Cash Bradshaw talks Oh No! Music [Interview]
Calgary, AB – As a promoter, community organizer and recording artist, Cash Bradshaw keeps showing up on the HipHopCanada Prairies radar – naturally we had some questions for him. Cash flowed from Texas to the vastness of Alberta a few years ago, and has settled in nicely; the Oh No! Music Group has been a platform for him to promote not only others but his own music out as well, including his work as a mentor in the community for a younger generation of musicians. Check out what he has to say on the Calgary scene, his personal faves, and his ambitions for 2012 after the jump.
HipHopCanada: Coming from Texas, how have you found the hip-hop scene in Calgary? What differences do you notice?
Cash: When I first arrived from Texas to Calgary people would tell me all the time that Calgary didn’t have a hip-hop scene here and they told me that hip-hop wouldn’t thrive here but through unity and hard work everyone’s thought process has changed. Today the hip-hop scene in Calgary is filled with high expectations and I believe that scene will continue to grow at a fast rate due to the unity amongst all the crews. The only difference I see is that America is more populated so there are a lot more artists pursuing the dream. However if you compare Calgary (1.2 million people) to say Austin, Texas (1.5 million), Calgary’s hip-hop scene has more big artists coming into town now in 2011, 2012.
HipHopCanada: Tell us a little about Oh No! and what you hope to accomplish with it. How do you combine music and business in a successful way?
Cash: Oh No! Entertainment Music Group was formed by J.Thaddeus and myself and it also consists of our DJs, Royal-T and A.Gizzle. Our main goal is to brand Oh No! Entertainment as a label that represents hip-hop, R&B, techno, dubstep, rock and blues. We currently showcase artists that represent all these genres of music and of course the first artists on our roster are J. Thaddeus and myself. It’s easy to combine business with music because J.Thaddeus and I both took business as our majors in college, so business is like a first language to the both of us.
HipHopCanada: It seems you’ve been collaborating with Mad Child, what was your experience with him?
Cash: Madchild is a great dude, very humble and down for our cause, we have actually collaborated on 3 songs and we will be releasing the first song entitled “Clash of the Titans” soon. We also shot a music video for the song so be on the lookout for that.
HipHopCanada: Who stands out for you as a Canadian artist who’s really headed somewhere?
Cash: Canadian artists that really stand out and are heading somewhere in my opinion include Makeshift Innocence – a band whose lead singer is Jesse James Cameron – and my boy Peter Jackson from Ontario, who is a name that all of Canada can agree on. And J.Thaddeus from our very own Oh No! Entertainment.
HipHopCanada: What do you think is the more important message that your music conveys?
Cash: My music conveys free thinking, just because society is the way it is doesn’t mean that it has to remain that way. I also like to have some type of spiritual message in my songs, I mean we make all types of music for the people but some of personal favorite tunes are the ones that contain positive messages for the people.
HipHopCanada: Who are your favorite producers to work with?
Cash: Some of my favorite producers that I like to work with include Trey Mills, Jermaine Ricketts (J-Ricky), Soul theory from Florida, Russell Aburto from Texas and Clint Branker a.k.a. Eastwood from Toronto.
HipHopCanada: What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Cash: My goals for this year include to help as many people out as I can, be showcasing artists, putting on more all ages events for the kids, or helping raise money for different foundations like the Calgary Food Bank, Breast Cancer Foundation and the Mustard Seed. We also have an after school program at the New Black Centre (919 9 ave SE) that teaches kids how to play live instruments, make hip-hop beats and how to write raps. In addition to those goals my personal goal is to be a success story as a artist and as a label.
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