Whether playing sold out King Tut’s, performing at T in the Park or releasing the critically acclaimed album, “Drums. Rap. Yes”, you can’t help but be impressed by rising hip-hop stars Hector Bizerk.
So before they play the Market Bar on the 1st of March, we caught up with them to have a chat.
You received some very nice words from Grandmaster Flash, how did it feel to be supporting him last month?
It was nice to play with Flash once again. I actually supported him in 2006 and he was quite reserved. This time round he was friendlier and genuinely blown away by our music. it was nice to have such a solid endorsement from one of the original creators of hip-hop.
The Skinny’s recent review described you as “using the scene’s history and vernacular to create relevant music with universal appeal, becoming one of the most exciting live bands in Scotland in the process.” No pressure then?
Ha! Aye, that was a review of our first gig of 2013. I suppose we don’t feel any sort of pressure because we are just making music we enjoy. We push one another to further our creativity and try to stay quite left field in our approach to song writing. I don’t think we sound like any other band in any other genre and that can only be a positive.
The Skinny gave us a glowing five star review which is testament to how far we have come in this short space of time. We work hard at honing our craft and I think it comes across in our live show that we aren’t fucking around. Some people are sceptical of hip-hop at first but we seem to have a knack of winning over audiences.
How do you account for the praise for your live performances?
I’m unsure. Good inventive music speaks for itself I suppose. We give it everything we’ve got every time we play but it’s not all rosy in the garden…there are inevitably people who haven’t enjoyed our music. That’s just part and parcel of making music people are not necessarily used to hearing.
What do you think of the Scottish Hip-Hop scene at the moment?
Hip-hop is more of a culture than a scene, that’s where it differentiates from other music trads and styles. In this country there is a plethora of talented DJs, Emcees, BBoys and graffiti crews. I think the future is bright for the culture. Mainstream education is starting to take note of all the community based work that has been going on for years. I have been teaching rap and creative writing in schools around the country for a while now and I think that is a step in the right direction away from the common misconceptions that surround hip-hop.
What do you think are the most important elements in your songs?
Can you tell us about the new material you are working on currently?
It’s quite exciting for us to sink our teeth into a follow up album to Drums. Rap. Yes. We have Jen (synth/percussion/backing vocals) and Fraser (bass) on board with us for the writing process this time and it’s nice to have other ideas pitched in too. We will be playing a few new numbers at the gigs in the Highlands and hoping to get the place bouncing!
What have you got planned for 2013?
Our new album is our primary focus and we would like to get out and tour the U.K and Ireland later in the year. We are looking forward to making some more festival appearances and developing our ever growing fanbase of Hectors.
Hector Bizerk will be joining Skeleton Verse and Great White Elephant at the Market Bar on the 1st of March and Crofter Bar, Fort William on the 2nd of March.
Watch Hector Bizerk in action:
Check out the Hector Bizerk website.
You can read our interview from with Skeleton Verse from last year.