Underground Experience 12/12/018

This months feature is a artist from across the pond that was once heavily influenced by what he heard but is now creating his own lane lets check out……… John Rhymer

johnrhymer Underground Experience 12/12/018

Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your artist name?

John Rhymer: Well, I’ve had a number of “nicknames” or stage names in the past, the name that has stuck with me John Rhymer … that came from working for an agency and every morning a polish chick would read the register, she couldn’t pronounce my surname (Rimmer) so she said “John Rhymer??” … I was like Fuck yea why did I never just think of that, I’m keeping it for my stage name. Something so simple and obvious and just evaded me for years (previous aliases include JtR, JackTheRipper, K’N9NE etc…. haha)

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

John Rhymer: Ok so I’m from a shitty little industrial town called Widnes … nobody will know where that is, so let me break it down, North West UK, between Liverpool & Manchester, basically the arsehole of the mersey… With it being such a run down town you would expect a big Hip Hop scene, or atleast I would, but nah it’s hard to get any plays round here unless you have an acoustic guitar (so I’m gonna learn that shit or get me a band or something mix it with some hip hop haha). There is a bit more of a scene now if you travel into Liverpool, Warrington, Manchester then yea, so hopefully the hip hop scene is starting to show its head again, and will continue to grow.

Mistajay: You Stated that as you got older my taste in music changed, the more you learned about the real world and the more you became aware that most things Iearned in school was lies, you found HIP HOP to be my teacher, the style, rawness and real talk of MCs and even though we was worlds apart you could relate, so how that Influenced your style/music?

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

John Rhymer: My inspiration comes mainly from personal experiences. As a teenager I listened to a lot of 2Pac, all the time, so I think his music definitely inspires me to make music with a message. At the start of my hip hop journey I was like the only person I knew that wrote lyrics and recorded tracks, I had the American accent in my older tracks and everything because thats all I knew. I suppose it wasn’t until I discovered UK artists like Roll Deep, Dizzee Rascal, Skinnyman etc… that I realised it was actually possible and not just a pipe dream from over the pond, so them artists inspired me to take it even further.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

John Rhymer: Conscious, I would like to think, I’d also like to think my style is a blend of different styles. Boom Bap, Smooth, West Coast, UK, East Coast, Mid West, Fast, Slow … I don’t like to pigeon hole myself to one style, I like to push my boundaries and try different/new styles.

Mistajay: IN 2005 when you released Chav Town, from my first CD under the Alias K’N9NE entitled Itz A Doggz Life, which came with your first music video. Last year (2017) you released the “Smoke Something, Shut Up & Listen EP”What is your best song recorded to date and why?

John Rhymer: Oooo thats a tough one to ask me… my best song recorded to date is usually the last one I recorded haha… but I’m gonna have to make you a list of my personal favourite tracks;

- Chav Town … obviously it was my first big hit, we got a video shot in my home town by Viciouz Studios/Corrupt Village Records, everybody in my home town loves it and remembers it, still get the chorus hollered at me.
- The 3 I’ve recently released on “90s Kids (Take Me Back) EP”, ’90’s Kids’, ‘Slightly Mad’ & ‘Everythings A Mess’ … alot of hard work went into these 3 especially 90s and Mad since I produced the beats for them aswell and mixed and mastered everything myself, and they all touch on subjects very close to my heart.
- Better 2day from “Smoke Something Shut Up And Listen” I had great feedback from this, and made a bit of a family day for shooting the video for it, alot of good memories in that song even though the lyrics talk about bad times I went through … I suppose that’s the whole point of the song … “I’ll be a better man 2day … I’ll be good for all of the times that I never could” …

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

John Rhymer: Soja - Absolutely brilliant reggae band, not got a bad album.
Brother Ali - I think the most underrated man in hip hop at the moment, his content, flow, lyricism is brilliant.
Tech N9ne - If somebody can turn a hip hop event into a mosh pit I wanna be on stage with them nuff said.

Mistajay: Alot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

John Rhymer: I think it’s the difference between hobby and successful career unfortunately, we would all love to just record a hit n blow up from there, but that doesn’t happen every day to every one of us, takes knowledge of the game … I’m currently on a music business course to up my business knowledge and hopefully get this BeOneWorld Entertainment off the ground.

Mistajay: Where do you see the music going in 2018? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

John Rhymer: Hip Hop Music - Mainstream anyway can go where the fuck it wants I aint interested to be honest… I’ll stay in my lane - experimenting and doing what I love doing, if people enjoy it they’ll follow me… like I say in one of my new unreleased tracks … “Fuck gettin in where im fittin in, im shittin on these veterans, kickin for the little man…”

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

John Rhymer: At the moment I’m working on an EP through HRSunderground with A Guy Named Drew producing for me which I’m really excited about, we are aiming to release early 2019, its still untitled at the moment but we be available on all digital stores such as itunes, spotify, etc… aswell as bandcamp and HRSunderground.com I also have an EP I’m planning on putting together with Levi Scouse from he has sent me some beats and I’m looking forward to doing some work with him in the near future. Then theres my Solo project I have been working on ‘The Noughty 90’s KIDS’ which I have been working on completely solo for awhile using samples from alot of music I used to listen to in them decades (00s and 90s) … so it could be a costly project to release haha … but I will be looking to work with a couple of other producers when i come back to working on that. Hopefully after my EP release I can tour it and hopefully raise some money for my trip to Uganda next year where we plan to build classrooms at Butiiki Childrens Ministry orphanage, the orphanage has a gofundme set up at the moment if anybody would like to donate  https://www.gofundme.com/butiiki-children039s-ministry , will go towards school equipment for the orphanage. Thank you.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

John Rhymer: If anybody is sat round with nothin do and want to go through some new unsigned artists please check out www.hrsunderground.com and/or www.music.hrsunderground.com B.O.W-BeOneWorld

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?
John Rhymer: www.jrhymer.bandcamp.com
Twitter: @RhymerOfficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGRpRBvKBUIbPzw5OGduB6Q


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