Detroit’s own Soundboy released an album entitled NoFormat which is exciting on my behalf since we’re like musical brothers. He’s able to give you a glimpse of what he calls home with this album and I’m here to pick his brain and ask about his experiences with a few iconic DJ’s/producers.
Lets talk about the cover art for NoFormat.
The artwork for No Format was actually taken at Amp Fiddlers Studio (J Dilla mentor). My brother Josh was taking random pictures that day and after we had left Amps we looked over all the pictures and when I saw the picture I said that’s the pic for the cover most def.
What was the inspiration behind the name, NoFormat?
“House Shoes had come to town in the early part of the year. My mans Pat told me he was doing a set at Paramita Sound and told me to come too so he can introduce me to Shoes. It was live! Being able to kick it with Shoes was a blessing. Later on that night once the crowd started to disperse, he had played some unreleased footage of a Detroit Hip-Hop Documentary. In that documentary it was a clip of House Shoes interviewing Dilla at a college radio station. He was asked, ‘What comes first when you make your beats?’ To reword what he said, He said,
‘Making music shouldn’t have a FORMAT. Nothing is assigned to come first. It’s all about what you FEEL.’
…I’ve only seen this Interview one time and one time only. I was blessed to see it.”
Considering that J Dilla is one of your main inspirations, how has his music translated onto your creative process?
“Man Dilla has CHANGED MY LIFE. I wasnt even thinking about making music when I was younger…. I was all into basketball until my uncle put me on J Dillas album, The Shining in 2007 which is a classic album by the way. I was about 15 years old when I heard that album. Then that same day he put me on Slum Village. Pretty much everything that I heard that day made me want to know who it was that was producing the music when I was a kid. Then I did my research on Dilla and found out that he was responsible for the production from some of my favorite artist. I flipped because it was all coming together. Finding out who Dilla was, was like the missing piece to the puzzle of music for me. But he has played a huge roll in my life even though he is not with us today. I don’t try to replicate from him either. When I hear Dilla it just makes me MOTIVATED to make some music!”