I2G chilled with the group Kounterclockwise for a exclusive interview. We discuss their start in music, upcoming projects, favorite albums of 2011 and much more so check it out.I2G is here with Kounterclockwise, how’s it going?
Everything is peachy-keen.
For those unfamiliar with you as an artist, tell me a little bit about how you got your start in music and who are some of your musical influences out there coming up. -
Well, I got my start in music when I first saw my uncle, Kenneth Johnson – deejay. He was known as DJ BK and he used to deejay with Johnny O and the Sorcerer Crew. I must’ve been just 7 years old. Kaya’s start with music was when she started taking Ballet lessons at The Julliard School 5 years old.
We are influenced by so many diverse artists but to give you our top favs right now: Nine Inch Nails, The Doors, Nirvana, Bjork, KRS One, The Beatles, Cloud Nothings, The Strokes, The Cure, A Tribe Called Quest, Beck, Wu Tang Clan, Aphex Twin, Thelonius Monk, Sun Ra, Sex Pistols, De La Soul, Peter Tosh, Tool, MF Doom, Radiohead, Freestyle Fellowship, Prince, Duran Duran, Slick Rick, Sapient, Eminem, Cage, Squarepusher, Stevie Wonder, Kid Kudi, The Dresden Dolls, Die Antwoord, Led Zeppelin, Nas, Marilyn Manson; writers William Burroughs and Hunter S. Tompson; and artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Mr. Brainwash. We love all styles of music so this list by no means is even close to complete.
What are you currently working on now that is getting ready to drop either this year or in 2013?
We are in the process of wrapping up “Pills – The Mixtape” (out by this summer) and our sophomore album, “Sounds Good on Paper” – which is the follow up to “Daylight Savings Time.” - it will be released by the end of this year. We also just wrapped up doing the soundtrack with Jim Lujan for his animated ghettomation feature film called “The Legend of Bobby Churro.” and we have a new video for “OCD” off the “Daylight Savings Time” album about to be released.
Any good memories or studio sessions that stick out to you from that project?
What stood out to me the most was recording “Jump” off of Daylight Savings Time. Kaya produced that songs music and I wrote the lyrics which express the pain I live with since becoming paralyzed. That song was a huge emotional release for me.
I just wanted to go over your catalogue of albums and ask you what are your favorite moments from each?
There are so many it’s hard to narrow down. We are currently recording the songs for the mixtape – “Pills.” Kaya and I have had some seriously hilarious moments recording the songs for it. We are really going to just cut loose and have fun with that one.
What are your thoughts on the east coast/ west coast scenes currently?
Everything right now is sort-of jelling together, there are no boundaries anymore. I’m really looking forward to the point where all the walls are stripped down and music becomes a melting pot of different genres.
What are some of your favorite albums that dropped in 2011?
From 2011 some of our favorite albums that dropped or that we discovered are: Tabi Bonney’s – “The Summer Years.” We both really love the latest release by Cleveland band, Cloud Nothings called “Attack on Memory” produced by Steve Albini, Sapient’s -”Tusks.” We love St-Vincents latest album, “Strange Mercy”. Die Antwoord, Azealia Banks, Da$h and McKenzie Eddy.”Terra Incognita,” by Juliette Lewis. KRS-One and Buckshot’s new release was dope. and MF Doom.
Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates?
We have several in the works starting in Spring.
What is your website information?
http://www.reverbnation.com/kounterclockwise http://twitter.com/kountrclockwise http://www.facebook.com/pages/KOUNTERCLOCKWISE/192787617408Here are the links to three of our videos and debut album:
The Beatings http://youtu.be/07lEbNIrKec
Download our debut album Daylight Savings Time for free at http://kounterclockwise.bandcamp.com/ or purchase at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/daylight-savings-time/id486211091 or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006HOJ01I/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1327335220&sr=8-1
Alright well that is all the questions I have for you, appreciate you getting down for the interview. Is there any last words or shout outs you want to get out there to the people?
We’d like to give a shout out to Jim Lujan – check out some of his dope ghettomation on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/jimlujan?blend=1&ob=video-mustangbase – to Leroy Jones at Krip-Hop Nation – and in support of Neli Latson please go to avoiceforneli.com, and to the Dancing Wheels Company and School in Cleveland. Also we are donating 15% of all of Daylight Savings Time’s album sales to The Wheelchair Foundation which provides wheelchairs for people in need worldwide - http://www.facebook.com/wheelchairfoundation