Rapper and producer Sicknature is also known as one of the 3 main producers in Snowgoons. He recently released his new project Beatcave III. We caught up with him to talk about how he got in the game.
Sicknature, welcome to File Under Hip Hop! Tell us how did you discover your love for Hip Hop?
My brother once played me a track with Run DMC. I loved it. My friend had Beastie Boys and Public Enemy on vinyl. I had to borrow them – I played them nonstop. Then I discovered Yo! MTV Raps and started learning about the different groups and tracks.
How did you start producing?
I started writing rhymes when I was like 13 years old. I didn’t know that many people who were into hip-hop like I was. That was until I linked up with my friend, Jesta, that I knew from kindergarten. It turned out he was into hip-hop too.
We had no beats, only instrumentals. So we started with a record player and tape recorder. Then Jesta bought a keyboard and a drum machine. A few years later he had a small studio.
We recorded in a small room next to a bathroom cause the acoustics were ok there. After many years of producing and recording tracks together, Jesta started focusing on other things. So I continued on my music path solo. We are still friends today.
Your one of the three producers in the Snowgoons. How did you hook up with them?
I was in New York in 2007 to work on some music. At that time Det and Illegal had just released German Lugers. I saw posters everywhere. A few months later I opened up for Necro at a venue in Copenhagen. Reef The Lost Cauze was one of the other openers.
We knew about each other and I was introduced to his DJ who was DJ Illegal. I already knew about him because of my trip to New York and he knew about me because of my work with Ill Bill. I gave him my latest project (on CD), he liked it – and from there we started working together.
I joined Snowgoons officially in 2011, although I produced a lot of the Snowgoons beats before that.
You released your third instrumental album Beatcave III. Tell us about the release?
It dropped on September 25, 2020. I don’t really think of the Beatcave trilogy as real albums. It was really just an idea because I make beats faster than I write. I used to live in a basement. That was my beatcave. So the idea behind the name is not really that deep lol.
Where can people go and purchase/stream/download it?
It is available on most streaming platforms.
What artist dead or alive would you have liked or would like to work with and why?
If we are talking hip-hop: Big L. I was, and still am, a huge fan.
What equipment do you use to create your beats?
I use various software instruments. Sometimes I use a synthesizer. Sometimes my old ESI sampler is a great tool too.
Besides producing with the Snowgoons name a few you have produced music for?
You are also in the group Supa Kaiju with Napoleon. Will there be another release from you guys any time soon?
Me and Napoleon Da Legend are good friends and we communicate often. At the moment, we are both busy working on other stuff. But I am sure we will work on some new Kaiju material at some point when the schedules will allow it.
What are your social media links?
Sicknature thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Shout out to everyone out there listening! and to File Under Hip-Hop for the interview! Peace!
Interview by Jai Boo