Continuing with our "Never Before Seen" memories, flicks, and collabs; we introduce an interview with another Bay Artist , now L.A. transplant : Alexander Spit. We did this interview circa 2010 at The Hundreds La in the Fairfax district. Enjoy the read.
Also, check out the Kerplunk page for more pictures from the trip.
AS: Alexander Spits
D: For the record name? Age? Where you from?
AS: For the record, I go by Alexander Spit I’m 23 years old I’m from San Francisco, but I’m living down here in Hollywood California
D: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
AS: Probably most obvious is hip hop music but I don’t try to limit myself to that. I listen to a whole wide ray of music and I like to showcase that in my music a lot. So it's hip hop music which is the basis. I like the energy the rawness a song can do and I try to portray that in my music. But I try to showcase you know a lot of different sounds sonically other aspects of culture in my music you know all in one. I’m just a big fan of crazy artists you know love Jimi Hendricks, Jim Morrison anybody is kind of crazy, Lil Wayne, Kanye, fools that made a name for themselves and have really lived and lived and died for their art. That shit is cool as fuck to me. Those are the fools that you can tell they lived and died for it. Those are the fools I look up to and try to model my career after and not try to steal whatever they have done in the past but definitely like try to use their triumphs and downfalls as like a model for what I should be doing with my music.
D: I know you did work with a group called the instant messengers how long have you all being doing music? How did you start?
AS: I started making music when I was 10. I Met the instant messengers like the group formed together when we were 15 or 16 we met through a local battle circuit like I use to be real heavy in the battle rapping we met while we were all batting kind of how it work it was a weekly battle. One of us would win and next week I would win. Next week after that another member would win and eventually be like putting our egos aside and said let’s work together we were all talented individuals so let’s try something. So that was around 03-04 so we had a few years of good music we are no longer together they are all still close homies and everything but that was a big part of my music career that put me in the game when I was 16 years old and we came out the gate hard.
D: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together with people and now solo?
AS: It evolved a lot man I think I make showcases who I am currently like when I was 16 my music showcased what a 16-year-old and the circumnutate now I am 23 years old living in Hollywood trying to make it you know as a rapper and my music showcases that. But I try not to limit it to that, it's like a lot of my music is like, I matured the sounds I like to use now and certain cords in music I prefer to use than when I did when I was younger and a certain energy I like to portray that I couldn’t use when I was younger. It’s always and I know it's going to evolve and change a year from now you know it’s always changing.
D: So on your “Open 24 Hours” album how did you how hook with Mr. David Gardener, his soul tone goes uniquely well with your voice was it by chance or have you know him for a while, explain the relationship?
AS: That’s a real cool story. David Gardener so this was when I was living in Frisco I lived by the Haight-Ashbury area in Frisco and I don’t like to use the word bum but he was out there one night panhandling for change super late three or four in the morning when I was walking home and I heard and seen him with a harmonica like I heard his voice two-three blocks away his voice was so powerful it carried well you know and it was like very rare do you hear soulful voice like that and I heard his shit and the second I heard it I was dude I need to work with this guy and I honestly didn’t even say anything to him that first time. I want to say maybe a week or I think even a month later I saw him again on the same street under the same circumstances like super late at night and I approached him and said let's work on some music together and then he happened to have a phone number. We exchanged numbers pretty much long story short we connected and I had a song in mind that was perfect for him and played it to him and he was hella feeling it and it just went from there.
D: You have performed at El Rincon , Delirium, Manor West, all in S.F., Where else have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
AS: Man like I said I’ve been doing the music thing seriously since I was 15 so I’ve performed all over the country like I toured the country and I traveled to other cities and states for the soul purpose of music. I hate to forget any venue but I can’t even keep track of the venues I played at this point. Well, my favorite venue I love playing in Frisco, that’s my hometown and when I play out there it's like I get that hometown love and I appreciate that. Yeah,when I do a show in Frisco it's like Frisco comes out but I mean folks know the music words energy the vibe. It’s a cool mix of people cool mix of locals cool kids , hipsters, weirdoes, artsy kids so that’s Frisco in general so when I do shows there I feel like people get me ya know that’s what I am I’m the manifestation of a whole bunch of beings influenced by different cultures that's what Frisco is. With the shows right now am laying low cuz I'm writing new music trying to work on a new release for 2011 so I’m focusing on that. I don’t like to half-ass my shows. A lot of motherfuckers be doing shows once a week like open for whoever they can like whoring themselves out to the public. Like doing mediocre sets and I rather do like exclusive shows every now and then and that everybody wants to come to and put together a 120 percent of myself in the set. So when I do a show it’s memorable rather than," I think I saw him live a week ago" you know I want it to be something people will remember.
