Rushden Diamonds have All The Right Moves [Prolific Profile]
Vancouver, BC - Michael Rushden and Lord Diamonds are the dynamic duo that make up Vancouver alt-hip-hop group, Rushden Diamonds. These guys wear multiple hats, both starring as their own musical leads while “striving to perfect their roles as producers and lyricists” as a team…and their both pretty funny too. The pair dropped some knowledge on us in our latest Prolific Profile – check it out after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Lord Diamonds: According to the Oxford Dictionary definition, hip-hop is a style of popular music of US black and Hispanic origin, featuring rap with an electronic backing. To us it started as a means of expression that had certain limitations and boundaries that we’ve always tried to push. Over the years as we’ve strived to perfect our roles as producers and lyricists, it’s become more of an ingredient in the Rushden Diamonds musical salad rather than the full course it used to be. I refer to our music as a salad cuz it’s good for you, ya feel?
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Michael Rushden: Cuz we’re just so god damn good at it! Hahaha… Oookay! All joking aside though, I know we’re both very passionate in being competitively profitable and we think it’s cool to make great music too.
Lord Diamonds: Just as I was about to yell Oookay! Michael took the words right out of my mouth.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Lord Diamonds: Rushden Diamonds are based in British Columbia, which has been called home by such great Canadian artists as Drake, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Rushden Diamonds.
Michael Rushden: Drake and Justin Bieber are from Toronto.
Lord Diamonds: Oh…
Michael Rushden: British Columbia is a mix between Great Britain and Columbia. We live most of the year in Vancouver which has been called home by the great Canadian artist Bryan Adams!
Lord Diamonds: Way to go!
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Lord Diamonds: Growing up in Western Canada allowed us to collaborate with artists in our neighborhood who prior to us considering a path in music were individuals we looked up to. The best example being our long time friend Moka Only.
Michael Rushden: In general, growing up in North America influenced us heavily early in our career as the majority of commercial music that we were exposed to as children and in our teens was from the US and Canada. Now that we’ve spent time both in Europe and Asia our musical pallet has expanded bringing in influences such as French house and Japanese complextro.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Lord Diamonds: Cute girls with cool haircuts, 99% of the gaming community and people who like progressive, high energy music with a groove!
Michael Rushden: All hip-hop fans short and tall.
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?
Michael Rushden: Lesson number one, D.A.R.E.
Lord Diamonds: Lesson number two, eat your vegetables and study the laws of music.
Michael Rushden: Lesson number three, job shadow a professional artist while paying them for their time in trades and bitcoins.
Lord Diamonds: Lesson number four, break the laws of music and be the one to set the trends.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Lord Diamonds: We attend events and also work with alot of artists in the Canadian hip-hop community behind the scenes.
Michael Rushden: Believe it or not we’ve been involved some way or another with about half of Western Canada’s top 10 hip-hop artists within the last year.
Lord Diamonds: I wrote all of their songs myself while suffering from a mild ear infection.
Michael Rushden: Liar!
Lord Diamonds: Hahaa.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Lord Diamonds: Kutmasta Kurt (prod. for The Beastie Boys, Dilated Peoples, Kool Keith etc) since early on has always been a serious mentor for us. Kurt’s hip-hop production style which can be heard on classic records such as “Masters Of Illusion” and “Diesel Truckers” was a big early influence for us. Since contributing cuts to our debut concept album Rushden & Diamonds – 2010, Kurt has assisted us on our goal of branching out to make music with composers in the gaming industry.
Michael Rushden: Because Kurt’s beats have had original sound selections, upbeat tempos and innovative programming his tracks left an impression right from the jump.
Lord Diamonds: Other artists we’ve worked alongside who have been influential to our current sound are most definitely the grand rap master Kool Keith and recently Japanese game composer Naoto Tanaka.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Michael Rushden: Mike Reno. Wasn’t Bob Seger Canadian?
Lord Diamonds: No sir.
Michael Rushden: Bryan Adams then.
Lord Diamonds: Aubrey Graham or my boy the Biebs.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Lord Diamonds: Last year we toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia in support of our 2013 solo album releases. This year we’ll be touring Rushden Diamonds new material with some major treats in store for all of our supporters. Exclusive tracks and video’s, free merch, the whole shebang yall.
Michael Rushden: I’ve won trophies before.
Lord Diamonds: Hahaha.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Michael Rushden: How long did it take to build Rome?
Lord Diamonds: Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Michael Rushden: Oh…
Lord Diamonds: The best is yet to come. Stay up.
Michael Rushden: Peace.
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