Welcome to BURR. Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar.
In this series, Brighton hip-hop DJ, Matt ‘Brickcellphone’ Leppier, is chatting to some of the underground rap talent on his radar. It’s as simple as that.
Follow him @brickcellphone and listen to him spin some of these artists on Offie Mag Radio. You can also read Brickcellphone’s interviews with Lava La Rue, Virgil Hawkins and v7backin2007, in the latest issue of Offie Mag.
First things first, introduce yourself in your own words…
I’m Pitch 92, 26 years old from Dublin originally but grew up in Germany and Switzerland. I’ve been living in Manchester for 10 years now. Former producer of The Mouse Outfit and now releasing music through High Focus Records as a solo artist.
Getting to the point early, you’ve just dropped/are about to drop a pretty massive album, how long has this been in the works for?
I’d say early in 2017 I started working on some new material while I was still with mouse outfit. I left the group mid-2017 and already had quite a few demos and ideas. During that same time I was finishing up ‘Good Evening’ album with Verb T but after that was all finished I decided to get mad busy on my first solo album – 2 years later and it’s about to drop!*
* has now dropped!
As a producer, the album naturally has lots of features. How did the verses come about? Was there lots of studio time spent with all sorts of characters, or a hell of a load of WeTransfer files?
It’s pretty much half and half, I recorded a bunch of it where I live in Manchester and also at Jehst’s studio in London, the rest was done over email whilst being in contact at the same time…
There is a real range of artists featuring on this – from legendary figures like Jehst to newer artists like Coops. Was this range of different styles something you did on purpose?
Initially, I wanted to make an album which had both the older and younger generation, the north and south of the UK/International and also different genres rather than just a straight up UK hip hop album. I think because I never grew up in one place and don’t really represent a city etc it’s probably a big factor of why it was created like this. These are all artists that I’m a big fan of, some for more than 10 years. A lot of the track’s features were planned on purpose but there was also a few artists that just happened to be in the studio with me at the same time which ended up being on the same track.
You’ve earned yourself a reputation for being a madly consistent artist with an evidently high work rate – what do you put that down to?
A lot of it is from being obsessed with making beats since I was about 12 and looking up to producers like madlib&dilla who spent every minute they could making beats. Spending a lot of time around musicians and seeing how much practice they put in takes a lot of discipline but it pays off in the end. I was mad lucky to have lived with a well-known Jazz Pianist called Ashley Henry when I was in university, he practised 6 hours every day without fail, It was around then it kinda rubbed off on me and I took making beats a lot more seriously. I also think its good to be a step ahead release wise, especially nowadays with music being so disposable
And last but not least, you can buy three things from an off-licence to take into a studio session… what you getting?
3 Heineken tinnies.