Artist Spotlight (Interview) – Har-Q

 

Featured Artist: Har-Q

Rap artist from Northampton, UK

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Har-Q real name Jason Khalid Williams

Har-Q stands for

  • H: herald ‘messenger’ / heru ‘sun-flesh’
  • A: ark ‘the message’
  • R: returns / renaissance ‘a revival of or renewed interest in something.’
  • Q: Quadrivium : ‘a medieval university course involving the ‘mathematical arts’ of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music’

Born and raised in northampton a thing which har-q has give credit for his rhymes and dedication to music because it is a quite town, which is what has giving har-q a chance to create boxes of writing and terabytes of recording homing his style and meaning for creating music.

How did your artist name come about?
It was originally some one’s name that came up on my screen at work when I used to work in a call center, it quickly grew on me and I gave it a new meaning, so har-q then meant “when I leave the stage it will be a hard cue to beat”.
over time as I studied and matured so did the name and now it is an acronym
H.A.R-Q which mean the Herald Ark Returns/ Renaissance – Quadrivium
which is the for master studies which i correlate to the 4 elements of hip-hop.

How long have you been making music?

I’ve been making music for about 15 years but recording for about 10 years and releasing for about 7 years.

How would you describe the sound around your music, the background/inspirations behind it?

I am definitely a student of the 90’s era in hip hip where it was very much lyricist driven, yet i have watched the culture change and have adapted to it while still holding on to the word play punchlines concepts and the poetical side of it. To date the current state on my new album release TRAPPED HOP the beat style is up to date and the flow but the content is fearless. i also still maintain a boom bap sound by working with a group called Har-Q-stic’s which is a jazz-hip-hop fusion.

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How do you spend your time outside of the business?

I have a wife and 2 kids and a full-time job as a chef.

What are your current thoughts of the music business in 2018?

t’s a d.i.y culture in music in 2018 there is no real need for major labels other than hitting a larger target market. It’s all about gigging and getting your music online and streamed on a budge, collaborations are really good and even finding sponsors from business is more of a lucrative strategy in music.

What have you got planned for the near future?

Getting on more shows, releasing more music getting more visual media out.

What inspires you when you make your music?

The name of the instrumental usually gives me an idea of what the producer was looking for, if not I love anime, and hip-hop culture and utilizing the English language.
 

Inspiration to music

Har-q has always been in to music, the process, creation and the imagination that music has embedded in its process. Har-Q believes music is a tool for education as well as entertain so this has been his base and inspiration trying to find that blend and balance. Har-Q is inspired and also very interested the 4 elements of hip hop and sees the watering out of it in this generation and makinhar-harg it a goal to revive it, being interested in history, Har-Q noticed a resounding likeness in the 4 element of hip hop and the mastery subjects of the past now bringing this knowledge together in his music is his lives work.

What music are you bumping at the moment?

I listen to the radio a lot so I can hear whats going on but my personal favourites are Anderson. Paak, Childish Gambinodave east, sza, smoke Dza

Who’s in your Top 5 greatest artist of all time?

. Nas
. Micheal Jackson
. Stevie Wonder
. Wu tang
. Dead prez

 

Where can the world find you on the web?

On all social media as Har-Q I’ve started a web page but have not driven any traffic to it yet.

Do you have anything you’d like to plug or let the people know about?

Only that the new album is out on Spotify TRAPPED HOP.

Thanks for your time and we look forward to hearing more from you in future!

check out HAR-Q latest single on youtube!

HAR-Q RESUME

2008

.Studied btec in music at collage 

.Made a rap group called ‘borough bloodz’

.Local shows 

.Opened nottingham urban radio station called ‘kemet radio’

2009

.Got a record deal with big tuff ent.

.Release single called ‘money’ creating a music video that was on music channel called ‘channel U’

.Created album called ‘eye of the storm’

.Opened up show for r’n’b legends ‘genuine’ and ‘Montell Jordan’

.Released 2nd single ‘hip hop’ which was also on t.v

.Clothing deal with hexagon sponsored by ‘Redman’

 

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2010

.Signed to a uk / u.s label called empire kings

.Working with various artist from the u.s

.Created own label s.l.p with producer ‘ill’usion

.Worked with Allen Moore on a community project ‘x marks the spot’ 

.Invited to perform to m.p in Londons Maisons building 

2011

.Went to film festivals in Nottingham 

.Created a connection with fans and promoters in Australia 

.Worked with ‘van demons’ of Australia 

.Traveled to Brisbane Australia to perform

.Made a e.p with ‘fortitude a.d’ of Australia 

.Sold 1000 copies of album sold

2012

.Met a polish producer called kris krzysztof we made a song together 

.Met a scratch artist and producer called ‘dj cider’ i collabo with a group he was working with called ‘sumastyli’

.Flew out to lodz to promote the songs.

2013

.Invited to hip hop festival in Gizycko Poland to open up for ‘M.O.P , Dilated peoples , Cunniliguists and Eric sermon 

.Clothing deal ‘koka clothing’

.Worked with a producer in Arizona on a e.p called glass papers producer ‘karl lazlo’ 

2014/ 2015

.Working on music 

.Made a music video called ’streets have eye’

2016

.Made music video ’to lose’ produced by a.c of California video by ‘purple media’. 

.Created a band called har-q-stic

.Working on a book called quadrivium age / stoop tales ’in progress’

.Opened up for rap legends ‘dead prez’

.Preformed in Cardiff

.Realising e.p ‘in progress’

.performed willow festival 2016

2017/ 2018

. Recorded a spoken word poem for Vodafone

. opened up for Krs-One

. done various shows on the circuit between Northampton and Birmingham

. album released on Spotify

. working on another album

. opening up for charli 2na “jurassic 5” and DJ krafty cuts

Music links

youtube: https://m.youtube.com/sovereignlordz

facebook : https://m.facebook.com/harqthalord

brapp : https://www.brapp.tv/harq

soundcloud : https://m.soundcloud.com/har-q-yachiru-kenpachi

insta : https://www.instagram.com/harqofficial/

spotify: spotify:album:58aoYbZ5yymLOHd0roDqwK

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