I am all over Sugur Shane. I first heard “Buddah Vs Sugur” through the Qween Beat Soundcloud, and thought “DAMN”. So I emailed MikeQ, head of this savage label and asked about Sugur. He hooked us up and here we are. As someone who loves attitude, Sugur Shane’s music is exactly the kind of stuff I can’t get enough of. I am 100% behind his My Night With Peter & Junior release (digital or CD) and I’m so excited to chat with him today. In addition to this interview, he’s given Disco Droppings an exclusive download of “Sexy Heels Freestyle”.
DD First off, I get so hyped on your music! The attitude, the energy and the power you showcase really gets my goin’. Could you talk about your influences on “My Night With Peter & Junior”? There’s a combination of Peter Rauhofer, Junior Vasquez, ballroom culture, house classics, and rap battling all melded into one. I’m interested in what these various things mean to you?
SS Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy it. Well Peter & Junior are the reasons I fell in love with house music. When I was 18 first stepping into the legendary Roxy nightclub of NYC, it totally changed me. I went religiously every Saturday; sometimes I would just sit on a speaker and feel the bass. As far as ballroom culture, a couple tracks of course have that theme and then the infamous “ha” we used. Rap Battling is my style for rapping. I have a huge love for house music but also hip-hop. I hate when people make the mistake of calling me a commentator or ballroom artist. It just shows you how much research they have done on me, NONE. At the end of day, I’m not commentating on my songs, I’m rapping. I always wanted to do a mixtape with house music classics. When I became a part of Qween Beat, I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. So I took all of my influences and merged them into one project.
DD To follow up, how do you feel your music distinguishes itself from your influences? I would say you have your own thing going on.
SS I’m glad you said that! I feel the same exact way. You can definitely hear the influences, but I know how to make it my own. Also I’m always evolving, and learning to make sure my music remains fresh.
DD Did you collaborate with a producer on this release? You’ve mentioned the producer Get Em..
SS I mainly worked with my producer Get Em on this release. I included some older tracks of mine which were produced by Jay R (Qween Beat), DJ Exclusive(PKE), and DJ Nakaifma (Bamabounce). B. Lee of Hustler Records mixed and mastered two of those tracks. The feature info and production credits can be found on the tracklisting artwork.
DD The execution of your voice in these tracks is phenomenal. How long have you been at this, both as a rapper and producer? At this point, it sounds very realized.
SS I’ve been recording and releasing music since late 2004-05. My first release on a record label was in 2010 on E0N5/Kult Records.
DD What does a Sugur Shane show look like? Take us into the environment you aim to create.
SS A Sugur Shane show is FUN! I like to have a lot of fun and engage in my audience. I want them to have the time of their life, so after I’m done they are asking when the next show is. So far so good, I’m happy that I have succeeded with that so far. The response has been overwhelming. To give you a little insight, I like to have a theme for my show. Different segments etc. I’m also big on shock value, so I like to have some performances & remixes handy for my show.
DD There’s a music video for your “Qween Beat Attack Intro” track. What was the process like getting that together, and how involved are you in the direction and style of the video?
SS The process of that is draining but fun. I’m an independent artist, which means I’m also a walking record label. Everything you see from the photo shoots, music videos, marketing even down to booking shows is all me. One of my partners in my company Got Rush Ent helped me shoot that music video. We did the shooting together as well as for all my videos. I’m very hands on when it comes to everything. I control the direction I want to take and so forth. I have a recording studio and also photography studio equipped with a green screen. By time we were done, all it needed was editing.
DD What do plan on accomplishing next? I truly wish you all the best, know that your tracks will be getting support from me in Seattle!
SS I’m glad to hear that. What’s next? I have many projects in the works right now. I worked with quite a few producers on some tracks. I have a remix EP in the works with a crazy roster for production. Two bitchy house music tracks sitting to be released later this year. OH! And the mixtape is not going away. I’m doing several other music videos for the mixtape. I feel I still have much more ground to cover, the mixtape is way to good to let sit.
– Jimi Jaxon