Mr. Hi-Tower Makes the Call [Profile]
Edmonton, AB - These days, the Prairies are on the come-up. Just try and deny it; cities across the beautiful plains are humming with new ideas and we at HipHopCanada are feeling pretty excited about that. Meet Mr. Hi-Tower, a producer from Edmonton and a facilitator of masterpieces. His new instrumental mixtape The Dutch Masters is out now and he’s excited to get some sharp voices on it – download the instrumentals to rap on and submit at www.mrhitower.com. HipHopCanada had the chance to discuss the new project, the past motivators, and some big ideas with the Hi-Tower himself.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Hip-Hop is all music. It’s Rock, it’s soul, It’s Jazz, It’s Electronic. It’s a delicious stew with its own spices thrown in - hard lyrics and thick drums being those spices.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Mr. Hi-Tower: I just love making beats and having people get hyped on my music, that’s the business to me. I compete with myself to get there while I can. I know it’s rarely profitable so I try to be a rare prophet.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Mr. Hi-Tower: I am based in Edmonton, but with this Internet thing we’re all worldwide.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Growing up in Edmonton I wasn’t really exposed to much hip-hop. I always listened to tons of Funk and Soul for some reason although I was mostly exposed to Classic Rock. In high school I played guitar in a couple of fall-apart bands that didn’t go too much farther than jamming. So my guitar and bass often sneak into my beats. I always liked the music in hip-hop, but I didn’t really understand what they were talking about until after high school, when someone made me listen to Illmatic. Then I started to get it.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Rappers. Rappers who need dope beats, I hope. Other beatmakers too. Not beatjackers though.
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?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Buy a Technics sl-1200. That’s what I wish someone would have told me. I had no idea how versatile of an instrument a record player could be.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Going to shows, showing Love, bringing people up on the internet. Listening, sharing ideas with local beat makers and rappers. There some really good things going down in this city.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Mr. Hi-Tower: The artist that has left the most impression on me is BMoney Grenier. He gave me my first copy of Fruity Loops. Since then I’ve continued to work with him a lot. Working with artists like Politic Live and K-blitz have shown me that Edmonton and Canada do have a hip-hop scene and it has hard core members.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Kardinal Offishall. Out of anyone in Canada he has seen and done it all. He’s had success in the States and internationally. He’s had many classic guest appearances and video cameos as well.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Mr. Hi-Tower: The Dutch Masters is my first major release. I’ve given some beats away in the past and landed on a couple projects but no big project like this. I love The Dutch Masters and hope people like it. I can’t wait to hear what rappers send me back. So look out for the The Dutch Masters: Burn Out. I am planning to put out another beat tape in April. I’m planning on it being dope.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Mr. Hi-Tower: Stay Positive. Show Love. Beef ruins hip-hop, so don’t even acknowledge it. If you listen to something a bunch of times and like it, get it on iTunes or buy the vinyl or a t-shirt or something. Support the music makers because we are the dreamers of the dreams. Hope to see you on my Mixtape!
Download Link: http://mrhitower.bandcamp.com/
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