Exclusive Interview with Dub Fx (@dub_fx) !

Inter­view with Dub Fx!

This is our writ­ten inter­view with world­wide street per­former &  stu­dio record­ing artists Dub Fx


Q. In your song ‘Inten­tions’ you rap -
‘They want to dumb us down just because they’re scared of us
They know that if we band togeth­er we can rise above’
Please explain what inspired those lyr­ics?

That whole verse is a com­ment­ary on how I I feel we are being blinded and manip­u­lated by our so called lead­ers into liv­ing mater­i­al, shal­low ignor­ant lives… We would rather watch TV then philo­soph­ize, we take bet­ter care of our cars and pos­ses­sions then our own bod­ies. We are all to blame for the mess we live in. We are kept in a fantasy world that tells us it’s more import­ant to con­sume then to pro­duce, if you really think about it it does­n’t make sense.. It means we end up strip­ping the very resources we depend on for a shal­low exist­ence that will des­troy the plan­et.. Why? To keep our minds off the big­ger pic­ture and our instinct.. What is the big­ger pic­ture? Con­trol over the major­ity.. A MAJOR­ITY Who left to their own devices would nat­ur­ally work with the plan­et instead of against it because that’s what our instinct tells us to do..

Q. What makes you want to express your­self con­sciously?

I don’t know, it’s the only way I know how to be or write music…

Q. Your music is empower­ing , do you see music as a polit­ic­al tool?

I see music as expres­sion.. Polit­ics to me is just giant pup­pet show.. I don’t by into that over manip­u­lated, over intelec­tu­al­ised crap.. None of it makes sense to me.. The fact is, if I had grown up in a rich and power­ful fam­ily I too would be cap­able of ruth­less selfish acts to for­ward my greed.. We all have that abil­ity to be evil and jus­ti­fy it… We all do it on small levels every day.. So I use music to paint a pic­ture of how I see the world.. If that inspires you then my work was­n’t use­less.. If you like the song but not the lyr­ics I’m equally sat­is­fied because har­mony and rhythm means more to me then sub­ject­ive opin­ion…

Q.  I’ve met people who com­pletely ignore hip hop music because the hip hop that comes on the radio, is often miso­gyn­ist­ic and ego trip­ping.. why is it import­ant to not dis­miss hip hop music com­pletely?

Per­son­ally I don’t listen to lyr­ics ever.. I listen to the per­form­ance.. If I really like the per­form­ance then maybe I listen to what they are say­ing.. But some­times I hear a hip hop tune that is so bad it offends me.. Not only hip hop, their are plenty of genres out there that are being poluted by mediocre hacks who are jump­ing on a band­wag­on.. But to answer your ques­tion there is no such thing as bad genres just but inter­pret­a­tion of that genre… Hip hop is def­in­itely sat­ur­ated with ego and miso­gyny.. But that does­n’t mean you can­’t listen to tribe called quest, J5 or the roots..

Q.  What advice would you give to people who want to free­style rap more com­fort­ably and con­fid­ently?

Go and street per­form.. Make mis­takes, get booed off stage.. Find your strengths and your weak­nesses

Q.  One of your lyr­ics is : ‘See if I sign to a label, I’ll be stuck in a cage’, please could you explain what you mean?

Actu­ally I say “if I had signed to a label Ide be stuck in a cage and you would prob­ably have nev­er heard of me” . I’m refer­ring to the thou­sands of artists who get locked into deals that get shelved and lost in the black whole of greedy AnR reps.. I know so many tal­ents who sit around wait­ing for the labels to give them a green light when they could be out there smash­ing like I have done for the last 7 years!

Q. What have you been up to lately with your projects/creations and your album ‘The­ory of Har­mony’?

I have lit­er­ally just been in the stu­dio mak­ing the album.. I pretty much do everything my self from writ­ing to record­ing and pro­du­cing each tune.. It takes me a long time because I lose sight of what’s a good per­form­ance or not.. I go from using one side of the brain to using the oth­er in a mat­ter of seconds and switch­ing back again.. Being cre­at­ive and tech­nic­al at the same time is super hard when you are your own boss…

Q.  What advice would you give to people who want to start per­form­ing on streets, but have doubts about their music and style being accep­ted?

Don’t be.. There will always be haters, but here is the good news, their will be more lov­ers. It’s just the artists nature to only focus on what the neg­at­ive peeps are say­ing. While that is import­ant for devel­op­ment and ground­ing you should always focus on the pos­it­ive to keep you going.. Just fol­low your heart and be as flex­ible as pos­sible!



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Lana Bell

Lana Bell

Author / Poetry Edit­or at I Am Hip-Hop
Lana Bell, is an eight­een year old Lon­don­er who is based in Bris­tol. She is an emer­ging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Edit­or for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writ­ing for a dec­ade; though she has only been per­form­ing on from the age of fif­teen. She got into Hip-Hop music at four­teen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the out­let that Hip-Hop music offered her.

About Lana Bell

Lana Bell
Lana Bell, is an eighteen year old Londoner who is based in Bristol. She is an emerging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Editor for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writing for a decade; though she has only been performing on from the age of fifteen. She got into Hip-Hop music at fourteen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the outlet that Hip-Hop music offered her.

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