Brajha Waldman, Isis Giraldo, and Jahsun talk about Hip-Hop
“Because they didn’t do anything to uplift Hip-hop culture. They took one element that was popular, the rap element and on top of it they took one element of the rap element that they thought was marketable for their own purposes.”
“It’s like this general move away from show tune music that has this chord, and this chord, and this chord, and this chord, and then has a bridge, and then another bridge, and then a coda, its all this stuff we don’t need. Let’s just keep this one five second moment, ‘cause it’s the best thing about that song, and let’s distill it into a loop.”
Ian Ferrier, poet, musician; curator of the monthly Words and Music event at Casa del Popolo; organizer of the annual Mile End Poets’ Festival; collaborator of the music, poetry and dance project For Body and Light. Klara du Plessis and Isis Giraldo talk to Ian about poetry, music, and the Montreal arts scene.
I’ve started a search to talk to musicians that I believe are bringing something to the creative community of Montreal and elsewhere.
My first victim is the wonderful improviser, drummer, and composer, Thom Gossage. We sat down over a bottle of wine and had a conversation about music, composing, and the ins and outs of being a musician in a scene that is ever changing.
I’ve transcribed a bit of our conversation for you all… Enjoy!