MTV x The Wrap Up x Thai Matic x Interview

19 01 2011

Words: Leanne Petersen

Leanne Petersen recently caught up with UK rapper, Thai Matic. Having met up at a well-known coffee brand chain in Soho, they got talking about everything from mixtapes and working with family, to being a supporting act for Jay Electronica and much, much more…

The Wrap Up: Since your first mixtape, ‘Girls And Things’, how do you think you have progressed as an artist?

Thai Matic: I’m more comfortable in my own skin. I’ve experimented a lot more from then. I know that was a bit more experimental as a mixtape, but I think now I’ve diversified different avenues of getting out what I’m trying to say, rather than just the basic lyricism. I’m trying my hand at different things and there’s going to be a lot more to come from me.

TWU: So is ‘Let Me Land’ going to be the last mixtape before the album?

Thai Matic: It was going to be the final mixtape before the album, but then people want me to do another mixtape, so maybe. Fans are what the make the music happen, so if that’s what they want, then I’ll give it to them.

TWU: Do you think this will hinder your progression as an artist?

Thai Matic: I’m always progressing. I mean, mixtape to album progression is all about my current mood. Even with this mixtape, it’s kind of like an album to be quite honest, so I’m only going to progress musically. If my heart wants to do an album, then I’ll do an album, if I want to do a mixtape, then I’ll do a mixtape.

TWU: Previously you were in a group called Kuz, so what was it that made you go your own separate way?

Thai Matic: Basically the reason why I broke up with Kuz was because I felt that I needed my own creative space and I feel that’s hard to get when you’re in a group with people and everyone in Kuz were family members. It’s hard when you’re in a situation where you’ve got two egos that keep clashing and I needed to express myself, so I just thought it was time that I went about it by myself. We still make a lot of music together and we’re still cool.

TWU: Tell us about Wolf Gang…

Thai Matic: Well, Wolf Gang is just an umbrella of artists really. There are a few things coming, but I can’t really go into it right now. I’m sorry for withholding information, I’m worse than a politician right now (laughs). We all want to get somewhere with our music or our talents and five, six, seven hands are better than one, so it’s the best way to go about things.

TWU: So have you been working on any new material at the moment?

Thai Matic: I’ve worked on songs, but haven’t worked on a full project just yet. We’ve been talking about getting back into the studio and doing some stuff, so we’ll see what the next couple of weeks have in store for me…

TWU: Your first video from the ‘A Million Answers’ mixtape was solely you. No pretty ladies, no flashy cars etc., so what was the reason for that?

Thai Matic: For me, music videos are an avenue for my audience to connect with me. I just want them to connect with me, as opposed to anything material or any thing they’re used to seeing. That’s why I wanted to do things differently. I want to do things in my own way and the best way to do that is to portray myself in all of my music, videos, aesthetics, everything.

TWU: So as the year is drawing to an end, what can we expect from Thai Matic in 2011?

Thai Matic: I’m a perfectionist, so songs take ages before they finally hit the public. Hopefully the album and maybe a couple more collaborations and a collaborative album. Mostly now I just want to do shows, because I like the live element and it’s really interesting now doing it by myself as opposed to doing it in a group, so I’m having fun doing that.

TWU: You opened for Jay Electronica at Cargo a few months back. Did you think your performance went down well?

Thai Matic: The crowd was really warm to me! It was my second show as a solo artist, so for them to be so warm to me, it says good things, they like what I’m doing and I’m going to keep on giving them what they want.

TWU: ‘Let Me land’ is the title of your mixtape, but why should we let you land?

Thai Matic: Somebody asked me this the other day and I kind of thought about it to myself and I don’t really want to land anymore. I kind of like it up here, the clouds are nice!

Stay up to date with Thai Matic on Twitter – www.twitter.com/ThaiLife

www.officialthailife.com

Words: Leanne Petersen


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