Who are you and where are you from?
We are Mixtapes From The Underground, A live hip hop collective from Dublin.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
What’s it really like touring?
We haven’t toured a whole lot as we’re all full time musicians but we’ve played around the country a good bit. It’s great being able to take your music to new places and meet new people. Very rewarding.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
We love the Workmans Club Dublin and The Triskel in Cork
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Something with a good mix of everything. Most Irish festivals rely on the draw of indie bands/dance acts, so we’d like to see more hip hop, funk/ soul and world music going on.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting into studio to record for two days. We’re all so busy and have so many members, it’s difficult to get everyone together so it’s great when we take a few days off and lay down some tracks.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
Never really had any bad advice given. It takes a while to get used to how the scene works but we’re all wise enough now that we know what’s up.
What do you do to relax?
Netflix. That is all.
What are you reading?
Easy Riders and Raging Bulls.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Utopia was awesome. Hopefully whoever takes it over doesn’t mess it up!
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
So many to choose from… The crate diggers series on Fuse’s channel is excellent.
What website do you visit most?
Adverts.ie looking for music gear
What is your favourite:
Record? J Dilla-The Shining
Song? FlyLo- Tea Leaf Dancers
Lost classic song? I heard it through the grapevine- Gladys knight & The Pips version.
Record label? Stones Throw/ Anticon
Who is your favourite current artist?
Tuneyards. Amazing fusion of Afrobeat, folk and hip hop and one of the best live acts ever.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
What was the last great gig you have seen?
Jurassic 5 at Vicar St and Portishead at The Electric Picnic
Death Grips in Whelans. No Zach Hill and no explanation for his absence. Bad form.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
To have fun and to dance your asses off!
Mixtapes From The Underground play Dublin’s Workman’s Club on December 13th, admission is €7