J’ai discuté de la vie avec Ratchett Traxxx (Entrevue)

5 Juin 2014 / par

Crédit photo : VK

Il y a quelques mois je suis tombé sur ce truc que je croyais à la base être simplement un gars qui s’amusait à looper la voix de Rick Ross sur un track quelconque. Mais je l’ai écouté environ 450 fois depuis, jusqu’à ce que je découvre via nos amis de Sound Pellegrino qu’il s’agit d’un morceau d’un gars qui s’appelle Ratchett Traxxx.

Parce qu’avec le 10KILOS.US Weed Carrying Team on voulait vraiment jouer Europian Pussy dans notre set au Piknic, j’ai pris contact avec lui pour mettre la main sur le MP3 qui était introuvable, autant de manière légale qu’illégale. Tout ses trucs sont pour l’instant disponibles que sur vinyle, et j’ai un peu passé l’âge de commander des disques et les numériser de manière broche-à-foin pour les jouer dans des évènements.

Depuis quelques jours donc, on se parle sur Twitter et c’est un peu irréel. Plusieurs personnes sur les forums spéculent sur qui il est vraiment, d’où il vient, si c’est vrai ou si c’est une blague. Pour moi c’est pas si important, les tracks sont dope et si c’est une personnage, il est drôlement bien rôdé et j’ai pas de difficulté à y croire. Comme il me l’a si bien dit «if you are in the entertainment business, you better be entertaining, and you better be about that business».

Crédit photo : VK

Jusqu’ici, cette recette semble fonctionner pour lui. Ses trois premiers EP (Raxxx 1-2-3) sont sortis dans la première moitié de 2014 (en fait Raxxx 3 sort à la fin du mois), et il est déjà en studio pour travailler sur Traxxx 04, une sorte de crossover rap-techno. Pour avoir une idée de ce que ça veut dire, il faut écouter son morceau On Top avec Paul Fisher qui sort dans quelques jours (le 16 juin) sur la compilation SND.PE vol. 3 intitulée Raw Club Material, ce qui semble coller parfaitement à l’esthétique et à l’idéologie de Ratchett Traxxx.

Hey man whats up?

WHASS CRACCIN. JUSS BEEN LOCCED UP IN THA FASHION STUDIO…WORKIN ON * WEARABLE ARTWORKS * . THASS MY NEW EXCLUSIVE LINE. IM GUNNING FOR THA FASHION GAME LIKE I TOOK OVER CLUB MUSIC. LESS JUST SAY MY HANGTAGS ALONE CAN BE FRAMED N SOLD AS ART. FIRST RUN IS 10 PIECES ONLY…GOIN TO MY DJ HOMIES ONLY…FOR STUNT PURPOSES. NOT FOR AMATEURS. N OF COURSE…IM MAKIN HITS N SQUEEZIN TITTIES IN THA MEANTIME.

There seems to be a certain amount of mystery around you…. It seems like you were always around but also very new at the same time. Am i crazy? Can you talk about who you are and where/what you came from?

QUITE SIMPLY BRUH: IM THA BLACC BASQUIAT OF CLUB MUSIC. OF COURSE THERE IS MISTERY…THASS CAUSE ITS REAL ART. NOWDAYS MEDIA / PRESS TRY TO PUT U IN A BOX SO THEY CAN MARGINALIZE U N SHIT. YES I BEEN AROUND…IM DEF A MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN…EVEN THO IM A YUNG DUDE. N AS I SAID BEFORE RATCHETT TRAXXX IS A COORIDNATED EFFORT ON MY PART TO DESTROY SHIT THASS BEEN PISSING ME OFF…MAKING CLUB HITS IS A NICE SIDE DISH TO THAT. IF I CAN SPRINKLE JEWELS OF TECHNO WHILE TALKIN SHIT THASS COOL W/ ME. GUESS U CAN SAY MY WHOLE EXISTANCE IS AN ART PIECE. N AS FAR AS WHAT I CAME FROM…A FAMILY OF DJS N MUSICIANS. WE AINT NEW TO THIS GAME PLAYER…IT WAS ONLY NATURAL FOR ME TO CARRY THA TORCH.

People talk a lot about you apparently on forums and stuff. I guess a lot of it is speculation about who you really are and where you are from. Do you think people spend too much time thinking about the music rather than just enjoying it?

