Ungovernable Resistance DIY interview with KALKI das
[May 31, 2012]
DjRes: Hey brother, hope everything is good on your side of the pond, its been a while since we talked.
It's great news that you and Mars decided to continue with Revolt Motion Recordings. I am sure many other people have said that they thought the label had perhaps disappeared for good. Before I ask you any further questions I would like to send a massive shout out to Son of Saturn, I'm glad he is back, and genuinely hope he is doing well.
For our readers, Revolt Motion Recordings, Son of Saturn, Mars Gate, and Kalki have shown nothing but support and friendship to myself & my projects. It is why I continue to support Revolt Motion Recordings and help them with what I can. Remember people it doesn't matter whether you are a hip hopper, punk, metaler, or whatever culture you hail from. So always keep in mind that to truly reach out and demonstratesolidarity that means actually working with another musical style or culture, not just preaching to the same select few within your owncircle or dropping lines on tracks to boost album sales or to increase one's status.
1.) As I mentioned in my introduction, you and Mars Gate decided to continue Revolt Motion Recordings. Are there any new changes to the label in terms of direction or is it keeping the same ethics and traditions as always?
No. Definitely not. The label is exactly the same as it has been since the beginning, the purpose, the aim we have as a collective, is the same.The only difference now is that there are a number of new artists on the label who would most likely not have been a direct part of it had Son of Saturn decided to keep managing the label. As far as I’m concerned it’s still his brainchild, and I still feel he is responsible for it, but he has insisted to me that it is now in all our collective hands as artists. And that is how I feel about it. This isn’t my label, it isn’t Mars Gate’s, it’s a collective of like-minded individuals. No one is above anyone else. The only difference between me, Mars & every other artist on RMR is that we take some extra time to keep in touch with everyone and keep things up to date. And in that sense, Mars does pretty much everything. I’d say she does at least 90% of the work related to the website.
2.) An obvious question I guess, but why did you feel the need to keep Revolt alive and was the decision also influenced by the strong sense of
family that the label always had?
Some things had been going sour between a few members of RMR, I don’t feel like getting into details but Son of Saturn was in a depressive mood for a while, and one day I just learned that he had taken down the website and decided to discontinue RMR as a label. His reasons for this were complex and getting into them in a few lines wouldn’t do justice, but I understood his pain when I spoke to him about it. As soon as I heard about RMR being over, I wrote to him and told him it was unfair to end such a flourishing movement so abruptly, explaining to him how important what he had done for underground hip-hop was. I think I must have struck a chord because when I asked him if he would consider handing over RMR’s management to me instead of ending it, he immediately agreed, and wished me luck with it. I told him I would try to find people to reconstruct the website and get back in touch with all the artists to try to keep as many of them as possible on the label before the news of its collapse spread too far. The first person I spoke to was Mars Gate, and the rest is history. Within a few hours she had re-uploaded a web page with the same domain name from scratch, reactivated the sendspace account with all the albums on it that Son of Saturn had given me access to, and everything was up and functional. I contacted all the artists and got swift responses from nearly everyone that they wished to stay a part of this. 3 artists chose not to stay for personal reasons, but we have recently invited them to rejoin RMR, which they will hopefully do.
3.) Looking at the Revolt site, there are quite a few new artists added to the roster. For those that are new to the label or perhaps don't know too much about UG Hip Hop, can you tell us a little about them and what they bring to label as well as your aspirations for them as musicians?
Shortly before Saturn left the scene, I spoke to him about a superconscious french prodigy that had contacted me in the past weeks before that.
Antahkarana Heru Ki Nabu is perhaps the one exception on RMR in the sense that he does not have an extensive history as a hip-hop artist, but he shined so brightly and majestically when I first heard him that I could hardly believe he hadn’t been doing this his whole life. French is my native tongue, and I grew up on conscious french rappers, many of them underground legends, and I can honestly say I have never heard anyone even remotely close to his lyrical skill and esoteric and spiritual knowledge. His rhymes are unparalleled. In my book, he is right up there with the greatest MCs in this Cosmos. What I expect from him is nothing short of making french spiritual hip-hop history. He is currently working on his first solo release, À Travers L’Illusion et L’Invisible (Across the Illusion & The Invisible), which, from what I have heard to date, will be a masterpiece.
