HipHopCanada gets Down With Webster [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – Not too long ago, the boys from Down With Webster graced our fair city with their upbeat tunes and optimistic attitudes. They’ve been at this game for a minute, and the Canadian east coast sweethearts are definitely conscious of how their sound has grown, their audience expanded, and their relationships developed. HipHopCanada chatted with the guys about their start, their growth and their future aspirations – check out the interview after the jump.
HipHopCanada: So you guys were formed in ’98 which is quite some time ago…Being that you have been together for so many years how do y’all get along at this point?
Tyler: It’s like a family, and we would be obviously lying if we said that we don’t fight. When you have six guys in a very confined amount of space for two hundred and some odd days a year you are no doubt gonna find things that you disagree on, but it comes down to a brother mentality with us, and when you do get into fights you forget it the next morning like it ain’t no thing.
Bucky: It’s an unconditional love thing.
HipHopCanada: Do you find it hard to collaborate your ideas between the six of you?
Tyler: It’s not like it’s all of us sitting around in a think tank. It starts with one or a few of us with an idea and we bring it to the table. No one is expected to always be on. After thirteen years of writing together you get a feel of when it’s time to give your input and when it’s okay to sit back and take in the ideas.
HipHopCanada: When it comes to the Candadian music game who are some of your biggest inspirations?
Bucky: Gotta give a shout out to Drake. Bieber. Those guys are and have made mad headway for Toronto and Canada. Some up and comers like Fritz Helder, the Young Empires are dope.
HipHopCanada: Do you guys consider your music to be hip-hop?
Tyler: I mean it definitely has elements of hip-hop in it. We aren’t tryna say that it’s hip-hop in its truest form but we take that same approach to our music. It involves lots of different sounds and instruments and everything else and bending them into something that sounds good.
HipHopCanada: You guys have seen some nice success in the last little while. Has that changed your lives in a big way?
Bucky: Of course it has changed it a little bit, but it depends on how you’re looking at it. Things are way different than they were two years ago, but is it so extreme that we look back and don’t feel what it was then? No.
HipHopCanada: So how does your fanbase appear to you guys at the moment, and do you see it changing over the years at all?
Tyler: Ya for sure. A couple years ago our fan base was much younger than it is now and during our first EP with all the videos, and all the media that comes with that it obviously draws a younger crowd. MTV and Much Music have a way of drawing a younger crowd. Over the years though we have definitely seen a maturing audience when we do shows. The second record for us was a more true representation of how we are as writers and people. It shows a bunch of guys in their late twenties versus our first that showcased our band as we were in our late teens. There are more guys at our shows nowadays, and that shows that our music is reaching out to an audience that can relate to us.
HipHopCanada: Do you see this group staying together, do you see longevity in what you are doing right now?
Bucky: I feel like we have made it twenty years this far so another twenty years wouldn’t seem that outrageous. We will always have the band as a center point, and if any of us were to go off, and we have gone off, to do other things we are always excited for each other and supportive of whatever we each choose to do as artists.
HipHopCanada: How has being from Canada affected your career, and has it been a positive thing?
Bucky: It’s a little bit different being that the States is the center of the music universe and not coming from there obviously you’re starting from another different point.
Tyler: It makes you grind on a different level. You’re worrying about a lot more than if you are born in New York City. If you’re born in New York City and you have a hot band the next thing you know you are introduced to the biggest labels, and you have the biggest stage to play with. It is definitely different. You can be the biggest band in Toronto and it takes you four years to get anybody in New York to look your way; there is a resilience that you build up.
Interview conducted by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada
Photography by Ryan West for HipHopCanada