Category Archives: Interviews

Dj Strictnine, Paranorm, D.Evilman (1997)

Home video of Dj Strictnine, Paranorm, and D.Evilman Vargamel Scratching, rolling around South Bend, Strictnine interviewed by Devilman, Paranorm & D.Evilman freestyle, bootleg vid of “Moanin’ Lisa”.

Early versions of “Mic Reaction” and “I Just Don’t Give A Fuck” in the background.

Interview: Merc Versus

Merc Versus

What’s your name?

My name is Merc Versus. MERC was an old graffiti name I used from when I used to tag, and VERSUS is an acronym for Violence Expressed Reveals Someone Under Stress. Also MERC represents murder and VERSUS represents conflict.

Have you ever been known to rock under a different name?

I have rocked under a few different names. In the late 90s and early 00s I called myself Mr. Deadbeat or the Deadbeat Poet, which kind of relates to my current name as in ‘murk verses’ and ‘dead beats’.

Where are you from?

I am from a small town in east central Indiana called Muncie. Home of Bonzi Wells, Garfield creator Jim Davis, and Ball State University.  Also the fictional location of the Tom Slick cartoon and Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie.

What’s it like to live in a small town? Are you able to support yourself full time from your music career?

In the small town where I live, jobs are hard to come by. Muncie is basically a burnt out college town. There’s nothing to do here outside of Ball State besides getting into trouble. There is a crime problem here, and a big portion of the musical community doesn’t respect hip hop culture as a valid artform. I don’t know how many times I have ran into band members that say they can rap or try to freestyle for me like it’s some kind of party favor or novelty act. I don’t think some of them get the fact that this is a craft and not what they see on MTV with somebody bragging about how much money and how many women they have. I also wanted to mention that the security in most popular Muncie venues doesn’t know how to handle the ‘native’ crowd and by that I mean the non-collegiate local black crowd. They are either shook to death or overly disrespectful. The true school hip hop kids are the living inheritors of the legacy of blues and jazz. Downtrodden and disenfranchised people speaking truth to power. But then again I don’t expect middle class musicians to completely understand poverty poetry. On the other hand there are certain figures in the music scene here that show us utmost respect and we love them for that. They realize that I put in just as much work if not more than any other band or group in this town when it comes to promoting myself.

I am currently unable to support myself full time with my music career, but that’s the goal. We sell production, graphic design, journalism, management, and of course our own music and if we’re lucky we might get gas money for driving to a show to perform. There are a lot of shady cats (promoters) out there who like to use others’ talent to help pay their rent and could care less about helping to nurture and develop their scene by giving other local artists a chance to shine. They would rather make themselves the opening act. I once got into an online discussion with a promoter a decade younger than me that was trying to explain to me why my brand of music doesn’t matter anymore. Then they proceeded to direct me to a website where I could witness ‘the next big thing’ in Indiana hip hop. This same person was completely unfamiliar with anyone in the Indiana hip hop scene. Needless to say, I checked out the website and was absolutely not impressed. It’s still a desert out here. Any suggestions? Lately we’ve been branching out to Ohio and Michigan for shows.

Merc Versus

What’s your history? How long have you been in the game?

I’ve been in the game on a local/regional level for about twelve years. I can remember writing rhymes as far back as second grade. Some of my first inspirations back then were groups like Run DMC, Newcleus, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, specifically Melle Mel. Between the grade school and high school age I was more into music with a positive and conscious message, such as Brand Nubian, Poor Righteous Teachers, and King Sun. I was also a fan of the supremely lyrical brand of hip hop like Rakim, Kool G Rap, and Big Daddy Kane. I was a big fan of the Juice crew. When I first decided to pick up the mic in the mid-90s, some of my inspirations were Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Gang Starr, and the Beatnuts. We used to do a lot of local shows here and there and sell our little tapes. I’ve always been a writer, so I took up the craft of hip hop journalism for a hot second starting in 2000.

