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Jordan River Banks

July 2005

Producer Jordan River Banks is one third of Godz Wrath, the production team slowly making a name for themselves through their work with Tragedy Khadafi, Killah Priest and Hell Razah. While Banks has constructed hits for emcees all over the world, he is influenced by grimy NYC Hip Hop. Jordan River Banks is also one of the owners of Super Charger Records, which released their debut mixtape The Campaign earlier this year. In part three of MVRemix's exclusive interviews with the Super Charger Records staff; we chop it up with Jordan River Banks about being one of the hottest international producers in the game.

MVRemix: I just want to start with some background questions so fans can get toknow the person behind the music. So where were you born and raised, and what was it like growing up there?

Jordan: Amsterdam, central side, a relaxed environment. Not too much stress, a lot of open-minded people around.

MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?

Jordan: All sorts of mixtapes, blunts and graff around the city.

MVRemix: How did you first get into producing?

Jordan: Ive always been making music, whatever style had my attention at that Time. So the moment I got into Hip Hop I had to start doing it myself. I had this synth I used to fuck around with, a record player and a crummy mic on a old Mac so it was on. I made some weak shit.

MVRemix: How did you start to make a name for yourself in this Hip Hop game?

Jordan: Put in work - burning stacks of beat CDs and meeting the right people.

MVRemix: For those who haven't heard your work, how would you describe your sound or style?

Jordan: Dusted, nothing too clean. Everywhere between vintage and futuristic.

MVRemix: What equipment do you use?

Jordan: MPC2KXL, Pro Tools, Kontakt, a MiniKorg and a piano. Some other things too but this is my main setup.

MVRemix: How did the production super group Godz Wrath form?

Jordan: Twann introduced me to M.O.D. and we connected right from the first song we did together, titled 'Godz Wrath' - write it down . That was the start, then Needlez joined us a bit later, also through Twann. Now since recently Ciph's another initiate, he was making beats all along but never really shared that with us - he fits in perfectly.

MVRemix: I see that you are one of Supercharger Records primary owners. What do your responsibilities consist of at the company?

Jordan: Mostly making sure everything sounds as crisp and banging as possible within our means. Ready to burn or cut, and engineering duty.

MVRemix: Tell us about The Campaign Mixtape?

Jordan: We really needed to put something out which would let people know what we've been up to until now. Before that nobody really heard our work, us just being in the studio all the time. It's a selection of tracks we did the last couple of years and of some things which are about to come.

MVRemix: You and Godz Wrath have done a lot of work with The Black Market Militia and company. How did you hook up wit Killah Priest, Tragedy, Hell Raza and that whole crew?

Jordan: MOD knew Shabazz the Disciple through G.I. They had worked together already. We were recording with Shabazz when he introduced us to Priest while they were doing a show here and that's how we connected with BMM. We went out to New York and spent two weeks there recording and mixing.

MVRemix: What is your relationship like with them? Are you their new production team?

Jordan: It does seem as if we will be doing a big part of the tracks on some of their upcoming solo albums. Nothing's official though.

MVRemix: Is it tough working with artists when you are not around be in the studio with them?

Jordan: Generally, in a both a creative and business way yes, but especially the first is no issue in our situation. The people we're working with now are creatively on the same page. The internet is a great way of exchanging projects and we got a lot of things done this way so in a sense; no. I do think that if we would be around the way a lot more work could be done, and that creativity builds when you're together, instead of across an ocean.

MVRemix: What has been the biggest headache for you coming up in this Hip Hop game?

Jordan: Ego's. Too many people are too concerned with themselves, not looking at the bigger picture. You need lots of bricks to build a house. Not one big one

MVRemix: A lot of people feel that people overseas have a better appreciation for Hip Hop than people in America. What are your thoughts on that?

Jordan: I don't know if this has as much to do with appreciation as with mentality. It seems to me that in America people move on quicker, where in Europe people stay loyal to certain artists for a long time. I also think that America has reached a point where Hip Hop isnt seen as a culture anymore but as an industry, and sadly Europes following quickly in the same direction.

MVRemix: A lot of people look at American culture as ignorant or in a negative light, so when you look at America, what do you see?

Jordan: People misguided into forced labour for a giant corporate entity, headed by a deeply corrupted board of directors and CEO.

MVRemix: Who are some of your favourite producers of all time?

Jordan: The short list would be in no particular order Willie Mitchell, David Axelrod, the RZA , Premier, Bo Hansson, Alchemist and Havoc.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?

Jordan: Ill be doing a lot of production for Ciph Barkers upcoming album, Godz Wrath will be doing a lot of work with the Maccabees fam. We are also trying to put out some instrumental vinyl's. Besides that, Im focussing on sound for picture, surround mixing, etc.

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