[Interview] E.Mak – ‘Behind The Mind’ Interview

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  • Fri 24th 2015

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We end our ‘Behind The Mind’ series with an artist who has been a friend and supporter of ours from the beginning of our creation. He is E.Mak, residing in the West side of London he is known for his ability to mix street raps with ‘conscious’ socially aware verses. Here’s Behind The Mind of E.Mak.

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Mitch: What would you say has been the biggest development in your sound since ‘Man In The Middle’?

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E.Mak: I think my biggest development since ‘The Man In The Middle’ mixtape is my delivery. I’ve usually got a message to get across or a point to each song and the lyrics in it. I think I’ve had that even since creating that mixtape, but the way you say things can be just as important as what it is you’re saying, if not more. My overall sound has also developed, because I’m a bit more fearless. The whole singing thing for example, I was doing that on and even before The Man In The Middle mixtape, but I was wary of certain concepts or certain notes, but I’m happy to step out of my comfort zone now I know what I’m trying to achieve with each song.

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Mitch: Describe yourself in 3 words?

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E: In 3 words.. without trying to sound like I’m boasting.. and at the same time not make myself sound too boring; humble, but confident and loyal. I have strong values which will remain.

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 Mitch: What are your ambitions both musically and personally?

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E: Personally, I’m just in pursuit of peace to be honest. I always say comfort is like the enemy and goal, but reaching a certain level of comfort through music is sick. I’d like to be able to live off of my music, I don’t need to be rich or anything, but it’d be great to only work on music as a job. I’d love to do what we’d all love to do and move my mother out, take care of my family and friends. Provide. With living off music also, first and foremost I aim to connect with people. I’m not always the best at taking compliments, but when someone lets you know that your song or message helped them to get through a hard time, or to remain focussed for example the feeling is mad! When the listener shares a similar passion as the creator of the music there’s a special connection.

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M: What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry/ doing music?

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E: My biggest lesson learned from doing music.. Probably to stay focussed and believe in yourself regardless, but life teaches you that I guess. It sounds crazy, but it can actually help with communication, the way you articulate certain things. You have to have a ‘thick skin’ and be confident in your own ability. I’m pretty closed off with people I don’t know or I’m unsure of so it has put me in positions where I have to be a bit more social which is good.. I’m not the best at socialising online, but in person I’m cool.

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.M: What does 6FM offer that you don’t think you’d have if you weren’t part of the collective?

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E: Being a part of 6FM is a source of motivation, I’m around a lot of talented people. We all move at our own pace, but I think we’re all aware everyone is hard.. So if you don’t keep up you can easily get left behind. If I wasn’t a part of the collective I’m not sure what I wouldn’t have, because I was cool and connected with some of the people years before I joined. I wouldn’t have that feeling of being a part of something or representing something other than myself. I wouldn’t have the studio I work at with 6ix and Jovis. Some of the relationships probably also wouldn’t be as strong as they are, seeing people between 4-7 times a week even if it’s while being in the studio you naturally have conversations and build stronger relationships with the people around you.

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M: Name one member of 6FM who you don’t think gets as much recognition as they deserve?

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E: I’m really starting to believe that everything has a time, and when it’s your time the people will realise. For some of us, we just haven’t done enough. It’s that simple. Me and Twitch for example sometimes talk on subjects that demand a certain level of concentration while listening which isn’t always easy on the listener. Chris Andoh is a genius who will get his dues very soon. Everyone is sick, we just have to do more. Across the camp most of the music seems to be where it needs to be, we have to lock down the other factors. Music is the core, but not the complete package.

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 M: What are you currently working on? 

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E: I’m currently working on an EP. I have a lot of songs and one possibly two singles ready.

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We end our ‘Behind The Mind’ series with an artist who has been a friend and supporter of ours from the beginning of our creation. He is E.Mak, residing in the West side of London he is known for his ability to mix street raps with ‘conscious’ socially aware verses. Here’s Behind The Mind of E.Mak.

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Mitch: What would you say has been the biggest development in your sound since ‘Man In The Middle’?

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E.Mak: I think my biggest development since ‘The Man In The Middle’ mixtape is my delivery. I’ve usually got a message to get across or a point to each song and the lyrics in it. I think I’ve had that even since creating that mixtape, but the way you say things can be just as important as what it is you’re saying, if not more. My overall sound has also developed, because I’m a bit more fearless. The whole singing thing for example, I was doing that on and even before The Man In The Middle mixtape, but I was wary of certain concepts or certain notes, but I’m happy to step out of my comfort zone now I know what I’m trying to achieve with each song.

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Mitch: Describe yourself in 3 words?

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E: In 3 words.. without trying to sound like I’m boasting.. and at the same time not make myself sound too boring; humble, but confident and loyal. I have strong values which will remain.

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Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 13.56.57

\r\n

 Mitch: What are your ambitions both musically and personally?

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E: Personally, I’m just in pursuit of peace to be honest. I always say comfort is like the enemy and goal, but reaching a certain level of comfort through music is sick. I’d like to be able to live off of my music, I don’t need to be rich or anything, but it’d be great to only work on music as a job. I’d love to do what we’d all love to do and move my mother out, take care of my family and friends. Provide. With living off music also, first and foremost I aim to connect with people. I’m not always the best at taking compliments, but when someone lets you know that your song or message helped them to get through a hard time, or to remain focussed for example the feeling is mad! When the listener shares a similar passion as the creator of the music there’s a special connection.

\r\n

M: What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry/ doing music?

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E: My biggest lesson learned from doing music.. Probably to stay focussed and believe in yourself regardless, but life teaches you that I guess. It sounds crazy, but it can actually help with communication, the way you articulate certain things. You have to have a ‘thick skin’ and be confident in your own ability. I’m pretty closed off with people I don’t know or I’m unsure of so it has put me in positions where I have to be a bit more social which is good.. I’m not the best at socialising online, but in person I’m cool.

\r\n

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 13.58.12

\r\n

.M: What does 6FM offer that you don’t think you’d have if you weren’t part of the collective?

\r\n

E: Being a part of 6FM is a source of motivation, I’m around a lot of talented people. We all move at our own pace, but I think we’re all aware everyone is hard.. So if you don’t keep up you can easily get left behind. If I wasn’t a part of the collective I’m not sure what I wouldn’t have, because I was cool and connected with some of the people years before I joined. I wouldn’t have that feeling of being a part of something or representing something other than myself. I wouldn’t have the studio I work at with 6ix and Jovis. Some of the relationships probably also wouldn’t be as strong as they are, seeing people between 4-7 times a week even if it’s while being in the studio you naturally have conversations and build stronger relationships with the people around you.

\r\n

M: Name one member of 6FM who you don’t think gets as much recognition as they deserve?

\r\n

E: I’m really starting to believe that everything has a time, and when it’s your time the people will realise. For some of us, we just haven’t done enough. It’s that simple. Me and Twitch for example sometimes talk on subjects that demand a certain level of concentration while listening which isn’t always easy on the listener. Chris Andoh is a genius who will get his dues very soon. Everyone is sick, we just have to do more. Across the camp most of the music seems to be where it needs to be, we have to lock down the other factors. Music is the core, but not the complete package.

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 M: What are you currently working on? 

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E: I’m currently working on an EP. I have a lot of songs and one possibly two singles ready.

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