Captain Ahab had his great white whale, and I had Tech N9ne. I first met Tech at SXSW back in 2008 (back when indie music really mattered there). We chopped it up for a few at a Chingo Bling symposium and we were going to interview, but stuff got hectic and we didn’t get it on the tape. Since then, I started my own site, interviewed tons of people from all walks of life but never got the interview face to face.
We value the independent artist here at Planet Ill, and Tech N9ne, who goes as far as to even own the warehouse where the CD’s are pressed, is the epitome of the indie ideal, particularly in the Hip-Hop space. You can have Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Tech is the ultimate when it comes to controlling your music destiny. Since 2008, I’ve reviewed a few of his albums, caught him live in concert and interviewed him by phone.
But there is something to be said for looking your subject in the eyes and reading their body language and the dance that is interviewing is an entirely different animal when it’s face to face. And last week, while Tech was in town with his Strange Music crew and Freddie Gibbs I got my white whale. Tech stopped through Charlotte on his current tour and sat down with us to talk family, music, Murs and the business of Strange Music. Please enjoy. Planet Ill presents Tech N9ne: The Strangeulation Interview