The Music District Mic Check series invites you to go behind-the-scenes and beyond the music with intimate conversations featuring some of your favorite musicians and industry insiders.

On May 5, 2018, legendary rapper and producer Del the Funky Homosapien & producer/DJ Amp Live sat down for an interview with veteran hip hop journalist Kyle Eustice (Wax Poetics, The Source, HipHopDX, Vice, Smart Minds) for the Music District Mic Check series.

Del and Amp Live discussed their creative roots, musical upbringings and what making music has taught them over the years.

They shared their opinions on the influence of social media on music and culture, how streaming has changed the industry, and the impact of Kanye West’s most recent public statements.

Del and Amp Live come from different places, make art differently, and – fun fact – never actually made music in the studio together. They don’t always agree on all points, but they both drove home the same core idea: Stay true to yourself and make something that is you and that you enjoy.

Here is the full interview:

Amp Live (of Zion I) found his place in music at a young age, being exposed to myriad musical influences. Growing up in San Antonio, TX, he was surrounded by country music, integrated himself in the local punk scene, collected hip hop mixtapes from his cousins, and was expected by his parents to attend at least two classical music performances a month.  According to him, he just “has to make music or [he] wouldn’t be happy.”

Del (of Hieroglyphics, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz) began his career as a visual artist before diving into music. “…But If you really trying to draw something it takes hella long…It was much quicker to make a beat than like, draw some transformers or something.” Fielding some help from his cousin Ice Cube (yes, really), Del quickly developed a cult following that started on the west coast and soon grew across the globe.

Check out their new collaborative album “Gate 13”.

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