deadwords » interviews 16.06.2012
DEADbeats Vol.1 / Die Künstler / David Vangel

Auch der sympathische Equinox Records Mann David Vangel ist auf unserer Compilation vertreten. Der Kanadier steht für Skaten, instrumentale Musik und energetische Live Performances. Wie man in folgendem, kleinen Interview merkt, nimmt er gerne und ausführlich Stellung zu Themen die ihm wirklich wichtig sind – aber lest selbst…

DEAD: Who is David Vangel?

David Vangel: David Vangel is my name. I used to go by just “Vangel”, but recently added my first name for sex appeal. It’s working. Apart from my name, I’m a dude. I’m very passionate about music and artistry in the widest sense of the word.

DEAD: Since when do you produce and how did you come across making music?

David Vangel: I’ve been producing/making music for about 10 years, on and off, progressively getting more and more serious about my craft. I started before that as an instrumentalist, playing baritone in brass ensembles through school, playing viola with my city’s youth symphony orchestra, and bailing in and out of choirs. My first song writing efforts were mainly as a vocalist, but eventually beat creation and production took over and its been my focus ever since.

DEAD: What does progressive HipHop mean to you?

David Vangel: Shit. It means everything to me. Not the titles themselves, but the concepts behind them. Hiphop to me has always been interwoven in the way i think and go about making music. Even though some of the instrumental stuff I’ve been releasing and writing is technically not hip hop music, it is hiphop as shit to me. Longtime hiphop listeners can make that connection. It’s hiphop in the way the records were dug, the samples were lifted, manipulated, match, pitched, stretched, and morphed to meet the requirements of the conductor. More so, the term “progressive hiphop” is most valid to me when the new music is seemingly unhiphop, but the connection is undeniable. I guess in that sense; hiphop itself is by definition “progressive”.

The “Progress” part, I’m also down with. To me, progress in music is about being inspired, and then going beyond. That landing point for “beyond” may be so abstract, that those that inspired it may not even be able to acknowledge their contribution. I think technology aids us in this generation to maintain the illusion that we are artistically progressing, but i think true progress is founded in ideas and actualization. Again, technology can aid in this, and even be the source of inspiration, but I think we rely too heavily on it instead of seeking examples and precedents in musical history that revolutionized with ideas.

All this being said, I think Progressive HipHop is a poor name choice for a sub-genre; I know it stuck, but I think it’s redundant to say “Future Hiphop inspired by older HipHop”. If your shit is really hiphop, and reflective of hiphop, people will simply call it: “dope” in the future.

DEAD: Any other things that DEAD Magazine readers should know about David Vangel?

David Vangel: I’m friendly. Shoot me an email. Also, I have 2 short songs coming out in the summer on 5 inch postcard vinyl; details to come. I’m proud to be part of the upcoming DEADbeats compilation alongside 2econdClass Citizen, Andreikelos, Factor, and lots of other great artists; details here. Finally, I’m working on a new full-length album for Equinox Records; it’s jazzier than the Breadth Control LP. I have high musical expectations for myself this time around, so I’m grinding the shit out of these songs until they are fine tuned.

Foto(s): Bradley J. Dean