Human touch

By BOB GULLA  |  June 19, 2007

Do you feel your skillz are changing, increasing, transforming, backsliding?
I find myself focusing on other things. I used to hoard verses. I’d build them up in a mental dungeon and torture them until they broke down and did exactly what I wanted them to do. Now I’m more about riding them bareback and feeling my chest hair wave in the wind.

Who’s doing the beats these days?
My new album has a lot of beat makers and musicians on it. I reached far and wide. Alias is the main guy, followed by Mark Isham, Buck 65, Tom Inhaler, Reanimator, Ant, Odd Nosdam, Sixtoo, Mr. Cooper, Miles Bonny, DJ Orator, Laura Escude, and Big Cats! I’m not at a place in life where I can sit down and create something from scratch. I’m a good producer in the traditional sense of the word, but I’ve never wanted to rap over my own beats. Perhaps I will someday.

Do you miss being home? Have you made any decisions about relocating or are you happy to hang in RI?
I miss being home, sure. But I also enjoy moving around and being active. The company on this tour is great: Buck 65, Alias, Dilly Dilly, Tom Inhaler, Buddy Wakefield and Big Delicious . . . lots of laughs and good times. The only thing I’m really missing is my girlfriend and my two little kitties. Thankfully, my gal gets to fly out and meet us in various cities. I do need to get home and take care of business matters, though. My indie label, Strange Famous Records, will be releasing Buck 65’s Situation album in September as well as Prolyphic & Reanimator’s The Ugly Truth shortly after. That’s a tall order for the biggest tiny label in the biggest tiny state.

Sage Francis + Buck 65 + Buddy Wakefield + Alias | July 13 | Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street, Providence | 401.331.LUPO

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