Prolific Profile: Indelible [Interview]
Port Moody, BC – Indelible is a hip-hop group based out of Port Moody B.C. and is made up of two brothers J Thorn (Jay Edmondson) and illucid. The duo have been performing together for the last 12 years and are gearing up to release their third album Long Run Home II this summer.
Currently on tour with Northwest Division we had a chance to catch up with the bros – check out our latest Prolific Profile on Indelible below.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
J Thorn: Probably the most versatile form of music
illucid: Hip-hop is one genre of music and we feel that we fit into more then one genre. We are primarily hip-hop but we definitely feel that we crossover to rock, alternative and electronic.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
J Thorn: Mine is twofold; I love writing and performing music, and it has become a symbiotic part of my recording and production business.
illucid: Passion for the art form and the dream of one day being able to live comfortably off music.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
J Thorn: Port Moody, B.C.
illucid: Surrey, B.C.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
J Thorn: I think living in BC, with it’s rock and roll roots, has influenced our sound. Can’t say the cities specifically have played a roll in that.
illucid: My sound was influenced more by the tri-cities where I grew up. Port Moody and Coquitlam.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
J Thorn: We have built a core in BC/Alberta made up mainly of multi-genre music lovers.
illucid: We actually seem to have a very diverse type of fan base that ranges all ages. Having only toured in Canada so far means a majority of our fans are Canadian.
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?
J Thorn: Pick a dope name and stick with it!
illucid: It’s a tough industry to break into and really takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Do it for the love of doing it and not to get rich or don’t do it at all. That being said, it is possible to make a decent living so don’t give up
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
J Thorn: We’ve been hosting local hip-hop nights in Port Moody and building a scene here; we also play many community festival and arts shows and we co-develop some talented BC based artists.
illucid: By going to other live hip-hop shows in the city and working with other local artists as well as throwing local hip-hop shows in our hometown of Port Moody, B.C.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
J Thorn: Swollen Members/Prevail really influenced our live show and pushed us to step the energy level way up. Other artists that we’ve worked with, toured with, and listened to have also influenced our business practices and even our sound such as Moka Only, Kyprios, and Evil Ebenezer.
illucid: We enjoy collaborations and have worked with artists like Madchild, Kyprios, Evil Ebenezer, Fatty Down and Fortunato, just to name a few. Not to mention having performed many times with large international headliners.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
J Thorn: I think an Indelible/SonReal collab would be a great fit!
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
J Thorn: Well, our first album Our Present Future sold over 4500 copies and reached as high as number one on campus radio stations, and number seven on commercial Top 40 radio. We also won or were finalists in several international songwriting competitions. Our current album Long Run Home has already sold over 1700 copies and reached number fourteen on the Earshot Canadian Campus Radio Hip-Hop chart. We’ve yet to formally announce this (until now I suppose) but we’re set to release a follow-up EP to our current album aptly titled Long Run Home II this summer.
illucid: Two full length albums released, tours across canada plus multiple tours in Western Canada, commercial airplay and charting and college charting. We’ve done several music videos and won multiple awards, received Factor funding, played NXNE 2013. We also have an EP coming up titled Long Run Home II
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
J Thorn: Thanks for your ongoing support of our music!
illucid: Thank you for the support!
Visit Indelible online at www.indeliblehiphop.com