High Priest aka HPrizm (Antipop Consortium) w/ Badawi @ Dubspot – ‘Wireless’ Video Interview

In this episode of Wireless, Dubspot instructor, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raz Mesinai aka Badawi sits down with experimental hip hop and electronic music producer and lyricist HPrism aka High Priest of New York City’s legendary Antipop Consortium for a wide-ranging conversation punctuated by an improvised live electronics jam session. While Raz is an Ableton Certified Dubspot Instructor and has been producing and performing with Live for many years, Priest, on the other hand is currently using Propellerhead Reason as his main production tool. After meeting James Bernard at a Propellerhead Producers Conference, Priest was exposed to the program’s versatility and extensive list of synthesizers and samplers and he immediately became an avid Reason user. In their conversation, the two producers talk about their individual creative approaches, their production tools, the utilization of controllers and hardware in live electronic music performances and the importance of engaging with your audience when doing a live show.

Both men have been on the forefront of underground electronic music scenes in NYC for over a decade, and they share an appreciation for Jamaican dub and dancehall, modern composition, unorthodox beat structures and transnational sounds, all of which echo in their respective catalogs.

photograph c/o JUSTINYC

HPrizm is an experimental hip hop and electronic music artist and member of New York City’s very own Antipop Consortium. Check out “Tunnel Vision” from their new EP Tres Inexcelsius.

The group formed in 1997, when, High Priest, M. Sayyid and producer Earl Blaize met at a poetry slam in New York City. They are notable for their stream-of-consciousness lyrics and musical references to contemporary composition methods.

They released several tape singles and two albums primarily on Dan the Automator’s experimental hip-hop label 75 Ark before being signed by Warp Records in 2000. Their releases were met with mixed reviews from the mainstream music and underground hip-hop press alike, although they are noted for their inventiveness and the experimental electronic productions contributed by all members. They were frequently compared to other rappers with unorthodox lyrics, such as Kool Keith, MF Doom and Aesop Rock. In 2001, they opened for Radiohead during the European leg of their Amnesiac tour and subsequently toured with DJ Shadow.

photograph c/o Matt Shadetek

Raz Mesinai is an Ableton-Certified Dubspot Instructor with a long and extensive history in dub, dance hall, hip-hop, dubstep, world, and modern composition, Raz (aka Badawi, Sub Dub, Ladyman) has been on the forefront of the underground electronic music scene for over a decade.

Mesinai has released over a dozen albums of his own unique blend of music, on several different labels including Instinct, Asphodel, ROIR, and Island Records. He has also scored dozens of films, most of which have premiered in major film festivals such The Sundance Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006 Mesinai founded “Myth&Sound,” an original music production and sound design library for film. His work as a composer has also led him to commissions from The Kronos Quartet and The Lincoln Center Festival. Mesinai has also done numerous remixes for diverse musicians such as Burning Spear, Beenie Man, Mono, and Arto Lindsay.

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  • 8/3/2011

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  • loftninja
  • 8/3/2011

thats an ill photo of HP