Entries in Talib Kweli (2)


The simplicity of making beats with producer Farhot

His beats are raw, simple and downright dirty; it’s no surprise that Farhot the German/Afghan producer has 5 platinum awards under his belt. His music is similiar to the likes of Dilla/Madlib and Premier with his own twist. Although the name may not ring a bell, you may have heard his work with artists’ such as Talib Kweli and Ms Dynamite. Farhot resides in Hamburg, Germany and his recent and first release "Kabul Fire Vol.1," is an instrumental LP dedication to his families in his hometown Kabul, Afganistan. On his quest to take over the music scene we chat to Farhot about what it was like working with Talib, the importance of putting his Afghan roots in his music and his love for simplicity. Margaret Tra.

So you've finally decided to drift on your own with your latest Kabul Fire, what made you come to that decision?

Jakarta Records had the idea to release some of my instrumentals. I've never thought of this, as Jannis said he would press vinyl’s I was down with it.

What's it like working with Talib Kweli and Ms. Dynamite?

It was very easy because we look into same directions musically. I'm happy to make music with both.

You can definitely hear your roots within the beats, how does it make you feel to produce something that represents you?

This instrumental project represents my love for a certain style of hip hop. It’s a warm sound, simple, dirty beats. I like the idea of doing projects just like that, not over thinking stuff. This is for the few people who love that old hip hop sound. It doesn't come with any other expectations. Just music for the music lovers.

You have 5 platinum records, first of all congratulations, how did they come about? How does it make you feel to have them?

Doing what I love is my biggest success.

Love the album art cover, tell us about it.

Its Afghan clichés combined on the cover of my instrumental project. Elsa Klever made it a masterpiece. Elsa does a lot of children's books. I'm a big fan of her work. 

The track you're most proud of from your LP Kabul Fire?

I like f*** the money because I'm sure everybody sometimes feels like saying f*** the money. Love the beat being so raw in the instrumental verses. Maybe I'm going make vocal version too with rappers in the verses.

What's next for you?

Working on the greatest music I've ever made and its videos.

What stimulates your soul?

Many things. Music is definitely playing a big part 

Purchase the LP here. 


Sonically in key with Mick Boogie

Mick Boogie

He’s the master at making Mixtapes, an artiste in fact. DJ Mick Boogie has worked with the likes of legendary Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, Little Brother and more recently his work with Slum Village the ‘Dirty Slums mixtape’ due to drop tomorrow.

From 80s, Rock & Soul to disco and of course Hip-Hop mash-ups, there is no limit to what Mick Boogie can do, he has the ability to mash up different genres to create a masterpiece you’d watch over and over again. We catch up with Mick Boogie about why working with Jazzy Jeff was the highlight of his career, what his playlist would be if he did a 90’s party in Australia, and an exclusive on his latest mixtape with Slum Village ‘Dirty Slums’.  Margaret Tra writes. 

The first thing you think about when you think of Australia?

Kangaroos. Sorry.

Can you divulge anything about the Dirty Slums mixtape you’re working on?

It comes out next week; it’s a whole new version of Slum [Village] including T3 and J Dilla's Brother, Illa J. It’s pretty dope. Slum for a new generation, but still ‘Slummy’.

What would be on your playlist if you did a 90’s Hip Hop party in Australia?

Tribe, De La Soul, Outkast, Biggie, Souls Of Mischief, Wu-Tang. Nice & Smooth.

You are a mixtape genius; walk us through your production process.

It's all about the idea. Find a concept that no one has done, find the right team to pull it off, and make sure the quality and creativity are there.  After that, good marketing is essential.

You have worked with a lot of Hip Hop legends, who would has influenced you the most?

Jazzy Jeff!  An honour! Jazzy Jeff is the reason I became a DJ, and to be a friend and collaborator of his is a highlight of my career. Maybe “THE” highlight.

It would be unfair of us to ask if you have a favourite mixtape, but is there a mixtape that was close to your heart?

‘Viva La Hova’.  It changed my life. Viva La Hova opened so many doors, in both the hip hop and rock communities for me.  People honestly treat that mix as an album.  MTV featured it on television; Coldplay had it on their site.  It really blew up and got my brand in front of people who would never have downloaded a mixtape before.

Is your work centred around the artists you admire? Or do they approach you?

Both.  It's a two way street... One I'm happy to live on. (Laughs)

You allegedly pursued a career in Hip Hop after your mum bought you a turntable, is this true? And why did she do this?

This is true. She saw me messing up her record player, and decided it would be better for me to have my own.  The rest is history.

You seamlessly mash up different genres together, from Adele, Colplay to Jay-Z, how do you do this?

It has to make sense and be logical.  You can't do it, just to do it.  It has to be believable and real, and sonically in key.  Then... it wins.

The most unbelievable thing that has happened to you whilst DJing?

I met my wife while DJing. When I saw her, it was one of those magical moments where time stood still and she had a glow.  Not a soul-glow, but a nice glow, none the less.  Our first date lasted from that night until four days later, and we got married exactly a year from the day I met her.  She's awesome.

What stimulates your soul?

Soulful music, good food, and a nice sunny day.  As weird as that sounds.

To listen to Mick Boogie's mixtapes click here. 

Download The Dirty Slums here.