When Arosei sent in ‘Keep Them Warm’, their take on ‘Knockgliss’, for our Tod Dockstader project, we were floored. A trio from Århus, (right to left in photo) Al Benedict makes the beats while emcees Louis Mahjoub (aka Napkin Cole) and Sean-Poul de fré Gress (aka Inspired) provide lyrical flow. That track’ll be released soonish and this Thursday the three gents guest at CDR CPH. Read on for words with Inspired…
When and where did you first attend CDR? What do you recall?
I attended the first CDR session in Copenhagen and I’ve been to every session since. The first thing I recall, was the excitement of waiting to hear the tracks I had submitted, and meeting Tony Nwachukwu of course. Stoked on his mixing skills!
What do CDR audiences at Culture Box have in store for them when you represent in Copenhagen on June 27th?
CDR audience can expect some raw hip-hop shit, however it’s not the usual thing. We represent an open mind in hip-hop in Denmark and focus on just being honest on top of the dopest beats.
Do you consider your music reflective of Aarhus sounds, and/or Danish scenes?
I consider our sound as unique – also by “Århus standards” however this shit couldn’t have come out of any other place.
When did the three of you in Arosei first cross paths?
The first time I met Al, was at a music festival called Plug Out. Shatter Hands had booked SOUNDesc to come do a showcase. Stacks, who I run SOUNDesc with, also runs GS:Music, and Al had made an EP with Louis (Napkin Cole) called Al B & LouiLou. They asked Stacks to release the EP, but for some reason it never happened. So when we met Al, one of the first things he said was “why didn’t you want to release the record?” and we were stoked by this young man’s straight forwardness. I mean he really put us on the spot. That was funny…Now we probably don’t want to release anything else but what comes from Al hand haha. Then I teamed up with Al in Århus while I was peddling between Copenhagen and Århus. Started making music and that’s how I met Louis also. We started talking about making a super crew with all the dopest cats from Århus. Hence Arosei was formed as a family crew thing. Arosei is a word that was found on a coin in the year 1052 and it means Århus. It sounds like some Kung Fu and it’s maad cultural.
Who/What has been on heavy rotation on your audio player of late?
Ughf, I’ve been molesting the Mount Kimbie featuring King Krule track – ‘You Took Your Time’ – Spinning the Blu rcord Jesus a whole lot, and Homeboy Sandman. Also Brrd and Lord Raja. Can’t wait till the new Madlib, Yasiin Bey and the next Electric Wire Hustle record.
Please talk us through the track you last [cmd] ‘S’d ? ([ctrl] ‘S’ to PC users) [in other words, last project you saved]
The last project we saved as a group is gone, cause Al had his Computer stolen after we played Distortion. Which was completely fucked cause we had to be in the Red Bull studio mixing Al’s EP…
Finally, have you any advice or words of warning for producers/musicians developing musical works in progress to play at CDR?
Warning: Don’t rely on anybody else doing nothing for you. Advice: Work all of your angles yourself, network (I hate that word) and talk to people, send some shit around for free… Unfortunately that’s how you get your name out these days… but it works, if your material is dope.