Xxxchange conducted by Todd E. Jones  

XXXChange Says, 'YoYoYo!' to Spank Rock

July 2006

MVRemix: Eminem.

Xxxchange: Emo.

MVRemix: Public Enemy.

Xxxchange: Chuck D. Xxxchange interview

MVRemix: Little Brother.

Xxxchange: So ten years ago.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Xxxchange: Tribe.

MVRemix: MF Doom.

Xxxchange: Danger Mouse.

MVRemix: De La Soul.

Xxxchange: Prince Paul.

MVRemix: Jimi Hendrix.

Xxxchange: Mitch Mitchell.

MVRemix: Rakim.

Xxxchange: Eric B.

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Xxxchange: Back To The World.

MVRemix: Billy Holiday.

Xxxchange: Baltimore.

MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.

Xxxchange: Blank.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Xxxchange: Poison.

MVRemix: Who are your biggest influences?

Xxxchange: My musician and DJ friends, probably more than any one artist.

MVRemix: What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your career?

Xxxchange: Work hard and don't sign anything without a lawyer.

MVRemix: Favorite films?

Xxxchange: 'Repo Man', 'O Brother Where Art Thou', The Beatles documentary.

MVRemix: What is a typical day like for you?

Xxxchange: I usually wake up at 8 or 9 AM, make beats, or do remixes until 1 PM. Then, I do errands or visit my dad, who has Parkinson's disease. Then, sometimes, I'll do some more music at night or go out with my girlfriend and my friends. Either that, or we're on tour or doing a show somewhere.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions do you think people have of you?

Xxxchange: That we are sexist.

MVRemix: Are you in a romantic relationship these days? How have touring, recording, and the hip-hop lifestyle affected your relationship?

Xxxchange: Being on the road is hard on my relationship, but so far, it's working out. I try and spend a lot of time with my girlfriend, when I'm home.

MVRemix: What do you look for in a woman?

Xxxchange: They have to be smart and love music & art. They have to like my cooking.

MVRemix: Do you get along with your parents? What do they think about your music?

Xxxchange: My parents have always been supportive of me and my music making, but lately, my family thing has been very stressful and demanding. My mom died last May 2005 and my dad is very sick, so I have to plan music stuff around my obligations to him. My dad doesn't like the music I'm doing now, but he is happy that my career is going well.

MVRemix: What would you want on your epitaph?

Xxxchange: Lately, I've been so close to death and disease, in my family, that I really can't afford to think about stuff like this because it's just too depressing.

MVRemix: Are there any collaborations fans should look out for?

Xxxchange: Maybe something with Mode Selektor from Germany. Possibly, some stuff with The Death Set from Australia. Also, maybe something with Best Fwends from Denton. It's all up in the air, right now. We're trying to keep it in the family.

MVRemix: What's next?

Xxxchange: More touring, remixing, and we're psyching ourselves up to begin work on a new Spank Rock record.

MVRemix: Final words?

Xxxchange: Shout out to BBC Sound System and everybody else from Baltimore who's supported us.

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