Interview With Mighty Moe (@MightyMoe) !

Q. You have always pro­jec­ted good ener­gies and pos­it­ive vibes in your music, from when you were in Heart­less Crew, to even your solo mater­i­al. How did you devel­op this style? What is the biggest influ­ence on your music?

Thanks I’m glad you pick up on those vibes. I’m just spread­ing love and aim­ing to enter­tain and uplift people. If I’m feel­ing pos­it­ive then that’s gonna trans­late through my music.

Q. You released your second solo mix­tape early last year ‘Yagga Yo Volume 2’. What has the response been like?

The response has been good but to be hon­est I think more people need to hear it. The Yagga Yo tapes were more of an exper­i­ment­al era in my career and just a chance for me to try things out. With the new stuff I’m gonna put out I will give it a harder push and back up with some visu­als too.

Q. Do you think over the past few years UK Hip Hop has put a lot more focus into lyr­i­cism (with artists like Lowkey, Logic, Mic Right­eous etc) as opposed to some of the MC’s in the Gar­age era? How has the UK scene evolved?

I think it’s unfair to belittle what Gar­age did for the UK. It had a big impact on con­tem­por­ary music today and helped to forge MCs into artists by giv­ing them a plat­form and tying in dif­fer­ent ele­ments of the cul­ture. Since the old days, MCs in the UK have def­in­itely stepped up their game and lyr­ic­ally the bar has been raised across all genres. All the guys you men­tion and many oth­ers have put out a con­struct­ive mes­sage and done it inde­pend­ently without the majors and all the glitz and glam. I rate that. That’s what we need to be on, but we still gotta keep some bub­bly vibes, keep it enter­tain­ing and uplift­ing.

Q. When we think back to the roots of Hip Hop and its power in bring­ing a voice to the voice­less, it was almost like an altern­ate form of news. Do you feel that it still has the power to influ­ence, edu­cate and shape oppressed people in today’s soci­ety?  Are there any issues that you feel import­ant to address in your music?

Yes there are a lot of ser­i­ous issues to be addressed but I do usu­ally go for an uplift­ing vibe in my own music and avoid polit­ics. I would like to share my opin­ions on these issues but just wanna do it in a way that I feel is uplift­ing and hope­ful rather than preachy or depress­ing. Watch this space…

Q. Are you cur­rently involved in any com­munity pro­jects out­side of music?

I have done a lot of music work­shops with young people over the years since the early days of the Heart­less Crew. Over the past two years I’ve trained to become a teach­er and now work with young people devel­op­ing their music­al, per­form­ance, social and func­tion­al skills. It’s a great job and allows me to share my know­ledge and exper­i­ence with a new gen­er­a­tion of artists.

Q. Tell us a bit about the new sit­com ‘Ones N Twos’ that you star in? What has it been like to get involved in act­ing?

It’s a fun concept; the show is based on a pir­ate radio sta­tion called Ones N Twos FM. I play a char­ac­ter called DJ Nice­ness who is an aver­age Joe who tries to carry on like a rude boy yardie. A bit like me really haha. I’ve always liked act­ing from my school and col­lege days. I always wanted to do cre­at­ive stuff wheth­er it was art, drama or music. I guess I’ve just been focus­sing on music for most of my life so it’s really cool that I’m now get­ting oppor­tun­it­ies to do some act­ing.

Q. You have an extremely loy­al fol­low­ing, what is the most pop­u­lar HLC line you get shouted at you at gigs?!

It’s gotta be the tag line “We got the vibe yo!”

Q. What have you got in store over the next few months?

Loads hap­pen­ing this year! I’m still doing my MC book­ings and I want to to focus on my writ­ing, record and release some new music, col­lab­or­ate with like minded musi­cians, get more exper­i­ence as an act­or and con­tin­ue work­ing with young people as a teach­er.


Rishma Dhali­w­al

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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