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Aesop Rock Interview

conducted by Alex Goldberg

MVRemix: Introduce yourself. How are you feeling these days? What have you been up to lately?

Aesop Rock: I’m Aesop rock, I’m feeling okay. I recently relocated to San Francisco. I’m working on music. I got married and my wife had to move, it was easier to relocate.

MVRemix: Do you miss New York?

Aesop Rock: I do miss New York. You always kind of do that thing in your head where you can go and make an album somewhere weird, I always thought it would be Africa, but San Francisco will have to do [laughs].

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Aesop Rock Interview

conducted by Saadiq

MVRemix: Why is Hip Hop production is general so lame now? Why have people stopped putting in the effort to actually put some arrangement into their songs? These days everything on the independent scene sounds the same with tracks being reduced to a repetitive loop that stays the same for 5 minutes as opposed to something that is vaguely enjoyable to listen to.

Aesop Rock: Yeah a lot of shit is boring now. We try to make shit change a lot. Even if there is a main loop a beat has to have breaks, different instruments, etc. Its got to build and relax in order to make a complete song. I like loops, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it works. I think the main problem today is too many cats try to compose shit with keyboards and such without knowing how to play instruments. They end up with some boring ass composition. Kids should stick to sampling more.

MVRemix: These days it seems that everyone who makes Hip Hop seems to be just into Hip Hop and nothing else. Are you inspired by other types of art like literature, cinema or other forms of music?

Aesop Rock: I went to school for painting. I like artwork. I love movies too. It all seeps in somehow whether I want it to or not. I don’t read that much, but I guess I should. I have reached a point where I don’t have enough time to explore new music as much as I want to, but I can appreciate any type of music if it’s dope. Except country music. That shit is never dope.

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Aesop Rock embarks on extensive north American tour

Aesop RockAesop Rock EMBARKS ON EXTENSIVE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ROB SONIC AND DJ BIG WIZ PERFORMING ON ALL DATES, CAGE ON SELECT DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM NONE SHALL PASS, OUT AUGUST 28TH ON DEFINITIVE JUX

The illustrious and prolific Definitive Jux artist Aesop Rock will be touring North America this fall with Rob Sonic, Blockhead (w/ DJ Signify), Cage, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and The Octopus Project on select dates in support of his new album, None Shall Pass. DJ Big Wiz will be on turntable duty for Aesop and Rob on all shows. Dates are listed below, with interviews, photos, and music available upon request.

Responsible for all but revolutionizing the entire face of underground hip-hop in the early portion of this decade with a slew of potent and influential releases such as 2000’s Float LP, 2001’s monumental Labor Days LP, and 2003’s Bazooka Tooth to his most recent EP/book, 2005’s Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) has proven that resting on his past laurels is all but forbidden. In the last year alone, Aesop has released a 45-minute workout mix for Nike+, a short story in collaboration with visual artist Jeremy Fish, and scored music for two short films. 2007 finds Aesop delivering his next full length album, the highly anticipated None Shall Pass on Definitive Jux.

press on Aesop Rock:
Aesop Rock introduced a raw, urgent, intelligent new sound designed to break the monotony of mainstream rap.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Even among the hip-hop heavies who record for his local label, Def Jux, rapper Aesop Rock manages to stand out thanks to a vulnerable storytelling style that’s all too rare among the genre’s tough guys.” – NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Aesop Rock is indie rap’s surrealist, a spewer and sneerer given to oblique code and artfully jumbled syntax. His voice is a bassy, agile instrument that rhymes ‘evil’ gracefully with ‘amoeba’.” -BLENDER

upcoming tour dates:
7/28/07 SEATTLE, WA CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
9/6/07 PORTLAND, OR NORTHWEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

w/ Cage and Blockhead:
9/8/07 PHILADELPHIA, PA STARLIGHT BALLROOM
9/9/07 NEW YORK, NY IRVING PLAZA
9/10/07 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB
9/11/07 PITTSBURGH, PA REX THEATRE

w/ The Octopus Project and Blockhead:
9/13/07 CHICAGO, IL METRO
9/14/07 MADISON, WI BARRYMORE
9/15/07 MILWAUKEE, WI PABST THEATRE
9/16/07 MINNEAPOLIS, MN FIRST AVENUE
9/18/07 DETROIT, MI MAGIC STICK
9/19/07 CLEVELAND, OH GROG SHOP
9/21/07 BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR
9/22/07 PROVIDENCE, RI LIVING ROOM
9/23/07 BOSTON, MA MIDDLE EAST
9/25/07 NORTHAMPTON, MA IRON HORSE
9/26/07 BURLINGTON, VT HIGHER GROUND

w/ Black Moth Super Rainbow and Blockhead:
10/10/07 SAN FRANCISCO, CA FILLMORE
10/12/07 LOS ANGELES, CA HENRY FONDA THEATRE
10/13/07 PHOENIX, AZ CLUBHOUSE
10/15/07 ALBUQUERQUE, NM SUNSHINE THEATRE
10/16/07 DURANGO, CO ABBEY THEATRE
10/18/07 DENVER, CO CERVANTES
10/19/07 BOULDER, CO FOX THEATRE
10/20/07 FT. COLLINS, CO AGGIE THEATRE
10/22/07 SALT LAKE CITY, UT IN THE VENUE
10/25/07 PORTLAND, OR WONDER BALLROOM
10/26/07 VANCOUVER, BC COMMODORE
10/27/07 BELLINGHAM, WA NIGHTLIGHT
10/30/07 EUGENE, OR WOW HALL
11/07/07 ASHEVILLE, NC ORANGE PEEL
11/9/07 ORLANDO, FL CLUB FIRESTONE
11/10/07 MIAMI, FL STUDIO A
11/12/07 NEW ORLEANS, LA HOUSE OF BLUES
11/13/07 BATON ROUGE, LA SPANISH MOON
11/15/07 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT
11/16/07 HOUSTON, TX WAREHOUSE LIVE
11/17/07 AUSTIN, TX EMOS
11/19/07 NASHVILLE, TN EXIT IN
11/20/07 ATLANTA, GA MJQ