Mistah Wilson catches up with Harrisburg, PA Rapper windCHILL as they discuss Music Scenes, Cyphers, and Artistry.
Mistah Wilson: Yo, windchILL! What’s good, fam thanks for coming through for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! Honored to have you here with us. How ya been?
windCHILL: Hey what’s up everyone! I have been great. Just enduring and enjoying life’s ups and downs. Can’t thank you enough for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here with you guys!
Mistah Wilson: Tell us about A.O.I…
windCHILL: AOI stands for Artists Over Industry. It was my first real serious group I was part of and we formed in 2001. We went strong till about 2008. The members of AOI were also the owner/operator of the label STLP. The label fizzled out in 2009 and so did the group. We did great things and those days will always be close to my heart. We toured the east coast, dropped 4 total albums of our own and put out over 10 other artists from the Central PA area over the span of our operation! Over the years there were a few different combinations of artists but one constant was me and the other emcee named Inkwell. It was us along with speechless that started the whole AOI mind frame! I still carry that mind frame with me today!
windCHILL: Everyone wants to do a track where they pay homage to the originators of their craft and those who have inspired them along their journey. Pay Homage was just that. I took my tape collection at the time sat down at a big table to spread them all out. I just started reading album names and song titles and putting phrases together to make sense and writing the verses that way. I had no idea I was creating the track that I was. I was just having fun! I was connected with Louis Logic and JJ Brown from doing an event or two together and I approached JJ about some beats the rest is history. JJ ended up producing the track and it was dope!!
windCHILL: With IHA I just wanted to make a good opening statement. I was stepping out in my first solo album ever. All my prior work from 1996-2006 was in a group. 2007 I would drop I Have Arrived and begin my 2nd decade in hip hop as a solo Artists.
windCHILL: My production comes from all over the world. I’ve worked with producers from All over the USA, Germany, Romania, France, Italy, The UK, Canada and more! My latest album production credits go to Speechless, Vherbal Anno Domini Beats, XPL and the ILLusionist! My upcoming album credits are Level 13, Speechless, ILLUSIONIST, Phoniks & Vherbal of Anno Domini Beats.
windCHILL: I have collaborated with a bunch of great artists. Apollo’s Sun, Weirdo, Deejay El ZINK, JJ Brown, Phynite, LaDii J, Alpha Faktion, Urban Sun, Proximity, Ap Rock, Reef the lost Cause, Smiley the Ghetto Child, MikeF, Porcelaine, SL of Repeat Offenders, Dexter Kendrick, DJ Smitty, DJ 456, Elakwents, Quban Spitlatin, Kool Sphere and the list truly goes on. As for artists I want to work with. I would love to rock over a DJ Premiere beat! Dream come true! Also get KRS ONE to hop on that track with me.
Mistah Wilson: What’s tha word on your music? Any albums or respective compilations we should know about?
windCHILL: I have a lot of things on the front and back burner. Front burner Is The Human Animal album that dropped in June. Look firm that on Pandora Radio! Just did a Marsten House Cypher with Termanalogy as the headliner over a beat produced by Level 13! It also featured other emcees like T-Zank, Big Lou, Capo, Coast, Father Focus Confucius and more! It was their Launch Cypher for the new Cypher Circuit series! Just did an international track with MikeF and Porcelaine called Positive. The Human Animal has a remix album coming out produced by French Producer Phonk Sycke! Look for that in April. This will contain a brand new never heard before track with Apollo’s Sun & Phynite! New album is written and recording for that starts next month. Reese date set for Fall 2015. Title is going to be “2nd Wind“.
windCHILL: I am rocking with Management. I am with Universal Language from Denver Colorado! Also home to my good homies Proximity! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for shows, collaborations, marketing and more.
windCHILL: Believing in yourself when no one else does. I feel super fortunate to have the supporters that I do today but at one point it was tough. There will always be doubters. Me personally I like them. Just another person to prove wrong.
windCHILL: I draw inspiration from everything around me. Recording music is like little time capsules each time. Your preserving that moment and duplicating it and sharing it with the world. I also believe in making this world a better place and I can do that incrementally with the music. It was Bob Marley who once said “the people who were trying to make this world worse don’t take days off. How can I?” I believe this was quoted towards the end of his life when he was very ill.
windCHILL: I believe all things change but history repeats. We’re coming back to the days where people want to hear some raw good old hip hop music. I think people are getting tired of the same old key synths and 808’s. People want to hear that organic BOOM BAP with real lyrics, sampled snares from a 1978 break beat and a live bass line to really make it funky! Or at least this guy does 🙂
windCHILL: I’d have to disagree. Mainstream Rap is alive and well on about 90% of the radio waves and 100% of the TV. So it’s not dead. I would say that mainstream rap is LOST! These cats don’t really represent the art form except for the part about making words rhyme. There needs to be more balance. I just hate when your an emcee who tackles serious subject matter your immediately labeled a conscious rapper or Underground or something. When someone asks me what kind of music I make, I say the Good Kind! With that said I try to focus on different ways to tackle serious stuff but still remain entertaining and exciting. I focus on really awesome Chorus’s so there’s a catchy part to the song.
windCHILL: musical influences are from all genres and all eras. KRS ONE, Etta James, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Talib Kweli, Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atmosphere, Jedi Mind Tricks, Dilated Peoples, De La Soul, Gang Starr and more.
Mistah Wilson: Are you coming to the Los Angeles area anytime soon? We’d love to book you for a show…
windCHILL: well at this moment I don’t have specific plans to come to LA but that can be arranged. My Label is in Denver Colorado so we can make that happen. I’d love to make it out there on tour this year! My manager Phil can arrange everything!
windCHILL: likewise this has been a great time talking with you. Thank you for taking the time out to chop it up with me. Your questions were great and really had me thinking. Before I go a quick shout out to all my awesome supporters! My home team Universal Language, Proximity, Philly Phil, Wilson Block for having me! Last but not least my wife and 2 baby boys! Without you all nothing else matters.