Gescha [Prolific Profile]
Saskatoon, SK - You might think the prairies are the last place to look for a fresh, new hip-hop sound but Saskatoon’s Gescha is out to prove that wrong. He works hard both on the mic and in his community, he’s got love for the game and all that comes with it. So we think you’re gonna like the latest Prolific Profile, Gescha. Check it out after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Gescha: Hip-hop is life music, it speaks of struggles, beauty, it’s words of revolution. It’s opened us to the thoughts of the psychotic, pushing boundaries and testing the taboo. Hip-hop has been my partner through life, and in my music that’s what I speak about, life. There have been many occasions where I’ve been able to be more open and honest in my music then I have been with people in my life. Depending on the day I can fit into any piece of that definition.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Gescha: Love. This is not a venture you partake in expecting to bank crazy cash. You do it because you love it. These days people like Lady Gaga will sell two million records and that will account for about five percent of their revenue for the year. Big artists align themselves with big brands and corporate sponsorships and that’s where money’s at. When the industry is at a point where the record is a marketing tool for the brand, I hope people ain’t trying to get in this for the cake.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Gescha: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Gescha: Saskatoon is small city, but there is a strong music community here, with a lot of talented artists. Its been a place especially as a hip-hop artist where I’ve been able to just be me, create an original sound and not concern myself with all the noise out there. It really was the perfect place to grow up and develop my sound. There really is a lot support out here, and for the group of artists that are doing things around here, we pack out shows and shit gets crazy!!
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Gescha: A lot of the people that come out and support range anywhere from 18 to 30, a lot of the cats from the hip-hop scene come and support, but I really get a lot of people out from all different scenes, it really has become a very eclectic crowd.
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?
Gescha: Don’t let your success define you, don’t use your accolades and accomplishments as gauge to establish your self worth. People may think you’re a king one day and forget about you a month later. This is all temporary; love, be in love, and recognize that all we have is this moment. So be you, anyone who tells you to be something else, know they’re a fool and keep marching. And finally, tell your story, talk about what you know, because I can guarantee it’s a hell of a lot more interesting then whatever bullshit you’ve conjured up in your head trying to conform to what you believe is cool.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Gescha: I’ve been given the opportunity to mentor at-risk youth around my city, which led to opportunities to speak and perform in social settings that connected me with people that are making real strides at bringing changes to our communities, both locally and nationally. Recently I was invited to perform at the showcase event for the ‘Digital Media Project’, which was a project that focused on teaching inner city youth the tools they need to begin making art through video and photography. Learning to tell their stories through digital media. It was a night that showcased their films and photography work, and I was the performer to end the night. It was a show that in all honesty at the time I wasn’t too hyped on doing, but after it started it turned into the craziest dance party out of nowhere and really was an amazing night. Crazy enough this small intimate show has opened up a lot of doors that I never really thought I would be walking through. This universe works in crazy ways.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Gescha: I think two of the people that really hit me were my hometown comrades Factor and Kay the Aquanaut. Factor produced half the record, and with every track that we knocked out, he really helped push every song to its full potential. Dude kills it! Kay I was able to work with throughout the process of recording my album as well as his new record Waterloo, he’s an artist that stays true to himself and he’s not scared to call you out. All in all the guy works his ass off and that was something I’ve really fed off over the last year. Another guy that I connected with over the last year was Factor’s Fake Four label mate Ceschi, who has helped out and did so without hesitation. All three of these cats were generous enough to give me wisdom and knowledge in one form or another, and for that: Much Love!
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Gescha: I think there are two guys right now, Ghettosocks and Shad. Ghettosocks has that crazy smooth flow and keeps it creative, dig it! And Shad has a lot of that crazy inspirational music, plus he’s just a dope rapper.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Gescha: I’ve just recently released my new record Crayon Politics, the lead single ‘Love Pirates’ spent one week at number eight on the Canadian singles sales charts in February. So for an indie guy like myself it was a small victory. There are a lot of new things in the works, I’ve been playing my live shows with a band recently, and there will be an EP coming out soon, Gescha and The Freedom. Be on the look out. I’m about half way through recording a new record produced entirely by my homie Munshine out of Toronto, and have an MC producer group in the works with my man Young Blaise. Keeping busy.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Gescha: “A creator will not carry many beliefs – in fact none. He will carry only his own experiences.” –Osho
Much love and keep up with me at twitter.com/geordiegescha