Chiddy Bang on Daryl Hall, getting busted and getting famous -- Mill City Nights tonight
Alternative rap duo Chiddy Bang, consisting of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin, are one of the hottest rising star sets on the hip-hop front. Since their inception in 2008, Chiddy Bang has collectively released four mixtapes, three EPs, and their recent debut studio album Breakfast in February 2012. Music blogs eat them up, because who wouldn't love a mix that samples Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Passion Pit, and MGMT all in one sitting? The production is fresh and now, and with Breakfast lining grocery aisles, it's safe to say that big things are coming for the Philadelphia natives.
Chiddy Bang is on the road at the moment with Wiz Khalifa. Chiddy took
some time out from chilling on the tour bus to chat it up with Gimme
Noise and get real and deep on topics like performing with Daryl Hall,
being famous, and what's next for Chiddy Bang.
Chiddy Bang's "Mind Your Manners," off their debut Breakfast.
Gimme Noise: So, you guys recently were on Daryl Hall's "Live From Daryl Hall's House." How was that for you? Tell me about that experience.
Chiddy: That was a crazy experience. We got to go to his crib. It's a massive, old-style country house. Basically, he had some really good food, and he told us some stories about coming up in his day. I think we covered three of his songs and three of our songs, and it was great getting to hook up with a musician who is so successful. He's basically a living legend. I didn't really know how deep their fame really ran, so afterwards I went to research them and my mind was blown.
You're touring in support of your debut studio album, Breakfast, and you're on the road with Wiz Khalifa, but Minneapolis will actually be your first headlining show of this tour. Anything special planned?
I think we're just gonna come out and try to give the good crowd like we always do. We'll definitely do a freestyle during the set, where we take suggestions from the crowd and cook up a freestyle. We don't always do that.
Do you have any crazy tour stories?
I think we have a lot more crazy experiences to come on this tour. There was one time when we were on tour in Seattle, and we were in a car and my tour manager was driving, and he was speeding, and he got pulled over, and Noah had a joint in the front seat and I didn't have my seatbelt on in the back seat. The cop was just like, "Put that out and smoke it at your destination," and that would never happen on the East Coast. But then I got a $250 ticket for not wearing my seatbelt.
You guys have been getting a lot of attention lately. Is that weird for you? How are you managing the quote-unquote fame and all that jazz?
All that jazz! I think we're managing it good. I think the most important thing for us is to get back into the studio... We just started the tour, so we're just getting our feet wet, and so maybe a couple more days in we'll go to Guitar Center and purchase some equipment and set up a little back area on the bus where we can record. I think my life is pretty chill, though. I don't notice any difference.
Tell me a little about how you and Noah work together. What's the writing and creative process like?
Basically he'll make mad beats, a whole bunch of beats, and then he'll play them for me, and then I'm like "Yo, we gotta do that one, and we gotta do that one." Then I'll listen to it, try to get a vibe for it, see what my mind is telling me to do with it, and then from there I write the songs. Then I lay down what I wrote in the studio, and [Noah will] come in and do additional production on it.
Breakfast was released just a few months ago, in February, and you just released a new single, the very tight "Paper & Plastic." Noah also released two solo remixes. What else do you guys have up your sleeve? Anything new music to look forward to?
We have a new mixtape, we're planning to drop it at the end of the summer, just in time for like a back-to-school type thing. That's pretty much what we're working on right now. There are lots of different exciting things on the way. Really we just want people to stay tuned, because we got a lot of dope shit coming. We have an Australian tour coming up, a mixtape on the way, and a couple headlining gigs on the way, and it's just really exciting.
So tell me, between all the shows and the constant output of new music--I mean, you're talking about setting up a studio on your bus, so it sounds like you're constantly working--do you have any time off? How do you relax?
You just chill. You try to play some Playstation 3. You run around, do exercise, push-ups, lift weights, you know. You just kick back. We definitely get the work in, but we definitely are just relishing the fact that we have our own bus right now. Before you called me, I was just laying down on my bunk. It's pretty cool. It's pretty perfect, just relaxing, and then we go on stage and chill it, and then afterwards we celebrate. I think we need to relax more as a human race.
Chiddy Bang will be playing at Mill City Nights on Tuesday, August 7. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 before show, $25 day of. 18+.
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