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The Popup Vol 4

The Popup Vol 4

16th May 2020
5PM-UTC [10AM in LA / 1PM in NYC / +1AM in HK]
Sugar Club [Cryptovoxels]

Artwork by
Shamik, Orga, Son of Age, Ipokripsis & Emcee Wey
Hosted by

Only 2 more shows until we wrap up Season One of The Popup. It’s been a stream of steady progress and we’re excited for Vol 4, where we will be inside Sugar Club to experiment some more and have fun with the music and the art! If you missed Vol 3 and want to read about what went down, check out our recap here.

Interview Zone

1. Give us some insight into your creative process

I don’t really have a regime or anything set in stone. But as I’m writing this, I realise this is my first time talking about my creative process so I’ll try my best to put them into words. I do believe that artists needs inspiration to work, but inspiration needs work too. And for me, work needs to be fun as hell. So my creative process usually consists of two important parts: the 1st stage is to ‘consume’, and the 2nd is to ‘execute’.

The 1st stage is actually what I see as a ‘warm up’ to my daily grind, to set the pace. So it starts almost like a ritual; some herbs, some coffee, or any other usual catalysts to accompany me. As RHCP said it, ‘dark necessities are part of my design’ lol. Then it usually consists of watching videos, movies, listening to music, or reading anything that somewhat relates to the task I’m supposed to do. The purpose is to ‘steal’ as many things as I can, for the 2nd stage. While in this stage it’s important to know that the subconcious is working like a sponge, absorbing the things we experience. I call it filling up my ‘visual data bank’. So the other important part of this stage is having a sketchbook and I’ll just scribble anything that pops in my mind. It could be as mundane as can be and totally unrelated to the main task, but my limbs need to work so my brain can proceed to the execution stage smoothly. Normal people would just see me as lazying around or having fun at this point. But this stage is a subconcious hypermode. Imagine my brain is like a pacman after it ate that power-up thing, it frantically eats everything in its path with this sense of urgency before the mode runs out. I don’t really plan where to go so much, other than some set boundaries, I just know that I have to go.

Then after this hypermode calms down a little bit, is when the execution stage starts. I will revise my sketches and ideas to connect the dots and get that eureka moment; a.k.a getting ‘inspired’. This is where it gets a little bit more serious; writing, documenting, revising old sketches etc. I mix and match the files and folders I’ve kept in my head, to create something new from the familiar. And when it strikes a note, the hypermode starts again, and that’s fun. You know that feeling. When you find a great idea and work on it, you can even skip a meal and not realise it lol.

So for example, this animated visual I did for the Popup Vol.4 came from hours of listening to all the tracks, and I happen to be watching videos of kickboxing at the time. I wanted to capture and express that ‘punch’ I felt from the collective energy I felt from the tracks. This is also my first time working with animated stuff so it was super fun.

2. If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

Damn, thats a tough question… The two names that first came up in my mind was Kurt Cobain, and Leonardo Da Vincci but they’re dead. Okay so maybe Elon Musk. I wanna make a machine that can visualise  feelings and emotions from important memories, and store them in a way that we can reaccess them with full blown detail at leisure, like a piece of artwork.

3. What is your favorite food to cook?

I just came to realise this during the MCO, that I’m a lazy cook and I love pasta. Pasta dishes are simple to make even with minimal ingredients, but so fucking good. So yes, any variant of pasta dishes.

1. Tell us a bit more about yourself

My name is Ivan. 30 years old. Music is my passion. I like all kinds of rock and metal music.

2. What is the scene like in Russia? Who are your influences?

Russion rock and metal are dead :)) And I don’t any good rock bands frim Russia. Avantasia, Nightwish, Manowar, Brothers of Metal – my favorite…

3. What is the scariest animal you’ve seen in the wild?

Spider of course

1. What’s it like being a Battle Rapper in Malaysia? Tell us about your events.

Battle rap scene here seems to only be spread through commercially and I live in a place where at the time had near to no battle rap events. it wasnt until recently I started gathering some peeps to battle on the streets before I started this small movement. Battle rap is still new in Malaysia I must say. People usually do it on beat and focus on flow rather than content. So , me, a acapella battle rap fan wants to introduce this new wave here.

