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Interview with Chewi and his producer Oren

State In The Real exclusive, we caught up with Penn State students Chewi Imoke and Oren Spiegel to talk about their new project together, along with the interview we were the first to get a copy of Chewi’s new mixtape. And he has allowed us to release one of the songs from the mixtape. Here is the interview with the video.

Q and A with Chewi

SITR: Can you tell us about this second mixtape? What is it called, how many tracks are on it and when does it drop?

So the title of the mixtape is Chew On It Vol. 2: Rapper’s Digest… I felt it was important to keep the theme going so that people would recognize we’re taking the next step, you know, like this isn’t our first venture and we’re building on the past.  That way, if you like the new stuff, you can check out the old too not only see where we’re coming from, but to recognize our progression since which I’m superbly pleased with.  There are 13 tracks 9 songs, 3 poems, and an interlude.

The tracks are as follows

1. The Digest

2. How Far

3. Jungle

4. Party Hard

5. The Corporate Caldera

6. Bring Joy

7. Steez On ‘Em

8. Blow Up

9. Still Stand Alone

10. King of the Stage

11. Anticipation

12. The Journey

13. The Last Time

And this mixtape started right when the last one ended which was this past April so about 6-7 months put into this one, but granted over the summer things didn’t pick up recording wise! Until July when we were both in State College for summer session

Chew On It Vol. 2: Rapper’s Digest will be available Thanksgiving Day on Datpiff.com so put the thanksgiving football on mute, cause who wants to here Chris Collinsworth anyway? And jam to Rapper’s Digest as you…digest, it’s only right.

UPDATE 11/24/11

SITR: What can people expect from this second mixtape?

What people can expect, bottom line is growth.  We’ve experimented and expanded with what we have to offer, tried new things, developed more rapport with one another, developed a fuller and more professional sound, further grasped the concept of a mixtape/album and made it mesh more soundly.  Also you can expect high energy with a beautiful blend of powerful, heartfelt lyrics on top of up-tempo, studio album quality beats to shake that ass too.

 

SITR: How would you say this second mixtape measures up to the first one?

Blows it out of the water, seriously, we took leaps and bounds from one mixtape to the other in so many respects.  For instance the last one, my first mixtape, there are a few tracks where I sound rather monotone and not fully into what I was doing, but that’s just because I didn’t recognize the significance of emphasizing my inflection and projecting passion in every word.  Likewise Oren has stepped up his game just as much as I have by changing how he mixes tracks making them much louder and all encompassing of the spectrum that he has to fill.  In addition, it’s all about building a legitimate fan base with this one.  With Chew On it was about establishing an identity.   Now that’s clear, if you know me, you know I rap and if you listen from one mixtape to the other you can see that we’re building on the themes from the previous so now you can grow with us because it’s all about progress as you will find out when you listen to the tape.

 

SITR: We know that you had Oren produce this mixtape too, tell us a bit about what went into the process of making this second one.

We followed the same formula that we did for Chew On It.  I come up with a chorus, Oren comes up with the backbone of the track, I write my verses and he gets to mixing and mastering.  Or when he comes up with the chorus I’ll write my verses taking the utmost care to stay on topic with some of the references I implement and after we record it Spiegzy (Oren) does his thing from there.

 

SITR: We understand that you shot a video for the song Party hard, when will it be dropping? Can you tell us about that?

Yep, the music video will be dropping a week after the mixtape is available so that first Thursday we’re back at school, it was directed by Bello Galadanchi and produced by Rolanzo White, both Penn Staters and masters of their craft.  What it is our party anthem, straight up, this one’s by Penn State and for Penn State.  Yes it can be considered untimely given everything that has been going on, but I understand as I’m sure everyone else does that the Sandusky ordeal is going to be with us for a while so in my mind, down the road when the proverbial dust has settled is simply not at option as it’ll be at least! Several months if not years.  No disrespect is meant to the victims, their families, or our fine institution but we have to keep living, we have to keep making the moves that we need to make to progress, there’s that word is again, trust me, it’ll keep coming up, so we can get to where we want to be.  Stagnation is not and option, and this is just for fun, so don’t take it seriously/personally.  Just keep partying like you do every weekend and we’ll provide the jams and visuals that get you revved up for a night of letting loose.

