Having recently supplied us with a fantastic mix for The Left Hand Side podcast, Memory Man has kindly taken time out to answer a few of our questions.
Can you introduce yourself and let the people know what you do.
I’m Memory Man, a DJ, producer and instrumentalist based in Austin, Texas.
What first got you into hip hop?
When I was seven I was into DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Slick Rick. Then I got heavily into Public Enemy when I was nine. That was the big one.
When did you decide you wanted to be more than just a listener of the music and start producing?
In college. The minute I saw people I knew doing it I knew I wanted to try it myself.
You seem to take inspiration and influence from all over the place, apart from hip hop what music are you into?
Literally every genre, but some favorites are Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, James Brown, Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, John Lennon, Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains.
There are many great artists featured on your album, “Broadcast One”. How did you hook up with them all?
Edan’s been one of my best friends for fifteen years, Paul Barman’s been one for ten. I met Lif through Edan and Mike Eagle and Busdriver through Paul. My man TomC3 who produced Kool Keith’s Project Polaroid album linked me up with Keith and Prince Po. Blaise B. was someone whose music I stumbled across online and reached out to because I thought his talent was incredible and nobody seemed to know about him yet.
What is the main concept behind “Broadcast One”? Can you break it down for the readers.
Each song is a different TV show on the Angry Bee Network. It’s inspired by SCTV and a lot of the TV I grew up with in the ’80s. I thought the TV concept was a good format to incorporate a lot of my political interests.
Are there any artists out there you would like to work with?
There’s a ton of them, mostly guys from the golden era. I feel like a lot of MCs that people feel fell off are being let down on the production end of things.
Would you ever consider producing any other music other than hip hop?
Yeah, I’ve been producing rock music for a while on the low. I’ve been working with Cory Shane who used to be in the band Dead Meadow on some stuff recently.
What’s next for Memory Man? Is there another album in the works?
There are some plans, but nothing solid enough to talk about yet.
Which cartoon, old or new, would you like to supply the soundtrack to?
I’m not a fan of most modern animation, so probably it would be the old UPA stuff and Merrie Melodies.
Any last words or shout outs?
Just a big shout out to everybody who still cares about this music. DJ Food, Ego Trip, Jeff Weiss, etc. – plus a huge shout out to all the MCs who worked on my album and Chopped Herring Records.
Memory Mans album “Broadcast One” is available now via bandcamp or from Chopped Herring Records.