FACEtime series – MXTCH

17-year old Melbourne rapper MXTCH (Mitch) is trying to make waves all the way from his small home-town of Leongatha with his new-brand raps. It’s apparent the long last art of lyricism still rings true with the teenager who just released his debut What’s Done, Is Done last May.

We had a chance to chat with the young artist about everything that has brought him to this point, and we were taken aback by his maturity and the old head on his shoulders. It’s clear if he can keep stepping in the right direction we won’t be the only ones asking for a moment of his time.

Check out the interview below.

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(ripple.) Speak a little bit about where you’re from and how that shapes you as an artist?
(MXTCH) So Leongatha is a small town with a population of 5000-7000 people and not much is happening there unless you play sport and that wasn’t for me. I don’t know if Leongatha as a town really has shaped me as an artist, at least not yet but like hanging out with my friends and stuff is more what influences me than the actual town. We’re always talking about music, films and all of the things that interest and inspire us.

When did you write your first rap?
I wrote my first rap when I was 12 and it was some anti-bullying shit on some Eminem type thing. I had like old books I’d write lyrics in from when I was like 13 and going through a phase of writing on paper because it was “real” haha. I’ve thrown out those books now. I never told like anyone that I wanted to rap because it wasn’t really accepted around here. At least I thought it wasn’t and I’m someone who gets pretty self conscious so I didn’t want to get picked on or anything. I’m just glad I waited until this year to release music rather than to release the stuff I was working on when I was 13, 14 because it was so bad.

Briefly explain your creative process? You write the rap first or go off the beat?
Usually I’ll write first. I’m constantly thinking of lyrics and concepts and stuff and so much shit gets scrapped because I’m super hard on myself. The worst thing is that I write first and then I have to find a beat that caters to what I wrote and that’s part of the reason a lot of shit gets scrapped because I’m super picky with beats especially when I have an idea in my head of what it’s going to be like already

Talk about What’s Done, Is Done.
So that’s my mixtape I made earlier this year and I rushed it like I regret not taking my time on it because I feel like I didn’t show my potential as an artist. Not saying it’s bad or anything but I want to show that I can do better.

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What would you like to be remembered for as an artist?
I want to be remembered as someone who did something different. I feel like I don’t follow a lot of the trends happening right now and I’m not saying that as in I’m against it because I love Lil Uzi and Migos but that’s not the sort of music I’m going to make because that’s not me. I just want to be remembered for me. And to do some dope shit.

How do you see your potential as a rapper? Where would you like to see yourself?
How do I say this without sounding cocky? I don’t know man. I can’t really tell. I guess at the top, and I think that’s how any rapper trying to make a career for themselves should want to see themselves. I don’t want to sound like a dick but I want to be confident in my abilities too.

What are the goals for the future?
My future goals are to have a crazy album. One of “those albums” you know? A My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, a good kid, m.A.A.d city, an Acid Rap (I’m aware of it being a mixtape before somebody pulls me up on that). I also want to make a movie one day. When I was really young like 4-5 years old I used to want to make movies and that’s something I’d still 110% want to do. I have so many ideas and the ones I can’t put into music I want to put into music videos or a movie or short film or an online series/TV series. I want to buy my parents a nice house and a house for my friends and I. We have this group chat called Rainbow Boys which is just our shit and I always say one day we have to get a big house where every room is a different colour and that’s a goal man it’d just be crazy and a good creative space.

Do people from school look at you different knowing you’re a rapper? 
I don’t think people look at me differently like every now and then I get sarcastic comments but it’s rare I get people being rude towards me for it. I have people calling me M-X-T-C-H all the time though like not pronouncing it as Mitch but as all the letters like it’s an acronym. I’ve had people give me respect for it though and people who I didn’t really know or got along with have had praise for my music which is humbling.

What would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration dude there’s so many this is a hard one. I’d love to work with Kanye because that’s my favourite artist ever and he definitely inspires me. I’d wanna do some shit with Andre 3000 & Pharrell too. The possibility of any of that happening is minuscule but those are three people who really inspire me.

Is it hard juggling the study requirements of school and everything you want to do musically?
Juggling school requirements and music would be difficult if I actually studied or did homework. Sorry mum.

Lastly, do you have any goals for the rest of the year?
Goals for the rest of the year… definitely to get some more music done and just grind just work hard and keep trying to make something for myself. I’ve got shirt designs done that I want to try get out as soon as possible. I don’t know man I’ll just have to see how shit goes. I’m gonna sound like every other rapper and say that next year is the year. I think next year I’m gonna make more opportunities for myself. We’ll see how it goes though.

You can check out his music here via SoundCloud and download his mixtape What’s Done, Is Done here. Also be sure to check out his Triple J Unearthed profile.

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