Q&A: Suff Daddy
Suff Daddy is a busy dude. A native German, he’s currently in Australia, not only gigging in support of his brand new album, Suff Sells, but also working on a pair of intriguing projects with some local beat heads. He is a champion, no doubt, producing dope bass heavy instrumental hiphop, and keeping the underground lit. We took a minute to catch up with him, and here’s the result. Take it away Mr Daddy…
Tell us in your own words what your sound is.
I make traditional Hip Hop Beats, using a lot of samples and combine them with my synthesizers.
Who makes up your band?
It’s just me.
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
My older brother listened to rap all the time when I was a lil kid, so I grew up with late 80s and early 90s stuff. I guess that was the first and biggest influence for me to make music. Nowadays I’m influenced by all the music-lovers in my circle of friends and by other artists. Too many to name them all.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m working on a project with Dexter and Brenk called Betty Ford Boys. It will be an instrumental LP full of bangers and other good stuff. Besides that I’m working on a EP with Ta-Ku from Perth and on some stuff with my German dudes.
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
No, I just have to get in the mood and then it happens. I search for a sample or drum-sounds or a synth-line and when I hear something I like I just take it from there. I like to add some synths to the samples that I use, thats the most fun for me.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you collaborate with, and why?
There are so many, and the names change from time to time, but I would love to work with D’angelo. To me his Voodoo album is one of the greatest Soul-LPs of all time.
But the best thing is still to be on my own in my little studio and just do my instrumental stuff. That’s what I love the most.
What do you think about Sydney’s music scene? And if you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
I don’t know too much about the Sydney scene yet, cause I haven’t been here for too long so I cant really say anything to that, but I’m really looking forward to playing at Oxford Art Factory. I still have to check out all the rest.
Seen any good bands lately?
I’ve been to Exile & Fashawn a few weeks ago, good show.
Any interesting stories
When I met Phat Kat and Elzhi in Berlin last Year to record a song for my recent LP, Elzhi didn’t say one word and just walked up and down the room, writing lyrics in his head. Then after 45 minutes he said “I’m ready”, went to the booth and rapped his part. It was impressive.
Where are you playing next?
The next gig is on august 4th at Oxford Art Factory. After that I’ll play in Adelaide on august 11th and in Melbourne on august 24th. More to come soon.
Here’s the album…
Check out his new video here, here’s an older one…
And here’s a cool lil video teaser for the album…