Since then, there were various group disputes, personal and legal problems, and artistic differences between myself and my associates that kept me running in place for a few years. Up until that point my brother and I had been involved in about 7 local releases and had begun to break through in terms of learning how to promote ourselves online and in public. We used to have hip hop parties at Ball State Universities that we promoted under the title Live Mic Nite. By 2007 I was fed up. I scrapped everything, renamed myself and started from scratch. Since 2007 I have formed a new crew called Ironworkers Guild (IWG) which consists of some very talented Indiana emcees and producers (Shake C, Siah Soze, Woodenchainz, Big Pipe, The Problem, Science Born). I have released a couple solo releases and a couple Ironworkers releases both online and locally since then. My label is called Invisible Inc Multimedia and the artists on my label include myself, my brother A Man Called Relik who is a phenomenal spoken word poet, and an upcoming producer/emcee named Stone Messiah. We also recently got blessed with the presence of C-Rayz Walz (of Immortal Technique’s crew Stronghold) and Kevlaar 7 of Wisemen (Wu-Tang) to oversee a couple of our upcoming projects as executive producers.

Do you produce music as well? If so, what gear do you use?

Yes, I have been a producer since the beginning. I used to live and die by the now-defunct Ensoniq products such as the Ensoniq EPS and the ASR-10, I went through a few of those. I sold a few, a few got stolen. It took a long time to give in, swallow my pride, and soften up my purist mentality, but due to convenience I eventually gravitated to a computer-based production system. I use Fruity Loops and my co-producers use Fruity Loops and Acid Pro. Shame on us. Blame it on 9th Wonder. I basically use it to sequence the samples and program the drum tracks, not for the cheesy drum sounds or the auto-tune plug-in. Honestly I still prefer hardware to software. Some of these cats making beats out here have never touched a keyboard if wasn’t attached to a laptop. Some of my co-producers also play several instruments. And I’m eventually going to dust off this bass guitar I have, I promise.

As you may know, I’m originally from SBI….have you found it difficult to be an artist in Indiana?

Yes and no. In terms of promotion, we get love from real hip hop fans. There seems to be a divided scene between the more commercial street artists and the true school hip hop artists, that’s a given. But there also seems to be a general attitude from city to city that each local squad might have a master plan that some other squad can’t get with. On some we got the secret formula and you don’t. It’s an ego thing. I’m like, let’s trade fans. You have fans that haven’t heard me and I have fans that haven’t heard you. Let’s bridge the gap, it’s better for both the cultural and business aspects of the game.

We have done shows all over Indiana and I have plenty of people that I consider my homies, fellow artists, and fans, but I think until Indiana hip hop artists realize that we can do more for each other together than we can apart things will remain the same. Kill the superstar egos if you don’t have the substance and drive to back it up. And the whole swag movement made egos inflate even more. Everybody thinks they are too fresh for Crest, no matter the talent level. Apparently some people think glamour makes up for talent in rap these days. Also, big ups to South Bend. Strictnine is one of the illest producers in the state and I consider him, Breon Warwick, and Devilman to be my peoples.

Merc Versus

Who are some of the artists that have inspired you to do what you do?

I would say the lyrical ability and presence of Kool G Rap, the wordplay of the D.O.C., the smoothness of Guru of Gang Starr, the soul of Same Cooke, the militant outlook of Peter Tosh, and the buckwild artistry of Bad Brains. That’s a pretty accurate description of my inspirational matrix.

What topics to tend to cover in your music?

I honestly believe that a truly talented emcee could write a rhyme about washing his car and make it sound ill. I adhere to that school of thought in the fact that some of my songs might just be straight lyrics with no subject matter. Then we have songs that address certain socio-political issues and concepts such as homelessness, poverty, teen pregnancy, drug use, you name it. It’s not really a matter of the hot button issue or buzz word of the minute to me, it’s much more personal than that. Sometimes almost too personal for the listener to understand, but it’s wrapped in such vivid wordplay that music fans can appreciate the level of complexity and care that were put into the presentation.

