the highlight of the tour. I’ve been excited about this particular show also because [Afrika] Bambaataa is on the show, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to meet him. So tonight might have the highlight of the tour. I’m expecting it too [laughter].

SF: Are you happy with how the album has been received?

BM: Aww man, definitely. The response is better than I expected. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews and I appreciate all the love I’ve been getting for the album and I’ve already started working on the next projects for next year so I’m already looking to the future. I know it’s new for some people but I’m like “that project’s old”. But it’s good to see people supporting the album and coming out to the shows.

SF: There’s a been a good response to it over here as well. Have you felt it’s more of a global album?

BM: This album is definitely different to my previous three. This one is a little more personal in a way but not in a literal sense. There’s a lot of storytelling and conceptual things going on but it’s not necessarily taking place in first person even though a lot of the stories are from personal experience. So I guess people might relate more to this album even though people really liked my previous work, I think this album is the most relatable because of the subject matter, where people would be like “I know what you’re talking about” or “I kind of been through that” or “I know somebody like that” so it’s a different kind of connection on this album.

SF: What gave you the drive to start the new album [the next one]?

BM: See, the things is, I took a couple of years off. I did the Random Axe thing in 2011 and 2012, I really didn’t realise any music whatsoever. So I kinda took two years off… well, not necessarily “off”; I was definitely working but in my personal studio, just experimenting and doing different things creatively so I just wanted to take a little time off and perfect my craft a little more. So when I felt like I was in a place to release music again, I was like “you know what? I’m not just gonna release this project, I’m gonna go hard for the next couple of years. Release all this music that I’m sitting on that I’ve been making over the past year and a half so that’s more so what it is, just keeping the momentum going because we all know in this digital era, people forget real fast and their attention spans are real short.

SF: Have you had a chance to crate dig in any of the cities you’ve been in?

BM: I did a little digging in Rotterdam in a spot called Demon Fuzz. That was the only spot I got a chance to visit.

SF: I saw you posted some 45s?

BM: Oh yeah, I posted a few Instagram joints. I found a lot of jams. After leaving that store, that was probably the highlight of the tour [laughter]. I’m such record nerd and I found some jams so I was like “damn, I’m ready to go back home right now”. Forget the rest of the shows, I’m ready to start working on some new shit. So it’s kinda like torture sitting there looking at the bag everyday full of crazy records not being able to do anything with them.

SF: It’s a shame you can’t do it in London because there are some really good places, where we’ve been today.

BM: [laughter] Damn, I don’t think I’ve ever been record shopping out here, all the times I’ve come to London. I feel like I never have a chance because it’s always like this – get off the plane, go to the station, sound check, do the show, go back to the hotel. So I’ve definitely got to come back out here on vacation and just take a week and just dig.

SF: You can spend a whole week just going up and down crate digging.

BM: I don’t even wanna think about it because I know there’s some craziness down here, I just know it.

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