IVAN WINTER “Haar & Hem” (hair & him) audio book

kapper 3 Ivan Winter

Ivan Winter is a DJ with a solid tenure. He combines his knowledge of diverse music styles in a surprising manner. He is influenced by art and this resonates in his music selection and technique.
On a daily, he is a Barber. He believes every man needs some time for himself, and at that point u can see the true beauty of transformation. The before and after the cut, same effect as listening how a DJ cuts from track to track.
In any barbershop you can hear the debating, the changing the world, the funny stories which push clients to come back on the regular beside a haircut of course.
A barber is kind of a therapist, so it is not uncommon for patients to chat with each other in the waiting room. Gossiping in the hallway happens, but during a one-on-one session in the barber’s chair, it is the hairdresser who wins the trust of the individual at that moment. After all, having your hair cut is something personal that you do not just let anyone do!

kapper 2

From the many sessions, Mr. Winter came up together with Charlien Adriaenssens to transform individual stories from the barber’s chair into an audiobook titled “Haar & Hem”. The inspiration was found in the different life stories, especially in those who are considered obscure. Topics that many hairdressers will related to.
After long writing, deepening, writing again, choosing the sound and searching for the right form, Mr Winter can now proudly say that you can listen to it!

cover haar en hem kapper

This audiobook is sometimes surreal, sometimes documentary and sometimes tragic. Lucky for us, it’s only the volume 1 so make sure to keep an eye on Mr Winter for more stories from his barbershop.

PURCHASE

Read More

KRISWONTWO “Ceremoni” / Interview

11816983_10153606686289455_1233533005401410995_n

Copenhagen(DENMARK)producer Kriswontwo is finally about to drop his long awaited full length album “CEREMONI”. The style and flair on this project is a delicate mix of Hip Hop & Neo -Soul hidden gems. If you want to get a mixture of dopeness, this album is for you. Featuring guest appareances by Georgia Anne Muldrow, Oh No, MED, Stacy Epps, Omar and slew of new comers, you need to have the complete album in your mix…

It’s time to have a chat with this versatile producer.

UncutHipHop- For the people you don’t know you yet, Who is Kriswontwo ?

CMyklCdWUAEFbd-

KRISWONTO: I’m a music producer out of Copenhagen Denmark

UHH- What inspire you and who are your influences ?

Kris: Wow, there are too many to mention because I listen to all kinds of music.
But I’m not only inspired by music, nature is the greatest piece of art. I
love whales, mountains, trees… Space.
In music one of my greatest influences is Georgia Anne Muldrow. She really
inspires me to make music.

UHH- “Ceremoni” is your debut album, can you tell us about it and in terms of the people
that you put together for this project ?

Kris: It’s actually my first album and I’m really happy about having so many
wicked artists on the record that I’ve looked up to for many years! It all
really came together naturally meeting through mutual friends. When you get
the record on September 14 you gotta listen from the top to the bottom
because there are so many directions on it. I do lot’s of styles but I keep
it raw!

UHH- You’ve been producing for Georgia Anne Muldrow for awhile now,and your album
will be released on her label “SomeOthaShip Connect”. How did you hook up ?

Kris: We did a song back in 2011 and some years later we talked about doing an
Ep, and then we just did it. The Ms. One Ep turned out really great and we
got incredible feedback from everywhere!*

UHH- We have been having a lot of discussions at the office about the state of
Hip Hop at the moment. For a big part there is only one sound that dominate
the charts and the clubs. And the new generation is currently consuming
music as snacks. Who would say is your audience for “Ceremoni” ?

Kris: It’s for all the people who need that organic hip hop but are also
searching for what’s really different.

UHH- What’s on the far horizon for Kriswontwo ?

Kris: I’m already working on the follow up project to this one! I have also
produced an Ep for Nicholas Ryan Gant that I’m really satisfied with.
Nicholas is all about that vocal chord science! I don’t know when it’s
coming out tho.*

UHH- Which other artists you would like to work with ?

Kris: I would really like to work with Lupe Fiasco, he is crazydope! Lalah
Hathaway too, one of my favorite singers!

UHH- Any advice(s) for any starting producer and how to get their
productions across ?

