I dunno when or why I started following Quelle Chris on Twitter, but it was a good time before Danny Brown became my new favorite emcee. I had been following him for a good while I’m sure of it, because the day he messaged me in this following little story, I had recognized his pic long enough but not his name.
At one point I had Guitar Solo off Danny Brown’s The Hybrid on repeat. It was the most mesmerizing beat I had heard in a long time. Part of it felt like a sample, and part of it didn’t. The way it looped sounded like a sample, but it was done so smoothly I wasn’t totally sure.
One day I go on Twitter and ask “What’s the sample on Guitar Solo by Danny Brown?” A few people hit me back telling me it was Stanley Clark. Then I get an @ from Quelle on Twitter asking “Damn is anybody gonna ask the actual producer? lol”
In this last installment of our interview, Miss Jack and I talk about her singing voice changing, and how in a large way it was also a bit of a change in her inner voice and character. And she also gives us some words of wisdom.
It’s no secret that I’ve been a J*DaVeY fan for quite some time now. One of my wishes come true was to interview Brook and Miss Jack. Separately and together. On multiple occasions even. It’s a special feeling when artists you admire trust you enough to talk to you and be themselves. About a month ago I took someone to a spot called Church held by Mark de Clive Lowe. Miss Jack was going to be DJing and I surely hadn’t seen her in a long time. We briefly chatted in the spot and she told me she was coming out with another project.
“We should do another interview.”, she said. I was flattered that out of all people, out the many ways I’m sure she could have reached out to people, journalists, etc., that she figured I’d be a good candidate to interview her about her new music. It let me know that she trusted my work enough to represent what she’s doing.
In the final piece of my interview with Montage One, he wraps it up by telling us the inspiration behind the name of his album series “10.6.3. OGX”. If you know a lot about computers, then you know that this is a reference to the a Mac operating system. As Montage explains, Steve Jobs was an inspiration to him as a person who as pushing limits in a lot of ways. I relate to this. Ever since reading Steve Jobs biography, I have come to look at the arts and creativity very differently. There’s a very difficult blend of form and function, simplicity and complexity of thought that Jobs put into not only creating his computers, but also Pixar. Jobs’ aim was to always push forward into he realm that people were too afraid to go to. But it was the future that many of us already knew, but no one had done it. Things like the iPhone were virtually foretold in films portraying the future, but no one had done the work to make that fantasy a reality. for Montage to look to such a figure as an inspiration is very telling of where his mind is at as a creator.
One of the most interesting things Montage touches on during our discussion is the idea of “not caring”. It’s not the kind of not caring where you literally don’t pay attention to what you are doing, but a sense of confidence where you can withstand self-doubt and criticism. Where you listen more to the voice in your head that guides you on your vision, not the one that tells you that the vision is too out there and won’t be well received. In many instances artists second guess themselves. They worry about the audience that hears it and their perceptions. Almost every musician has probably heard from someone how to make their music more “catchy” or “mainstream”. How to “dumb it down”. How to make their script funnier, or more receptive to an audience. But sometimes you have to ignore outside influences that will effect your vision. Sometimes you have to not care because over-thinking can be just as bad as not thinking at all. Listen as Montage talks about this idea, as well as the importance of good relationships, and just how far he’s willing to go to make good art.