What do you see yourself doing in five years?

If at all possible, I see myself securing deals for some of my artists and being in the process of establishing my own indie label. I would also like to have an Indiana-based hip hop festival to showcase our state’s talent. I’ve always wanted to be more involved with my local community in terms of education as well.

What should people expect to see when they come to your live show?

People should expect to see an intoxicated man bleeding his heart out through the words he says over punishing beats. My team and myself have a variety of styles, and we have been compared to many different artists. Some of the comparisons flatter me and some confuse me. I have heard Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, and Wyclef Jean. Then I have heard Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep. One thing is certain: we do our best to give you a slice of our lives through our musical performance.

Merc Versus

Are you able to do shows with touring artists who come through your area?

Definitely. In the past year or so we have had the honor of opening for such respected performers as Wu-Tang’s Wisemen, Canibus, C-Rayz Walz, Doodlebug of Digable Planets, Black Sheep, Glue, Wu-Tang’s Timbo King, and Killah Priest. In the past I have opened for Twista and All Natural. One thing that I think a lot of local artists need to realize is how to market themselves. By strategically selecting the type of artist for which you open, you can snatch some of their fans and increase your notoriety. For instance, if you’re a more gutter gangster type artist you’re not going to get much praise opening for someone like Aesop Rock. On the other hand, if you’re a more introspective and emotional emcee you may not get the response you deserve by opening for Spice 1. I don’t think a lot of artists get that. This is one instance where division is good for the culture. If hip hop was analyzed and categorized by the media as much as rock and roll it would make it a lot easier for unsigned artists to market themselves. Contrary to popular belief, everyone that calls him or herself a hip hop artist doesn’t deserve to be classified under one banner.

Is hip hop is dead?

No, hip hop isn’t dead. It’s in a coma. The hopeful thing about that is the true artisans and fans of this craft act as a life support system.

Any last words? Shouts?

I want everyone to remember that most things are valuable due to their rarity. When everybody looks, acts, dresses, and sounds the same it decreases the general value of humanity. Our strength is in our differences. Don’t call me a hater if I criticize your music. Take a look in the mirror and consider the fact that not everyone agrees with your way of doing things. Just because I have an opinion doesn’t mean I’m hating on you. Just because a critic says your music sounds like everyone else’s doesn’t mean he has a personal vendetta against you. I also want grown men to stop idolizing rap stars that are half their age. Get some self respect. I want to send a shout out to all my Wilderness Guerrillas, Indiana and worldwide. IWG stand up. Big ups to France, the UK, Germany, Italy, and everyone else everywhere that purchases our CDs online. Peace to my Invisible Inc Hollow Men, A Man Called Relik, Stone Messiah, and Science Born. And lastly, not everyone was born to be a pimp, thug, or hustler. Slow your role. Better yet, know your role.

Invisible Inc Multimedia – http://invisibleinc.s5.com
Merc Versus YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/merc765
Merc Versus MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/mercversus
Merc Versus Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/mercversus
Merc Versus Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/mercversus
Merc Versus BlogTalkRadio – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hollowmen
Merc Versus Blog – http://www.inthemixuncutblog.com

Interview: Dj Plan 9

Dj Plan 9 in the mix - photo: CAMERASHEYE(Leimert Park Camera Club)

I had a super long intro written for this interview, but after reading it…all the hype and typical rap journalism isn’t required in 2009.  Instead, let me sum up what’s going down like this:

I came to Cali.
Plan 9 was one of the first DJ’s I saw go off.
He had a unique style, played records that he pressed himself, and obviously loved hip hop.
Ten years have passed.
Plan 9 is still a true LA original.

And now I’ll give you Dj Plan 9…go check him out.

—P

What’s your name, DJ Plan 9, mean to you?  Does it have anything to do with 1950s Science Fiction?