Kris: Haha, I’m brand new myself :) But if I should say something, I would
definately encourage people to learn from all situations. There’s always a
blessing in disguise.

To already get the ball rolling check out the two singles below.

CEREMONI DBL SINGLE HIRES _LARGE FLYER - 9-3-15

Visit www.kriswontwo.com for all videos, music & social media and purchase the album.

Read More

KL-FaceX4

MuBIZ with DR. KENNETH LOVE: The co$t of free

Rarely has there been a point in the Music industry and its related business processes from musicians’ perspectives, whereby, the corporate element of the industry wasn’t perceived as shaky-baky, at best, in respect to artists earning an acceptable income. Ironically and consequently, commercial musical artists today spend much of their time, in fact, most of their time proverbially beating their heads against the wall with trying to figure out how to get their loving and adoring fans to, literally, pay for their music. Therefore, it has become imperative that musical artists create alternative ways to sell their music.

That alternative creativity must first begin with musical artists not only admitting but coming to honest terms with themselves that the music industry as well as how music fans see and respond to it today, in particular, has metamorphosed with no return to the processes of yesterday or yesteryear. In short, in an industry-wide effort to acquire the much divided attention of music fans, so much music has been given away that many (if not most) people today feel a loss at paying 99 cents for a digital download.

I believe the grandfather of this sort of thinking may actually have begun with those enormous Columbia House mail order music giveaways back in the 1980s. With compact disc sales ever spiraling to a bottomless pit, largely due to today’s personal economics, more often than not, the digital download is as good as it’s going to get in the foreseeable future for most musical artists.

Therefore as I see it, today artists, primarily, have two main choices in benefiting financially from their music while eliminating the ‘co$t of free’ scenario, which are;
1. Use, at least, a number of your absolute best singles as giveaways in their entirety to convince music fans to take a risk on your complete release, even if that means their strictly purchasing the rest of your music via downloads. And, for your songs that are, at least, three minutes in length, why not allow the listening time to be a minute long, as opposed to the standard thirty seconds of listening time that are generally allocated by online music distributors. The information in this paragraph likely works best for NON-performing or touring musicians.
2. For regularly performing and touring musicians, however, the listening times of artists’ music might ought to extend to the point of fans being able to enjoy the entire repertoire in order for artists to be more deeply embraced during their live performances. With fans utmost awareness of each song, the impulse to purchase the actual hard copy as a compact disc should automatically be generated by many fans attending artists’ concerts.
In summary, today, each artist must decide on, at least, one of the above two perspectives and on how he or she is going to adopt and execute it. Upon reviewing it, you will note that each process contains some degree of psychology built into it in order to convince the fan to make a purchase of the music. If I were a racehorse better I, personally, would bet on Horse #2 as a winner due to several factors…1. the granting of the music lover to experience the music in its entirety upfront, 2. the opportunity for the artist to earn live performance income by creating a live performance demand through the free listening granting of the music and, 3. the further opportunity for the live performing artist to sell the physical compact disc at his or her performances. Very often, the co$t of FREE is merely measured in the event of time.

www.kennylovejazz.com

Read More

kenneth-love1

UNCUT HIP HOP WELCOMES KENNY LOVE

We are proud to welcome Kenneth Love to our team. Kenneth will have a monthly column called “MuBiz with Dr. Kenneth Love”. He will give you tips and insights about the music industry.

As a writer/author, Dr. Kenneth Love presents his literary works as a; novelist, columnist, video scriptwriter, poet, composer, lyricist, short story writer, and playwright

His new column will present “how to” instructional articles that assist and aid musicians and recording artists on how to maximize positive results for their music success from public exposure as well as financial standpoints in order to compete in today’s 21st Century professional Music environment.

For a number of years, with him having dual music and writing backgrounds, he wrote career advice content for Music and Entertainment publications, with their target audiences being that of creative artists, i.e., musicians, recording artists, and writers.

He also published and edited a Music industry newsletter titled “B# Newsletter” for ten years that had a circulation of over 2,000 musicians and recording artists.
He also has been interviewed on radio stations and presenting music business tips, advice, and information to musicians and recording artists.