UPDATE 12/1/11

Chewi’s new video, “Party Hard” has dropped.

 

SITR: What other things have you or will you be working on once this mixtape drops?

Honestly when this is publicly available it’s on to the next.  I save a slew of unused punch lines and already have another beat from Oren that I’m amped about so you can prob. expect another track or two before years end.  But we’re not going all the way in on the next mixtape just yet.  We’ll just be getting our feet wet.  Most of our time after this mixtape is dropped is going to go towards promoting it, you can bet that right after my thanksgiving meal settles…and I enjoy the Harbowl a.k.a. my Ravens taking on the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium, I’m burning cd after cd, contacting friend after friend, from this school that school any school to check the mixtape out and get us out to where they are for shows because right now it’s all about exposure.  I know we’ve got a product that people can latch on to and acknowledge that we’re a legitimate force to be reckoned with.  It’s just a matter of them hearing it again, and again, and again until we drive the message home.

Q and A with Oren

SITR: Tell us how you go about making the beats or songs with Chewi? And tell us a little bit about the process you guys go through.

Firstly I wouldn’t consider what I send Chewi beats. These are tracks or songs- the difference lies in the attention to detail and the common theme all of the instruments give in to produce a common feel. This makes it a song.

How do we do it? Well Chewi probably told how nice and swift the process is- but it isn’t. Unless the track was a personal project that I instigated and asked Chewi to do- like the song Blow Up for say; I would have to sit down alone and listen to Chewi’s recorded lines on my phone- by my keyboard or guitar- until I come with a melody. That tells the story, and transfer the same feel Chewi had in mine. This is tougher than one would think. But the reward is engraved in the final product.

 

SITR: What is different or similar about this second mixtape compared to the first one? What can people expect from the second mixtape?

As for the new mixtape- expect a more routed story line that is singled out by a more common flow to all songs. As opposed to the fist mixtape which was truly a complete mix of different vibes. This mixtape is mixed and mastered to perfection unlike the first- and Chewi has taken a harsher stance on reality and left some of his “marijuana” lines aside. He is truly forgoing the stoner kid outlook- to become the “well aware- and care” rapper. Who gives the facts to the public on current issues- including at rare occasions- weed.

No one should a hard time connecting to the catchy hooks- Chewi or I came up with. And with a little bit of luck- I expect the mixtape to pass through more than 5000 hands this time.

 

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/chewi

http://twitter.com/#!/chewtunes/followers

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chewi/107415469339889
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Interview by Erik Morales

Check out Penn State's DJ F.L.Y

State In The Real caught up with Penn State’s very own DJ F.L.Y.  After he killed it at one of his most recent shows at Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, we had to get an interview with him.

 

SITR: Tell us something about yourself, where you’re from, how old you are, what type of music you’re into and what you like to mix?

What’s good, haha is that still professional to start with a “what’s good?” oh well! I’m Dj F.L.Y. I’m from Long island NY and I’m 18 years old (a youngin in this big bad industry but I like to think I can hold my own!) and I love to make people dance. I do that by basically making sure my sets are always high energy and upbeat and create a party atmosphere. I jam a lot stuff into my sets like electro with big build ups, and bigger drops As well as some Dutch, progressive house And a bunch of other stuff I can’t even begin to know what genre it is. Basically anything with a high energy, and of course some top 40 remixes thrown in here and there. My preferred genre is electro. It just makes me want to groove.

SITR: What was your inspiration to start DJing and mixing music? If you were inspired by someone in specific tell me who and why.  And how long have you been doing it for?

I’ve been djing for about a year and a half and what got me into it was teen clubs. That was my first exposure to the club scene and even electronic music. I was a little emo kid in middle school who used to curse anything that. Wasn’t created with a guitar haha. After going teen clubbing all the time and listening to the music I kind of got a sense of how people reacted to certain songs and how certain djs could move a crowd and some couldn’t. What really did it for me was when you’d see a cute girl and want to dance with her but the atmosphere in the club just wasn’t there. That’s what made me say, “hey I think I can do better! I think I can Create the energy In the room that will get people dancing.” and about a year and a half later here I am, getting interviewed for making people dance haha, I’d say not a bad start!

SITR: What do you want people to think or know when they hear your music? What can we expect when we listen to your mixes?

What I want people to get out of my sets or take from them is basically a feeling. Let me explain. Dj F.L.Y. Stands for “Feel Like You’re…” my name embodies my philosophy of music in general and my philosophy of djing. Every song creates a feeling inside the listener. For example a wiz song makes you feel like kicking it and chilling where as party rock anthem makes you want to get up and fist pump. Without the emotion behind the music, its just noise. What makes this even more interesting is, despite how certain songs can be party songs or chill songs or what ever, that each song brings out a specific, unique, cherished emotion within a listener that is only theirs. It’s so specific to a person and their tastes and interests that no two people react the same. It’s this simple fact that makes music to me so complicated yet so beautiful. As a Dj I’m giving the daunting task of being the link between the people and the music.  It’s my job to take all these different emotional reactions, different personalities, and ease them into one consolidated emotion. That emotion can change through out a set, like Leaning people towards grinding or jumping and fist pumping, but what I feel it truly is at the end of the day is just to have fun, let go and want to party. I like to interact with the crowd, I like to get into it and jump around, go nuts. When people see the me going all out, they react to it. They see the passion I have for what I do and how much fun I’m having awkwardly jumping after the drop, and they soon follow suit. To sum it up it’s that the whole live Dj experience is all about the interaction between crowd and Dj. It’s the feeling that the dj transcends through his music that is what hits the audience in their souls and engages them; creating a truly great performance. People like to feel important and involved. I feel the way I view my sets allows each person to feel like they’re contributing; after all their energy just adds to the atmosphere. Adds to everyone having a great time!

SITR: Tell us about what kind of work you have done so far or things that you have accomplished.

Right now I feel I’ve gotten pretty far for the amount of time I’ve been doing this. I’ve done teen clubs, clubs, frats, and have had a lot fun doing it. One of my biggest accomplishments I think is just the fact that so many kids at psu know who I am, and come out to the places I spin. And what means more to me is that I get a lot of positive feed back from my live sets As well as my mixes I post on sound cloud.

SITR: What are some of your plans for the future, near future and later on in life?

My plan for the future as of now is to just keep at it and try to make it to the top. I’m trying to get established locally at psu and the NY area and then branch out from there. I’m in the process of trying to spin at Pacha NYC, That’s my first goal for now. I’m terms of the long term I want to start producing and make some sick tracks. And then try to go on tour. Play at ezoo, dayglow, ultra etc. Definitely play I’m Vegas; I hear they go hard there. #world domination I call it haha

 

Dj F.L.Y.- Drop Bombs by Dj F.L.Y. NY

 

Sound cloud

http://soundcloud.com/dj-f-l-y-aka-l3xb3rl-nd

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/DJF.L.Y.NY

 

Interview by Erik Morales

2011 PENN STATE GREEK SING

greek sing

What: 2011 Greek Sing will benefit the Gayle Beyer’s Scholarship fund
Where: Eisenhower Auditorium
When: Sunday November 6
Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM

 

GREEK SING: A BRIEF HISTORY

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Council’s Greek Sing was started in 1968 as an opportunity for fraternities and sororities to show off their musical talents, bond with various organizations, and display their Greek Pride! The event ended shortly after, but was restarted in 1983 with immediate success. Two years later, in 1985, the Greeks decided that all proceeds would go towards the Gayle Beyers Scholarship Fund. Gayle Beyers was former Greek advisor at Penn State, nationally-known for her expertise in Greek Life. Now each year, several scholarships are awarded to various members of the Greek community who exemplify everything positive about being in a fraternity or sorority: leadership, dedication, academic excellence, courtesy, service learning and various talents.

Greek Sing gives all organizations the chance the show off their originality, and every year, we have outstanding success. These dedicated students work hard towards winning first place in many different categories, including: best long performance, best short performance, best band, best costume, best set design, best female and male leads, and most spirit points!