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Show #096: Brad RealBy: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Sunday, March 6, 2011 5:00:00 PM
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Lest you think that I'm stuck in a singer/songwriter rut, if there is such a thing, I though we might switch it up here and try something different this week. While I can't say that I will ever "get" hip hop, after meeting several of the guys in the scene here in town, I am starting to learn more about it and, consequently, have learned to appreciate it more and more. Heck, I've even listened to a bit of it on my own, trying to get a feel for the lay of that land. Now, obviously Brad Real is not your stereotypical hip hop artist, you figure that much out after talking to the guy for about five minutes. Rather than take that as a disadvantage, however, he embraces it and uses it as a bridge to bring the genre to people who are outside the traditional hip hop demographic. You know, middle aged suburbanites who are more apt to buy an album from Wayne Shorter than Lil' Wayne. (Uhhhh ... Lil' Wayne is a hip-hop artist ... right?)
Many times on the show we have discussed the concepts of "real" and "genuine" as they relate to many of our local acts, and I find this is an underlying theme in hip hop just as much as in other styles of music. Even in the course of doing these podcasts I make a conscious effort to make sure it doesn't look like I'm projecting false enthusiasm, or pretending to be something I'm not just for the sake of getting a few more listeners to the show. Basically, my rule of thumb is: Always assume the audience can tell when you're B.S.-ing or being insincere. Brad seems to get this too. His approach to his craft strips out much of the culture, politics, and even fashion that so many of us stereotypically identify as being inseparable from the music, and reduces hip hop to the essential core of what it should be about -- music and lyrics. So, does this make his work something less than "good hip-hop?" Frankly, I'm probably not qualified to say, but I can tell you this: I definitely respect and enjoy what he has created.
Links referenced in the show:
- Brad Real and 8279 records can be found here: Web Site | Blog/Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook | MySpace | YouTube
- Stacy Basner and Finer can be found here: Web Site | MySpace | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Tumblr
- She has previously appeared as a guest on Show #039 and Show #080 and as a host on Show #078.
- Apparently it is okay to eat the rhind on brie ... In fact, as I am of French ancestry, I have apparently shamed my ancestors by not doing so up to this point, not.
- At the time of the interview, he had just hosted the Metric Mondays poetry slam at Local's Only.
- Brad's single, Rise Above, was produced by NickJ and is a collaboration with local singer/songwriter Jason Firebaugh (Facebook | Reverb Nation | Twitter). It can be downloaded here: iTunes | Amazon
- Brad and Jason met at a 6 Bands for 6 Bucks showcase put together by local music blogger Ricki Lee Potts.
- Mumble features a sample from Mr. Kinetik's song, SOS. You can see a video, shot by Sheanie Mike, on Brad's site.
- Brad's new EP, He's the Jibber, I'm the Jabber is available as a free download here.
- The Jibber is Big Tid -- in case you're confused.
- No Coast is a four-way collaboration between Brad, A.C.E. O.N.E., Big Skittz, and F.I.R.E.
- Our fourth track, The Storm, was produced by Axe Hand, not NickJ.
- Our bonus fifth track, Blind Side, features both Brad Real and Stacy Basner and was recorded at the Music Garage.
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|Darrin Snider is the OCD music nerd responsible for creating Indy In-Tune. By day he's a cloud engineer and business analyst, but he still hopes to someday be an overnight freeform disc jockey married to the local weathergirl who happens to be a former eastern-European supermodel.|
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