I THINK PEOPLE DONT SPEND ENOUGH TIME LISTENING OR TALKING BOUT IT. IM HERE TO GIVE A VOICE TO SHIT THASS BEEN IGNORED. MFRS MAKE TRACCS THAT ARE TERRIBLE N FORGET THAT SHITS BEEN DONE BY LEGENDS 100X BETTER 100X BEFORE. N JUSS CAUSE ITS NEW DONT MAKE IT GOOD. N JUSS CAUSE ITS NEW DONT MAKE IT TRASH. FEEL ME? AS FAR AS FORUMS N PEOPLE TALKING BOUT ME…THASS CAUSE IM FACINATING. I PROVIDE A UNIQUE VISION OF ART. BASICALLY IM A PAINTER LIKE VAN GO…THESE BITCHMADE PRODUCERS I GO AFTER (LIKE WHITE MATERIAL) IS THE EQUIVALENT OF A NIGGA AIRBRUSHING THEY BITCH NAME ON A XXXL WHITE T SHIRT AT THA MALL…THEY BORING…THEY MUSIC IS BORING…THEY GOT NO PRESENCE. N AS MY MANS ELLIOTT WILSON SAYS “STRONG PRESSENCE OR NO PRESENCE”. SO PEOPLE NOTICE. MY UNKLE ALWAYS TOLD ME…ISS THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS…U GOTTA BE ENTERTAINING…N U GOTTA BE ABOUT THAT BUSINESS.

N ALSO…BITCH MFERS ALWAYS TRY TO SLIP LITTLE SUBTWEETS N SHIT ON ME. PUSSY NIGGAS. COWARDS. THASS ANOTHER REASON WHY I PROSPER IN THIS GAME: I AINT AFRAID TO GO AT ANY MF. PERIOD. DOUBLE PERIOD. WHEN I GOT SOME SHIT TO SAY I @ U. TOO MANY SCARED BITCHES IN THIS GAME…WORRIED ABOUT INSULTING OR CLOSIN A DOOR. THASS WHY THA MUSIC THEY MAKE SOUND LIKE ICE CREAM CONES DROPPED ON THA GROUND.

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You made an interview with TTLAB that is somewhat “controversial”. Seems like they hesitated to put it out and added a big disclaimer before it starts. Do you think you are a controversial artist?

SHOUTOUT MY DUDE PRINCE KLASSEN AT TTLB…HE JUSS DOIN HIS JOB N SHIT…BUT U CANT GO DANCIN W/ THA DEVIL N TRY TO TAKE A SEAT HALFWAY.

ALL GENIUS IS CONTROVERSIAL. BASICALLY AS FAR MY ART CAREER GOES…IM DEALING W THA SAME PRESSURE MY MAN KANYE WENT THRU FOR YEEZUS N EVEN BEFORE THAT. I FEEL LIKE NAS IN THA “HATE ME NOW” VIDEO CARRYING THAT CROSS W/ THORNS ON MY HEAD. IM DEF PREPARED FOR THAT TRUSS ME. I AINT HERE TO KISS NO ONES ASS…UNLESS ISS ONE OF MY BITCHES N SHE BOUT TO GIVE IT UP.

BUT REALLY…LIKE I SAID BEFORE…PEOPLE DEF INTIMIDATED BY THA FACT THAT I AINT SCARED OF SHIT. I GOT MONEY…I GOT ART…I GOT BITCHES…I GOT A MF CAREER ONCE ALREADY…N DONT NEED NO PUBLICITY THAT I CANT GET ON MY OWN. I DO ALL MY SHIT MYSELF…ART, MUSIC, PRESS, CREATIVE DIRECTION, STRATEGY, COPYWRITE, PUBLISHING, FASHION, ALL ME. I GOT A FEW PEOPLE ON
STAFF BUT THEY JUST INDUSTRY DUDES THAT EXECUTE ORDERS.

In this interview i really like your car analogy (Toyota Truck & Quattroporte). What kind of car is Ratchett Traxxx?

B…NO QUESTION ABOUT IT…IM NINO BROWN IN THA JEEP WRANGLER STRAPPED UP…COMIN FOR U W/ MY OWN TRADEMARK MIX OF CHEMICALS…N IM DEF LISTENING TO “MINIMAL NATION” ON THA ALPINE. 100.

All of your work is released on vinyl only. Are you consciously doing this to filter who gets their hands on it? I talked to a couple of people that were looking for some of your tracks and that couldn’t find it anywhere. Do you think certain people shouldn’t be allowed to play your tracks?