Great question! As a kid there used to be this Saturday afternoon monster movie show on UHF channel 19 in Cincinnati called CREATURE FEATURE…hosted by THE COOL GHOUL…I watched that shit every saturday like it was a RELIGION. One saturday they show PLAN 9 from OUTERSPACE. I watched it and lost my mind. Flying saucers? Vampires?? Zombies??? Bela Lugosi???? old stock footage????? What! it was all the shit I was into all at the same time. SENSORY OVERLOAD! There’s a scene in film where the aliens return to the mothership and have to answer his EXCELLENCY…The LEADER right? They have to answer to this guy. It breaks down basically like they been trying to invade the earth like 8 other times, ALL FAILURES. The leader askes them, “What plan will you follow now. The commander of the invasion force replies in a MAD OFFICIAL VOICE, “PLAN 9”! Then the leader says, “Ah, yes Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead. Long distance electrode stimulation through the pineal pituitary gland of recent dead” WHAT! They had tried 8 times to invade the Earth and failed? 8 failed missions! but the ninth one worked!?  I thought that was DOPE. STAR WARS episode IV had just come out, BattleStar Galactica was on, Buck Rogers was on , Long story short I was a science fiction nerd. I filed that movie in my mind until 1995, when I got invited to dj @ Spaceland by my friend Vinzula (google him He’s DOPE) I had to come up with a Dj name…ALIAS whatever. I consulted with the peace-pipe and late night TV. On Channel 5  the Late LATE LATE show is playing, and thus I adopted the name Plan 9 from OUTERSPACE. A must watch for everyone by the WAY!

What’s your first memory of Hip Hop?

My first memory of hip hop had to be in ’79, my mom had a Cutlass convertible, we would ALWAYS bump WCIN. Chic ‘goodtimes’ would come on the radio and we would sing it ALL LOUD and shit, right. This one time it sounds a little different, the bass line is thumpin’ as usual but then this guy starts TALKING…RHYMING a “hiphop a hibbie a hibbie”  My mom was pissed cause she thought it was CHIC and this guys is talking and it makes no sense to her. I waited and waited for the dj to say the name of the song they didn’t so as soon as I got home I called up the station and asked about the song that starts off sounding like CHIC and they told me it was Rapper’s Delight.

This is a multi part long ass question: How do you feel about technology and the DJ?  Do you have an opinion on file downloading and it’s affect on the music industry?  What about the transition from mixtapes to podcasts?  Dj’s using Serato to spin mp3s over vinyl?

Technology in the hands of the talented dj is great. Technology in the hands of the mediocre dj is not so great. As far as the transition to mixtape to podcast, I hate and LOVE that. I miss actually holding the music…geeking out on the packaging if it’s dope…passing it hand to hand to a friend. But then I love that I can make a mix put it up on zshare or soundcloud and it can be downloaded by anyone anywhere at anytime. It’s weird as far as the vinyl vs. mp3 thing goes. If you are proficient @ rocking vinyl and then choose to rock serato I can’t be mad, but its way out of hand right now. To quote DE LA’s 3 is a magic number,” Every body wants to be a DJ” and C-3PO, “This is madness”; Sometimes I’ll be at a gig playing w/ serato DJ’s and 9 times outta 10(word to Quik) something will go wrong…CAN’T TRUSS IT

When I first met you way back when, you had your own record label, released a bunch of vinyl, and were producing tons of beats.  Are you still doing all of those things?

Yeah man! I’m back at it! The new label is called AFROBEEP. We are readying several projects for release digitally as well as physically (vinyl & cassette).

What’s next for DJ Plan 9?  Where can your fans come see you do your thing?  Have anything to plug?

