Quest-Rah is a rapper from London making some serious moooooves!!! His latest offering “Ancient Tapes Vol.2: The Lost Art” is on rotation at the Da Real Biz HQ so we had to get this interview…
Quest Rah Interview
Thanks for passing by www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
Quest-Rah, Hip Hop MC and producer and spoken word artist, wass good???
Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in London. I don’t listen to much radio so I couldn’t tell you man. I seen that BBC Fire in the Booth is kinda big.
When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started recording in 2004 but used to make music and tapes a few years before that. I started making music for several reasons, one of them was I had an ear for dope beats, and because I had to channel a lot of my thoughts and energies during the post-9/11 climate around the world man…
When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
I released all my first music online. It was around 2004/2005 and for an unknown artist, I think the response was real good…
How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
I’d say the music has a lot of flavor man. A lot of thought goes in to the beats and rhymes.
Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest project is Ancient Tapes Vol.2:The Lost Art and I’m grateful with the outcome. I’m putting this one out mainly as free download because I want people to really hear it, and there is also a limited edition CD version available. You can find it at www.quest-rah.bandcamp.com it features; The Planets who recently did a project produced by Roc Marciano, Pheonix Da Icefire of Triple Darkness, Digital Martyrs and Ikwon from the States and more. The project is released under Tawheed is Unity which is more of a movement than a label.
How long did it take to create and finish?
I decided to do the follow up to Vol.1 end of last year. Before that I was building on my creativity, deep in thought and the experiences of life. I went through a lot of mental and physical training to come up with this project right here!!
If you was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
I’d let you hear the ish and see for yourself. You can describe a delicious food to someone all day long, but until they taste it for themselves they may not be as interested.
What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
It seems from popularity that it would be ‘1001 Nightz’ and ‘The Groves.’ I’m liking the outcome of the tracks I first put out for this new project too, they are; ‘Legend of a Fighter’, ‘Opium Warz’ and ‘Move On, Elevate.’ All praise is due to the Most High regardless.
Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Yeah but not as much as I used to. I used to collect CD’s like Mum and Pop’s would collect vinyl but I don’t anymore. I have bought music recently though. I try support my UK hip-hop fam when they wanna sell me there CD, other than that I just bought some Gnawa music from my recent trip to Essaouira in Morocco.
Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
Other styles of music influence me most definitely, there’s no doubt about it. It really has to speak to me though. There is a lot of music that hurts the soul man, or is just plain soulless itself.
So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
They can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I recently did a few shows where I got a percussionist to assist the backing tracks and it sounds real dope. I can rock the raw hip-hop crowd or the world music crowd, I aint got an issue with that man.
Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
I couldn’t care less about the music industry. They couldn’t care less about real artistry. The music industry is an oppressive machine and I don’t mess with it man. If you got love for good music and appreciate thought provoking messages and want to support that artist then you should support them in any way you can.
Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Big up Da Real Biz, thanks for opening your door to me, it’s appreciated. People reading this should check out Ancient Tapes Vol.2, I’m confident good Hip-Hop fans wouldn’t be disappointed.
Connect with Quest Rah…
‘The Lowdown’ – New Sound Era
Interview by Josh Powell
Quest Rah ‘Ancient Tapes Volume 2 – The Lost Art’
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