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Exclusive Interview with Dead Horse Beats

The truly Talented Dead Horse Beats has granted us with a dope interview, some what recently after he dropped his new album "Chains Round My Legs" . It is a group of songs that we highly encourage you to check out and support as much as possible. We see Dead Horse Beats blowing up in the very near future and you don't want to be the only one out of your friends out of the loop on the new hip-hop sensation. Most hip-hop is pictured to be a guy waving his hands in the air trying not to look out of place as he moves around an empty stage and screams into a microphone, That is far from the radical performance you would see from DHB. We support the movement and growth of Dead Horse Beats because it's not every day you see a hip-hop artist mix all of his own beats live. take a listen to his newer work below as you read about Dead Horse Beats and realize he is the next big deal in Montreal hip-hop.

MTL Blog: You have a very funky fresh style and sound, where did you find the inspiration for the unique style?

Dead Horse Beats: Well thanks. I guess the funky fresh element of my sound would be from a couple things. I was always really into old soul, funk and disco records (go figure) and when I was in high school me and a couple pals started a funk band. We would do funk covers of Laffy Taffy and that Natasja song Calabria and things like that. I played drums in that band, we started out being called Leif Ericson etc. but we ended up being so into D4L (the guys that did Laffy Taffy) that we just changed our name to "D4L." with a period. It was definitely a very funky fresh period in my life.

What do you think makes you different than other hip-hop artists around the world and here in Montreal?

Aw man, that's such a tough question to answer without sounding like an arsehole, but definitely that I'm way better than everybody else.

What’s your favorite spot to kick it after the sun goes down here in Montreal?

Me and my pals are pretty low key, we go to our local (The Cock and Bull on St. Catherine's) most nights for a pint. I love the Belmont for shows, and the staff there has been really awesome to me as well. I would also kick it in Burrito Shop on St. Laurent all night every night if that was possible. But alas...

After dropping your successful album “Chains Round My Legs” what can Montreal get excited for this year as far as LP’s, EP’s, albums, tours, or shows?

Right now I'm working on a few things. Within the next couple months I plan to release a ~10 track album of all of the remixes I've done in the last year. I'm also working on an EP with a singer called Khali Carela, who's this 17 year old girl with an amazing voice that I've had the pleasure of remixing a couple songs for.

In terms of live shows, I've just started to play live and I've been lucky enough to share the stage with Rustie, xxyyxx, and a few others in the last couple of months. The plans for the summer include playing live as much and with as many people as possible.

Currently I'd say that doing some touring and getting attached to some big shows is my main priority. I think that my live show is one of my strongest aspects. I get on up there and play drums, guitar, banjo and sing as well as doing the whole MPD/synth thing. It's a good time, I may or may not give away prizes during my sets also.

You have a lot of literally far out videos on Youtube known as “The Campfire Sessions” of you playing some beats in the middle of the wilderness that seem to be receiving a lot of attention. Where did you get the idea to pursue and execute those vids?

Well for Campfire Sessions, I had just got back to the Rocky Mountains, where I was working, from a couple months in the Balkans where I couldn't make any beats. So the first day I'm back, this guy calls me up and says "yo DHB I want to have you produce 5 tracks for my next EP." and so, not having been able to make beats for 2 months I made him 7 beats in 3 days. Needless to say, I don't think he expected that kind of brevity and wasn't able to pay for them.

So I'm thinking what do I do with these now? Well I'm living in a trailer in the woods in the Rockies surrounded by all this beautiful stuff... I guess I'll go do little live sets on top of mountains and shit.

Seeing as you grew up in Nova Scotia, What is something you miss about your home town? Also what is your favorite thing about Montreal?

I miss a lot of things about all the places I've lived. For Dartmouth... I'd have to say the muggings/stabbings.

For Montreal: I really like that pretty girls smile at you in the street here. It's the best thing ever.

What is the best thing during a show or even behind the scenes that has ever happened to you as a musical artist in Montreal?

I was having a number 2 in the bathroom at Belmont and these two dudes from Alberta were taking a wee outside my stall talking about how dope this dead horse beats guy was. I just took you way behind the scenes.

What is a dream show, festival, or even collaboration of yours that you would love to do down the road of your career?

  • Show: w/ Caribou and Bonobo on Roman Abramovich's yacht
  • Festival: SXSW
  • Collaboration: tie between Lil B and Ghostface (I heard they're doing a split 7")

Give us an illustration of a perfect show for you.

Please see attached illustration:

As we like to do for our artists in interviews, here is your chance to tell your audience of Montreal anything you want.

I had this dream last night where I needed to get a map for my friends so they could go on this long back country hiking trip. They really needed this map so that they could survive, and I woke up before I could get it for them. I'm scared to go back to sleep now because I think my friends might be dead.

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