In episode 2 of Mabfield FM we're joined by London-based member of Nine8 collective Biig Piig! She's emerged as one of the most interesting artists in the lo-fi wave of the past few years with a blend of English and Spanish lyrics as well as her varied production choices. We chatted about how she's been coping with lockdown creatively, partying with Slowthai in Paris, performing on Jools Holland, the London underground scene and her sound going forwards.
Welcome to Mabfield FM ! Our brand new podcast series where we call up our favourite artists, creatives and friends of Mabfield to have a chit chat about how they are holding up in the most turbulent times of our life times.
Up first we have one of Ireland's finest RnB prospects in Erica-Cody. She's been busy leading Black Lives Matter marches in Dublin and we chatted about how the fight though emotionally draining is 100% necessary. She also talked about her dad's basketball career in Ireland and how lockdown has affected her productivity.
Why-Axis stopped by to talk about getting stuck in Amsterdam during the pandemic and a nationwide shortage meaning he has been going on treks to find the devil's lettuce. We talk what the future of gigs look like and how his video for 'BLOODSTAIN' has become a window into a period of time before lockdown when nights out were normal.
Soft Boy Records' Gaptoof chatted to us about working with Chlobocop, trying to get placements in the next year and what the next step is for him following the successful release of his 'Looks Like Rain' Project.
TrustItEnt's Evans Junior is somewhat a musical chameleon. Feeling as comfortable rhyming over trap instrumentals as he does providing earworm hooks on afrobeat cuts, he's carving a reputation as one of Ireland's most versatile artists. This sonic diversity is reflected in the release of his debut album 'Organised Mess'. The meat of the project comprises of catchy hooks and a stream of consciousness that's left to marinate in a number of different genres, with the first half being made up of more abrasive tracks followed by a distinctly different section of pop-leaning efforts. He chopped it up with international artists like S1 and Naira Marley and demonstrated on record that he's on par with some of the heaviest hitters from across the globe.
It's been around eight months since he dropped 'Organised Mess', but things haven't slowed down since then and the Longford native stopped by Casa del Mabfield to talk about his work, the artists breaking through glass ceilings and the need for more support from the higher ups in the Irish music industry.
The phrase 'Urban artist', can be a problematic one as highlighted by Tyler, The Creator in his Grammy acceptance speech. However Evans used the term for the purpose of highlighting the lack of recognition for certain strands of music being made by black artists in Ireland. The end of the conversation gravitated towards examination of the lack of media coverage and festival representation for artists making 'Urban' music. Many of these artists use newer and less traditional methods of releasing and promoting music, such as Tik Tok, Triller and Youtube channels like Mixtape Madness. Despite the fact many have received hundreds of thousands of plays they are still being ignored by booking agents and traditional media outlets.
PX Music's Hazey Haze and Citrus Fresh joined us for a chat whilst they were in Belfast for their nationwide tour.
Following the release of our end of year podcast reviewing hip hop that year we felt that we needed to be more honest when it came to our assessment of music. The music scene in Ireland is in a relatively healthy place but there's been a bit of stagnation and that is in part due to the lack of honest criticism, for which we are also guilty of. In this episode we got it off our chest.
Wednesday 29th January 🗓 Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast will be exclusively showing 'Everybody's Everything', an inside look at the life of the late artist Lil Peep. Following the screening we will be hosting a live podcast with Andrew Moore. We'll touch on mental health in music and hip hop's relationship with drugs. It's a sensitive topic but one that needs explored. You can get your discounted tickets (£4) with the code 'Mabfield': https://queensfilmtheatre.com/Whats-O... FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/25574... _______________________________________________________________________________________This week in the wake of Mac Miller's new album we talked about posthumous albums and whether they should even be released...
We were joined by an absolute mega line-up of music heads for a round-up of hip hop in Ireland in 2019.
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This week on the #Mabcast we have hip hop duo Tebi Rex. This was straight up hilarious. We talked about the importance of constructive criticism and later made some hot takes on hip hop in Ireland. Lock in.
Intro Music: Dubzeno - Know Your Place
This week we were joined by Galway's Celaviedmai! Mai has an insane work rate, she is consistently in between her hometown and Dublin for shows and studio sessions. She took a trip up to Belfast to chat to us and was very frank on her previous struggles and spoke about the impact music has had on her life. A genuine star in the making, the rapper/singer/songwriter talks about the support of her mum in her career and we got an exclusive on new music. She also recalled the moment she almost quit.