Swami Baracus, one of the biggest British-Asian rappers in the scene currently, is set to launch his forthcoming single 'Hyper' and mixtape, 'The Recipe'.
Having received substantial airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC 1Xtra, Kiss 100, Galaxy FM and BBC Asian Network, Baracus has performed at the UK Asian Music Awards press launch and was the first Asian rapper, to be featured on the UK Dubstate segment on DJ Excalibahs legendary ‘Tales From The Legend’ Hip-Hop show on BBC 1Xtra.
Baracus is also the winner of the Asian 8-Mile MC Battle contest, which took place at Radio 1 DJ Nihal’s monthly night ‘Bombay Bronx’ at the Notting Hill Arts Club. He was nominated for a BritAsia Award in 2011, for Best Urban Asian Act and this year won three Bronze awards (Best Hip-Hop Act, Best Hip-Hop song and Best Cross-Genre) at the Bite My Music Global awards.
His forthcoming single ‘Hyper’ and mixtape, ‘The Recipe’, are dropping this summer!
How would you best describe your music?
I’m predominately a Hip-Hop artist, and that’s the music I’ll always represent. However I don’t define myself in any one sound, and I’m always continually experimenting with music. Last two years alone the tracks I featured on included Punjabi-based Grime, Dark Dubstep, Acoustic ambient, Tamil R&B, Comic Electro and Rap/Rock… Let’s see how diverse we can get in 2012!
If you had a chance to collaborate with any musician on the planet, who would it be and why?
Well if I had my way, in the UK I would love to collaborate with Wretch 32, Lowkey, Labrinth or Chase & Status. However, if anyone in the world, it would have to be Nas. Someone i’ve admired since his first album, and still represents true Hip-Hop to this day.
What is your advice to up and coming musicians?
Have a backup plan! Haha. No seriously, I encourage anyone wanting to get into music to make it for the love of the music and not for the fame element. You have to work hard in developing yourself as an artist, no-one is the finished article and no-one gets to the top by thinking they BELONG at the top from the start. This includes making sure you’re releasing quality finished material, as any prospective labels/producers will only judge you by the quality of your music. And most importantly…BE ORIGINAL!
What is your all time favourite song and movie? Why?
My favourite song is the Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) by Craig Mack featuring Notorious BIG, Rampage, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes. The reason is it was one of the first tracks that made me want to start writing lyrics seriously and featured some real stars of the time! Favourite movie is a difficult one, but off the top of my head, I’ll say Empire Strikes Back… I’m a big Star Wars fan!
Money or fame? Why?
If we’re talking music, then neither. Once money and fame becomes a factor in your music-making process, the creativity of music suffers. Then you create music to gain funds, rather than make the music you want to without constraints. The passion is the biggest drive for me, and will always continue to be so.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
That shall be happening on the July 8 when I’ll be performing at T In The Park, one of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals in the UK. It regularly attracts 60,000-70,000 people over the two day festival and will feature some massive acts this year, so hopefully it goes well as it’s a big opportunity for me!
Have you championed any good cause?
One that’s very important to me and which I’ve pushed and promoted regularly this year, is to save the Tiger. There’s only around 3,200 left now in the wild, and without major intervention, they could be extinct within 20 years. For what is the national symbol of India to potentially be gone, would be a travesty and one humanity is severely to blame for. To make a difference, please sign a petition atwww.bantigertrade.com and help save this majestic animal.