Myron Mayhem - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman
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Years In The Making
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12 long years, that is how long Myron Mayhem has been producing. While the name may not be familiar, Myron is a student of the game. From 1994 to 2005 he has released 20 to 25 solo beat projects, and that number keeps growing every year. MVRemix feels Myron Mayhem is the type of producer you need to get familiar with. So pay attention.
MVRemix: Let's start from the beginning. Where were you born and raised? What was it like growing up there over the years?
Myron: I was born in New York, and eventually I went to live with relatives out of state for a while. Then I went to collage in Wisconsin, and after that I moved back to New York where I live now. My mom raised my half sister & I alone, I never knew my dad, I grew up dumb poor but my moms is a strong woman and managed to keep me alive long enough to maybe see things different.
MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?
Myron: (Smiles) I would say Sugar Jill Gang’s "Rappers Delight" and "The Message: from Grandmaster Flash. Or Herbie Hancock's "Rocket", but that's too easy! When I first really felt hip-hop, like down in my leg bones inside my eggnoggen was T-La Roc’s "Breakin' Bells". I don't even know where I was, I only remember the music. It's like nothing else even mattered when I heard that song for the first time. You have to remember, in the pioneering days of hip-hop it was about being original, everything sounded totally new because it was.
MVRemix: What was the one album you listened to over and over as a child?
Myron: One of the first records I ever owned was Big Daddy Kane - with
Raw & Ain't No Half Stepin’
MVRemix: How did you first get into beat making and DJing?
Myron: I was about 14 when I got my 1200's (Turntables). Instead of having a bike like most 13 year old kids, I wanted turntables and an EMU SP-1200. It’s all I thought about I went to sleep at night, and a year later half of my dream had come true. At 16 I had both. One year later I bought my most important piece of equipment and I’ve been making beats ever since. Oh the most important piece of equipment…sorry also top secret. I've always incorporated elements of Djing into my beat making, so regardless of the concept I remain close to the foundation.
MVRemix: I read in your profile that you used to DJ at the Paramount, where people like Guru, Smif N Wesson and Jeru used to perform. Tell us about that and what it was like?
Myron: At that time I was the house DJ. I also was producing a group that performed there once a week. It was cool I don’t respect fame, I respect talent and all those cats are mad talented at what they do for sure.
MVRemix: How would you differentiate the era of Hip Hop you grew up in and the era we are in now?
Myron: I think any head that’s lived threw my era of hip-hop can’t help but be disappointed when he/she looks around and sees some of the things happening in the name of hip-hop. The era I grew up in gave birth to a culture who’s art form gives a voice to those who may not otherwise not have one. Hip-hop is not a brand name. In the underground there’s a lot jumping off right now so I suppose, there’s at least a couple of ways to look at it. For those who love real hip-hop there’s maybe more going on then ever, but with that comes every I wanna be rich & famous no talent asshole & his Casio having punk friends.
MVRemix: I also read in your profile that you member of Mensa, an organization for people whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population.
Myron: First I have to say on a side note, that while most people may look and see a gift, for me there’s a lot more baggage that goes with it. I'd go as far to say the positives just barely outweighs the negative. There’s a lot I can’t even speak about here, but I can say this much intellect is one thing, addiction is something else. For some the two go hand in hand. As for Mensa I belong to the New York chapter. The Society has people from all walks of life ages backgrounds and socioeconomic ranks. (poor people that’s me) The thing we all have in common is our intellect. Within the chapter there are groups designated to specific or non specific problem solving and analytical Dissertation. Lately I haven’t had time to go because I'm working on a new project witch takes up any extra time I have.