On The Line: Gemiini Interview (UK Hip-Hop)
R.A.W Media recently spoke with upcoming UK Hip-Hop artist Gemiini to find out more about about him, his thoughts on the current state of Hip-Hop and what his future plans are!!!
Give us a bit of background on yourself?
My name is Chris Wilson AKA Gemiini, A/K/A Thisisgemiini (https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsGemiini/). I am 23 years old and I’m a singer, rapper, songwriter based in Thurrock, Essex. I am the founder of O.D.N.A ( Once Dead Now Alive ) which is my music production brand. I am also the co-founder of the band Calls Of Alysm.
When did you first get into Hip-Hop?
I first got into Hip hop back in 2001 when my dad would drive us around in the car blaring Dr Dre’s ‘2001’ Album and since then I was hooked on Hip Hop and music as a whole.
What inspired you to start making music?
I was first inspired to start making music when in 2010 I was taken to my first live concert. It was a Pendulum concert and when I saw and heard them I was in awe, I realised how powerful music was and how it could move people. I only really got inspired to make music ‘professionally’ when I was invited by a colleague of mine to the ‘Kid Bookie – Fur Minxxx’ video shoot, when I saw him doing what the fuck he wanted I just thought that’s so dope. Plus seeing someone going places who’s come from near your area really sets it in stone and shows that it is possible.
What do you think of the current state on Hip-Hop?
The current state of Hip Hop is good and bad in my opinion. Its in a good state because everyone can make a hit song now, its good that its so open, you don’t need thousands of pounds worth of equipment to make a good song anymore. However the part that I think is bad is that everyone is in such rivalry with each other. The main topics in today’s music are all about who’s got the best car, who gets the most girls, sipping lean etc. these are not relatable subjects for the targeted audience and I believe that modern day music is one of the lead causes of depression in teens because every time they put on a song all it is telling them is that this guy rapping is better than them. Musicians should be coming together and making history together and helping kids through tough times. That’s my opinion in all of this.
Who’s your favourite MC/Artist of all time?
HIP-HOP US: NF purely because he helped me through a lot of tough times in my life, he always managed to say what I wanted to hear.
HIP-HOP UK: Plan B, when ‘Who Needs Actions When You’ve Got Words’ dropped I couldnt stop listening to it, he spoke about some very real and very touchy subjects.
NON-HIP-HOP US: Hollywood Undead, I remember hearing the song ‘Undead’ for the first time on Scuzz and loving everything about them, the aggression, the realness, plus the music video was badass.
NON-HIP-HOP UK: The Prodigy, I’ve been hooked on The Prodigy since around 2008. My step Dad and I drove to Scotland and we stopped at a service station and in WHSmiths the ‘Invaders Must Die’ Album was on the counter at the till so we bought it and played it on repeat for the rest of the journey and on the way back. We must of played it about 12 times in the space of around 2 days.
Who’s your favourite out now?
HIP-HOP US: Machine Gun Kelly, The thing I am most drawn to in artists is when they genre bend or do things that truly express how they feel and MGK has been doing that for a while now, he hops back and forth between hip hop and rock music and does it well.
HIP-HOP UK: Kid Bookie, I like Kid Bookie for the same reasons I like MGK, he puts heavy guitar into rap music, he expresses himself however he feels necessary and I have a lot of respect for him and his music. Plus he did a song with Corey Taylor which is Dope as fuck.
NON-HIP-HOP US: Falling In Reverse, I love the musical journey that they have been on, they have been through so much as a band, and I have a lot of respect for Ronnie Radke, he managed to turn his life around and sort himself out, he is a true inspiration.
NON-HIP-HOP UK: Bring Me The Horizon, I’ve been listening to them since ‘Suicide Season’, I loved their heavy music back in the day and I love where they are at now, their newest album is such a mash up of different genres and they literally did what the fuck they wanted to, and they made a masterpiece.
Do you have any forthcoming projects dropping this year?
Well since around September 2019 I have been writing my first EP ‘Modern Day Cowboy’ which is set for release between April and June. However I have two singles out currently, both can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube
Where do you see yourself, musically, in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I see myself in a position completely different to the one I am in now, even through the past few months there has been massive changes to my methods of making music, my interests, my confidence in experimentation, everything I do seems to be evolving more and more so who knows where I may be in 5 years? I guess we will have to see!!!