Rapper DT and producer Dr. Conspiracy are Atlanta psychedelic hip hop group The Difference Machine. Now presenting the Mystery School remix of “New Pharaoh”, the lead single from The Psychedelic Sounds Of The Remix Machine. The “Pharaoh” remix comes courtesy of Jacksonville, FL producer/rapper Paten Locke, best known for his work with Edan and Dillon.
I Am Hip-Hop magazine reporter John Glynn bring us an exclusive interview with DT and Dr Conspiracy.
Q. Your musical style is a blend of psychedelic rock and hip-hop; in both genres, who are your biggest influences and why?
The Difference Machine has tons of influences. Many are not music related. We are inspired by the universal laws of the cosmos and mental alchemy. Musically it ranges from Hendrix to 13th Floor Elevators to Outkast. Bjork and P Funk. Soft Machine and Portishead. All over really, but those stand out right now.
Q. If you could convey one single message through your music, what would it be?
The only thing you know to be real is you
Q. Dr. Conspiracy, why won’t you reveal your true identity? (If you tell us, we won’t tell anybody
Dr. Conspiracy won’t even answer this question so I (DT) will try and answer it. He believes that all is a ruse including his physical form and personal identity. He does not want people to confuse his appearance with his inner workings. Plus hes paranoid.
Q. Are you excited by the current state of music, why or why not?
We wouldn’t say excited necessarily, but it does seem that risk taking is coming back into the fold which is a very good thing. Music has been pretty safe recently.
Q. Conspiracy and DT, did you guys battle each other at Mic Club (the historic hip-hop event hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik)? If yes, who came out on top? If not, which performer most excited you, and why?
Well since we are actually a part of some sentient beings that share the same brain wave we haven’t. It would be like the right side of the brain battling the left. But the Conspiracy side has won a few beat battles there, and the DT side has won a few emcee battles as well. Apache is a great runway to practice your take off and landing skills. Historic place.
Q. “Psychology,” your first single, is a favorite of mine, which track are you most proud of?
This is gonna sound pretentious but probably the one we haven’t made yet. The one that has escaped us thus far. Songs like “Psychology” make us see the potential power of what we can do together in the future. It shows us that if we can ever really get it right, that we can make a song that we will both think is perfect. “Clocks” may be that. Time will tell…
Q. Some critics have said that they don’t really understand the direction of your sound, how would you respond to them?
We don’t know what the direction is either . lol. And that’s fun. There are no rules in music. We don’t have any at least. I (DT) personally believe that whether we intentionally try to drive a message or not the higher forces will guide us in a direction. I just think that when you go into listening to our record with the mindset of looking for a point, you might miss the point.
Q. Lastly, you can have 3 celebrities over for dinner, who would they be (dead or alive) & why?
Roky Erickson cause he was boss and seemed interesting. Andre 3000 because he is an alien. Aannnnnddddd.….hmmmmm.…. Mort Garson maybe. He was a genius.
Interview By John Glynn