HCP (redzone) INTERVIEW WITHSAT QM8
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REDZONE MASTER (hardcorepromo.com): Where you from?
SATQM8: FUNKADELPHIA (philly if ya don't know.)
R: What crews/crew you with?.
S: I MAINLY PUSH QM8 & AFU. QM8 IS A CREW THAT WAS STARTED BY PKAY & SNOW FROM NEW JERZ IN THE EARLY 90'S. AFU WAS STARTED BY MY MAN SEIZE IN THE MID-80'S.
R: When did you become involved with graffiti?
S: I FIRST GOT INVOLVED IN GRAFF AROUND 83-84'. I HAVE AN OLDER BROTHER "KARE" WHO WOULD COME HOME FROM SCHOOL WITH THESE ILL BLACKBOOKS. HE WAS IN LIKE 8TH GRADE, MOST OF THE SHIT THAT I COULD REMEMBER WAS BREAKIN' RELATED. THIS IS WHEN HIP-HOP WAS GETTING REAL BIG IN PHILLY. AT THAT TIME, EVERY KID IN THE HOOD WOULD EITHER BE A WRITER OR A BREAKER.
R:What were you doing?
S: I WAS INTO BOTH.I WAS ONLY LIKE 9 OR 10.
R: Thatís a nice age to get involved.
R: Who were your favorite artists when you became involved with graffiti?
S: IN THE BEGINNING THEIR WAS SOME HEADS IN MY HOOD - RIOS, LM, DERM, JD, MJ...THEY HAD MAD SHIT AROUND THE AREA. THEN LATER MY BRO BROUGHT THIS CAT BRAZE BY THE HOUSE AND HE WAS JUST ON SOME OTHER SHIT. HE HAD THE ILLEST STYLE. EVEN BEFORE THEM I REMEMBER SEEING THE WALL OF FAME ON 76 FOR THE FIRST TIME - IT HAD CREDIT, MR, .BLINT, DEADHEAD, ZIGGY, MB, SUX AND THE AMAZING ESTRO JOINT WITH THE SPACE SHIP. THATS WHY I LOVED KILLIN HIGHWAYS.
R: Well who influenced you the most?
S: THE ICY CREW WAS A BIG INFLUENCE. THEY HAD THE BEST PEICERS & THEY WOULD DO THE ILLEST PRUDUCTIONS, AND AT THE TIME THERE WERE ONLY A COUPLE HEADS DOIN SHIT LIKE THAT, EZ & PEP, PIZAZZ, MB, ETC. ICY TOOK IT TO THE NEXT SHIT. SUROC, ESPO, DAZER, & MAC - THEY WERE THE SHIZ. OTHER WRITERS THAT INFLUENCED ME AND STILL DO ARE KAD, SPEL, DUST, DEM, SEF, NEW, MET, ENEM, ESDE, SERE, ICER, SPEED L.A.(FOR PUTTINí DOWN WITH SOFT CAPS) AND THE MOVIE STYLEWARS.
R: Yeah Kad and ENEM still get around, and the whole ESPO saga that erupts every once in a while, who knows where that's goin'. So who are your favorite artists now?
S: TO NAME A FEW...PRE, SNOW, CES & SEEN.
R: SEEN likes do-dads.
R: Were you more of a piecer or more of a tagger?
S: CANT DO ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. THEY BOTH GIVE ME A HIGH.
R: What gives you ideas when youíre piecing?
S: MY IDEAS COME FROM THE CLASSIC YEARS OF GRAFF. THAT WAS A GOOD TIME FOR ME.IM NOT TRYING TO DO SOME CRAZY SHIT, JUST CLASSIC.
R: Iím lucky I caught the beginning of the 90ís, and up to the mid/late 90ís, '97 even, but that might be pushin it. So you rock the freestyle, or bring along a sketch?
S: MOST OF MY EARLIER STUFF WAS ALL FREESTYLE, BUT LATELY IíVE BEEN USING OUTLINES.
R: What are your advantages/disadvantages?
S: MY ADVANTAGES I GUESS IM PRETTY CLEAN AND IM INTO LETTERING & CONNECTIONS. MY DISADVANTAGES ARE THAT I TAKE TO FUCKINí LONG.
R: It's better to take your time if the time's there, but you donít wanna be on a rooftop or somethiní like that for too long; ya never know whoĎs creepiní around. You think itís better to have terrible graff skills, but have a lot of rep? Or is it better to have amazing graff skills with just a little rep?