Working on alot of music right now…Several beat projects with my wife, Dj Liquyd under the name FISH$CALE, Also working on a project called NINE FINGAZ with ABF of the 5 Signs…an album is also in the works with the 60’s french lounge singer Louis Le Grand. On the dj tip you can catch me @ the ‘Some of my Best Friends are Black’! (SOMBFAB!) parties we’ve been throwing for over a year now! It’s alot fun,all the dj’s have to rock ALL VINYL…Lately we’ve also been doing this thing called MYSTERY CRATE where dj ‘s bring a crate and switch it with another dj. You have to play out of crate that you have no IDEA what’s in it. CHALLENGING and FRESH! We’ve had some incredible sets so far and more to come this summer! WHOOOOOOOP!

Shouts to SPITHATE/ SOMBFAB / AFROBEEP  / 213* and INSTRUMENTAL!

photo: CAMERASHEYE(Leimert Park Camera Club)

www.myspace.com/sombfab
www.myspace.com/fishscalejohnson
www.soundcloud.com/fishscale
www.instrumentalagency.com

Site Upgrade, Son

Welcome to the new and improved The Ready Cee Show / Parakhan Spit Hate site!  We’ve updated the layout templates, fixed some problems, added some stuff, killed some stuff, etc.  As usual, the main content on this site is the world’s finest hip hop podcast, The Ready Cee Show, which is a must listen if you want to maintain any sort of hip hop credibility.  Yeah, really.  Ready Cee has been killing it for a long time and if you’re not one of the 60,000 subscribers…well, you’re sleeping boss.
Along with the great music, we’re also embarking on a journey to bring you more free mp3s, more interviews, more scene reports, and whatever else comes down the pipe.  Our collective accomplishments are already stellar, but there isn’t time for rest in this game so expect us to turn it up a notch.
Thanks for checking in.

spithate.com

Welcome to the new and improved The Ready Cee Show / Parakhan Spit Hate web of sites!  We’ve updated the layout templates, fixed some problems, added some stuff, killed some stuff, etc. ..and the result should be a much cleaner user experience for you.

As usual, the flagship content on this site is the world’s finest hip hop podcast, The Ready Cee Show, which is a must listen if you want to here the best of the best…plus it’ll help you maintain any sort of hip hop credibility that you think you have.  Yeah, really.  Dj Ready Cee has been killing it for a long time and if you’re not one of the 60,000 subscribers…well, you’re sleeping boss.  Subscribe now!

Along with the great music, we’re also embarking on a journey to bring you more free mp3s (we’re walking down the mp3 blog path), more interviews, more scene reports, and whatever else comes down the pipe.  Our collective accomplishments are already stellar, but there isn’t time for rest in this game so expect everyone involved to turn it up a notch.

Thanks for checking in and all your support.

-P

Interview: Cave – Producer Jason Boschetti

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Cave – Destroy The Matrix / Speak In Cosmic Tongues

In keeping with the tradition of The Ready Cee Show’s Independent Artist episodes, we’re going to bring exclusive interviews to the web in attempts to give these artists the exposure they deserve.  First up, we have producer Cave (Jason Boschetti), who just happens to live up the block from my studio in Los Angeles.  His beats are a combination of futuristic sounds, with Dilla-ish timings, and melodic instruments played by Cave himself.  I dig it.  —-Paranorm

P: Cave, what up? Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with The Ready Cee Show / Parakhan Spit Hate…let’s get into this.  Where you from?

Cave: Garland, Texas. Small city/suburb just northeast of Dallas.

P: How long did you live in the bay?

Cave: I lived in the bay for about four and a half years, four of which I spent going to school at UC Berkeley. It’s also where I’ve met most of the musicians I have collaborated with so far.

P: What made you want to get into hip hop & production?

Cave: I was about 13 or 14 when I started to get into it. My big brother exposed me to groups like Cypress Hill, the Fugees, Outkast, then I got onto napster and started finding stuff on my own. I got really into alot of New York hip-hop, like Gangstarr, Biggie, Mos Def, etc. But what really got me was DJ Krush from Japan. I found his album “Kakusei” (incidentally, it means “to wake up”) randomly at a used record store and instantly fell in love with it. It was the first time I heard music that actually took me somewhere, like I could listen to it with my eyes closed and be transported to another dimension or environment. It was a really amazing feeling, especially because the place where I grew up was so boring and monotonous, and I could just put this music on and feel like I was in Neo-Tokyo or something. That’s what set it off, when I said to myself, “I wanna do this.”