Ali Dahesh, for his part, has been my closest friend, my DJ, producer & fellow MC for more than a decade. The only reason I had not previously invited him to Revolt Motion is that I didn’t feel I had the right to impose my friends on a label that wasn’t mine to manage. SOS had also made it clear that he would rather focus on a small group of MCs than expand too much and lose sight of most of them. But as soon as me & Mars took over, we both agreed that Ali was a perfect choice for RMR and had shown he was more than worthy of being a part of it. He was already part of the legendary worldwide underground collective Empty Handed Warriors, and that alone speaks for itself. He has unmistakably forged his place in the Canadian, Cuban and Persian hip-hop scenes. Beyond that, Ali brings an unprecedented, absolutely unique flavour to hip-hop both as a beatmaker and a lyricist, as he has shown in a number of his albums his lyrical versatility and linguistic dexterity. His uncanny combinations of words and assymetrical rhyme schemes, coupled with his politically active, ideologically militant stance make him aforce to reckon with, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my best friend. I have a lot, and I mean a LOT, of very good friends who have been rapping for various periods of time, and none of them are on RMR. And I don’t think any of them ever will be either in the forseeable future. No disrespect intended. We just walk different paths with our music. I am very picky about who I make music with, and who I associate with, and so is Mars, probably even more so than me.
Si-Klon is another MC that me and Mars agreed upon at the same time as Ali, and again, his name and reputation precede him in the underground. I had been following his music for quite some time, and so had Mars, and we both have great respect for his work. His flow, his delivery, are as unique and powerful as they come, and his lyrical content is incredibly deep.
AquariusMinded is a producer that I have loved and worked with for several years, and so when Mars suggested that we should add him I immediately agreed. He makes beats in a way that I have never heard anyone else make them, they are so eerily ambient, ethereal, and deeply cinematic, you can see an aural landscape unfold every time you listen to one. And beyond this, he is one of the kindest, truest,most compassionate and ecologically tuned souls I have ever been blessed to meet.
Trust One, again, his name speaks volumes. Formula Abstract with the now deceased Moderfire, Jewelz Infinite with the spiritual underground legend Atma of Masta Buildas and Lost Children of Babylon, this alone should tell you something. If you’ve ever heard Atma spit verses, you know that anyone rocking a beat with him, let alone several albums, has to be not only immensely spiritually enlightened, but also incredibly ill in his rhymes and delivery. And Trust One is all that and more. Jewelz Infinite is exactly what the name entails, and they are making spiritual hip-hop history as well.
Orko Eloheim was a natural choice after that, considering his frequent and masterful collaborations with Jewelz Infinite, and his history on the US underground hip-hop scene. I unfortunately cannot tell you much more about him because I have only very recently encountered him, and I am not privy to much information concerning him.
And last but not least,
Wormhole, the co-founder of the worldwide underground label New Cocoon. I also heard of him through the Jewelz Infinite album, but after hearing his other albums I was immediately convinced that he needed to be a part of RMR. He exhibits a flow that transcends musical boundaries, something you have often spoken of as essential, and fuses elements of heavy metal with an extremely fast-paced, post-apocalyptic, earth-conscious rhyme delivery. I haveno doubt in my mind that he will become a name for the ages. His label, www.NewCocoon.com, exemplifies the perfect counterbalance to RMR in its roster of artists, their origins, and their unorthodox flows. With Cane Corso Records, the founders of sludge-hop, I would say that we form a sort of trimurti, a trinity. We are the very essence of underground hip-hop in all its forms, languages, and diversity.
4.) I remember interviewing SOS way back at the time he had released Apotheosis. One of the questions I asked him was about the diverse range
of affiliates and friends Revolt had on the site. If we currently look at the label then we can see this has continued with a few changes. Can you tell us if there are any other organisations/musicians/collectives that you are thinking of adding as friends of RMR?
For the moment I think we have most of the names we want up there. Maybe Order Of the Blue Assassins, Universal Secret Society of Ronin Monks... and Lost Children Of Babylon would perhaps be the only one that we haven’t put back up yet. I’m not sure why exactly, considering that many of our artists are directly affiliated with them. I will talk to Mars about that in the coming weeks. Of course, I’m sure as time passes and we come across more collectives such as the ones we already have we will add them on too.
