Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!
I’m Sketchamus, a rapper from Winchester, I’m also part of a rap duo called 2LostSouls. I’ve released 3 or 4 mixtapes over the last few years, my latest release being Scrumpy Rap.
So long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?
I’ve always loved music. I started writing lyrics when I was about 15 when I was heavily into Drum & Bass. I’ve been into music from day one, but I’d say that it was the D&B emcee’s and DJ’s that I listened to at the time that really pushed me to start writing lyrics.
What was the first record you ever brought?
Thats a tough one. I think it was ‘Coolio – C You When You Get There’ when I was about 10 years old.
So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?
The main reason I rap is purely because I love writing and I love music. The feeling you get from creating something orginal from scratch is very rewarding. I find inspiration from varios things in life from music to films to general life experiences.
How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?
Scrumpy Rap is sort of like the journey / progression of the muscian I am today, some tracks go deep into certain subjects whereas some are full on bravado, I’ve worked with several genres so hopefully there’s something in there for everyone.
If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?
Either ‘House Of Mystery’ or ‘Wake Up!’ as I think these are good examples of the kind of subjects I like to write about and give you a little insight into my personality / mindstate etc.
If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?
Something art related as I love drawing as much as I like writing music.
Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?
I think rappers covered in bling will always be highlighted in the mainstream as thats what sells, and the stuff that sells is the stuff record labels will keep releasing. I think well rounded rappers will remain more underground, but to me thats a good thing, I think if you end up in the mainstream you’ll have a lot of fans that listen to your music just because its popular to do so rather than having a deeper connection with it.
What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?
I’m really happy with it at the moment, I know a lot of people like to get all technical and political, but to me as long there are artists making hip hop music that I like then I’m happy. I’ve also seen so many lesser known artists getting the recognition they deserve which is really good.
What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?
Either ‘CunninLynguists – Strange Journey Volume 3’ or ‘K-Rino – Deprogrammed’
Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?
If you’re happy then you’re succeeding.
Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?
Don’t have a proper website but here are my music and social media sites;
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Sketchamus
Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/sketchamus
Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!
I always struggle with questions like these, I’m quite a gamer geek with an almost unhealthy obsession with the Forza Motorsport racing game series.
Interview by Scott Patterson