P: What’s your take on samples vs live instruments?

Cave: It definitely can be an art form in and of itself. When I first started making music I used tons of samples, I just started going through my Dad’s record collection and chopping shit up and making beats on reason. And I did that for a long time. But still I would go through waves of making tracks where I  would compose everything myself with software instruments. I would alternate I guess, make some with samples, then go sample free for a bit. But in the last few years I’ve been mostly leaving the samples behind and composing on my own. I feel more of a bond with the music I make when all of it comes from my own hands, and even though sampling can be done in a unique and creative way, it’s still a sample. And when somebody asks me, “did you make that?” whether it’s just my homie, or a music supervisor for a film who wants to know if I have the rights to all of it , I just want to be able to say yes in full confidence, yes I made that, all of it. I had situations recently where a surf company was going to use a bunch of my tracks for a big film project, and at the last minute they asked me “do these songs contain uncleared samples,” which they did, and so they pulled like 80% of the material of mine they were going to use. So instead of making a grip of money, I made a crumb. That’s just another aspect of it, I feel like maybe God’s trying to tell me something. So sampling is great and fun, but I feel better these days about playing stuff myself. Even if its a sound issue, for example if you want to get that old dusty vibe that you may think you can only get by sampling, I’ve found ways to give a song that dirty, gritty, soulful nuance even without sampling.

P: What equiptment do you use to get your signature sound?

Cave: As far as my signature sound goes, I feel like I’ve only recently discovered it. Or I guess it’s been a constant process of evolution, like anything else, but recently I think it’s really been coming together. It involves lots of boomy, bang, snap, crackle, pop drums that I program on Ableton. I like to put the drum sounds through compression, saturation, get them sounding real tight and fat, and then sometimes I put them through a beat-repeat filter to give ’em that spontaneous E.T. glitchery. Then I usually go heavy on the synth, I have an old analog Roland Juno-106 and an Alesis Micron, both of which have amazing sounds, real fat and lush and spacey, the kind of shit that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud or flying in a space ship. Lately I’ve been using alot of live instruments too, like hand drums, maracas, sticks, marimba, acoustic guitar, flute, etc., been on a real Amazonian vibe, but still blend it with the outer-space future-funk sound, like Ayahuasca star-seed music… I would say overall my sound is real bouncy, crunchy, dirty, spacey, exotic, trippy, lush, funky, lovely.

P: Who are some of your greatest influences?

Cave: Tomita, Michael Jackson, Ken Ishii, DJ Krush, the Fugees, DJ Premier, Mos Def, Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Living Legends, Freestyle Fellowship, Hieroglyphics, Deltron, Kool Keith, OutKast, Q-Bert, Mr. Lif, Madlib, Oh No, J-Dilla, Prefuse 73, LTJ Bukem, Alice Coltrane, King Tubby, the Marleys, Square Pusher, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Cygnus, Joe Con, Shing02…

P: Can you lace us with a brief overview of your discography?  What’s your favorite project that you’ve been involved with?