5.) Is there anything in particular you look for when you add friends of RMR?
Yes, of course. It’s very important that all our affiliates be organizations, labels or groups with whom we have deep spiritual, musical, and ideological affinities. All of them, other than FakeFour Inc (represented by Ceschi & Sole) & Templars of Hip-Hop (started by Beast 1333), are directly related to the various artists on RMR, who proudly represent them, such as JewelzInfinite, Akashik Ancestorz & many others with Guerilla Republik, Atma with E.S.F. /Masta Buildas, Ali Dahesh with Empty HandedWarriors, Wormhole with NewCocoon, me and Aquarius Minded with Overground Movement, which was started by Jophiel the Ubikutous Gazer, my main producer on Dark Ages, and Riishii G7 with Cane Corso Records
6.) Thank you for adding me as a friend of Revolt once again, it's always appreciated. As you are probably aware many individuals in these UG music scenes often talk or shout loudly about solidarity and unity, but the reality from my experience is that in many cases it is often just hollow words with little follow up. I think it is something that will always plague the UG, especially in conscientious music such as punk & hip hop. We see many people/artists coming into the scenes and leeching them for what they can take and then discarding them when their selfish attitudes are fulfilled.
What is your opinion and experience of this?
Well, as much as I agree with that, I can’t say that I’ve had that many personal experiences relating to it. I mean, I’ve come across my share of artists who at first didn’t give a fuck about my music and ridiculed my efforts, only to come back years later and ask to collaborate with me. But beyond that, I’m sure there’s been a few MCs and producers that have come to Revolt Motion artists in the hopes of increasing their exposure and spreading their music around. Funny, because as soon as I took over RMR with Mars I got flooded with requests from various artists and producers who all suddenly wanted to be a part of the label. But I’m sure most of those people had decent intentions in mind, namely that they respected what we stood for and who we were and wished to join us. I’m also sure that another part of it simply had to do with getting their music out to a wider audience and gaining more underground recognition. And I understand that. I think a lot of artists out there want that, including me, so I can relate. As long as they want it for the right reasons, namely to spread valuable life lessons and subversive information to as many people as possible.
7.) Does this make it harder for genuine artists that really do believe in the concepts of solidarity to promote their message? Sometimes the snakes are indeed very clever at adapting and infiltrating, so has it added another layer for musicians to wade through?
It definitely has. I think this is something relatively new too, in the sense that back in the days when hip-hop was blossoming if you were a conscious cat there was no two ways about it, that’s just who you were, plain & simple. There’s been fake gangsters since the beginning, but not so much with their opposites, I believe. I think SOS said it best in Substance on Apotheosis: “It used to be fake gangsters, now it’s fake philosophers dropping half-truths on your consciousness, a trend of the day saturating the prophecy...”
8.) What does the true definition relating to 'unity and solidarity for all' mean to you as both a person and musician?
The reason I ask is that I have worked tirelessly by myself for no financial gain to promote cross genre solidarity with a number of various UG music scenes through my blog/radio shows. Its frustrating as sometimes I'm too punk for hip hop and too hip hop for punk when I'm just me lol. Why should it matter what I look/dress/talk like... the enforcers and elitists in UG music communities should have to pay an oxygen tax at times I feel lol.
I'm fortunate to have met artists such as you, SOS, Mars, Slim Swayze (Take the Red Pill Radio Show), & my friends at Planet X Records that actually do think outside the box and will build with non hip hoppers. It gives musicians and socially aware human beings more credence in my view.
