We’ve already dropped our first makeitgood x FatKidOnFire interview of the evening and we figured it was a good time to drop the second on you guys.
The next interviewee is another MC, this time working with dubstep powerhouse Dub Police and even featuring on a track on Rusko’s debut album (if you don’t know ‘Rubabub Shakedown‘ get to know, it’s amazingly chilled dancehall reggae with a bit of a beefy bassline. Beaut). Rod Azlan is arguably one of the nicest guys in dubstep and we’re stoked to have him talk to us. Thanks Rod!
[Rod Azlan vibing away, shot by Jokko]
How long have you been MC’ing for? For a long time, about 20 years now.
How did you first get into it? I grew up a reggae and hip-hop fan then house which then became rave and found space for people like me.
Best artist you’ve MC’d for has been? Why? My favourite time on the mic is with friends. I have no best, just good times and some are better than others but still good. I am fortunate to work with some of the best artists across the scene.
Any new stuff we can look forward to hearing? Yeah, got nuff tunes with some mates in production. I have a fresh EP from me called ‘Big Tunes Are Playing‘ featuring Daddy Ruff Jnr., J:Kenzo & Markomen on the business end of things. Later this year watch out for a release with Dub Police.
What’s it like working with the Dub Police crew? It’s always proper with Dub Police. I have a great time hanging with the Djs and producers on the label. They’ve bring so much energy to the music. We’ve done a couple of tours in North America and also hold it down at Fabric on the regulars but we are just good friends hanging out.
How did you get into the dubstep scene? I first heard of the current scene via Markomen who came from Glade festival a changed man, then J:Kenzo & DJ Stook asked me to attend a dance called DMZ in London to catch the vibes. After that night I became immersed in dubstep MC’ing for my friends when they played their sounds on radio and in the clubs. There wasn’t many nights then it’s was strictly underground. At a few of these nights I met Caspa & Rusko and became involved in Dub Police.
Have you always been MC’ing for dubstep nights, or did you start with something else? I am a host firstly in the dubstep dance and the style I use is from the sound systems who would cultivate their tunes and work the crowd accordingly. As a MC/ vocalist I have been messing around for over 20 years now so well before dubstep. I started on the microphone at school in a hip-hop crew then got into rave scene hosting for mates. My first big break was working with the early Junglist movement but I was too naive to see what was happening and just performed for fun.
Any advice to those starting out in the industry? Yes, Learn It and Love It. For MCs it’s easy to see what other people are doing and what gets the crowd going but you have to find your own voice and style. This may take time so be patient! The music is why we go to clubs so let’s hear the music. If you can work with the music you will progress. Keep Pushing The Good Vibes.
We’re so psyched to have Rod feature here, having worked with some of the finest producers in the business it’s awesome to have him impart some of his wisdom for you guys! If you need more of his awesome talent, hit the play button on ‘Push The Good Vibrations’, another awesome reggae dubstep track produced by Tayo & Acid Rocker. Love it!
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