Munich based producer Roccwell released his new album ‘Still Lovin’ Boombap’ on May 5. We caught up with him to talk about the release.
You’re based in Munich, what’s the Hip Hop scene like there?
The Hip Hop Scene in Munich is very diverse. There’s everything from Trap to Boombap. Including a lot of talented beatmakers.
How did you get into making beats?
I started as a rapper in the 90s. But when I grew older, I just didn’t feel like rapping anymore…but my love for real underground rap never disappeared. That’s why I started making beats. I also like to be in the background rather than on stage (laughs).
Who have been your influences or inspiration?
Wow, there are so many…DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Nick Wiz, Nottz. When it comes to the new cats, I really like Daringer’s style. But every dope beat inspires me.
On May 5th, 2020 you will be released your album Still Lovin Boombap. The cover features you with a baby in a pram, what’s the concept behind the cover?
The cover shows what my life is all about. ‘m an underground cat with a normal 9 to 5 job and responsibilities for my family. Despite that, I still love making boom bap music. Showing me with the pram is how and who I really am. I am keeping it real with me and the audience.
Tell us about the album. It features 90’s artists Q Ball, Curt Cazal, Craig G, Ruste Juxx, Maylay Sparks and Bankai Fam to name a few.
The album is actually a collection of many unique features I made with different, dope rappers. I have underground legends on it like QnC, Craig G, Ruste Juxx, Born Unique, Maylay – including younger hungry cats like M-Dot and John Jiggs.
The album represents the kind of boom bap sound I have loved since the 90s. It’s not innovative, but that’s not what I wanted. It gives you the kind of melancholic feel of “This reminds of 98 when I listen to this mixtape in my car”. Although I don’t try to reproduce the 90s soundscape and sound “old school”. It’s just about the feeling.
How long did the album take to complete?
I’d say 3 years.
I know this may be hard but what’s one of your favourite joints from the album and why?
QnC – “From CI”. I love their 90s mixtape classic “Repertoire”. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time. They’re also real underground rap legends. Curt Cazal, for example, worked in the D&D studios where Premo was at that time plus he produced classics like “Ghetto like D&D”.
The track Roadrunner with M-Dot was written, recorded and the video filmed in 24 hours. Tell us about that.
It was so much fun. My man M-Dot is really a true friend – such a humble and funny guy plus the hardest working underground rapper ever. Together with my team, the photographer and filmer Philipp Ledényi (IG @pebefau). Tomi from BECAUSEWELIVEIT (IG @becauseweliveit) and Manuel (IG @letfoot). Plus the additional camera guy Felix Dittrich we managed to complete everything from scratch in less than 48 hours. It was a blast!
Where can people go and cop the album?
On every digital platform – google play music, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp, and so on.
Check out my Spotify playlist as well (Roccwellbeats Boombap Bangers) and follow me there.
What’s next for Roccwell?
I am working on a project called SOULROCCA with the producer team Soulbrotha from Hamburg (B-Base and Dj 12 Finger Dan). We’ve already finished a couple of songs and I hope we can maybe release the project in fall 2020. It will be boom bap to the fullest as well – nothing else to expect from me (laughs).
Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thank you for giving me the chance to spread the word. And stay safe, optimistic, and healthy in these difficult times.
Interview by Jai Boo