To me it’s very important not to deny your roots, and respect all the elements that created you. I don’t care who comes up and says that they were born & raised in nothing but hip-hop, you know those cats are fronting to create an image for themselves. They’re straight up lying. Nobody is 100% hip-hop. I grew up on classical music, I used to play piano professionally as a child until I was 11, and I listened to all kinds of other stuff, from Phil Collins & the Police to Rage Against the Machine & Downset. Around that age I started listening to a ton of punk as well, Satanic Surfers, 10 Foot Pole, No Use for a Name, Pennywise, all kinds of stuff. Originally, I wrote my first two songs as punk songs, and wanted to be a punk singer when I was 12, until I realized that I could compress a lot more information into a rap song, and make it much more clearly heard by listeners. That’s when I switched to hip-hop. But I still listened to punk and some rap metal like Downset for years, and I enjoy that music to this day. Beyond that, I’ve also developed a taste for jazz, some R&B and soul, world music, and rock. I honestly will listen to pretty much anything except for country and pop. But to be entirely honest, I listen to hip-hop a lot more than anything else. Still, I’m way past that era where I felt like I had to dress in baggy clothes & hip-hop sponsored gear to feel authentic. I could give a fuck. 90% of the shit I rock is from Value Village. The rest is mostly from the discount section at Winners, or gifts from various people.
9.) Are there any projects/people/musicians you would like to reach out to in the future or work with in some degree?
There’s a ton, way too many to name, but I’m also working with a ton of them right now, and I’m not even sure if I’d have time to work on more projects if I had the opportunity. I think for the moment the only person I’ve reached out to that I haven’t worked with yet is Beast 1333. He got back at me, but said he was too busy for the moment and only accepting paid collaborations. He was cool about it though, and told me that he would get back at me when things slowed down to see if we could work on something.
10.) I remember us both talking way back about ya charity work. How has that been going and are there any current issues you would like to raise awareness about?
The main issue I would like to raise awareness about is global poverty, and the fact that Third World countries are in such a states solely because of First World countries colonizing and exploiting them. So please, feel concerned, because you should be. I'm not gonna talk about the latest disaster, or genocide, or military coup, there's too many. I'd always be missing something. Educating yourselves about those issues is nice, but honestly, what the fuck? If half the civilians in a country are getting raped, slaughtered or abducted and all you did was read about it, what the fuck good does that do them? DO something. Find a good cause that you believe in, do the research, www.CharityNavigator.org, independent charity rater for worldwide charities. You have all the info you need right there. I'm sick of people telling me that charity is bullshit and they're all just ripping off the money. Yes, in many cases that's true, but not all of them. I just gave you a non-sponsored, independent tool to look up which ones are good and which ones aren't. So now instead of whining about how everything is corrupt and using that as an excuse not to donate or do anything at all, you can actually get off your ass and do something. You don't believe me? Then go outside to your nearest food bank, homeless shelter, child care center,or Big Brothers, Big Sisters & go help someone with your own time! Ok, enough with the rant, back to the subject. Honestly, it’s been going decently, but I always want to do so much more than I can afford to. I’m planning another fundraiser hip-hop show for Oxfam in October here in Regina, last year we raised about 3000$, even if 500$ of that ended up “missing” and I came close to beating the shit out of the one of my “friends” who was responsible for that money that disappeared, and then refused to pay for it. I still saw him and shook his hand a year later, acted like there was nothing wrong. Forgive and forget. Ironically, that day he was rocking one of the many t-shirts I had printed for the event that he never sold and ended up keeping. Kind of fucked up if you ask me. So I’m wary of who I get involved with now concerning charity work, I mostly do my own thing, other than encouraging other people to donate to Third World charities of their choice through the RMR website when they download albums. Basically RMR is about 70% charity based, which I don’t think any other record label on the planet can claim, and that’s largely because of me, and Jophiel the Ubikutous Gazer’s influence upon me at a critical point in my life. Beyond that, I got into a fight recently with my wife because I donated over 10 000$ to various charities in the past year, and she found out that I had since then been donating 2200$ a month through Plan Canada. So I’ve since reduced that to 600$ since I am now currently in between jobs and writing my Masters’ thesis, living off my bank account and her salary. I also regularly spend about 30 minutes every other day clicking on about 60 different links that donate free food and resources to impoverished children and women, and supporting various ecosystems, through www.TheNonProfits.com. Anyone thinking this is a fraud, think again. Their sponsors are major global charities, many of which are independently 4 star rated charities, which means they function at an 80% or more efficiency rate. All you need to do is click, and sponsors pay for the rest. If you’re too poor to afford charity, then you can always take a minute or two or more each night to click on there, and you can help. Or you can donate your own time.
11.) Any future announcements or plans you would like to shout out for Revolt or your own music?
