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UTvid#18: Truth Maze


MPLS hip-hop enigma Truth Maze stopped through the Unique Tecniques Studio in February 2012 and instead of doing a traditional song, I asked him to kick a beatbox with some old school flavor. As always, Truth did not disappoint.

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UTintrvw#18: Truth Maze

Download the hour long Podcast interview HERE! UTintrvw#18: Truth Maze

Truth Maze was on one of, if not the first, hip-hop releases to come out of the Twin Cities hip-hop scene in 1986 with the Immortal Rap Masters (I.R.M. Crew).  He stresses the importance of air and fire in music, and also shares the origin of his namesake.  Join us as we discuss the state of the music, a trip to Ghana, and the cycles we call life.          

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UTintrvw#17: Ill Chemistry

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Since I’ve already spoken separately with both Carnage the Executioner (UTintrvw#01) and Desdamona (UTintrvw#13), I was interested to see how their Ill Chemistry might shape our conversation.  Join us while we eat candy and talk about their new record.  

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UTvid#17: Ill Chemistry

Carnage The Executioner + Desdamona do what they do best: rap from scratch.

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Sector 7G — Removal (ALBUM LEAK)

Here’s a “brand brand new new” song leak from Sector 7G entitled, “Removal”, off their upcoming release,Perfect Tomorrow. This past weekend, Schank ripped through an entire album of vocal takes in about 3 hours. I’m looking forward to seeing how fast we hammer out his next project.

Give it a listen HERE.

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UTintrvw#16: Ecid

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Jason McKenzie AKA Ecid built Fill In The Breaks from the ground up. The release of his newest record, Werewolf Hologram, marks a milestone in the Minneapolis emcee’s career. Join us as we discuss his life during the album, his creative process, and a just plain bizarre coincidence involving the earthquake in Japan. If you aren’t familiar with this DIY hip-hop label from the Twin Cities, head over to their website and check out releases from Ecid, Carnage the Executioner, Sector 7G, Jordan Miche, and many more.  

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UTvid#16: Ecid

Join Ecid as he runs through “Men Kill Men”, off his brand new record “Werewolf Hologram”, at the Fill in The Breaks studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  He’s been toying around with Ableton for some time now, and I’m looking forward to see how he incorporates it into his next record.  

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UTintrvw#15: Mike Michel

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If it’s happened within the realm of music, Mike Michel has probably been there done that.  I had a chance to head to the Rock ‘n Roll Therapy Room in South Minneapolis to chat with the Ohio raised guitar guru about the business of music, rhythm, rediscovery of an age old passion, the Modern Guitar Festival, and also got to absorb some words of wisdom from his mother.  Join the pedal board monster and I as we try to get to the bottom of the immensely transformative power behind music.

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UTvid#15: Mike Michel

Mike Michel (http://www.mikemichelmusic.com/) plays guitar like no other. You just have to see this to believe it. Yes, he’s playing a Squire, and no, he couldn’t care less. 

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UTintrvw#14: Alexei Moon Caselle (Crescent Moon)

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"Just say what you have to say and leave everything on the floor."  Well, Alexei Moon Caselle AKA Crescent Moon of Kill The Vultures / Coloring Time / Odd Jobs / CMI  has done that each and every time I have had an interaction with him.  I had an opportunity to sit down with Alexei a few weeks ago to talk about his deep roots in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene, the origin of the Ecce Beast, living in New York and California, and Bob Dylan.

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UTvid#14: Kill the Vultures ft. Andrew Broder (Live @ The Kitty Cat Klub)

While Kill the Vultures (http://killthevultures.com) albums are truly masterpieces in their own right, I feel the only proper way to absorb the group is to watch them live, so I filmed their show featuring Andrew Broder of Fog / Cloak Ox improvising behind his mad beat scientist set-up for the world to enjoy.  This video is cut into 2 parts (20 minutes each), because I enjoy high quality media and didn’t want cheapen the experience with any less than 100% quality.  

Set Length:  40 minutes

Additional Footage:  Davin Haukebo-Bol (http://www.davinhb.com)

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UTintrvw#13: Desdamona

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It’s about time I broke the trend of testosterone here at Unique Techniques. Desdamona, feminine half of the group “Ill Chemistry”, is an emcee, teacher, spoken-word artist, activist, and community facilitator. I met Des through my work at the Neighborhood House, but I don’t feel like we’ve ever had a conversation like the one you are about to be privy to. Join us as we discuss traveling abroad, Ill Chemistry’s new record, growing up with artistic influence in a small town, and the effect our construct of time has on our consciousness.

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UTvid#13: Desdamona

Join Desdamona in the Unique Techniques studio as she performs an acapella version of a new track entitled “Teacher’s Pet”.  No flash, no gimmicks, just well constructed words delivered with passion and heart.  What else do you need me to say?  Watch it!  

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UTintrvw#12: Kevin Beacham

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Kevin Beacham cares more about hip-hop in the fingernails he cuts off than most mainstream artists do in their bones.  He is one of the few people I’ve ever met that have been able to make hip-hop work FOR him, while never sacrificing the passion or love for what got him involved in the first place.  Join Kevin and I as we discuss growing up on records, how he fell into hosting Scribble Jam, his work with radio + Rhymesayers Entertainment, and staying relevant in the ever-evolving world of music business. .

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UTvid#12: Kevin Beacham

This is the longest video I’ve put up to date, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to cut off Kevin Beacham while he’s talking about vinyl.    I had originally asked Kevin if I could come out to his spot and check out his entire collection, but his studio seems to be in transition, so he brought over a crate to share his memories and knowledge of just a handful of records he feels are important.