At first mention, you will be forgiven for thinking the name is reference to the pantsula All Star wearing quartet who share the name in plural form though. After listening to Trompie’s work the forgiveness is thrown out, pay your overdue respect to one of the most influential Pretoria sound engineer/producer/remixer of note. With his catalog of discography an envy for some producers who have been in the game same time as he has, you can only just nod and bow in his presence.
Worked with Maliq on the 5 star rated mixtape in Hype Magazine, Hakeem Anderson aka Flex Boogie has had his work pass Trompie’s Midas hands, recently dropped a story telling mixtape by Ondaground “Life in Retrospect Side A” and no one can forget Condor Music, his production on Ill Skillz “Back to the Streets”, the banger that was ripped to shreds by Mothipa and X-Rate under the alias BMP and the controversial “Bumpdigidy JHB remix”… ladies and gents lets hear it from the Attredgville native himself. Dev…
You are one of Pretoria’s most respected hip hop pioneers, in your opinion what would it take for PTA cats to be recognized SA wide and beyond the rainbow nation borders?
*On the real, some of them need to stop acting like pricks, we need that united forefront. That way, we can start building. Otherwise, we always have some sort of footing in the world cuz we do good music.
You have to do this for us, we know you as Trompie. What name appears on your ID and birth certificate?
*Stephen B Letsike …
We’ve heard the “bling like the Neptune sound”, the cut voice clips by DJ Premier, and the apparently difficult drum pattern by Lex Luger. What would you say is the Trompie signature?
*Either when you hear “Bang the keys Trompie”, nice rhodes either/or Hard drums, know that its ON. I want to be best in all I do and learn, no need to align myself to any signatures. Let people judge that.
Production and mixing you rated amongst the best, what is your equipment for your work, your artillery?
*Pro Tools with my Digi 002 rack or Mbox Pro
Hip-hop in SA is growing by leaps and bounds; there is some recognition by the major players. Same time there is fears of hip hop losing its authenticity and flooded with fakes, braggers and liars just for that lucrative deal. How do we strike a balance?
*I always say this, how about some initiative, fronting and egos?
“You can have it” the song is doing well on Hip Hop PowerNights chart and at the time I type this the video is going through final edit. Follow up plans, upcoming singles we should look out for, album maybe?
*People wont believe when I say that there is no formula, yet my strategy is, do simplicity and be innovative.
I’m certain you have been asked who are your influences in production, I’m gonna twist it a bit. Which producers, SA wise, have your respect?
*Starting it off, 37Mph, Towdee and Nyambo … these are who I respect! I believe people should earn the respect, otherwise, none would be received from me. I like a lot of producers tho.
“The Bumpdigidy (JHB remix)” was released at a time when “Stay Scheming” was SA cats latch on to beat with 5 remixes of it going round on Twitter and blogs. The artwork said, “You can stay scheming while we rap” and the line “nice cats who actually rap”. It was said it’s a subliminal to the Stay Scheming remixes. Your view on this please.
* I never understood what people were on about remixing overseas songs while there is a pool of songs that can be remixed on our shores. Im from a Dj’ing era and since the new skool never got to experience “white labels”, I think they need to so that their knowledge can exceed. The sad part is that, the same people and their fans, complain that SA music is not pumped enough on our radios and TVs, forgetting that they themselves shove back same overseas crap back to the listeners.
Another sad part is, most of these remixes suck, they steal original artist’s flows and rhyme schemes and worst of all, they try ride on their waves.
Now back to “bumbdigidy remix”, the song has in its entirety, over 5000 listens+downloads. Its South African and best off, it got Playlisted on a couple of radio stations. I contacted Explicit for the remix first before anyone else, he slept on it, but later he sent me mail telling me that its gonna be put on with two of his fav rappers. Working with Explicit was that old skool feel where we use the ways we can communicate to have something stronger. All that mattered was time and when I explained to him that the time has arrived, he understood. I think we did good with this remix, an Im also proud of the initial remix by Roach inc Collective. Most importantly, I give thanks to working with PdotO, we birthed a classic monster.
Quick one twos…
Benni or Nomvethe
Meagan Good or Beyoncé
Hugh Masekela or Caiphus Semenya
Touch decision, but Caiphus
Jeep or Range Rover
Arent they from same company? Well, Range it is then.
Morning person or Evening person
If Grandmaster Flash was the Zeus of hip-hop, handed you his crown and said, “For a day you rule over hip hop. You can create, destroy, perish or even accentuate the land of hip hop” what would be the THREE things you would do?
*I’d honestly say, to hell with him.. I take orders from GOD, let HIM do what he wants with me, I aint here to rule, but deliver something through me.
Salute to Trompie (iamtrompie.tumblr.com) for taking time out to getting grilled by the nerd