I’d like to get into it, but I think it’s just much simpler for anyone to just go check out the different sections, store and free downloads at www.RevoltMotion.com, since there’s always new stuff going on. If I start writing all of it here by the time this is 3 weeks old there’ll probably be 2 more albums up on there. I can talk about some of my albums though, since most of them don’t have a fixed release date and so aren’t posted up on there. Look out for Vimanas Project video CD release in a month or two. There will be many more Exceptional Features volumes to come, although those are more like mixtapes, as well as an album with Ali Dahesh featuring Kasseb & Tewolde Issac in a few months, another album with Tewolde Issac in several months, an EP with Murky Waters & Mighty Wisdom, an EP with SaintTellah & See Big, a speculative-fiction EP with Jophiel & Stranded, an LP with Riishii, Blunted Sultan as Vice-Versa and Stranded, Sands of Time LP with Erks Orion & Antahkarana Heru Ki Nabu produced by Aquarius Minded, APP Vol. 1 (2007) with Ali Dahesh & Prince Armond which is long overdue, and I think that’s about it for the moment. I might have forgotten something, I’m not sure. I kind of lose track with the number of projects I’m working on. Honestly though, some of these will take a long time to come out, mostly due to the fact that collaborative efforts take more time to put out, since each person has a timeline and other things to do. But expect most of those to be out by the end of this year.
12.) Turning the attention to ya music. It has been a busy year for you and there has been a steady wave of releases. I must admit I'm so behind with ya last few albums. It is the only negative side of actively working in more than one music genre I sometimes get little time to explore all these styles, which are endless. Tell us all a little about some of ya recent releases and the subjects they cover?
Ahhh damn. Let’s see, in the past month or so I’ve released Exceptional Features vol. 3, which is a compendium of various features tracks I’ve recorded with a number of MCs, some up and coming, some veterans, essentially it gives you a good idea of the people I respect on the scene outside of RMR, along with the other volumes; then there’s Ancient Spirits with Erks Orion, produced by Aquarius Minded & Ali Dahesh, which deals with everything from metaphysics, to Christ, to Krishna, politics, aliens, revolution & beyond in Spanish, French & English; there’s Padma, which is my offering to my beloved wife and future mother of my child, so it consists of nothing but love poems. No features. I am very proud of that album, and I hope many men will listen to it and change their perspective on the women that surround them. It is an homage to the Goddess in all women, and how we should nurture them and respect them; finally there is Treta Yuga, my follow up to Dark Ages, which is of an entirely different nature than most all my other albums in its form and content. The beats are dark, ambient pieces mixed with uplifting sacred chants and sounds with no background drum and bass, so the accapellas really resonate on this canvas, even more so considering that in the tradition of Dark Ages they are mostly long verses with no hooks, just intermittent pauses in between, and no effects whatsoever on the vocals other than the occasional echo on final words. I wanted to take it back to raw slam poetry style hip-hop, but with a very distinctly esoteric, Eastern Philosophical flavor. So this album is really all about breaking free from Maya, from samsara, and attaining enlightenment. It’s music to meditate to.
13.) Are they are other music projects you have planned that are maybe in a different direction?
Treta Yuga is my biggest experiment to date, but there will be more of those to come as I will have many more projects with Soul Shinobi, who produced more than half of that album. Also, in that same vein, but even darker, in the sludge-hop genre that Cane Corso Records pioneered, Soul Shinobi’s Plague Monks project will be coming out soon, and will have 3 of my verses on it along with many other RMR & Cane Corso artists such as Erks Orion, Blunted Sultan, Riishii, Ali Dahesh & many more... I suggest you listen to that if you want to hear something radically different than what I usually make. But beyond that, even if most of what I record is hip-hop, I would say that I adapt my style and flow a lot to the artists I work with. So all of my aforementioned projects, although they will obviously have many common threads, will be different in that sense. They will cover quite a range of topics and styles.
14.) Is there anything musically you would like to experiment with one day?