D: Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set playlist?
AS: My biggest song to date will have to be, "beat for street", which is off my first album open 24 hours that right there is a guaranteed song to play. To be honest for the most part I try to switch up my sets and most people who seen me live already or regularly seen me live know that when I perform a set I never do the same set twice like every set I have ever done has been specific to that night that venue and what not there are certain songs I will play more than others and what not but for the most part I switch up the songs I play you know. I base itoff the vibe of the night and the vibe of the city the vibe of the crowd.
D: What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
AS: The biggest challenge man there is a whole lot of challenges as an artist you know it’s the day and age now where you can’t be a successful artist based off of just art. Off of your music, you got to be a formulated package of the way you look, the message, you presence you got on the internet. I’m coming up in that pivotal stage to what it takes. The biggest challenge I’ve had was learning how to adapt to that cause I’m not that old but when I was starting music I was coming up where you had bars that’s what made you tight, if you had dope beats that's what made you tight, now its you can have dope bars and dope beats and still be not anywhere in this world just because of the way the masses work and like how ADD listeners are and I’m just trying to learn how to adapt to the circumstances of a real fast generation people not having the attention span to appreciate a full song.But there’s a plus side to it. It forces me to learn how to captivate the audience better that means I have to be ten times doper than the last person I need to stick out because I’m in the midst of millions other rappers in the world.
D: What's your ultimate direction for your music? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
AS: I mean I like to say no but who knows like I’m an adult struggling middle-class citizen right now so like you need to make money to live. I only want to make money through music that’s my passion and I think everybody has their own idea of success. I try to stick to the idea that if my music is influencing people and changing people for the better for the worse by any means whatever it is like that’s my idea of success. If my music is able to affect somebody else.
D: For people who don’t know or who haven’t heard any of your music is your raps fiction or non-fiction? How would you describe your rap style for people who don’t know?
AS: All my music is 100 percent honest certain things with any storytelling something’s are going to get done up a little bit more than others but for the most part all of my music is completely true. It's all real events and I just showcase it. It's all real anytime I talked about a girl I may describe her a little bit differently but it’s based off a true event a true emotion. Everything is a showcase of me. I mean there our artist who fake the funk but for the most part you’re a musician you got to write what you know.
D: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands/or become artist?
AS: Don’t do it your fucking up the game *laughs* naw I’m all for it if you're going to do it be 100 percent and OG’s have told me in the past you got to know history always you know runs in circles you got to learn from the mistakes of other people. So really be mindful of the folks that have been doing it before you and be able to make it your own.
D: Explain your affiliations with The Hundreds, and unscripted…
AS: The Hundreds they put out my last two tapes they are just close homies that have been able to bless me showing me love and displaying my music to their fan base. Unscripted they are just close homies from SF you that I have been friends with for about a year now that I support them the same way anybody supports the movement.
D: Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
AS: The Hundreds they put me on I got an everlasting love for them you know. All my folks I roll with Brick Stowell who is a dope photographer, All the SF rappers I came up with ,Hope he spits hard, JBillion, and the whole risky business crew and all the La folks that have held me down showed me love, ever since I moved down here. Carter, Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies, Anwar (Carrots) all the folks that have just like have supported me with everything I do and have took me in. They recognized that I’m doing something different and recognize I’m trying to make it they see that and roll with me.
D: Is there anybody who you want to work with? Or currently working with?
AS: a lot of people I’m trying to work with. Most of the people I want to work with are not in rap music mainly just because I think I’m all about contrast where it's like things that should go together I like to mix together not the way rap and rock fuse together because that’s just horrible but it’s the elements of where I’m making a super 808 beat I want some acoustic organic sounds in their too like some piano some strings. I like to work with artist that specialize. I Can name off a lot of names but I like to keep it secret until I put my music out but a lot of the people I’m working with right now are not in the rap realm cuz I think I’m on my own tip right now and most rappers don’t get it so I rather do my own thing right now
D: Any last words for your fans?
AS: I consider my fans to be like if they like my music and know there on some shit you know what I mean like I make rap music but at the end of the day it's not pop rap music, it's not swag rap,it's different. For you to like it I think you have to have a certain ear or be a certain listener and pretty much I thank you because your not a fucking idiot the people who like my music are smart cool folks there not some lame ass squares like some of the fans of other people music and stuff so I really appreciative of the fact that you guys get it. Continue to support the music follow me on twitter @alexanderspit the movement got a website www.alexanderspits.com there’s a lot of music that I’m trying to put out a lot more music videos and a lot more free music for everybody and do a lot more shows for folks.