NAH G…WAS JUSS FLEXIN ON SOME OF THESE WEAK ASS BLOGGER LABELS N PRODUCERS THAT DROP 100 UNITS N TALK SHIT AFTER THEY MANIPULATE THEY OWN PRICES ON DISCOGS. I JUSS STUNTED ON THEM CAUSE MY FIRST TWO RECORDS SOLD OUT EASY. MY SHIT LOOK BETTER…SOUND BETTER…N GOT PLAYED IN MORE CLUBS. I HIT EVERY CHART I WANTED TO N SOLD OUT AT EVERY STORE I WANTED TO. FAR AS PEOPLE HAVING IT…I WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE MY SHIT (EXCEPT RUSH HOUR IN AMSTERDAM…FUCCBOYS)…DIGITAL BOUT TO BE OUT FOR RAXXX-001, RAXXX-002 N RAXXX-003 AT THA SAME TIME LATER THIS MONTH. N BET ITS GONNA BE ON ITUNES CHARTS N SHIT. EASY.

RAXXX-003 IS ABOUT TO BE A MODERN DAY CLASSIC WHEN IT DROP THIS MONTH. THA JOINT IS DECEPTIVELY IGNORRANT. SLEAZY THUGGED OUT ELECTRO JOINT THAT SOUND LIKE DMX SHOULD RAP ON IT? DONE (WHOREALLYWANNIT). TECHNO BANGER THAT FITS IN W/ ANY HOOD OR MILLS RECORD? CHECC (CLUB ILLUMINATI). THA TRACC ACTRESS WISH HE COUULD MAKE EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE? YUP (EVERYDAYOFMYLIFE). BASICALLY IF U TOOK NAPALM N MIXED IT W/ VINYL N PCP…NOW U KNO THA DEAL.

You told me you are working on RAXXX-04 already which will be a rap-techno crossover. What can people expect? When is it coming out?

THA JOINT I DID FOR SOUND PELLEGRINO COMP WITH MY MANS PAUL FISHER FROM TEXAS ISS THA PROTOTYPE. THAT SHIT JUSS A LIL PREVIEW APPETIZER OF WHAT I GOT COOKIN. BASICALLY…WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT IS SOME SHIT THAT PEOPLE SCARED AND REALLY CANT DO: CLASSIC CLUB TECHNO W/ CURRENT RAP VOCALS. BASICALLY JUAN ATKINS MEETS DJ MUSTARD. SKELETAL SHIT W/ ATTITUDE FOR THA CLUB / TITTY CLUB / THA WHIP.

Are you working with any rappers currently? Seems like it would be interesting to hear people rap over some of your songs.

SEE ABOVE. PAUL FISHER IS PRIORITY RITE NOW. S/O MY DUDE JERRY JONES FOR THA INTRODUCTION. I MITE HOLLER AT ZEBRA KATZ IF THAT NIGGA STOP FUCCIN AROUND. A FEW OTHERS I CANT MENTION YET. BUT WE GOT CONNECTS IN THA MAJORS. SO NOTHIN OFF LIMITS. THA BOY IAN CONNOR NEED TO STOP TALKIN BOUT RAF SIMMONS N DO A INTRO FOR ONE OF MY JOINTS…BUT WE WORKIN ON THAT.

What do you think is exciting about music in 2014? What is exciting about rap music?

MUSIC IN GENERAL: MIXIN SHIT UP…CROSSOVER SHIT…I GOTTA ADMIT AMERICA FAILIN A LITTLE RN AS FAR AS THAT…N LETTIN THA FRENCH HOMIES TAKE OVER…CAUSE THEY AINT SCARED N THEY VERY OPEN MINDED. BEIN THAT IVE BEEN AROUND I SEE ALL KINDA CONNECTIONS N POSSIBILITIES…N THASS MY ADVANTAGE. IM QUITE OK W/ LEADIN THA WAY ON THIS.

RAP MUSIC: SOME OF THE MOST OPEN MINDED ANYTHING GOES ORIGINAL SHIT RITE NOW…REALLY. DJ MUSTARD MAKIN BEATS THAT SOUND LIKE MINIMAL TECHNO (N I MEAN THA REAL MINIMAL TECHNO NOT THAT FAKE SHIT)…ATLANTA ALWAYS DOIN ITS THANG…N OF COURSE KANYE LOOKIN TO CLUB MUSIC FOR INSPIRATION. RAP MUSIC UNLIKE SOME HOUSE N TECHNO PRODUCERS AINT SCARED TO TAP INTO ANYTHING FOR INFLUENCE.

