Next up in our interview series: The Girls Can Hear Us (“TGCHU” for the rest of this post). Talk about starting off November in style! You’ve [hopefully] heard their most recent mixtape, The Predrink, and their new song, Something About You, but, just to refresh your memory, check out this track from their debut album, Every Day, that came out this past April .
Preview: The Girls Can Hear Us – Drugs, Dancin’
“I f***, and I dance, and I party, and I rap,
And I drink until I don’t even know where I am at” – Will of TGCHU
We put The Girls Can Hear Us in the Not Some Kid Hot-Seat, and, after the jump (click “Read More” below), you can read what Will, the vocalist of the group, and MDMK, the group’s tour DJ, had to say in response to our questions.
Why is TGCHU Not Some Kid?
NSK: What inspired your recent mixtape, The Predrink? What’s the significance of the title?
Will: The mix tape was made with a pre drink in mind. It’s always a bitch to get people rounded up and actually leave for the bar, so we kept it short and sweet & Yahohyah’s idea to throw in “T Shirt Time” at the end hopefully helps, too.
NSK: What was your process in selecting songs to remix for this mixtape?
Will: The beats I selected were chosen as I heard them played at a few actual pre’s we had.
NSK: Were any of the songs on The Predrink actually created in a predrink setting?
Will: Yes. I always made sure to have a few before I sat down to record. I’d drop a couple verses, then pound another drink or 5 & head downtown.
NSK: One of our favorite aspects of your music is that it defies genres. Songs like “Wrong for You” have a unique song structure that don’t exactly fit the archetype of the typical “pop song.” With that in mind, at what point do you draw the line between creativity and making something that is easily accessible to the new listener?
Will: If anything we try to disregard the structures we are used to hearing from other artists. We really just try to make songs that we like and will make people feel good.
NSK: What would you like to see improved in the music industry?
Will: Don’t really know how to answer this. The myth that downloading is bad for the industry should probably be busted. If an artist has passed the threshold where they get shows out of their music getting out there for free, fuck ‘em they are rich enough. If an artist is broke, and spreading their music around for free doesn’t get them shows, they should probably either make better music or improve their live act.
NSK: What is your most played song in iTunes right now?
Will: Either Drugs Dancin, or Every Day.
NSK: Will, you have been described as a lyricist / rapper who has made a point of being influenced by his own life experiences more than many other emcees or singers. Tell us about one.
Will: Check any line I drop in any of our songs … I stopped doing blow so I’ll be writing about that less.
NSK: Do you think it is more difficult for a Canadian artist to break onto the scene than one from larger markets like the US or UK, or does this give you an edge in separating yourselves from the many upcoming artists in those areas?
Will: The Web has dissolved those borders. For the most part, everyone in the developed World has an equal shot.
NSK: You have gained significant popularity through digital promotion (ie. Facebook, MySpace, iTunes, music blogs, etc). How do you plan to promote yourself and spread your music in the near future?
Will: We’ve started working with some people in L.A. & are shooting a music video in December when we go down there to play at Viper Room, Dec. 3.
NSK: What is your favorite Youtube video?
Will: We both think this is hilarious:
NSK: Where do you guys see yourselves 1, 5, and even 10 years from now?
Will: 1: Rich, 5: famous, 10: dead.
NSK: Why are you Not Some Kid?
Will: “. . . I am Not Some Kid, because if I am than I got [statuatory] raped last night”
MDMK: “Staaaat rape, baby, staaaat rape, duuu duu du du”
Always classy haha. Shout out to The Girls Can Hear Us for making good music and helping us get this interview together. Hopefully Will’s 10 year prediction is wrong and they continue to make music for much longer than that, but, for now, you can find links to their current music below.
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