JC Subliminal: Back In The Game [Profile]
Vancouver, BC – You might remember some time ago in Vancity a crew called MK Ultra. Ty-C, DJ Mat The Alien and of course JC Subliminal tore up the scene in a pretty big way. After taking a brief hiatus, JC has gathered is rhymes and is now fresh, dressed and back on the scene, ready to be heard. Our latest Prolific Profile features JC Subliminal as well as his latest video “Beats Bang,” check it out after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop? And where do you feel you fit into that definition?
JC Subliminal: Hip-hop to me is painting picture with words. We’re artists of poetry. Conveying thoughts and portraying them in a different perspective that couldn’t be spoken in plain words as effectively. We (emcees) could be compared to designers, or architects but with rhythm, sound and feeling. Hip-hop was something that found me, surprised me, astonished me, and has burned inside my spirit like a fire and still does. It still gives me that rush.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
JC Subliminal: I do it because I’m passionate about it and love it. I think that’s the key to anything in life is to have vigor and passion for what you do and the rest will follow.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
JC Subliminal: I live in Surrey, born and raised so I’m reppin’ for my hometown and Vancity. All my folks in the S-Town and V-City wudup!
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
JC Subliminal: I definitely have some songs that were influenced from where I was raised. A song Titled “Get Live” produced by DJ EP off my upcoming album is more or less an ode to Surrey and where I was raised. We just shot a music video for that song all over Surrey, keep on the lookout for that.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
JC Subliminal: Poetry and rhythm has no age limits. Quick story: I did a gig for a 40th Birthday party. Crowd loved it, dancing, right into it. After the show. I had a lot of good feedback especially the 44 year old mother of 3 kids that loved my hardest songs. I just got a call from a person that attended the party to do another gig. So, you turn people into fans. Real people recognize real music and performance. It’s truly about the passion and rhythm that connects people, its on another level, but if you understand that then there is no barriers to the music you can make.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up? Or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started hip-hop?
JC Subliminal: Just to have that do-it-yourself motivation and attitude and to never be deterred from your failures. Failures lead to successes. I wish I had someone to keep me more grounded and humble when I was younger, but you learn from your mistakes. Having no ego and a good attitude gets you more shows, more connections and that leads to success because you want everyone to wanna work with you.
HipHopCanada: In what ways do you interact with the community?
JC Subliminal: We did a free live multicultural show at Holland Park in Surrey for the past Olympics, families and all. I’m a supporter of just causes, so if your throwing an event to benefit cancer research, fighting for our rights, or protecting our natural resources etc. hit me up, I’m probably in! firstname.lastname@example.org
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you and why?
JC Subliminal: I would have to say DJ Mat The Alien. He’s an amazing DJ/Producer/Musician that truly understands the fundamentals of music. From 2002 to 2008 I had the blessing to make music and perform/record/tour alongside him. He showed me that with diligence and hard how far you can go. Truly inspiring. He believed in me and my music and helped get my music to levels and ears I never thought were possible. Thanks Mat. There is countless other amazing musicians Ive worked with; producers/artists/emcees too many to mention shouts out to all of you!
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
JC Subliminal: Drake, Tory Lanez, on a producer tip def Boi1da…dude’s fire. Locally, Chin Injeti, Evil Ebenezer to name a few.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
JC Subliminal: As for the past, I’ve released 3 albums. A collaboration album with my homie, Big Sede and DJ EP Mental Activists – Herbal Remedies & Natural Highs (2002), an EP titled Battlecat (2003) that featured some of my own production as well and Versustyle (2004). These albums received improper releases with no distribution but scored placements on extreme sports shows on TV stations and countless satellite radio and CBC radio airplay. Presently, I’m on the verge of releasing my new album due out late 2012 or early 2013 Produced fully by DJ EP. We shot 3 Music videos, “Stay Left”, which is out on YouTube now, check that. “Beats Bang” and “Get live”. I have also filmed a new music video titled “Black N White” for an upcoming project with a new producer I’m working with -Myles Anthony. He’s really talented and I’m excited to display some of our work. We’re putting together a JC Subliminal EP, all produced by him. After that be on the lookout for another EP with various producers and guest features. Lots of good music to be made.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the hip hop Canada online community?
JC Subliminal: Thanks for taking the time to read some of my thoughts and aspirations. Music is a blessing to all of us. Keep on the lookout for all the upcoming JC Subliminal music video’s. I’m dropping a video every month or second month for a while. Stay tuned.
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