A FEW ARTISTS / LABELS KILLIN IT RN: SEVEN DAVIS JR., JAY DANIEL, KYLE HALL, MGUN, D’MARC CANTU (NIGGA SEND ME SOME MUSIC), ANTHONY PARASOLE, BODDIKA (BUT DOGG…NO MORE JOY O COLABS), OF COURSE MY SOUND PELLEGRINO FAM, BROMANCE CAUSE THEY ON A TAKEOVER RITE NOW, I AINT FORGETTIN MOODYMAN (GET EM), THA NICCA A.O.S., BIG STRICK, JEFF MILLS (ALIEN FACE MF CANT STOP), DJ MUSTARD, PARTYNEXTDOOR, DJ CLENT, TRAXMAN, SPINN, KINGDOM, PARA ONE, MY DUDE PHARRELL…THASS ALL OFF THA TOP FOR NOW.

Whats wack with music and people in 2014?

REFERENCE MY TWITTER N TUMBLR FOR THIS ONE B. IM NOT SHY BOUT LETTIN MY FANS KNO. MY NEW PRESS RELEASE FOR RAXXX-003 ALSO GOT A FEW LINES OF NAMES. BUT REALLY…SHIT I CANT STAND: FAKE NIGGAS…ION EEN CARE IF U MAKE TRASH MUSIC…BUT IF U ALSO A FAKE OR LYIN…IM THROWIN HOT SHOTS UR WAY. N IF U BEIN SMUG ABOUT IT ( I SEE U RON MORELLI) IM DEF FIRIN AT U.
THIS SHIT IS CLUB ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC…A LOTTA BULLSHIT GOT A LOUD ASS VOICE BECAUSE OF MUSIC PRESS THAT DONT KNO HOW TO WRITE OR HAVE ANY IMAGINATION. WE HERE TO OFFSET THAT. BRING ORDER 2 NATURE N SHIT.

IF U IN NEED OF SOMEONE WHO KEEP IT 100: @TTTRAXXXRATCHETTTRAXXX.TUMBLR.COM

I discovered your work through our friends over at Sound Pellegrino (Teki & Orgasmic), how did you guys started working together for this SND.PE vol. 3 compilation you’re on?

TEKI N ORGASMIC 2 OF THA FIRST VISIONARIES TO PERCEVE WHAT IM ABOUT. THEY BEEN AROUND THA INDUSTRY…THEY UNDERSTAND RAP CULTURE…THEY UNDERSTAND YUNG CULTURE. SO TEKI SAID: SEND ME SOME SHIT N ILL BANG IT. SO I DID. THAT WAS A WRAP. THEY WANTED SOME MUSIC FOR THEY COMP N I TOLD EM ILL DO AN EXCLUSIVE PIECE. SO I HAD MY DUDE JERRY JONES LINK ME W/ PAUL FISHER N THA REST IS HISTORY.

Can we expect to see you around Montreal any time soon?

THASS SIMPLE DOGGIE…JUSS HAVE MONTREAL GET ITS MONEY RITE. THASS ALL IT TAKE. IM A WELL TRAVELED NIGGA N IT AINT NO THANG TO HOP A PLANE. N IT ABSOLUTELY AINT NO PROBLEM FOR ME TO CRANK UP ON A DANCEFLOOR. JUSS ONE WORD. CASH.

Any last words?

YOURE NOW IN THA PRESENCE OF A TRUE GOD OF ART N CULTURE. I SEE THIS WHOLE MUSIC SHIT FROM A MILE ABOVE…ALL THA ROADS FROM JUAN ATKINS TO YOUNG THUG ARE CLEAR IN MY VISION…N ONLY W/ CLARITY CAN U REVOLUTIONIZE ART. THASS ME. IM BREAKIN ALL BARRIERS (RACIAL, ECONOMICAL, GENERATIONAL, SEXUAL). WHEN I STARTED RATCHETT TRAXXX IT WAS BECAUSE I KNEW I AM THA FUTURE N THA NEXT GENERATION NEED AN IDOL TO LOOK UP TO. IM HERE TO TRAILBLAZE FEEL ME?

THANKS!

ONE,

RATCHETTTRAXXX

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Raxxx 01 et 02 sont sortis depuis quelques mois et disponibles pour l’instant que sur vynile.
Raxxx 03 sort à la fin du mois sur vynile aussi.

SND.PE vol. 3 RAW CLUB MATERIAL est présentement en pré-commande sur iTunes. (Sortie le 16 juin)

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