Back in my car for this interview. This time it was on a freezing December night where the thermostat was definitely in the minus figures, so when we got inside I turned the engine on and the AC up to get some heat into the damn thing. You can probably hear that in the interview. I think it lends it a certain ambiance. You are, of course, welcome to disagree.
P.O.S approaches hip hop in a punk rock way. I initially heard him when a friend turned me onto his song ‘De La Souls’, which features Greg from The Bouncing Souls. This was around the time Never Better came out. I got both Never Better and Audition on the same day and was impressed by his approach. Those two albums are mostly loud and abrasive, and both feature contributions from punk rock singers (as mentioned, Greg from the Bouncing Souls, and Jason from Kid Dynamite on a track called ‘Terrorish’ on Never Better). I read an interview at the time which said he was just making hip hop people could skate too. That sums up a lot of what Audition and parts of Never Better sound like. It’s loud, brash, snotty and in your face.
We Don’t Even Live Here came next and he’s right when he calls it a dance party. It’s mostly electronic and it goes hard. It seemed a bit of a left turn to begin with, but like everything else it’s got the same abrasive nature.
His new record chill, dummy is a lot more laid back. It’s also great and we do harp on about closer Sleepdrone/Superposition at length in this interview. I’ve never heard a hip hop song – or any song – like it.
I met him a couple of times when he hit Glasgow to support Never Better. He was the consummate gentleman, of course, and I was just as impressed with his work ethic and ethos as I was his music. When I was thinking of guests I wanted on this podcast before I begab, he was definitely up there. So in a way, talking to him fulfils another long held dream I had for this podcast.
Goals. We all gotta have em.
And so we move to this interview, which is certainly up there with some of the most fun ones I’ve conducted. He was so up for it, really game for a chat and having a bit of a laugh. The whole thing is easy and flows really well. I didn’t even get to look at my questions, instead just riffing as I went. That’s how I know it’s a good interview.
I hope you enjoy it.
Intro: David Szesztay – Combat
Outro: Blue Dot Sessions – Inessential
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