That’s a fair question, one I’ve been asked a few times. Well, you can, if you use Bandcamp. But the reason this album isn’t on iTunes, Spotify etc is because “Living for the Fame” is a Lana Del Rey sample. And with sampling comes copyright, legal action and so on and so forth… If you can clear a sample i.e. get the artist or producer to say “Yes, you can use a part of my song and call it yours”, then all’s well that ends well. That typically involves a bag full of sterling and dollar bills £$€.
To be honest, we didn’t even look into it. To date I still don’t know how you clear a record because we haven’t ventured down that road since. We could’ve left the song off the album entirely. That would’ve been the smartest thing to do. In retrospect… [insert a bunch of excuses here]… Hell, I could still do it now… Or maybe I’ll leave this one for the “I knew him since The Farmer’s Backyard” folks. If you know, you know. However, the lesson to learn here is, make sure your plan A has a plan B. There was a time this video was trending on YouTube and we didn’t even know what to do with all the people who were downloading the album. I know, I know now.
When I think of “Down”, only the word “cold” comes to mind. We shot it in Poland, in the heart of Winter. Believe me, it’s no English Winter, no. Winter in London is like Summer in the Baltics. I’m talking temperatures well below zero. I was in l a y e r s and still freezing! And I recall lifting my jaw off the floor seeing my Polish friends in t-shirts, talking about how “warm” it was that day. The boxer in the video is topless! Christ!
How I met Sebas Lopez is a short story for another day. He’s my dear friend, Director of “Just Can’t Make It” and the entire “Escape Route“. The former was our first ever video collaboration. I wasn’t even present for the shoot. All comms to that point had been purely virtual. I remember saying something
pretentious slick like “I want people to focus more on the song and the story”. Haha!
To be fair, I always felt that way, that there are always more interesting things to show than my mug. Take the album cover for example. And before you ask the same question, no that’s not me in the shot. That is Marc’s uncle I think.
– O’Yes Marc. We had a friend in common, Ife. Ife and I went to the same college. I was writing raps and Marc was making beats. So he bridged the gap. It’s been more than a decade and I still don’t trust anyone else with my vocals. He’s been mixing them forever. It’ll probably stay that way too –
Anyway, this picture is more than 50years old! We had to work wonders to get it to look like it does. It was just way more interesting (than my face). I could write 50 stories just by looking at it. I had so many questions. That hat alone made me think of colonisation. I wanted to know why this kid was here, why so cool, so calm? Was he asked to pose? But it didn’t look unnatural… That’s how I knew this was the cover.
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That’s it folks! Turn the volume up, experience what I was feeling at the time.