Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
I’m Sketchamus. I also part of a rap duo called 2LostSouls. I’ve released 3 solo mixtapes and one 2LostSouls mixtape so far.
Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in Winchester, in the South of England. To be honest there aren’t many Hip Hop radio shows specifically in Winchester as far as I know.
When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started writing lyrics when I was about 15 and spend several years progressing through the DNB scene, then started writing to Hip Hop about 2-3 years ago. The main reason I started making music is because I love the emotion and atmosphere music can create and it has had a huge impact on my life.
When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
I released my first Hip Hop track about 3 years ago. It took me a while to adjust my style and flow when I first moved from writing to DNB and started writing Hip Hop bars. This was reflected in my first few tracks where I recieved quite a lot of constructive critisism. This really gave me the push to improve and progress to where I’m at today.
How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
My style is a mixture of deep emotion and upfront bravado. I’d definitely class myself as an anti-swagger rapper as it’s not something I’m about.
Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest release is called Scrumpy Rap, the best place to download it is from my bandcamp; https://sketchamus.bandcamp.com/releases . It features verses from Matty C, Rapulsive, Stan Doubt, DK, Verbal Skillz, Mr.E, Dubside and Yozi Mac. I’m currently unsigned so it’s not on a label.
How long did it take to create and finish?
The current project took me about a year in total I think, on and off.
If 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?!!
It has diversity and variety, using a mixture of several genres, plenty of metaphorical depth.
What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
My favourite track so far is ‘Wake Up!’ but ‘Phantom’ is the one that has recieved the most positive feedback.
Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Yeah I definitely still buy music, but usually in mp3 format rather CD’s these days. I usually buy them from sites like Amazon MP3, Bandcamp, Beatport, ect.
Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
I’ve got a very diverse taste and like certain stuff from most genres, but I mainly listen to D&B or Reggae when I’m not listening to Hip Hop.
So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
Best way to contact me is via Facebook or Twitter. Expect peformances of my tracks, old and new, sometimes with guest appearances from artists I’ve collaborated.
Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
Both I suppose, it can help to get artists out there, but it’s definitely killing it for the lesser known artists that really value and deserve the support.
Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thanks. Just want to big up anyone whos been involved and supported my music.
Interview by Josh Powell
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