Call Him Mista: The Evolution of Hindz [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. - This guy is everywhere. Mista Hindz seems to infiltrate every aspect of hip-hop culture through his beats, his videos and ubiquitously through his creative energy. He’s also a really nice guy and HipHopCanada has been following his progress over the last few years, since we interviewed him when he won the Vanquish Beat Battle in 2009. He has a lot to tell us about his work in Jamaica, his history with Blockstars and his future with B Sharp. Read up on it after the jump.
HipHopCanada: It seems like you’ve been out and about a lot this year; what brought you to Jamaica and what kinds of projects did you work on there?
Mista Hindz: Yeah I started the year off in Kingston, Jamaica, it was dope. I went there to eat good, live and network, but i believe I made a nice impact in a short amount of time. I had the opportunity to chop it up with Tony Rebel at his studio and discuss some future work. I also had the chance to work with Jamaica’s #1 producer Stephan Di Genius and his artist Volcanik: I shot their video “ShipLoad/Gyallis Code.” Shot a few other videos including my promo “Kill Em Wid ” & “Playground” ft King Khan, which was shot on Henderson Avenue KNG 11 in Kingston. That’s the street my father was born on, and I’ll be back in Jamaica soon working on more projects, I’m excited to grow in that industry.
HipHopCanada: It’s been a few years since HHC interviewed you as our featured producer and you’ve transitioned into video production as well since then. Do you still produce music, and how do you balance the two tasks?
Mista Hindz: Yea while i was producing I constantly felt the urge to expand my creativity. That’s how I got into shooting and editing videos, which started to take off quickly for me. But to balance the tasks I find it easy because I can complete my imagination. There’s no limitations to my creativity, I can create exactly what I want now. I’m my own new generation artist.
HipHopCanada: Who’s getting Mista Hindz videos and beats these days? Anyone particular who’ve been enjoying working with?
Right now I’m working with some great artists & people. I don’t want to leak everything but I’m working with a new female group in Vancouver, Vanity. We have some viral videos that will be surfacing soon, that I’m pretty excited about. These girls grind extremely hard, so its nice to work and connect with them. I’m also working with a rock group “Mia Moth,” they make some of the best music I have heard in a long time. Recently I sat down with Matt Brevner of B Sharp, and we talked about the possibilities for our careers if we put our minds together and build more on some projects. Matt’s a really good artist and business man as well, and for a while from afar we both have respected each others grind & art. I respected seeing a artist like Matt Brevner pursue his career and run a business & a team. So I decided to become hands on with B Sharp, and I am now acting as their Creative Director. We already dropped a video “Pom Pom Memoirs” featuring KAi as well, and the vibe between the 3 of us was pretty good. So be on the look out for future projects with them.
HipHopCanada: In the past few years you’ve garnered a variety of experience from various crews like Blockstars and Scattered Children. What were the most important things you learned, and do you still work with those crews?
Mista Hindz:Yeah, I’ve learned a lot in the past few years. Blockstars is what birthed me into the music scene. That’s where I picked up a lot of my good habits; back in the day me and Heatwave would lock ourselves in the studio for days, and not leave. We wouldn’t even know if it was day or night. Then we’d hit the streets with our music and just promote our asses off. So forever Blockstars will be a part of me and I recently dropped a promo video with Yoge & Fizal stars called “Hit Em Up.” As for Scattered Children, that’s more a way of life. That was a huge learning process for my career. That’s where I learned to expand my creativity and try new things. One thing I will always remember that Gramps told me was “Learn as much as you can…the more you can do by yourself, the more you’re worth, and the more your competition will fear you.”
HipHopCanada: You’re very ambitious and we’ve watched you come up in Vancouver. What does it take to be taken seriously in this town?
Mista Hindz: That’s exactly it, everyone has watched me come up in Vancouver & I think the reason why I’m taken seriously here is because I’m always showing constant growth. Every project I drop you can see growth. I’m always taking another step. So just master your craft, and exceed expectations and people will take your art seriously…as long as you take it seriously.
HipHopCanada: Thanks for your time, can you end with letting us know where to find you online and around town? And what projects to look out for?
Mista Hindz: Yeah follow me on twitter – twitter.com/mistahindz or facebook – www.facebook.com/mistahindzfanpage or www.vimeo.com/mistahindz or www.youtube.com/mistahindz and just keep your eyes and ears tuned in. I have a lot of projects dropping and I’m planning a new one right now with Eliza Smith & Snak the Ripper.
Interview conducted by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada