Adidas Breathe & Stop TourInterview with headline DJ's Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Shortkut and Maseo
This Saturday 11th August, Lush will be rocked to its foundations with the Breathe and Stop tour, presented by adidas Originals. For the first time ever, three of Hip Hop’s most influential DJ's - Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest/Lucy Pearl), Shortkut (ISP/Beat Junkies/Triple Threat), Maseo (De La Soul) & the Heavy Boogie Crew will perform alongside 3 local All Star Dance Crews. AnyArena.com caught up with the legendary artists for a quick chat about their tour and the massive event.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest/Lucy Pearl)
Awesome to see so many hip-hop heavyweights on this tour. Very exciting stuff. Are you guys pumped for Saturday?
Shortcut: I'm very excited to be there for my second time. My first time playing in Saigon had so many great moments and I look to the next one to be just as - if not more - memorable, especially being alongside these two legendary artists.
Ali: Yes it is exciting to come to the other side of the world and share music and cheer and to be doing so with talented DJ's like Maseo and Shortkut, it's awesome. I'm thankful that Adidas helped us bring our art form this far.
Maseo: i'm very excited to be here especially with the dj's i'm sharing the stage with.
Maseo (De La Soul)
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it?
Shortcut: My sound leans towards genuine feel good music. My foundation is Hip Hop, but I produce and play all kinds of genres. I always to try to be able to play in any crowd i'm put in front of.
Ali: I've never been able to describe my sound and I rather not try to color it or define it for someone. Instead I would prefer if that people would put on a set of headphones, have a listen and describe it for themselves.
Shortkut (ISP/Beat Junkies/Triple Threat)
How do you feel about coming to Vietnam? Anything you are keen to see/do?
Shortcut: This is my second time here. I hope to catch up on seeing sights I missed the last time. Just grateful to be around the good vibes,folks and hospitality Vietnam has showed me.
Ali: I'm excited to be coming to Vietnam. When I first began to make music, I did so with the dream to be able to touch just one person. To now have that music bring me as far as Vietnam is humbling. I can't wait to see the Vietnamese get down just like they do in Brooklyn, NY. I would like to see as much as I can with the short amount of time we have there.
What music will you guys be listening to on heavy rotation during this tour?
Shortcut: My Iphone is stocked with a little bit of everything. Funk, Soul, and Reggae are always a must for me while being on the road.
Ali: I'm not listening to any one specific song or album. I am focused on making sure I play a great energetic mixture of songs that will keep everyone dancing.
Finally, what advice do you have for audiences in Vietnam to prepare for this show?
Shortcut: Prepare to have a good time. All three of us love music of all sorts. We plan to share what we love and make you move at the same time. Come thru with an open mind and ear!
Maseo: Expect to have a good time enjoying the music and the art of djing. (peace,unity,love,and havin fun)
Ali: My advice, bring an open heart and your most comfortable dancing shoes... Peace.
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