INTERVIEW | NASTY P (@NASTYPBEATS) DISCUSSES NEW ALBUM ‘RICH MUNDI’

nasty pSince drop­ping his album “Rich Mun­di”, Nasty P has immersed him­self in a busy dj sched­ule sup­port­ing none oth­er than Bey­on­ce & Jay Z at their request.  As well as sup­port­ing the Carter’s on their OTRii tour, Nasty P has been on a solo European tour, play­ing across the UK and as far as Copen­ha­gen and Frank­furt!  The latest single “Dia­mond Life” taken from his album Rich Mun­di, show­cases Nasty P’s alter ego Rich Mundi’s grit­ti­er elec­tron­ic­ally driv­en indus­tri­al sound that could be at home at any EDM fest­ival. We catch up with him to find out more.

Who is Rich Mun­di?
Rich Mun­di is my alter ego, a character/alias that cre­ates more futur­ist­ic sound­scape music ran­ging from hip hop and elec­tron­ic to future bass. I like the idea of cre­at­ing songs without the need of a fea­ture.

What made you want to express this latest pro­ject through an alter ego?
The idea behind it is to enable my cur­rent fans to grow with me and make myself stand out to a new gen­re of fan. With my alter ego it allows me to be diverse, I can slowly intro­duce my new sound whil­st enabling people to hear my head nod style that I’m known for.
On my last pro­ject I had straight hip hop boom bap with Ed Og and Terman­o­logy etc but this was also along­side tracks with a 34 Waltz melody with crazy vocal pitches and scream­ing dis­co vocals.

The latest album is much more exper­i­ment­al than your pre­vi­ous, more pur­ist hip hop pro­jects. What brought about the change?
It is really to open up more col­our, com­pos­i­tion, irreg­u­lar but work­ing struc­tures, push bound­ar­ies a little but not just use any sounds, a meth­od to the mad­ness. There is a bit of a glass ceil­ing with the pur­ist hip hop approach and I have done too much work to be pigeon­holed.

We can hear a range of ambi­ent sounds with­in Rich Mun­di, what was the pro­cess like to work with new styles and tech­niques?
There are for­mu­las that I run through insert­ing new sounds through them but my ear is the gate­keep­er to what gets through. I have pre-set algorithms that main­tain the sens­ib­il­it­ies of hip hop so when I cre­ate, it doesn’t devi­ate too much.
For example, I may think what would a Kate Bush, Pete Rock and Kaytranada track sound like, keep that in mind and work that around my ori­gin­al for­mu­la and see what hap­pens. Some­times it works and some­times it doesn’t, but you can always take some­thing pos­it­ive away from the pro­cess. There may be an excit­ing ele­ment you can use. This whole train of thought stops the music being stag­nant to me.

You have worked with some of the biggest vet­er­ans in the game, who has been the most inter­est­ing per­son to work with?
Being one of Ed Og’s biggest fans and get­ting to work with him was great! He was so laid back. We had a great rap­port and this made the pro­cess run even smoother. He just got it, we both knew what each oth­er meant without hav­ing to artic­u­late too much, we still chat now and again. That’s just a vibe from exper­i­ence and his speed in get­ting it done (as well as Akrobatik Reks and Terman­o­logy), all very pro­fes­sion­al.
Actu­ally one of the most inter­est­ing to work with was Skinnyman, but not neces­sar­ily in a good way haha, I had to kind of work along­side whatever his time to do stuff was, very errat­ic and at times scatty, me not know­ing when what where! but that is what helps make his whole per­sona and char­ac­ter and totally comes out in the track! So, no com­plaints.

What have you learnt dur­ing your jour­ney while work­ing with some of the most cre­at­ive names?
I’ve learned that nobody gets any­where without time, patience and also stand­ing firm with­in that pro­cess, sounds corny but real recog­nise real.
it’s a remind­er that had I not acted in that way from the start and real­ise the tal­ent I had to offer then I may­be wouldn’t of had the con­fid­ence to approach them in the first place.

There has been some­what of a renais­sance of Brit­ish hip hop in the last few years. How does it feel to be part of this and what dir­ec­tion do you see it going in?
Per­son­ally I think the words Brit­ish hip hop sound more tra­di­tion­al… for example, I think 4 owls, Task For­ce, Roots Manuva etc but grime is Brit­ish and has hip hop ele­ments.  The young rap­pers today are real­ising they no longer have to ride the coat­tails of Amer­ic­ans any­more.
I really dig the pro­du­cer Mura Masa who is bring­ing some cool ideas to the table with new U.K. artists

Is there any­one you’d like to work with from this new era?
Def­in­itely!  I’d like to work with people like Roots Manuva, Cyhi The Prince, Fran­cis and the lights, Feist, Rustie, Royce 5 9, Bön iver, Stormzy, Mura Masa,Joey Badass,Schoolboy Q .…actu­ally too many to men­tion haha!

What can we expect in your next pro­ject?
My next pro­ject is an EP by my alter ego Rich Mun­di, Ive got four songs down and excited for its release.
If I had to com­pare this EPs style I would say it’s like that of Hud­son Mohawke, Flume but more with a hip hop boom bap 808 style run­ning through it.

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Sumit Rehal

Sumit Rehal

Sum­it is a music and art journ­al­ist from South Lon­don. His mis­sion to pro­gress cul­ture by high­light­ing tal­ent. His three vices are hip hop, trav­el­ling and sam­osas, which he has had the pleas­ure of cov­er­ing across the world.

About Sumit Rehal

Sumit Rehal
Sumit is a music and art journalist from South London. His mission to progress culture by highlighting talent. His three vices are hip hop, travelling and samosas, which he has had the pleasure of covering across the world.