Indigo Kids – [Prolific Profile]
Vancouver, B.C. – We always knew that Axiom and Kapok were a little special, but now the eccentric ensemble Indigo Kids have proven it with the Higher Forms EP, an exploration into the off-kilter minds and sounds of the Vancouver MCs. As the latest Prolific Profile, the Kids offer HipHopCanada some further insights into the political, musical and personal philosophies of the beat-driven thinkers. Check it out after the jump, and cop their album for free.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Kapok: I define Hip Hop as everything around us. Community, culture, family, friends, art. Anything that’s taking something negative or otherwise bad and making it into a good thing is hip hop. It’s covered the globe and anyone can contribute and Hip Hop can be defined as so many things.
Axiom: We then, define our contribution to Hip Hop as a broad stroke. We’re trying to cover a lot of ground lyrically and just musically. I always stumble on describing our sound because the idea is to make it incomparable, so when I have to compare, I explain in onomatopoeia, “Boom, boom, bap.”
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Axiom: I am addicted to getting better and I’m addicted to channeling myself this way.
Kapok: Strictly for the love of making the music. Anything else is a bonus.
Axiom: Yes, that.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Kapok: In the heart. Plan to take music around the world but I guess you could say Vancouver is our home. No matter where you’re from, music penetrates your soul and if it comes from your heart then it doesn’t really matter where you’re from.
Axiom: I live in South Van in a house that’s possibly being torn down in January. Regardless we’re getting the boot. The place is a music and culture Mecca in many peoples eyes, countless musicians have recorded, jammed and hung out here and it’s gonna be sad to see it go. RIP Gladgnome.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Axiom: (To Kapok) How are you gonna answer that, now?
Kapok: Well, living in the heart influences you to be the truest you can be to your audience, a genuine artist. It only asks of you to improve yourself and share whatever love you have.
Axiom: I live in my head a lot. Most of my time spent outside of it is in relation to beats and rhymes. And girls.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Kapok: I’ve had everyone from hustlers to my mom’s fifty year old friends appreciate my music. Anyone and everyone is welcome to take part in what we’re doing.
Axiom: Yeah, I’ve had a wide range of people get down, it’s meant to be interesting to any set of ears that might be near by.
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?
Axiom: First of all, my number one advice to anyone ever doing anything, is keep going with it no matter what it is. Get that shit out. Make time for it, don’t make excuses not to, like “I’ll never be good enough,” or “I’m not in the perfect creative mood,” and shit. I hate seeing dreams dissolve into a puddle. I blame the people who rush the rest of us around so much we forget we absolutely must have real time for ourselves to make things better for everyone on a larger scale. Secondly, if you’ve chosen to do it and be a real musician (there’s many species, keep in mind), make sure you stay humble enough to listen, listen, listen. You don’t know shit, ever, and the sooner you learn that the easier you’ll be to work with and the faster you’ll improve.
Kapok: Take it easy, breathe with it. If things don’t work out at first, keep trying at it. Don’t be afraid to be yourself or try new things. Just cuz everyone else is doing the same thing doesn’t mean you have to do that. Also you got to be happy with where your at, things change and life doesn’t need to be so hard, even though sometimes it seems that way. I know things can get stressful at times but you gotta know thats all a part of a big universal thing. If you want to achieve greatness, stay true to your thing, don’t be afraid to take advice and dream big. That’s yours and no one can take that away from you but you. Love your life.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Kapok: Try to work with as many other artists doing the same thing as possible.
Axiom: It’s a goal of ours to work with some proper fundraising organizations in 2012. In the past we’ve played at social minded events like Hip Hop For Peace, Hip Hop For Hunger, Commercial Drive Days, Artists Against Censorship, Drop Beats Not Bombs among many other things. Recently we performed at a mobile AID’s testing and awareness event put on by What’s Your Status. I have worked with Grounded TV as an interviewer and host since I helped found it with Syd Woodward. Also, I’ve got a pretty much open door policy on working with people. I’m always down to help people with projects and collaborate, it’s good practice. Also, our label Jellyfish Recordings is very involved with the arts community in Vancouver.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Kapok: Axiom. Reflectionz, Mosaic, all my main collaborators. Pretty much anyone I’ve worked has influenced me in some way, I see it all as beneficial to my growth.
Axiom: He says me, I say him. No joke, there’s a reason we are on the same team. There’s tons of other people too though. Headspace, Astrological, Panther, Asis, Mosaic, Reflectionz, K-Rec, and so many more people have blown me away in the past. Lately someone who stands out is Claire Mortifee. She’s an astounding vocalist. I don’t think there’s a single person who’s worked with her or seen her perform who doesn’t expect her to be a major success story.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Kapok: Rapper: DL Incognito. Producer: DJ Kemo.
Axiom: Rob the Viking. Neil Young. Ha, Wouldn’t that be crazy?
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Both: Every song is a success, cuz it’s something off the chest. This year, all on Jellyfish Recordings, Axiom released a solo project called ‘Axiology’ in March, Indigo Kids released ‘The Tarot and The Tree EP’s’ with Ashleigh Eymann in June and we just dropped our latest, ‘Higher Forms’ in November. In the summer we linked up with Arrius Videography and have since released four music video’s with them, three of which are for songs on ‘Higher Forms’. Look out for a new solo effort by Kapok dropping soon as well as some more from Axiom who has a handful of projects on the shelf and new music being made just about every day.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Kapok: If you like us, check out and support our music. If you don’t… whatever brah.
Axiom: Make mad magic.
To download Higher Forms, check out the Indigo Kids Website.