Bas talks Dreamville, touring and J. Cole with HipHopCanada in Vancouver [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – HipHopCanada’s Shaheena Azmatullah caught up with Dreamville artist Bas earlier this summer when he first took over the Fortune stage for a live edition of Sup Fu? Saturdays. To be real, nobody was expecting a turn up that night since, at the time, Bas had little solo show experience. His fans were scant amongst the medium-sized crowd; and those two circumstances went down in Vancouver – the least exciting hip-hop scene when compared to it’s major city counterparts.
Bas came through and destroyed. His energy stayed consistent from the jump, and kept the audience engaged throughout the set with his personable antics. The Fiend won over every member of the audience, evident by the flurry of fans waiting to meet him after the end of his set. Although the rest of the night was dedicated to meeting his fans, Bas spared a few moments for a quick interview. Check it out below.
Interview conducted by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: How has touring changed your perspective?
Bas: Seeing your fans connect with your music and feeling the energy they give lets you know that it’s not only an internet thing. It makes it more personal than just numbers online or numbers in sales. These are the people that you’re touching, and to watch the effect your music has on their lives boosts your drive.
HipHopCanada: Now that you’ve experienced this lifestyle, have your personal goals changed?
Bas: No, I’ve always had the same personal end goal really, and that’s just to make the best projects I can. Complete cohesive sounds with each body of work, that’s always been the main goal. Work everyday, going out and performing; those goals don’t change. It’s all about the project. That’s what I get the most fulfillment out of- putting together a good project.
HipHopCanada: How much influence does J. Cole have on the sound of your music?
Bas: I met Ron Gilmore on the road through Cole, who’s a keyboard player in his band and plays keys for a lot of his records. He executive produced Last Winter and pretty much played on every song on it and produced like three or four of them. Cedric Brown who’s one of Cole’s childhood friends, is a really good friend of mine and does a lot of my production as well. So you know it’s all in-house with Dreamville. Everybody’s helped build it but you know it starts with Cole.
HipHopCanada: How has Cole evolved you as an artist?
Bas: Taking me on the road. As far as creating, I just create you know. He’s not the type that’s all in your shit. He’s still an artist himself, you know? Five years ago he was in my shoes so it’s easy for him to relate. He always just gives good advice on things he hears and it’s take it or leave. He doesn’t pressure you or anything.
HipHopCanada: What’s the most difficult part about this transition?
Bas: I can’t complain. Even if there is something difficult, when you put it all in perspective, like how many people want to be doing this, it’s a dream come true. Obviously there’s work to be done but…
HipHopCanada: Were there any eye-opening experiences?
Bas: Nothing specific, just day in and day out on the road. Always being in a different place, meeting new people and gaining new perspectives you know. Those things stay with you and change how you think, gives you a wider perspective.
HipHopCanada: There’s a huge divide between old heads and the new school on what hip-hop is. As far as the music, what make a track ‘hip-hop’ to you?
Bas: I don’t like to put hip-hop in a box. Hip-hop gets influenced by other genres, as it should, and recreate itself. I think at the core of it, there’s some lyricism, some stories being told that connects with people. There’s a lot of genres that are big and instrumental based but with hip-hop it’s a whole culture. It’s how kids dress, it’s how kids speak. I could go to Germany and relate to someone because we’re part of the same culture.
HipHopCanada: Thanks for your time.