Music Q&A:
Dubbul O

With new release Smoka-motive out now, the Room2 Records artist says his music is inspired by Manchester and its people

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What informs your music and writing?
Manchester and the people in it, first and foremost, and the universe and all its other inhabitants come a close second. Beat selection is important as an MC and working with different producers from the label, such as Kydro, Clay, Pro-P, Mankub to name a few. So mostly music but also cartoons.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I am a solo artist but also collaborate with various acts such as The Mouse Outfit, Mothership Connection and Voodoo Black. I’m also keen to work with different producers and artists too. The work on my latest EP Smoka-Motive with Kydro and Mankub has been great. It’s been really interesting learning different ways of putting together a project and promoting its release. Mankub produced the beats for this project and Kydro has overseen the mixing and mastering, in a kind of exec role. There is a good mix of styles on the record and an awesome feature from special guest vocalist/MC Tyler Daley from Children of Zeus.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m currently on a winter tour with The Mouse Outfit and I’m working on a few more projects. Now we have this EP wrapped up and a music video complete to coincide with the release. I’m beginning work on my next record with my boy Clay, a labelmate at Room2, and there is more Mothership Connection and Voodoo Black music surfacing.

What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
I just try to embrace every minute I’m on stage or in the booth but also the discipline and the joy it brings to my life.

What’s on your rider?
Beeeer! Gotta have some rum as well but just buff beer.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I once almost drove a mate’s car off a cliff. Social narcotics influence, mad choices. Ha!

What song do you wish you’d written?
Erm! None really to be honest apart from my own. Ha!

What’s your worst lyric?
You will have to get back to me on that one. I only remember the good ones.

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