On the Corner with Charles Hamilton
On Tuesday 5.19.2015 Charles Hamilton and our correspondent Tabitha Williams, met and walked around New York City prior to Charles’ evening performance at SOB’s . The following interview was conducted on a street corner. Read what Charles has to say in his own words.
Check out the interview after the jump…
MX: Charles, your latest project is entitled “The Black Box,” what was the inspiration behind the album?
CH: It’s a concept album, a trip on a space craft through my mind. There’s no safety net, no emergency exits, if it crashes there’s no reaching your family. You’re just s#*t out of luck, should everything go wrong in my mind.
MX: Should I expect to be scared and terrified?
CH: Its an amalgamation of emotions. Expect to know me better than what 250 albums could do. I’ve put out a lot of projects. The focus is on the lyrics more than production. Expect some pretty potent lyrics. I fell back on producing and saved money.
MX: What’s your favorite track?
CH: A collaboration called “Down the Line” with Laurel, (his label-mate on Republic Records). She played the piano and I laid the drums down after her and George Massa laid down the guitar and we just jammed on the record. I laid down 2 verses that were awesome. It was organic and the spotlight is on me as a lyricist in comparison to everything else that I do. I’m not trying to overbear people with the things that I do.
MX: Let’s talk about the freestyle battle with Vic Mensa that has the internet in a roar, was that planned?
CH: I asked him to cypher, it wasn’t even a battle. I asked him if he spits and then the cameras got out and it turned into a moment.
MX: How does your union with Republic Records, differ from the other labels you’ve worked with in the past?
CH: Republic Records are more hands on. Interscope allowed me to do my own thing and then I had Violator managing me. So I had two big conglomerates, but I needed a more hands on approach. I have to be told what you want out of a record. The thing with Republic Records is we haven’t bumped heads yet.
MX: As of late, you’ve become more vocal about your Bipolar Disorder, would you explain your experience with our fan base?
CH: Incredible highs and incredible lows. You can be on top of the world wanting to freestyle every 20 seconds and in the next minute I’m wanting to carve in my arm with a razor. It’s a matter of balancing it all out.
MX: How are you balancing everything?
CH: I get regular sleep , take my medication, and stay out of the mix.
MX: Will being on tour affect you?
CH: No it shouldn’t. I’m ready for it
MX: Was the recording process stressful for you at all?
CH: Not at all I can make any beat magic. I just have to feel comfortable with it. Its what I’ve been working on because the Charles Hamilton sound is very vintage. But the sound that you all will get is very up to date.
MX: Are you looking forward to collaborating with anyone?
CH: Whoever puts their name in the hat.
MX: Who did you collaborate with for your album?
CH: Rita Ora and Laurel is on the EP. We tried to get MC Lyte on the project, she’s my cousin. But our schedules are crazy and retarded.
MX: Can we look forward to seeing you acting more?
CH: Oh boy, I smile a lot when I’m on camera. I don’t know… it can’t be a serious role.
Written by: Tabitha Williams for www. MusicXclusives.com