S: I GIVE MAD RESPECT TO THE BOMBERS WHO HAVE REP....BUT THE REALITY IS HEADS WANT TO SEE BOTH. I KNOW I DO.
R: When you went out writing, did you go with others, or by yourself?
S: ALL THE MAJOR SHIT IíVE DONE HAS BEEN WITH MY MAN PRAEZ, BUT I HAVE WENT ON THE SOLO TIME TO TIME.
R: Ha, I remember lookin for the new stuff you and Praez would put up. We always looked for you guys, and the Krime and Kez crew - AIS. You get nervous when writing?
S: ALWAYS! BUT THATíS THE HIGH, THATíS WHY I DID IT!
R: What you think about legal walls?
S: LEGAL WALLS ARE KOOL, THEYíRE LIKE A BBQ WITH YOUR BOYS, GET ON AND BUG OUT. BUT I DONíT THINK THEY ARE FOR EVERYBODY....YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING TO EARN THAT SHIT...ITS LIKE A PENSION.
R: Yeah, thatís true. How do you feel about the new writers of today and is graff anything like it used to be?
S: IT'S HARD FOR CATS WHO LIVED IN THE ERA I HAVE. IT WAS THE SHIT - AND IT WILL NEVER BE THAT WAY AGAIN. IíM NOT MAD AT THE NEW HEADS, THEY'RE DOINí THEIR THING. THEY CANT HELP THAT THEY WERN'T AROUND. THEY'RE DOIN THE BEST THEY CAN WITH LITTLE THEY HAVE. THE LAWS WEREN'T AS ILL AS THEY ARE NOW...MUCH RESPECT.
R: They gotta step it up a notch though. graf seems to be going in a different direction. What do you think graffiti of today is focused on, and how is it different from the past?
S: I THINK HEADS TAKE GRAFF TOO SERIOUS NOW; LIKE ITS A RELIGION. I ALWAYS DID IT AS A RELEASE FROM REALITY. KIDS FOCUS TOO MUCH ON WHOíS KEEPINí IT REAL. IF YOUR INTO THIS ON ANY LEVEL YOUR REAL.
R: I never understood the whole real thing, always thought it was a dumb saying. I also thought graf was about unity, but nowadays - writers hate too much, and don't have enough fun. So, what do you think graf is gonna become in 20 years or so?
S: IM SEEING IT NOW EVERYWHERE I GO! GRAFF IS IN ALL FORMS OF ADVERTISING, THE BUS ADS, WHERE YOU THINK THEY GOT THAT IDEA?! I SEE IT IN EVERY DAY LIFE. THE GOVERNMENT CANíT BEAT US...THEYíRE GONNA HAVE TO JOIN US.
R: I always see political stickers, and I mean everywhere. Them people get more rep then some writers do, itís sickening.
R: Allright, with all the bashiní aside, how has graffiti changed/influenced your life?
S: GRAFF MADE ME WHO I AM. IT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BE INDEPENDENT IN THE WORK PLACE. IíM AN ESTABLISHED DJ/PRODUCER. MOST OF THE CONNECTIONS I MADE WERE THROUGH OTHER GRAFF WRITERS.
R: See, graff does do good for some people..hahaha. Do you regret having graffiti become part of your life?
S: NOT AT ALL. ITíS STILL A MAJOR PART.
R: Do you ever plan to stop?
S: WELL IíLL ALWAYS BE DOINí SOMTHING; IíM HERE FOREVER.
R: Good to hear. So whatís the future hold for SAT ONE concerning graffiti?
S: IM PUTTINí A GRAFF INFLUENCE IN EVERYTHING I DO, WHETHER ITíS IN MY TRACKS, ALBUM COVERS, OR VIDEO SETS, ITS GONNAí BE THERE.
R: Whatís your favorite thing about graff?
S: THAT FEELINí YOU GET AFTER YOU JUST KILLED SOME SHIT.
R: What a rush... With all that aside, is there anything you would like to add that we didnít cover?
S: YEAH, BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR
WE GOT SOME HOT SHIT COMING. ALL OUR COVERS ARE DONE BY WRITERS - SOME COLLECTORS SHIT! BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR SAT - ONE PRESENTS: PACEWON & YOUNG ZEE, KAMACHI (FEATURING JAZZY JEFF), KMD, JUICE, DROM, JAPHIA LIFE, & THE READY ROCK COMPILATION - ALL DUE OUT THIS SPRING.
R: Well, SAT, itís been cool, hope work and everything else goes cool. Thanks for stoppiní by!
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