Cave: First jumped off with Sticks and Stones in 2003. Then linked with Joe Con and Seneca in Berkeley to form Shadow Caste in 2004, released the Co-Pilot EP. Then linked with Joe Con again in 2005 on the Awake and Dreaming album. Then linked with P.E.A.C.E. of Freestyle Fellowship and Shing02 for the Twisted Tongue/Mimosa double 12″ released on Tokyo’s Mary Joy Recordings label. Soon followed in 2006 with the Awake Click – Live from the Apocalypse mixtape. Then linked with Shing02 and Seneca for “War Times,” a song featured on Billy Jam’s Hip-Hop Slam compilation release by the DJ’s of Mass Destruction entitled “War II – the turd hunt continues…” Then I linked with Shingo again for a 12″ that came out in Japan from zooooo.jp entitled G*A*M*E, I produced, scratched, and featured on the B-side with Shingo and Jerneye of Lunar Heights, and the A-side featured Ghostface Killah, Napoleon, and Shingo, and was produced by ICC Productions out of Colorado. Then in 2007 I linked with Joe Con again on the ConCave   – ZooLife project, and after that came my second solo album entitled “A.R.T. – Advanced Research and Technology,” which was kind of my rhyming and singing debut as well, when the inspiration to write really grabbed me by the nuts and wouldn’t let go. Out of all these projects, I would say my favorite ones, at least as far as the creative process goes, have been the Shadow Caste project, the ConCave project, and the tracks I’ve done with Shingo, mostly because these are the ones where we mapped out a block of time, went into the studio, put our heads together, and focussed heavily. It was fun because it had that feeling of team-work, goal-oriented drive. I guess my solo projects came together from more fragmented timelines, where I would work on them over a long period of time whenever I was free and inspired. Musically, however, my favorite project has to be the one I’m working on now, which is my next album, “Galaxy Quest” (tentative title), which should be ready sometime mid-2009. It’s just the latest and greatest sound, and should feature all the fam… built on the bones of the previous experience but still coming out new and fresh for me, I’m stoked on it. Obviously it’s space music.

P: What’s up with ConCave?

Cave: ConCave is the union of Joe Con and Cave. Lately we’ve been building alot down here in LA, playing whatever shows we can get, expanding the network, circulating the album, circulating the love. ConCave is a gateway drug…

P: Word…so are you guys planning a major tour or anything?

Cave: It’s definitely a goal for this year. We’re piecing it together, learning the game as we go. We have a manager giving us a test-run, should have some good opportunities opening up in 2009, as well as a new album coming together soon, with an expanded, updated sound, transcending genres. Joe Con’s got the blues (he’s from Kentucky), I’ve got the space-drive, put ’em together and you get… “Black Holes and White Lightning”… Look out!

P: Tell us about your obsession with aliens?  Are you positive that alien life forms exist?

Cave: It’s more of a love than an obsession, I’m in love with the idea that we are all infinite beings traveling to and fro throughout the universe, cooperatively gathering experiential data to send back to the main-frame, the God-head if you will, for the purpose of Self-edutainment and enjoyment. I’m comfortable with the realization that many of us have lived on other dimensions and planets in past lives, and will travel far and wide throughout the cosmos again very soon, sooner than we think. “Alien” is not the right word here, better to use extra terrestrial, which just means not of this planet. Alien implies separation and division, but the fact is that most of the visitors that are coming here from elsewhere are humans like us, with two legs, two arms, a head, etc… maybe different skin-tones, slight variations in the number of fingers, but not so different from you and I. It’s one of the basic archetypes in the cosmic evolution, this body type, the cross… Anyway, I’m positive that E.T. life exists. People say “where’s the proof?” I say look in the mirror, look inside yourself, feel yourself… But as far as more concrete evidence goes, I would recommend for people to do some serious research into the coverup that’s been going on, crop circles, the disclosure project, etc. Governments of other countries, such as Russia, Czech Republic, Mexico, have all officially stated  that they have encountered visitors from space, there are witnesses, military and civilian, as well as  de-classified military footage that has been released. The truth is being suppressed by the controllers of the matrix because the implications have the potential to liberate the entire world in an unimaginable way – imagine unlimited energy technology, anti-gravity, consciousness-interface technologies, not to mention the shift in mentality of people once they realize that there’s a whole universe out there that we can explore, together, with other distant families… But regardless,  there’s so many accounts that people have, I’ve even seen one myself. Let’s just say hypothetically that maybe there’s 50 million people on this planet that have seen or interacted with an E.T. craft or its inhabitants (that’s an extremely low estimate). If just one of them is telling the truth then at least there’s something serious that we need to look into.  Just the fact that there’s an obvious coverup warrants research. The fact that the creation stories of almost all ancient cultures on our planet involve heavenly beings descending from the stars, teaching how to form society, agriculture, science, math, etc., that warrants research. Check the Sumerian tablets, re-read Genesis, check the Dogon, the Maya, the Hopi, the Egyptian pantheon, etc… Something amazing is going on. Besides, if the universe is endless (as far as we can tell), with an untold number of stars and planets, why would life exist here only? That’s like being a microscopic dust mite on a tree in the amazon jungle and thinking, “I wonder if there’s other trees with life on them…” if dust mites could think like that, you know what I mean! It’s a real mind-opener, heart-opener, the E.T. thing…

