Abby Power on Her Mixtape, Being Female in Hip Hop and More [Interview] [@AbbyMusicPower]
After watching the official music video to the thought provoking track, My Thoughts, by underground UK Hip Hop emcee, Abby Power, and featuring Rene Soul, we at Black Budget Entertainment, decided that it was only right to get the artist in question a chance to explain what she is about in the form of an interview. During the interview she talks about everything from her influences to what its like being a female in the Hip Hop industry, here’s what she had to say:
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Abby Power and im an 18 year old Hip Hop artist from Harrow.
What made you choose the name?
Abby Power? Well it’s my actual birth name I didn’t want to be an artist with a stage name..not that there’s anything wrong with that i’d just much rather use my real name.
What, if any, are the main influences for you when writing your music?
Well it depends where I am and when it is, every song I’v written has had a different influence for example my song ‘Closure’ featuring J Lynch was influenced by Eminem’s first album Infinite, I just loved the gritty underground Hip Hop sound of it and I wanted to embrace it and give it my own twist. Great music comes from great teachers (no not school teachers!)
At what age did you first decide to make Hip Hop music?
I’v always loved Hip Hop, I grew up listening to that and Uk garage music (I was also a huge Avril Lavigne fan..well I still am..sue me!) so as soon as I decided I was going to start writing music properly which was when I was 16, I’d use Hip Hop beats to write to. Even though my first mixtape wasn’t traditionally Hip Hop I was still in the process of finding my sound, I still managed to throw in Souls of Mischief and Atmosphere covers though.
Do you feel that being a female in the Hip Hop industry makes success any harder and why?
Honestly, yeah I do because I feel that your judged before your even heard, people see a female and don’t expect much from my lyrics, but it makes it THAT much better when I play them a joint and their shocked and impressed. It means I have to work harder to gain real acceptance, and I like a challenge.
What is the main theme behind your current release, ‘Vintage State of Mind’?
With this tape I tried to make it as old school as I could. I wanted to take people back to the 90’s but with a new school feel, like when they hear ‘Rhymes on it’ they’ll be like “Damn..Luniz-5 on it was my shit!” I also wanted to do my best to bring real Hip Hop back and show people who never really listened to it or embraced the culture that it’s one of the most powefull and realest things that still exist in this world.
How long have you been working on your current project?
I started writing for it in the new year and finished the recording in May, I wanted to spend as much of my time perfecting it as I could because I really didn’t want to rush this like the first tape, which was recorded and partly written in 4 days. I wanted to make sure the instrumentals I chose were perfect and the lyrics that accompanied them were even better.
Who features on production for your current project?
I had my producer Greezy on there twice, iv been working with him on all of my projects since the very beginning (monster on the keys!!!).
I had Rene Soul produce me something as well as feature on a track, this guy has MAD skills when it comes to making Hip Hop instrumentals..you’ll see that more in the future. I also had my good friend SJ Reid’s production feature on there, the beat wasn’t originally for me but damn you know I had to claim it the guy is too talented! I then had a mixture of tracks from producers to J Dilla and Timbaland to TheXX, I tried to keep it as varied as possible.
Have you got any other promotion in place?
I’v seen selling physical copy’s of my mixtape as well as it being up on the website www.vintagestateofmind.net. My main source of promotion for this tape though is my visuals, i’v just been doing as many as possible, I feel people take notice more if a track has a visual for it so expect a lot of video’s of me in the months to come.
Have you performed at many live shows and what kind of reaction did you get?
I’v performed three times, one was terrible…but funny! I was with two other artists (one being Part One) I was working with at the time and we went to some squaters event in London, the guy before us fucked up our mics and when we got on stage they wouldn’t work properly dispite our efforts to sort out the problem, but we were at that stage where we didn’t give a shit so we done what we could with what we had..and still got a great response!
My next event was at Yates’ in Harrow where I performed ‘See me fall’ with Courtney Bennett, I was nervous as hell but it went extremely well and I was even approached with a contract..but that’s another story.
My latest gig was just a spur of the moment performance at the Revolution Vodka bar in Watford performing ‘My Thought’s’ with Rene Soul, it wasn’t typically a Hip Hop kinda crowd but we showed them what we were about and they loved the song.
Have you been on any live radio shows and what do you prefer, radio or live on stage?
Nope I haven’t gotten the opportunity to be on a live radio show yet, would be fun though…so if your reading this and you have a radio show…Hey
Have you featured on any other UK Hip Hop artist’s tracks, if so, who?
I havn’t done a lot of collaborations in the last few months because of my new project but I worked with a crazy talented rapper from Geneva called Jace Abstract and made a track called “Free my people” which is up on youtube, this was also my first overseas collaboration so it was a cool experience. I did also manage to do two tracks for two of Multiple Skillz’ most recent mixtape’s. I will be doing a lot more collaborations though I just need to find the time for them all.
Have you got any videos online, ie Youtube, Vimeo etc?
Yeah I have five music videos, a cypher and an interview up so far as I said before i’m going to be having a lot more visuals up including thing’s such as ‘Behind the scenes’ so that people get a better insight to who I really am as a person and not just as an artist.
Have you been featured on any UK broadcasters like SB.TV/Link Up TV’s youtube channels?
Yeah I have three video’s with Link Up TV so far, their very hard workers and that’s why I like working with them.
Sachin Parmer and Rashid are no doubt one of the best cameramen in London and some of the most hardworking guys I’v had the pleasure to work with.
What are the plans for the future?
Now that would be telling 😉
Nah i’m playing, well i’m already working on my new EP..but I can’t reveal anything about that yet. I have also signed to Vintage State Music (www.vintagestatemusic.com) so expect a lot from the label in the future because were all out here working hard!
Thanks for your time, is there anyone you’d like to shout out?
Damn I could be here for a while!
Shout out to Soun’Wave (FourthKind) and Turtle Kid for recording, mixing and mastering the new tape. Shout out to J Lynch, Rene Soul and Crucial for taking the time to feature and for seeing the potential in the tape! To Greezy, my brother thank you as always, SJ Reid thank you for letting me have that instrumental man I appreciate it so much, and once again to Rene who took the time to cater to my style.
My new label Vintage State Music, thank you for all of the support so far and big love to my label family.
Black Budget for the opportunity to feature on their site.
Swish Lynch for always supporting me and believing in my music, without you I would of given up a long time ago!
Obviously my family and friend’s but they already know who they are and know I love them for everything they’v done for me.
But most of all to everyone who’s been supporting my music, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to listen to what I make and seeing my potential. Love always.
*Takes award and steps off stage* Haha kidding.
Lastly, please drop us your social links!
Facebook: Abby M Power
If you want to see my videos on youtube that are not on mine or the vintage state account just simply type in Abby Power