Ladies and gentlemen I present to you all Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins – aka G & D. The multi talented, singing, rapping/producing duo took some time off from the Someothaship to answer a few questions about life, music and the things that lie in between.
1 Congratulations on the release of your new LP The Lighthouse which boasts a range of musical styles and influences. Could you describe the creative process on this particular project? Was there a specific approach in making it?
D – It was purposely done to get a strong message out there. A cumulated message, instead of a separate message. So we could hit’em like a double barrel shotgun. Till we hit’em like GOD – G&D. It was a process of over four years for the record, although we finished the record in . We also had a gang of projects in between, so we sort of shelved it until we were ready. I shelved the record also cause we had a lot of hate about the two of us working together. Our followers sometime differ. So we wanted to squash that and decided to put this album out so people would know what’s up.
2 One element that is always present in your music is the message. Even with the enthralling soundscape, you never let the message get lost in the shuffle. How much of that is an importance in the music?
G – It’s everything. That’s what inspires us to create great sonic scapes.
3 You both have an extensive catalogue; quite enviable to say the least. What are your thoughts on the way music is churned out today, and are we facing a situation where the supply is greater than the demand?
G – No, right now the demand is getting stronger. There is a demand of free expression and black expression and unadulterated expressions. There’s a fight for freedom of expression of African folk throughout the diaspora that needs to be out. That’s the demand were looking to supply. We want to free peoples minds and there’s always a demand for it. Especially when you live in a time like this.
4 How do you balance your music with other obligations – running the label et al?
D – It all goes hand in hand. Our life is our music. Everyday its that. It’s an everyday process. When people go to their 9-5, we do this 24/7. To the point where we often rotate shifts. Georgia will work and I’ll take care of the kids. Then Georgia will take care of the kids and I’ll go to work.
5 Let’s go back in time. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
D – Recording Andsoitisaid with Madlib. Recording Mad Men w/ Kankick. Recording Conversations of Dudley w/ Oh No. Recording Holy Smokes w/ Georgia.
G – When my dad (Ronald Muldrow) taught me how to swing on the drums. Because that was a place where we created this loving enviroment we created within our crazy as life. It was a place that could never be tainted.
6 What was the first instrument you learned how to play?
D – The bong. Seriously though, the piano was the first. I also play a little bit of drums
G – Pots and pans was the first. Drums followed when I was around 9. Right after that i got into piano. The chords to ‘Run Away’, for instance, I wrote when i was 9.
7 What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
G&D – South Africa. We did a show at The Langa Township community centre . The sleep started leaving because of the lyrical content, the awake started coming through the holes in the fence. The true people who lived in that village came through. And the one’s who weren’t from that village left.
G – When the children of the area bumrushed the stage. The was looking straight at us and. I remember when one kid was jamming with us looking straight in our eyes and dancing feirce. To see the youth feeling powerful and feeling joyful. That right there was a moment.
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8 Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
D – Akhenaton. We would eat Kale, fruits and drink lemonade with no sugar that he made in his garden.
G – John & Alice Coltrane – We would eat warm salad. With classical indian music accompanying so we could keep time while they planning. Really whatever they wanted.
9 What ís your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?
D – Speaking to people about the divine presence. Exposing and removing BS on earth.
G – Anthropological research – studying folklore, the link between physics and folklore. I [also] like to window shop for heels!
10 Last words for the audience tuning in.
D – One Light, One Love, One God. War is Hell and War Smells. Love your neighbour like you love yourself.
G – Black Power!