Something for the weekend. We caught up with Pneumatic (pictured above left) ahead of a rare live performance exclusively at Holdin’ Court at the end of this month. Here are the few quick questions we asked and answers we were given:
First off, Please start by introducing yourself. Tell the people who you are, where you’re from and what you do – for those who should, but don’t know...
My names Chris, I was born and bread in Warrington (North West) but moved south when I was about 17. I’ve been rapping and making the odd beat under the name Pneumatic for quite some time. It’s been an on/off hobby for a while and I also run an independent record label that I set up in 2003. The label is called Headcount.
Please give us a few names of artists on the Headcount Records label
Some of the heads we represent go by the names of Sloth AKA Sam Webster, Mr Brown, Illustrate AKA Ollie Bates, MCM (Caveman), C-LONE, Mr Grieves, Rinse Dog and a few others.
So what’s happening over at Headcount HQ? Have you or any of your artists got any work in the pipe-line or any releases coming up?
There’s always stuff in the pipe-line. The next release is definitely going to be by Mr Brown. He’s made an instrumental project by the name of ‘Beats For Days’. That will be dropping on limited edition 12” vinyl and as a download. Its very nearly complete and so far sounds amazing.
A lot of people associate you with the High Wycombe Hip-Hop scene. Throughout the short history of UK Hip-Hop it seems Hip-Hop culture has always been present and had a good following in that area. Can you tell us about that?
Well I moved to High Wycombe when I was about 17 and I lived there for about 8 years. Because I met so many talented artists there – that’s why I decided to start a label. I thought their music should be heard by more people and decided to do something about it. I have a lot of love for the people that I met in Wycombe and will always remember my time there. There was a good year or so when all we did was link up and cipher. We’d have DJ’s on the decks, producers giving us new beats, lots of hungry emcees going back to back and we even had lots of people just listening.
What are your views on the current state of UK Hip-Hop. How does it differ in comparison to when you first started out?
I don’t really contemplate the “state” of UK HIP HOP. It’s just Hip Hop to me really. It is what it is. I’m a fiend for the classics though. At the moment I’m spending quite a bit of money on some of the classic UK joints from the last few years.
…Who are you listening to right now?
A lot of different shit really. Some albums I’ve been listening to a lot lately are Fashawn (Boy Meets World) Mowgli (93), Cappo (Ghengis) Roc Marciano (The Marcberg) Chester P (From The Ashes & the mixtape),
What’s your stance on Internet file sharing? Recently you released a back catalogue of Headcount material that people can chose to listen to for free or order for a small fee? Is it becoming harder for artists to cover even basic production costs?
It has its pros and its cons. It’s up to the people who are in control of the releases to play the game to the best of their abilities. Opportunities are made and lost in equal measure.
Where can people find your music and keep up to date with latest news, releases and show dates?
To be honest – the Headcount Records facebook group page is really good at the moment. Loads of free podcasts, ustreams, videos, information gets dropped on the page
But for anyone who wants to get a proper feel for the label and the music just visit our website via www.headcountrecords.co.uk
And remember to click the “shop” link – as you can stream our entire back catalogue.
Finally, Any shout outs?
Biggup to everyone who read this interview ;)
You can catch Pneumatic alongside Sloth, Mr Grieves and plenty more at The White Hart, Basingstoke on September 25th 2010 as part of Holdin’ Court.