Since 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 3⁄4 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.
Grab your copy of the album today here — http://www.richmundi.com
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