Yes, I would very much like to push further my experiments with Soul Shinobi, and See Big, on the spiritual side of things, and also do more Vedically inclined material, such as the track I’ll be dropping with Antahkarana Heru Ki Nabu called Sunyata & Atman where about half of my verse is sanskrit words. Also, I would like to work with Dania Gris’ boyfriend, heavy metal and multi-faceted guitar artist & singer Marzi Montazeri, I have spoken to her about it already, so we’ll see what comes of that. I’m down to experiment with just about anything, but the thing is most of the people I come across who want to make music with me are generally very hip-hop oriented. Ryan Rapoza, aka (o)ptimystIX, would also be an exception to that, he makes very unique and unusual beats which I couldn’t even categorize, something like ambient electro-spiritual trip-hop perhaps, for lack of better words to describe it; I would love to work with him, but I’ve found myself so overwhelmed with projects that I just keep pushing back the date where I will record a track on one of his beats. I will make it happen though. I’d love to do a track with a live orchestra too some day, if that can ever happen.
15.) How do you see the future for UG music? Do you agree that we face a battle against keeping UG music scenes free from corporate control and culture leeches? Personally I have seen the smaller artists being pushed more towards the bottom with encroaching greedy over bloated monsters coupled with commercialization seep into the scenes where as I mentioned earlier many snakes will shout loudly about solidarity in order to increase album sales or boost their status.
I agree that we need to fight against corporations and leeches, and I know that is a major problem, but I see the future of UG music as pretty bright honestly. I’ve seen RMR grow a lot in the past year, and Cane Corso Records as well, and I have great faith in the future. I’m an optimist though. I mean, they say we live in the worst of ages, Kali Yuga to the Hindus, and we’re supposed to have another 400 000 years of shit just getting worse and worse. But I still think positive. The way I see it, I’ve been shifted over from utter darkness and horrible stereotypes and habits to a realm of spiritual peace and calmness, & higher education, so if that can happen to me through the various musics I’ve listened to and books that I’ve read, I don’t see why it couldn’t happen to a lot of other people too. That’s what I strive to do more than anything with my music.
16.) During the last year we have seen the Occupy campaign and a more global conscious collective in people as reports suggest. What are your thoughts on this and do you see us human beings ever truly coming together to stand up to a great injustice when pushed far enough?
I think it’s going to happen more and more in the coming era, people standing up for their rights, protesting global inequality and the inequity of the 10% that control this planet. I don’t believe in any of the doomsday predictions about 2012, but I do believe in the shift of consciousness that will occur in the Age of Aquarius. Now, some people say it started already, some people say it’s in 2012, others say it’s in 2150, but it doesn’t matter. Planetary positions in this solar system influence everything within it, including us, because we are astral bodies in our ideal state, replicas of cosmic phenomena. Microcosms contained within the macrocosm. If the planets align, so will we. I see the changes happening the world over, and although some things have gotten worse in the past decades, many things have improved as well. I believe we’re not that far away from the mass production and use of alternative technologies, because it is inevitable. Fossil fuels are a scarce, finite source. Polluting technologies are fallible, and limited. Not so with the wind, the Sun, water, and geothermal energy. Not to mention Tesla’s unlimited energy from electromagnetic fields. But I think the government will continue to suppress that until they find a viable way to make money off of it like they do with everything else.
17.) Another scenario I want to ask you about is the case for an invasion of Iran, which the mainstream media have covered over the last 12 months. This will bring about catastrophic consequences that possibly could spark a war and suffering not seen since WW1 & WW2. What are your thoughts on this and do you see these corporations with little if any sense left in their greedy minds?
I don’t know if this will happen or not, and I truly hope it doesn’t, but I wouldn’t be surprised. And I expect that Iran would react very differently from Iraq & Afghanistan. You may very well be right when you say that this could reach global proportions. I honestly think that since the US is a war-fed machine that thrives only through the leeching of others’ resources, and since they are on the brink of economic collapse, they may indeed decide to attack Iran, and then turn it into a profitable venture, and eventually leech oil and various resources from them, and send Halliburton and Monsanto to exploit the whole place to generate more jobs and boost their failing economy. Honestly, I don’t think any of these corporations had any sense to begin with. Their CEOs and corporate buffoons are the definition of Evil incarnate.
18.) Many of us feel the current global economic debt that has been forced onto ordinary people as something created to keep us firmly in our place as the plebs of society. We can relate this to one of the reasons behind the Occupy campaign, but what do you personally feel about this?