2. Who are some of your influences and how would you define your style?

I listened to alot of Jurassic 5, Souls of mischief, and hilltop hoods when I was younger, still do today. My style is a battered mix of profanity, bars from the heart and rhyming shower thoughts.

3. If you had to live somewhere else, what would you choose? 

I would love to live in the States or the UK . I guess I’m just very in tune with the lifestyle and culture there.

1. How has being a beatboxer influenced or impacted your production style?

I think my attention to drum programming and having swing in all my beats definitely comes from beatboxing. Having the human feel where it feels less on the grid is important to me. When it’s just myself and a microphone I’m usually adding a new vocal element every 4-8 bars, so I’m
often trying to build on sound design in the same way for my productions. I also use vocal sounds within my production, percussive and non percussive. I have a folder to pull from when I am layering.

2. Tell us more about your Channeling India series!

The series began in 2014 on a family trip to India. While there, I found a stack of 52 South Asian records at an old antique shop in Bangalore, my mother’s hometown. I brought them back to Vancouver, along with field recordings from various sites in north and south India and started working on the first Channeling India album. The majority of the samples I chose were from Tamil and Hindi film songs. It was inspired by Onra’s Chinoiseries. Volume 2 came out in 2017 and I continued to go back to the records I bought while drawing from modern day hip hop/ electronic influences. The third album in the installment, CI3, came from a 10
day trip to India again and was released September 2019. I worked on half of the album in Canada and the other half in India. I sampled records from the 1940’s-1960’s this time around after mostly only using records from 1970-1990 for the first 2 volumes. I adopted more of a mixtape format for
volume 3, where it feels like each song goes into the next almost like a DJ mix. CI3 has reached 200 000 streams on Spotify.

3. If you could learn any language, what would you choose? Why?

I’m trying to learn more of my mother tongue, Kannada, which is the main language spoken in Karnataka. When my parents moved to Canada they had heard it’s important for children to be bilingual so learned French and were in a French immersion school. So it was hard to learn Kannada as well. When I work on CI4, I will focus on Kannada samples. I’m also learning a bit more Tamil because my girlfriend is Sri Lankan, and because a lot of the records I used for the Channeling India series are in Tamil.

1. Tell us about the collaboration with rhymebo0k and Billy Jack

When i first drafted the song, it was supposed to be a solo act, and was focus on self-reflection but as the song progresses more, i felt it needed some good collaborations. The first on board was Rhymebo0k and she was eager to drop some hot fiyah on the track. I went to a few local acts that i felt would fit into the song pretty well, however , in most cases, the answer was that it was “too fast” for them to rap on (i believe in their skills yo). At the time, i was just reconnecting with a buddy from Ohio i haven’t spoken to in years and he was one of the first person to really believe in Son Of Age. That person, is Billy Jack, an old school cat raised on Boom-bap beats and straight lyricism in hip-hop. He took up the challenge and wrote a verse and complimented the different rhyme flows that Rhymebo0k and i was doing. 

2. What’s your most memorable Hip Hop moment?

I think the most memorable moment for me, was right after the VIMA Music awards in 2013 where i met a few friends at Changkat’s clubbing district and somehow i met a few fans i didn’t know i had and they spit a couple of my lyrics from a song called “Running Precedents” word for word verbatim and there i was, not remembering my own lyrics, the guy who wrote it. It was eye opening for me, in terms of that there are people that actually listen to my music and also that i should have had my lyrics memorized beforehand. ha-ha.

3. What is the worst movie you’ve seen?

It’s a toss up between Hawk the slayer (ok, it’s bad good) and Dragon Ball the live action movie. I think the Dragon Ball movie was even worse than i initially expected and halted all expectations of any live–action adaptation of animated movies/series that would come out after. 

1. What is the meaning behind Kavibars? 

Well it’s a combination of Tamil and English. “Kavi” meaning poetry and “Bars” meaning lyrics / rhymes in rapping. So you get the idea.

2. What are your goals and dreams as an artist?

My goals are want to collaborate or work with shady record and aftermath studio.

3.  Your favorite holiday is? And why?

My favourite holiday just be in house and spent some good time with family. Cause family are important then anything for me personally.