10 Questions: The Outerclass (Detax & Loop Faction)

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What’s good lovely people! We’re back at it again with another round of 10 Questions, keeping the questions light and loose to allow the contestants to get creative and expand with their answers. So! This time round we have Cornwall based duo The Outerclass…

1) Contestant, what’s your name, chosen craft and where are you based?
We are The Outerclass – Detax rants and Loop Faction makes beats. Hailing from the darkest depths of the Southwest; Cornwall and Devon.

2) How would you describe your sound?
Loop –
My sound is basic and rugged. I get all my samples and sounds from records, nowadays I’ve built up a good drum library and stuff. Use strictly hardware to make the beats – an MPC2500 and tape deck. I’ve also got an SP303, which I love. Oh and my Moog synth! Generally, I got an ear for ethereal sounding samples. I love that dream like sound, whether it’s a piano or vocal or whatever. That definitely helps shape my sound. I keep it lo-fi…

Detax – When I write bars I put most effort into delivering what I wanna say through rhyme/concept schemes combined with wordplay, and I like to write tracks that carry a message, whether that’s trivial stuff or something mad deep. I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly style/technical flow rapper though. My bars go from political, humorous, deep to dark shit, I like to cover all sorts of subjects and concepts and challenge myself to come up with new ideas I haven’t heard before. I critique hiphop for what it is, which has gotta be done if you’re conscious.. I don’t rap that fast and I’m not really on the double time flex.

3) Who / what do you consider to be the biggest influence on your music?
Detax – When I was in college aged about 16 I started going to the raves and free parties that used to happen really regularly before everyone started (for some reason) paying to go to parties on beaches and fields! It was seeing the oldscool djs and mcs smashing it at these raves that started making me wanna do this music ish! When I was a teenager, a lot of hiphop heads in Cornwall didn’t know UK hiphop was even a thing! No facebook, so free parties were pretty much the only place where I’d meet other heads that spat bars or made beats or that were into music like I was so I’d always come away from a good mash up inspired after meeting some mad characters. So the party scene was probably the biggest thing that made me wanna make music! It’s the vibes that music creates in those moments, nothing like it. Musically I was inspired most by Task Force, Jehst, Non Phixion, Homeboy Sandman. They’re all completely different but I’ve learnt a lot listening to these guys, in my opinion they all pioneer their own sounds and I’ve grown up on this ish! Task Force blew my mind with how deep you can go with lyrics and were the first ever UKHipHop I discovered, Jehst is a master of wordplays and concept flows…, NonPhixion just make the haaaardest rap tracks and bounce off each other so well, real hiphop group! And Homeboy Sandman is unbelievably clever and versatile as a rapper; his lyricism never stops failing to surprise, he literally could rap about anything and on any track and make it dope! Always been a huge fan of the incredible Bustaaaa Rhymes, him and Flipmode was the first stuff I got proper into when I was in my school years.

Loop – As well as obviously getting inspired by listening to good music/beats, the biggest influence on my music is day to day stuff, my surroundings, my pets. Stuff like that, and of course i just get inspired when Im going through records and find a nice sample, that certain sound that catches my ear. I got so many records, most of them your average crate digger wouldn’t look twice at. Country records, classical, compilations, dance records, 45’s, folk, French records, old military records… All sorts. I’ve never spent more than a couple of quid on a record to sample. I like limiting myself in this way, it would be too easy to rip up some soul from the internet and chop that up. Also, I think would lose my sound if I gave myself access to any sample like that, so I’m kind of oldskool I spose.

4) What’s the proudest moment to date for you as an artist?
Detax – Getting all nostalgic.. Playing a set mainstage last year with Mr Grey, Trix and DJ XoneRanger (with zero hours sleep) at a sick little festival called Holifair in Cornwall we been going to since we were young! Huge Vibes!

Loop – Don’t really have a proudest moment. It’s an ongoing thing. I’m just happy that I’m still doing it and will continue. I’m not actively trying to get a bigger name, meet people or do shows so don’t really have a proudest moment in that sense.

5) Do you have any advice for our readers who maybe trying to play the mad game of music?
Detax – Don’t look to replicate the style/sound that’s big right now. Stick to your guns and be fresh!

6) Name 3 people you would love to work with and why?
Loop –  People I would like to work with…… Like minded easy going people. That’s where the good shit comes from. When you can get a vibe going easily, even if it’s just sending files back and forth over the internet. You can’t force music, the vibe’s gotta come naturally! There’s some people I got in mind, hopefully one day we will put something out.

Detax – My favourite US rapper Homeboy Sandman, and I’d love to work on a US collab, I consider him one of the greats.. Not a realistic option but it would be big haha! We’d love to keep working with our homie Joe Burn in the future too, we recently put together something nice which is dropping on the album… I’ve also got a few peeps from Cornwall that are dope artists that I’ve been meaning to work with but been caught up in my own projects, that would be Mr Grey, Bamboo and Lauren Martin (formerly Ladele)! Us lot used to get involved and play gigs and that in Cornwall when it had its own little scene from around 2012-2015, we like to refer to it as the golden age, it’s gone pretty quiet in recent years though, someone’s gotta step up and start something soon! Look out for collabs there in the future tho!

7) What have you got planned for the not so distant future?
Our new album POST-REAL is releasing early-ish 2017 and before then a collab music video we’ll be dropping pretty soon. We are also working on a small project that we’ll be donating all sales towards a charity, something a little different and as relevant as we can make it, but we will say no more on this! Possibly a collaborative project… And Loop is sitting on a few different projects that are coming together including a new instrumental album, so lots more music to come in future!

8) What’s the album you’ve played more than any other?
Loop – Quasimoto, The Unseen
Detax – Task Force, MFTC3

9) What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? And where?
Loop –  When I was a kid saw Jamiriqui at the Plymouth Pavillions in the early 90’s, they let me dance on the stage :D. That and Massive Attack in Bristol last year are my two best gigs.

Detax – First UK hip hop gig I ever saw when I was 18/19. It was Jehst, Micall Parknsun, Sir Smurf and DJ IQ with LG and Biscuit at the Sandsifter in Cornwall, 2008/09. Blew my mind! We ended up playing our first ever gig there as well, great venue.

10) Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Loop – My dog Lord Bobz and the Cats Tina n Trish.
Detax – Aside from all the obvious answers you’d expect.. That would be Rum, Coke and Limes.

Lastly, can you nominate another contestant and provide us with a question for them on your behalf?
Our nomination is the OG – DJ Jabbathakut and our question is – What is the strangest/weirdest moment of your hip hop voyage?

Any last words/shoutouts?
Look out for our new album POST-REAL, we’re looking to release in digital and various physical forms around March! Big up everyone from the Kernow homelands that’ve rolled with us and supported since day 1 and all the new supporters too, muucho love! J

Check out the Outerclass here –