M.O.D x FatKidOnFire - Interview #71

M.O.D x FatKidOnFire

Interview #71

It’s been almost two months since we last featured a musician here on FatKidOnFire. We had a few interviews with American hip-hop artists which went down a storm, but tonight sees us talk to someone much closer to home.

Birmingham’s M.o.D first featured here on FKOF in our most recent ‘New Music…‘ post. His track ‘Badman‘ was taken from his fantastic recent mixtape ‘Dangerous Grounds‘ which he’s kindly given away as a free download (click the link to download). Sean from Bogus kindly introduced us last week and we’ve been listening to Dangerous Ground since. It’s awesome. We got in touch with M.o.D and we are stoked to be able to feature him here on FKOF! Peep the interview below and be sure to catch an exclusive track that M.o.D’s given us.

Who is M.o.D? M.o.D stands for ‘Man of the Dream’; I’m all about motivating and encouraging people to go for their dreams – no matter how big or small they may seem. In a sense you can be the man or woman of the dream as well.

What got you into writing rhymes? Poetry played a big part in my life at an early age. My late granddad used to write poetry; it inspired me and I began to write poetry around my last year of primary school so like year 6. I also remember having the game GTA Vice City and hearing the old school raps on there – I even used to recite some of the raps on a daily basis. This slowly developed into me making my own rhymes and then further developed into recording in my own studio which was made up of a desktop PC, wave pad and a telephone microphone. It was like this for a few years which was very frustrating as the quality was laughable! I currently record at Oxygen Studios in Hockley.

What does or will make your music stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the UK grime being dropped these days? I think what will make my music stand out is the truth in it. Everything I speak about has happened, I rarely (if ever) talk about something that hasn’t happened to me – unless I want to make a song which others in a certain position would be able to relate to. I might have to tweek the lyrics slightly in that case.

Who or what influences you in your work? Everyday experiences influence me in my work, for example if I hold the door for someone and they don’t say thank you, that’s an experience which can give me a foundation to start a song. The way I see it, everyone in my life is part of my songs – depending on how we interact depends on the type of song that will come out.

What’s your take on the grime scene at the moment? I think the grime scene is doing well. Songs like ‘Pow 2011‘ are charting and a lot of grime artists are now breaking through and by breaking through I mean being noticed in America. This is a good thing as it puts up and comers like me in a good place.

Where do you see you and your music being in 5 years time? First of all, I see myself alive God willing! If all goes well musically, I see myself picking up a few awards, having a platinum album and touring. I feel like I can give a lot to the people and with the right backing it could be immense!

Where can people expect to catch your music? Catch my music on YouTube, Myspace, Twitter and Facebook. My first official video will be premiering on channel aka and flava sooner than you know it.

Top 5 favourite brands? My top favorite brands are:

  1. Bogus (you guys are sleeping if you don’t know about this streetwear brand)
  2. Trapstar
  3. Stussy
  4. Carhartt and
  5. Nike SB

Shoutouts Shoutout to Bogus first and foremost. Also Kid Candy and all my boys you know who you are.

M.o.D was kind enough to give FKOF an exclusive track which we’ve been listening to on repeat. It’s dope. We’re stoked to have been able to feature M.o.D here on FatKidOnFire, there’s definitely big things in store for him!

M.o.D – Where My People At (free download) by FatKidOnFire

For more information on M.o.D; find him on Myspace, peep him on Youtube, catch him on Twitter and keep up to date with his movements on Facebook.

If you have any thoughts on what M.o.D has had to say, or want to recommend us a new musician or brand you’ve discovered or just want a chat about something you’ve seen on FatKidOnFire drop us a comment via the comments section below or get in touch through emailTwitter or Facebook.