I couldn’t agree more. Banks worldwide thrive on the debts of low-income individuals and Third World countries. It’s a multi-trillion dollar industry. Literally the most lucrative business in the world. And since the World Bank and the IMF literally run the world and the government officials are nothing more than their puppets, then yes, they have every reason to keep us in our place, encourage us to consume more, borrow more, get multiple mortgages, vehicles, and generate them more money. If everyone suddenly stopped using their credit cards, withdrew their money from the banks, and bypassed credit altogether the entire planet’s social and economic infrastructure would collapse. We’d be back in the Dark Ages.
19.) With the topics covered and discussed so far it is obvious to say that I believe as individuals we have that I believe as individuals we have to unite together regardless of musical preference or culture to strengthen our communities and hopefully breakdown levels of ignorance. The UG is a good place to start and everything is a branch that connects to another branch forming a greater cycle. How best do you think we can work to maintain this approach or have you ever thought of any alternative methods on how to implement these concepts?
I think we need to stop thinking in terms of stereotypes, and we need to get out of our conformity shells and embrace the world around us in all its diversity, like you do. We need to teach others, and most of all the next generation, that gravitating around the same circles of similar people is the same as inbreeding: it causes mental retardation and all sorts of genetic defects. It makes you weak. But honestly, once again I’m going to be optimistic, and statistics back me up on this one: the world is genetically diversifying at an incredible rate compared to even 40 years ago. I believe that within the next 50 years the majority of the planet will be mestizo, mulatto, or some kind of racial mix. In fact, we already are, it’s just a matter of recognizing it. All of us come from various backgrounds, I don’t think a single one of us is pure anything. I don’t care what anybody says. You’re not 100% Black, or White, or Asian, or anything. If you go back far enough you’ll always find a mixture of something. It’s inevitable. Personally, I’m about one eighth Mohawk, one quarter French, one quarter Ukrainian, one quarter Roma Gypsy, one sixteenth Irish, and who knows what else.
20.) If anyone is interested in learning more about you as an artist or collaborating with you where can people contact you brother?
Kalki Visnuyasa or Antony of Egypt on Facebook, Revolt Motion on YouTube, or just go on the RMR site and drop a comment. But Facebook is the easiest. Just for the record though, if you want to collab with me, I’m currently working on 14 or more albums, my wife is 6 months pregnant, I’m writing my Masters thesis, and I’ll probably be translating a new book within the next month. So I REALLY don’t have time. There’s tons of other artists. I got way too much on my plate. But if you just want to talk, feel free to hit me up anytime. That, I don’t mind at all. I always answer my messages, my comments, and my e-mails, usually within a few days.
21.) Before we wrap up the interview would you like to drop some links and shouts for Revolt Motion Recordings.
http://bluntedsultan.blogspot.ca (Cane Corso Records) www.NewCocoon.com, or just check the friends of RMR on the website.
I always hate doing the shoutouts because I’ll end up forgetting people no matter what. So I’ll simply say, shoutout to all of you that have helped to build this, you know who you are. All of you who listen to my poetry and appreciate it, all of you in my life, in one way or another, that make music with me, that have helped me, that have guided me, that have spoken with me about everything under the Sun and beyond it. Most of all, shoutout to my wife Willow and our unborn baby girl, to my mother, my brother, and the rest of my family, in every sense of the word. You make me who I am.
22.) Anything you would like to highlight or say before we close things up?
I think you’ve made me say it all brother. Perhaps simply, thank you to all the beings of every level of consciousness in every density and dimension that help to make this Cosmos a better place, even if it’s only with your thoughts and dreams. A Vishnu dreams a universe in and out of existence every time a Brahma blinks.
23.) I want to say thank you for giving ya time to do the interview and building with me. A massive big up and thanks to everyone at Revolt. I have always felt privileged and appreciated that you peeps did indeed reach out to a little DIY punk like me lol. Its as simple as this readers, good people are good people no matter what musical genre/culture or anything else they hail from.
Thanks fam & as always get @ me for any help. 1.
Thank YOU. I can’t express how much this means to me. I feel like people will finally get to know me more through this, and get a better idea of who I am as an artist, and what my views are. I’m a punk to begin with. That’s where it all started for me. So Respect. Infinite Love, Peace & Harmony.