Anyone who does something different and delivers a sound that, on paper might look rather ambitious but in reality, is quite unique gets a big thumbs up from us. Dizraeli actually gets a pat on the back from us as not only has he managed to fuse Hip-Hop with folk by teaming up with The Small Gods, but the combination have crafted something truly authentic which just can't be ignored.
Their latest offering, "Million Miles" is due for release through ECC this month and follows on from last years release "Never Mind," another class track from an act we are proud to be featuring here on thestreetsavvy. Check out how the MC and the man who put this all together, Dizraeli answered our questions below.
How did you discover your musical talent?
I don't know if it works like that- I listened obsessively from a young age; I learned other people's raps; I wrote my own. I had some piano lessons; I worked like a bitch. Whatever talent I've got was chiselled out of the stone by a sweaty younger me. I'm still chiselling.
Who have been your greatest inspirations musically and why?
Musically and lyrically- Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon for their ability to write fucking amazing melody and capture a feeling in a single sentence. Chris Wood also for the above. J Dilla for the swagger in his beats. The Pharcyde and Black Sheep for their playfulness. Chester P for the dark genius. It's endless. Some of my favourite artists are my friends. I'm blessed.
What do you feel you offer the music industry that we don't already have in other performers?
Honesty, I hope. The ability to look at things sideways and make them make sense. I try and be fearless when it comes to what I say and what I draw on musically. I don't think anyone else is fucking with folk and hiphop like we are.
Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?
Of course- I wiped arses for years; I washed dishes; I flipped burgers in a school kitchen... You have to be obsessive I think, to push yourself to the point where you can make a living from music. My own obsession's driven me forward at the expense of love and friendships- not because it makes me act like a nob, I hope, but because I'm just not around at the weekends; I'm not around like other people are. A Spanish bloke once told me that love and music arent compatible... I'm coming to agree with him.
What do you want people get from your music?
I suppose some of my favourite songs at the moment are the ones that give me space. Songs that don't flex their man muscles or accuse you of something. They're fairly hard to come by in hiphop but if you know where to look... I want to make those kinds of songs. Give people a bit of story, some names and feelings; the shit they live with every day but elevated by being part of a song. I also want people to nod their heads and grunt in the same way I do when I hear something banging.
When can we expect some new music from you?
Constantly! In particular, the new Dizraeli and the Small Gods single's out right now- its called "Million Miles." Then the album will be out on the 4th of March. It's called Moving In The Dark.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Pulling together an 8 piece band of the best musicians I know of, and keeping them together for three years. We've had some amazing times. Jazz World stage at Glastonbury. Womad last year... I don't know, so many things I've loved doing. That's the main element of an achievement right?
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Pharaoh Monch at his best. Because he's the most innovative, poetic, badass rapper i can think of.
If you could play any venue in the world, which one would you choose and why?
One of those massive open air amphitheatres in Greece or Rome. The Parthenon. It'd be sick to play to thousands of people under the stars. With fireflies everywhere. OR the Wookey Hole in Somerset. I went there on a school trip when I was a kid and it blew me away.
One track of yours that you think defines you and why?
"Million Miles" - our new single. I think it represents us well. It's full of strings and cuts and bigness, as well as some smallness. Cate Ferris's voice makes me cry goosebumps. I was sat there when she recorded it and it nearly popped my face open.
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