You can check some of his work here

www.kennylovejazz.com

Read More

INTERVIEW WITH MASTAKUSH by NEDHOP

Mastakush is set to return back to Nepal this summer to lead a series of Hip-Hop workshops that aims to educate young Hip-Hop enthusiasts. NepHop.net caught up with the rapper as he continues to tour around the UK to raise funds for the event.

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF:
I go by the name of Kush Limbu aka Mastakush. My mom named my twin and I after the Hindu folklore’s twin sons of Ram and Sita. Mastakush on the other hand, went well with the representaton of me as an artist – A Master of Ceremonies (MC) and a teacher, hence this choice. Initially it was Masterkush, but a friend of mine suggested Mastakush as it sounded much more smooth, so I followed his advice and refined my artist name.
I was born in Nepal but travelled to Hong Kong when I was 5, which was then followed by Germany after which I finally ended up in Belgium at the coast in a city called Oostende! The first time I came into contact with Hip-Hop was when I was 6 years old. Tupac’s ‘Do For Love’ was playing on MTV and I really digged the tune, and ever since I’ve had a great fascination for this kind of music. It was only at the age of 15 that I met up with some friends at a youth club to write some simple rhymes over a basic Hip-Hop beat. From that day on, my LOVE for Hip-Hop has continued to expand to the point where it has now become ‘universal’.

YOU RECENTLY MOVED TO LONDON FROM BLEGIUM. HOW IS THE HIP HOP VIBE DIFFERENT BETWEENTHE 2 EUROPEAN NATIONS.:
Belgium has a scene but it’s not as BIG and VIBRANT as it is over here. There are plenty of events and cyphers that take place, especially in cities like Ghent and Brussels, but the opportunities for international exposure is more prevalent in the UK. Belgians may be more laid-back than let’s say, Londoners but other than that the vibe that I get from people in the Hip-Hop circuit in most places are very similar, i.e. very positive and inspiring!

LAST YEAR YOU GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM AT TOPEVENT UK LAUNCH PARTY. HOW DID THAT ALL COME ABOUT AND HOW WAS THE AUDIENCES RESPONSE ?:
Most people know me as an Emcee but I’ve also been a dancer for 6 years, and my specialty is Popping. Lax from NepUnity discovered a YouTube video of my dancing skills and invited me over to do a dance performance out here, plus she had also arranged a gig for the TopEventUK Launch Party. People were very excited about my music and I was very happy with the outcome. Most of all, I had a great time.

AS THE FOUNDER OF FUNKYFRESH CAN YOU TELL US WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN SUCH PROJECT ?
I’ve participated in many workshops and my teachers have been a great source of inspiration to pass on my knowledge and continue to improve my skills. I’ve always wanted to give something back to the community I’ve grown up with as well as the country of my own biological roots. Mami and I were also particularly inspired by the Hip-Hop documentary called ‘The Hip-Hop Project’ (which I highly recommend to any Hip-Hop aficionado) that gave us great insight into ways in which to inspire others.
When I first met Mami last summer, and learnt that she was planning on making a Hip-Hop documentary as she hails from a media background, it sounded like the perfect formula to a great equation. We basically took it from there, and began talking about big ideas and projects we could put into place while she also filmed the entire process. Once her documentary about me – ‘Manifesting A Dream’ took off, we received very positive feedback and were further inspired to create more positivity in Hip-Hop especially in our native country where we feel there is so much potential but not enough guidance. This is when the idea of workshops in Nepal seemed more appealing than ever. We eventually settled on doing a one-week program that included all the 5 main Elements of Hip-Hop as well as Popping, Beatmaking & Slam Poetry. We decided to add the extra elements as we had already established great contacts in the Netherlands who are Music Producers and awesome Poetry Slammers in Nepal. With such a massive pool of talent and support on board, FunkyFresh E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. seemed inevitable.

So far our campaign for the project to raise money has been very encouraging. We’ve raised more than USD$550 from friends, family and even complete strangers who saw potential in our vision of creating a positive Hip-Hop community of conscious artists and leaders who can continue the legacy we leave in Nepal.

