X-Ray - Da Mind Benda Interview
X-Ray has been on the scene for a while and has produced some of this sites more favorable reviews ( Theophany: The Book of Elevations,, Escape from Monsta Island! and The Hand That Feeds You). He currently runs his own label and took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions.
row1: Welcome X-Ray, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. To start things off how about you quickly introduce yourself.
X-Ray: Peace to my peoples all over the world, this is x-ray da mindbenda.
row1: How did you first get into production?
X-Ray: I started as a local DJ then I realized how some of the hip hop records were put together so I went out and got me a fostex 4 track and a dx drum machine, one of the first tracks I made on that stuff was the sugar bear record ready to penetrate on (next plateau records).
row1: I would describe your sound as cinematic and at times minimalistic and raw. Do you think that this is a fair summarization, how would you describe your sound?
X-Ray: Yeah that's fair, I make drama beats; if I was an actor I would be a drama actor. I don't like beats that sound too busy I wanna hear what the M.C. is talking about.
row1: Is there any artist who has particularly influenced you?
X-Ray: Hands down James brown.
row1: There is a rumor floating around that 2007 will see the release of the Monsta Island Czars 'Return to Monsta Island'. Is there any truth to this? If so do you have any details?
row1: A lot of artists have been saying for a while that hip-hop is stale and too commercial. Do you see this as a good thing in that it also creates a growing number of people looking 'underground' for new sounds?
X-Ray: Yeah it's a good thing, the cream always comes to the top, the world will soon get tired of fake rap music and come looking for real hip hop and I'm going to be right there.
row1: You have been involved in a number of projects of the years. Is there a particular moment in your career which stands out?
X-Ray: Yes, when I was signed to loud records I got to meet a lot of good people and work with some greats on the 'Soul in the Hole' project, that was some good times.
row1: You produced Kamackires 'Artz and Craftz' is which is coming out September '07. Is there anything you want to say about this release or any other upcoming releases you want to mention?
X-Ray: This album is going to be a big surprise to a lot of people, kwite def is a dope M.C. and he brings out the best in me. I really like the way the whole thing came together, if you like dope hip hop you have to own this point blank.
row1: Anything else?
X-Ray: Yes, listen to the x-tacy radio show @ www.mindbenda.com, peace.
A big thanks to X-Ray for taking some time out for the Q & A session. Be sure to check out his radio show and the upcoming album 'Artz and Craftz' album.