Solving the Dilemma [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – Johnny Dilemma aka Dilemmanade is a complex guy, a mix between business savvy, artistic passion and sheer expediency. It’s no wonder that he wears many hats, from managing tours to performing on them…and even taking the role as HipHopCanada’s guest Instagrammer for the Machine Gun Kelly tour that HHC is proud to sponsor. We had the chance to sit down with Dilemma before the tour kicked off to get a little preview of what to expect.
HipHopCanada: Of all the tours you’ve been a part of, what would you say is the craziest experience you’ve had?
Dilemmanade: I’d have to say the European tour with Guilty Simpson. I smashed my car into the side of a mountains the second night there driving to Switzerland. They gave me the equivalent of a Geo with no snow tires, and I skidded out and had to wait for 5 hours till a tow truck came. The others had gone ahead. I thought I was gonna die. It started getting dark – the engine couldn’t start so I couldn’t turn on any heat.
HipHopCanada: That’s crazy! Luckily you didn’t die! What tips can you give us about touring?
Dilemmanade: To get up early is not all fun and games. You think people would know but then you see people on the road and they don’t know. You gotta get up early, you gotta be fresh. You gotta roll with the punches cause things change, especially as an independent artist without they luxury of a tour bus. My advice to people is health insurance. Get your health insurance. You are stupid if you leave the country without it.
HipHopCanada: What can we expect from you on the MGK tour?
Dilemmanade: I totally revamped everything because I am aware that the show that MGK brings to the table is next level, the best show I have ever seen, including rock concerts. The guy is an amazing performer and I consider myself a fairly energetic performer as well but I’ve also rocked a lot of shows off a CD or with my DJ LP, Ryan West. In prep for this tour, the guy’s got a full band, so it’s the time to take my show to the next level.
HipHopCanada: How do you plan to make it next level?
Dilemmanade: When I learned about the tour I immediately wanted to enlist the help of a beatbox looper to add to my existing crew. I’ve added him, Jeff Waters, I also realized that I stepped it up with him and I needed to step up the music. I’ve recorded 6 new songs in the last 2 weeks and I’ll release a new EP before the tour. Dilemmanade: The Stand. I also have a new video coming out for “Life of the Party,” a split video with another song called “Dilemmanade.” It’s all great timing. It’s also time for a new website launching, dilemmanade.ca as of December 1st.
HipHopCanada: So you’ll tour with a new EP, new video, new band setup…what else?
Dilemmanade: I also went and designed a bunch of new merch, t-shirts, toques, all my new promo stuff and banners. I’ll usually flier a club before the show, I’m pretty stoked for the new ones. They pop into a rolling tray. Just been coming up with all the supporting materials and a whole new ball game for the actual music itself.
HipHopCanada: As our guest instagrammer, what kind of material are you gonna give us?
Dilemmanade: Definitely some crazy on-stage footage from the stage, somebody backstage antics for sure. Some tour bus freestyles, ciphers in various cities touching down with people. Definitely get at me if you see me cause I’m stoked at the opportunity to be repping the Instagram for HHC.