P: I know that you live a healthy lifestyle…can you tell us a bit about that?

Cave: Health comes from within, so first you have to get your mind right, it’s a challenge. Nowadays if you pay attention to the situation, it takes positive attitude and faith too, faith in something, if anything, in yourself as an unlimited being capable of overcoming challenges and obstacles. Without faith we’re powerless.  There’s exercises you can do for that, obviously prayer and meditation, just being and feeling yourself for what you really are, rising above the noise of the carnal mind, it’s one of the best things you can do to re-energize your mind, body, and spirit. Then there’s physical exercise of course, nowadays we tend to sit in front of computers alot and then get in the car and drive somewhere else to sit some more, we need to get up and move around a bit, do some jumping jacks, stretching, push ups, yoga, make love, whatever just do something, I try to get my heart going, hopefully break a sweat somehow at least once a day. Use it or lose it. Then there’s diet, I’ve been experimenting with diet for so long, I’ve found recently that the ultimate diet (for me at least) is just simply raw fruit and vegetables. Fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and dinner, fruit for snacks. Some nuts here and there. People have cured themselves of “terminal” illnesses by eating this way. It’s revolutionary. It’s hard though, getting over the addictions we have to all these unhealthy foods. It’s been shown in experiments that the body reacts to cooked food by dispatching millions of white blood cells – that’s an immune system response, similar to when a pathogen enters the body. Because the enzymes are dead, the body doesn’t know what to do with the food, thinks it’s an intruder. But nothing can compare to the natural high you feel when you eat raw like this for even just a few days. You feel light, easy, and high, kind of like you’re floating above yourself. People trip out about protein. Little do they know that fruits and vegetables contain more than adequate protein. Spinach, for example, contains more usable protein percentage-wise than beef. We’ve been sold this myth that we need to consume the flesh of other creatures to sustain ourselves. It’s totally false, a large part of the war-on-Terra. So is large-scale grain cultivation, or any kind of industrial agriculture. It destroys the habitat, catalyses greed, hoarding, and starvation as a weapon, and it’s unnecessary. Another “gift” from our E.T. overseers/Earth Plantation managers. Eventually in our evolution we’ll get to the point where we don’t need to eat dense food at all, we can get our sustenance straight from the source. It’s been done before, besides, man does not live by bread alone…

P: Right on…any last words?  Shout outs?

Cave: Thanks for having me!  Would like to say Peace, Love, and Thanks to the world, family, friends, fellow Earth-Riders, Jedi-Knights, Krystal Kids, ya’ll know who you are… Let’s stay positive and blast off, get free, all that good stuff, there’s no losing for players, cause the game is so perfect with so many layers. But if you’re not in it for the Love, then get out and re-align while you got the time. Look out for me and my boys in 2009 and beyond, glowin like neon for eons, turn your chi on…

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Cave MySpace: myspace.com/cavemanmusic

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Cdbaby a.r.t. page: cdbaby.com/cavemanmusic2

Cdbaby zoolife page: cdbaby.com/concave

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