I2G chilled with Michael Cardigan for an exclusive interview. We discuss his start in music, upcoming projects and much more so check it out.
I2G is here with Michael Cardigan, how’s it going?
I’m doing excellent. Thanks for taking time out to talk with me and giving me an opportunity to talk to the I2G supporters.
For those unfamiliar with your music, tell me a little bit about your start in hip hop and some of your musical influences.
As the son of a bass playing father and a choir directing mother there was always music playing in my home. Not to mention an older sister who was a die hard Rock n Roll fanatic. I have loved music as long as I can remember.
I always enjoyed free-styling but I got into writing songs because of one of my best friends, Chase.
His belief in me gave me the confidence to organize my thoughts in a meaningful way. He and I partnered with Elete Wright to form a group, St Joe Louis. Our next project Coral Cadavers with producers JR&PH7 should be out next year.
I am mainly influenced by people outside of music and real situations more than I am by music. I try to fill a void between what I hear and what I would like to hear. Right now I am inspired by Elmgreen and Dragset “Prada Marfa”and Naturel “To Die For”.
You just recently dropped your new single What You Gonna Do, which we premiered on the site. Tell me a little bit about the single and how it came together for you.
What you gonna do is about the miscommunication of empowerment through sexual liberation. I used paradolia which is a fancy word for misleading people on the hook to play with the idea that we sometimes reinforce what we seek to critique. We (Krill, Daniel Joseph,Mr. Len, and me) were in the studio going through samples and this loop said so much to me all at once.
I thought this was the perfect record to start an introduction into Michael Cardigan. It felt like elevator music but in a good way. Just when you think you know exactly what the record is the story comes on at the end and twists the knife a bit.
Do you have any albums or mixtapes in the works?
I have several things almost ready to present to the world that I am very excited about. I have a project called Sweater Weather in D.E.C coming soon which is a neo noir based on my life.
Cardigan Jones from Brokn English and I have a project entitled “Guilty Parties”. The same Chase that inspired me to write my first song and I have a 6 song project called “The Window.” “The Window” which will be the next thing that comes out.
Do you have any more upcoming videos?
I am developing a few ideas all I can say is stay tuned.
What are your thoughts on the state of hip hop in 2014?
In terms of voices there are more people than ever contributing to the art form of hip hop. There are more ways to engage and inform supporters digitally than ever before. I think because there’s more transparency and immediacy in the content everyone is more aware of the audience which sometimes hurts the art.
It’s hard to be honest when people can lose there careers over tweets. Freestyles are now making the national news because of offhanded comments and artists are urged to do a mea culpa. The idea of intellectual property and new revenue streams like streaming are already changing Billboard. It’s a world in flux and I love it. It’s like the Wild West no rules just grit and determination can help you carve out a legacy.
Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates?
I should be doing a showcase after the new year. I’d like to get a few visuals and songs out before I start developing a live show.
What is your website information?
I am running everything from my Soundcloud and Twitter :
Twitter – @MichaelCardigan
The response to the record has been great and I am trying to crawl before I try to run. After I release a few more songs I think I’ll decide if it’s time to build out a site.
Appreciate your time, any last words or shout outs?
Thanks to I2G for your time and for lending me a platform. I’d like to shoutout St Joe Louis, Ezrakh, and Tim Dolla.