There really is no stopping Black Milk. As a producer, Black has held down his hometown of Detroit for over a decade, working with the city’s top talent including Danny Brown and the legendary Slum Village, who gave him his start on their album The Trinity. Recently, he has just produced the wicked track Really Doe by Danny Brown ft Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, Earl Sweatshirt. The list is never ending.
On his own, he’s created a collection of solo rap albums: Popular Demand (2006), Tronic (2008), Album of the Year (2010), No Poison No Paradise (2013) and his latest If There’s A Hell Below (2014). He also teamed up with Guilty Simpson and the late Sean Price to form the supergroup Random Axe.
Now Black Milk is on his way down under to perform at the Strawberry Fields Festival as well as a few side shows. We caught up with him to find out more.
You’re coming to Oz soon for some shows + the Strawberry Fields Festival. What are you most excited about? Have you been down here before?
I’ve been to Australia a couple of times with my band, but it’s been a while. I’m excited to get back. It’s one of the most beautiful places. This time, I’ll be performing a solo beat / rap set similar to my first Boiler Room set, live from London, so I’m excited to share more of my production with fans in Australia.
You’ve released 6 solo albums and a range of collaborative work over the years. What’s the creative process been like since you first started compared to now? What drives you to still work so hard?
My creative process has remained the same throughout my career. I’m consistently producing. When album time comes, I just hone in on the sound I’m going for and start to put the production together for the album. Then, I write all the raps, mix everything and move on to the sequencing. Since I work by myself, I have control over the process from start to finish. That makes things easier. I love producing. I make beats every single day when I’m not touring, so I’d do it no matter what. It’s not really work to me until it comes down to album time.
What can fans expect from your live shows?
Fans can expect a live beat set with a lot of unreleased tunes, visuals, and a short rap performance.
What’s your favourite thing about touring and performing?
My favorite thing about touring is seeing all the fans from city to city all across the world – people letting me know how my music has influenced their lives.
Hip hop is constantly growing in Australia. Do you have any advice to aspiring artists that are trying to make it?
My advice to new artists would be to keep working until they create a sound of their own – a sound that is unique to them. If art is really what you’re here for, make art that will stand the test of time and set you up for a long career.
Friday 18th November – The Zoo, Brisbane (Buy tickets HERE)
Saturday 19th November – Plan B Small Club, Sydney (Buy tickets HERE)
Sunday 20th November – Strawberry Fields Festival, Tocumwal (Buy tickets HERE)
Thursday 24th November – Transit Bar, Canberra (Buy tickets HERE)
Saturday 26th November – Kings Arms, Auckland (Buy tickets HERE)
Sunday 27th November – Bodega, Wellington (Buy tickets HERE)