We taking it to T-dot for this latest episode of WIB Meets. We reached out to emcee/producer Notion. Who is half of the Australia born, Canada based duo The Movement Fam. Always on the move, we were privileged to catch the man and chop it up for a few and being the chilled dude that he is, he gives us some exclusive info on several elements about his person and then some.
Sit back and check out the interview below.
Remember to check out his latest project Pride On My Cufflinks and keep your ears and eyes on his upcoming works on WIB.
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the last ten years…who on earth are you?
My name is Notion. I am an Emcee, Engineer, Producer from Melbourne, Australia. Living in Toronto, Canada! What’s good?!
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I first got introduced to Hip Hop by my brother Cee and a friend. Started freestyling by the time I was 14-15 and writing from 16 onwards.
The pure love and excitement I get from hearing a sick bar or a dope beat is priceless to me. Every time. Something about painting a picture with words, or making a kick thump or a snare snap.. sample chop.. you know? That alone is enough to drive a bloke like me. The pursuit of that is what drives me to do it more. Also its seeing another artist get as vibed as I get when they hear the same things in a song, really pumps me up.
Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?
Absolutely. It was a song called “Feel It Comin'”. Never got released though. Lol.
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
All of the times I met/interacted/chilled with idols at shows or festivals. One time I sold trees to Redman in Australia, smoked blunts with Kurupt & Yukmouth of the Luniz at the club, bumped into El Da Sensei in the lift in our hotel room @ A3C, we have blunts, he had weed, classic How High moment. Also the time Cee & I chilled in Bliss N Eso‘s tour bus after opening for them, smoked and played video games & chopped it up.. in both MTL and TO… and just to name a few interactions!! Also some of the amazing drunken fans/crowd members/local bar flies that just stumble around and pretend they’re 20 again. Respect for the LOL’s.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
The awesome people you meet and work with and the experiences you get to have. I’ve had so many amazing opportunities and great times in life solely because of music. I get to travel to cities and towns I’ve never been to or never would of thought of going to because of music. The only thing I would change in the music industry or the way it works, would be ‘that you get paid according to talent’. Then shit would even out REAL quick. Also, not everyone should try to be an artist, we need more fans.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Moving to Canada is definitely been one of the most important.
What have been the biggest highlights?
Moving to Canada!! It’s important and also a highlight lol. Opening up for the likes of Bliss n Eso, Oddisee, Mos Def, or Hilltop Hoods. Honestly all of the big opening spots we have been fortunate enough to do have been amazing. Just grateful for the journey.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
Me. Still working on that.
Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
My heroes are people that have and show courage, and no fear. Risk and sacrifice to get their goals.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
Redman, Crooked I.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
Finally getting it right!
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Opening up for Bliss n Eso. We came out with the Aussie flag, never had so many people go so nuts for us before. So much love in the room. Got beers bought for us from fans, pictures, it was crazy. OR a gig in London we did on The Golden Tour with Relic, Fresh Kils & Ghettosocks. Sold so much merch and gained so many cool new fans. It was just as amazing that a small town in another country went so off for us.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
Not sure if any have been strange… everyone has been super cool and humble. Luckily!
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Devin The Dude. Action Bronson, or B Real. We wouldn’t eat dinner. But I would serve a dish of haze, kush, and sour with every accessory and apparatus necessary. Smoke session.
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
Top 5 Artists
Nas, Phonte, Black Thought, Royce The 5’9″, Jay-Z (old school)
Top 5 Movies
Fight Club, Saving Private Ryan, How High, Friday, Fear Of A Black Hat
Top 5 TV Shows
The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, South Park, Boondocks
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
I have 13,000+ songs on my iPod… I got all the classics lol.
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
My midichlorian count is thru the roof. I can anticipate shit (eg. driving, catching falling objects mid-air). Im basically like a cat.
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
for Twitter & Instagram