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Morganics - Flights Of Fancy

Author: Darryn King
Monday, 19 November 2007
The latest album from Morganics is Hip Hop Is My Passport, and he ain’t kidding. In fact, you never know what side of the world his responses are going to come from… 3D’s Darryn King got in touch, long-distance, with the hip hop arist, performer and community worker.

Firstly, how much truth is there in your album title, Hip Hop Is My Passport- To which corners of the Earth has your career taken you in the past 10 years-
Well right now I am writing this from Bangkok, I just got here last night from New York, I’ve been doing shows in Canada and the States for the past five weeks, so yes, it really is my passport… I’m bloody lucky but I hustle pretty hard too and I do a few different things so I guess that allows me to connect with different communities. I’ve been from New York to Brazil to Japan to Tanzania and quite a few places in between.

You’re a vegetarian aren’t you- Has this ever been difficult in other parts of the world-
Good question – actually it’s tough here in Thailand because they put fish sauce in everything – and Germany isn’t too exciting – but apart from that it’s pretty cool. Mexican food on the West Coast of the States is awesome and I loved the food in Tanzania too.

So you would have been on a whole lot of flights over the years. Are you able to work on your music on long trips-
Yeah I do a that a lot. I guess people like Pharrell will do that on their own private jet but I will do it in economy. I mixed one of the tracks on the album on a train in Spain – I made the beat in The Bronx, recorded with an MC / jazz guitarist called Zach Galen in Berlin and then mixed it in Spain – it’s called Move On.

The tracks on your album combine recordings from all over the world, from New York to Rio. What sorts of sounds did you collect-
On a producer tip I collected a fair few percussion sounds and also baille funk tracks in Brazil, got some koto samples in Tokyo, more rare groove stuff and some reggaeton in New York. I get a lot of music given to me too from various friends and stuff too so I just try and absorb it into my sonic palette. For this album I really wanted to focus on Brazilian percussion and the 808 as a bit of a foundation for the flavour and energy of the album, old school-new world, you know.

Your album is also accompanied by a one-hour documentary – what can we expect of it-
It’s sort of like those crazy skating videos. It’s footage from all over the place from a Masaai village in Africa to a subway cypher in New York –it’s non-stop, rugged and low budget but it’s been getting great reactions. It was a lot of work, it took three weeks full-time editing with Finton Mahony – who did a great job – and there’s basically footage from over the last 10 years. it’s a lot of fun.

Can you briefly tell us about working with the band of Tanzanian orphans, the Wayahudi Family- Was it an eye-opening experience for you-
Totally, it was awesome, one of the best things I have ever been involved in, those guys are so inspiring, so passionate, so talented and so positive. I am still hoping to bring Wisemad – the main MC – out in March, fingers crossed.

WHO: Morganics
WHAT: Hip Hop Is My Passport through Invisible Forces
WHEN: Out now