So for those who are still interested in funding our campaign to help bring our vision come to life or to simply help spread the word, do visit this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/FunkyFresh-ELEMENTS You can also follow our work on our official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/funkyfreshmovement We believe that one thing always leads to another, and you never know which contact can be useful from the millions that you talk to on a daily basis. Networking is KEY.

IN YOUR SELF DOCUMENTARY YOU SAY COMMERCIAL HIP HOP IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IQ. YOUR RAPS CONSIST OF POSITIVE THINKING. HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG MASSES TO OPEN UP THEIR MINDS ?:
If you trace back the history of Hip-Hop, you will see that Hip-Hop was a tool for oppressed people to voice and express themselves. Back then It was all about skills and having a unique style, because If you were to completely ape the same style and music, they would look down on you because of the lack of creativity. Nowadays if you switch on the telly or radio, you will hear the same styles over and over again. It’s the “cookie-cutter” effect. Same flow, same delivery, same content! The true way to open up your mind is to accept yourself for who you are, your own personality and put that into your passion and NOT be afraid to be different! Always be willing to learn something new everyday, because I have a saying that goes like this : “A true master knows that he/she will always stay a student”

WHAT DOES NEDHOP MEANS TO YOU ?
I’m glad to see my fellow NepHop artists are doing their thing, the NepHop scene is rising and I give my 100% support to it. There is mad potential, but perhaps some fresh inspiration would level the notch higher and elevate it to an international standard.

TALKING OF NEPALI RAPPERS, ARE THERE ANY YOU ARE CURRENTLY FEELING ?
Mr. K.C has been in the game for more than 10 years and has already established his own unique style and flow, which I really dig.
Duke because to me this guy is not just a lyricist he’s a poet at heart, his flow is at a level that goes way beyond the “average” MC and his stage presence simply commands RESPECT!
Mc Flo because the dude is a BEAST, he comes at you raw with such a sharp flow and great delivery!
Dougie is a true gem to NepHop as his lyrics and flow are definitely something to watch out for. His lyrics run very deep, and I like that.
Tight Eyez is a ‘diamond in the rough’ with so much potential and he will also be performing for our next FunkyFresh event: Fresh Fish for a very good reason! He’s an MC who can truly have fun with his work and bring a funky vibe to the Nephop circuit!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS.
I was working on my album: Highway Of Life, but I’ve decided to put that aside as I have my FunkyFresh ELEMENTS workshops coming up, so instead of an official album I’ll be first working on an EP called : The Elements. This mixtape album will consist of 5 tracks with each track representing an element of Hip-Hop. The ‘Heart & Spirit’ M² album with Mami is also in the works, but that too will have to wait until our big project takes off. The most important thing at the moment is for us to prioritize, and I feel it’s always better to put your 100% into anything that you do, than speed up the process simply for the sake of putting it out there to catch up with the rest.

FROM YOUR MUSIC THAT WE’VE HEARD SO FAR NONE HAS ANY REFERENCE TO NEPAL. WILL THAT CHANGE WHEN THE ALBUM DROPS ? WILL YOUR FANS GET TO HEAR YOU RAP IN NEPALI ?
I have thought about this and yes, I will be making beats with Nepalese samples that represent sounds of Nepal and lyrics that will have plenty of references to my roots. It’s just a matter of time, and I have yet to learn so much about my homeland which I’m hoping to make the most of when I go there this summer.
And to be honest, I am really trying to improve my Nepali as I have grown up speaking mostly Dutch and English. Ideally, I would like to reach MC Flo’s level of verbal skills as he kills it in every one of his Nepali tracks! (smiles)

AWAY FROM MUSIC WHAT ELSE IS MASTAKUSH CURRENTLY UP TO ?
As I’ve mentioned I also have a passion for popping. It gives me this feeling of freedom when my moves resonate with the sound of the music. I let go of everything and become one with the universe. There is nothing compared to that feeling. I regularly attend street events and cyphers and since coming back to the UK, I have been doing more ‘observing’ than stepping into the circle to learn from so many amazing dancers out here.

Mastakush perform at London’s Blag Club Friday 24th June.

Source: NedHop

Read More