The Archivest [Prolific Profile]
Vancouver, B.C. – Dedicating himself to the Vancouver scene for the better part of a decade, The Archivest attends more than 150 local hip-hop events annually as he documents the scenes history through his VC Archives. He opened a website over a year ago to share his content and to shed light on the Vancouver scene. In the near future, HipHopCanada will begin publishing The Archivest’s video content so we wanted to introduce him and his movement to our viewers via a Prolific Profile. With a recent Rockstar energy drink sponsorship on board to support, The Archivest has various projects in the works including some albums and DVDs. check out the profile after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
The Archivest: Hip-hop is a culture that you live, build, share and struggle throughout all generations in order for everyone to accomplish their goals through the four elements composing unity, peace, love, respect, dedication, and success. Where I fit in is having this music and message save my life and bring a universal vision to it.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
The Archivest: What keeps me to stay in this business is the message and the individuals who have paved the way for us with honor and dignity. They show their perseverence on how they made history within their many ways of expression in art, ability and skill. To set an example of what our pioneers did and to admire this in the culture for many more generations to come and forward this message worldwide. The competition is fierce. No matter how hard you work or believe in yourself their is always someone wealthier and in a higher grade of industry workers. In the past, it has gotten out of hand and things can go sour, and words can spread like a disease if you are not mentally strong enough to take out the other parties with their messages that are trying to take you out. The scenarios we deal with are challenging and sometimes hard to get involved with, but, then again, if we want to get to that next level we have to keep on showing and proving that we are who we are and we ain’t gonna be stopping so get used to it. It is our responsibility to represent our worth and provide a proper message to many generations.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
The Archivest: Vancouver, B.C. and I am willing to go international to get the job done right.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
The Archivest: My sound for music is at a level where I can have my lyrics directed and videos edited with my inspirations of landscape, attitudes, charisma, and political means to keep me grounded — along with my fellow artists who have built names and brands for themselves and are also succeeding in the business.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
The Archivest: My fanbase is relatively the market that are 16-35. Most of the fans are younger due to being a new artist and so I show the younger generation the artists who have built a road for us to carry on and do what we need to do.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
The Archivest: I wish someone had told me to look after yourself, that you need to build and promote, and invest in the dreams you wish to realize. As for tips, I would say to young artists coming up to research and believe that what you learn is the essence of any craft you practise; and in my time I wish to develop more patience, stamina, courage, and self teaching to avoid mishaps and misunderstandings. The politics of verbal communications may have mistakes and gaps, yet now after many years of experience and sacrifice I now can say I have done right for myself.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
The Archivest: I interact with my community by content of memories and advertising the history and unique styles of the message on websites, showcasing local and legendary talent, converse about the rewards I have receieved and staying professional with industry contacts pushed forth to endure what I can do on the spectrum to succeed.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
The Archivest: There are quite a few legends I can name. Due to my interviews and mentors I have had, and the approach, appreciation and respect I have looking up to them: Das Efx, Public Enemy, Blowfly, Mistah Fab, Maestro Fresh Wes, Abstract Rude, Choclair, Yelawolf, C.V.E, Cool Nutz, Camp Lo, Eternia, & Adam H. are a few of them. Other artists who left impressions include Warren G, Chuck D, Biz Markie, Maestro Fresh Wes, Boots Riley From The Coup, Madchild.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
The Archivest: Maestro Fresh Wes being as humble and solid as he is very informative, wise and highly knowledgeable. And he’s a down to earth gentleman I deeply respect for his dedication, and extreme talent.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
The Archivest: The past from 2003 – 2008… it was a difficult challenge as I nearly quit 5 times through pain, politics, and the struggle and loss of three figure finances. As of 2009 and 2010 there are a few large people in the business that gave me the push I needed. One was Nardwuar The Human Serviette, Emotionz, and DJ Jay Swing. After being in Nardwuar’s Interview with Supernatural I was involved in twelve music videos and made a website called VC ARCHIVES that accomplished 100,000 hits in its first year. For 2010, we already are at more than 150,000 hits. This site is where you can download free Vancouver hip-hop and check out what Vancity is really about.
This came about from industry professionals seeing the need from my hardwork, service, commitment, and dedication to the local scene. Seeing I was serious about investing and providing promotion to this dream I pictured five years before, it unfolded to a large level to show my present success having a few artists promote my brand and name and building a independent label… and selling our first mixtape more than 500 copies of Little T – The Littlest Biggest Deal.
I recently launched VCHIPHOPSHOWS where you are able to check for filmed shows from various venues, exclusive interviews and content of upcoming shows monthly on our calendar. Some of my videos are also going to be published on HipHopCanada. My future projects to be released are an album with Republicka Central which is in Spanish. This duo is from central Mexico featuring on the record we have Yak Mak, Soloman Childs, Books From Das Efx, and Cosmosis.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
The Archivest: My last words are feel free and check out what I have built after making a serious commitment for over five years to the business. I have been to more then 150 shows a year in Vancouver and filmed more than 500 DVDS of video footage. Check out the websites and feel free to become a fan of The Archivest, VC HipHopShows, & VC Archives on facebook. Download great music from Vancouver on VC ARCHIVES and check out the music videos by various artists. Shouts to my peoples who got me where I am at today. Big ups To HHC for putting me on. Peace and love to my fabulous parents for their support and beliefs in my dreams unfolding to where they are today. Big ups to my Celeb Stylist Yasmine of Trendy Couture, and my team on pushing the name THE ARCHIVEST… taking on various jobs to take a larger message to everyone. Little T, Arturo, Chad, Cosmosis, Yasmine, Athena, Ndidi Cascade, Orion, Miss Cali, Northwest Underdogs, Dave, Lokd Sunglasses, Gold Mind Custom. You already know the name y’all.
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