Monthly Archives: July 2009

Running Passed the Farms

I decided to go for a run out in the boonies. I was visiting a friend up in farm country and he told me of a trail not too far away from his house. So I took my camera, laced up my running shoes, and hit the road.

Not all of the streets here have sidewalks. 

The houses look really nice though. It’s a quiet neighbourhood and I quite enjoyed my run down the streets.

I can see the farmer’s fields just ahead of this curve.


I’ve never really ran through farm country before, It was nice to see the crops in nice, neat rows.


I’m a city boy through and through so I’m not too familiar with farming. I think this might be corn but I’m not sure.

I zoomed past the train tracks. It’s strange seeing these without the barrier arms as well. The trail is still a kilometer or so ahead.

There is the unassuming entrance to the trails. It’s a good thing my friend described where it was to me in such detail or I might have run right by it.

I so love trail running. It is so much better than running on the street.

I even saw a deer jumping through the bush at one point. Unfortunately he was too quick for me and disappeared into the bush before I could snap a picture.

Well, that’s about it. The trails then opened up back to a different road that I was able to loop around for a nice 5 kilometer run.

I completed this course in just over 20 minutes. It was a very nice run that I will have to do again. Now, if only I could get my friend to join me. Wouldn’t that be great? If I lived here, I’d be running this trail every day. Well, he doesn’t know what he’s missing. 

I hope you enjoyed my visual running tour. I hope to do this again for you soon with another route and from a different location. 

Run-DMC autograph

This is my most prized autograph. It is from all three members of Run-DMC.


Reverend Run, Daryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and the late, great Jam Master Jay.

You can see that they autographed the door poster for me. I have it framed with my original ticket in the bottom right hand corner.

I wasn’t able to fit the entire poster into a scan so I just scanned a bit of it to share with you.

The concert was awesome. I think Run-DMC are the best group ever. I am just glad that I got to see them perform live and that I was actually able to get their autographs. It’s hard to believe that this was 15 years ago. It’s crazy how time flies.

Recommended Reads – The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is an excellent book that I can’t say enough about. I first discovered it as an audio book when I used to have a long commute to work. There were some amazing passages in it that made me want to pull the car over and jot them down but I didn’t want to interrupt the excellent story. 

After I had listened to it, I went to the bookstore and found a special 10th anniversary edition of the novel. I quickly bought it and reread the entire thing with a pencil by my side. I underlined the passages that spoke to me and wrote notes in the margins. I wanted to interact with the thoughts put forth by the main character and the author.

The novel deals with finding your place in the world and realizing the connections we have with the world itself. This story is very touching and it tells us to follow our hearts. It is almost like having a debate on philosophy and the meaning of life. It’s a powerful tale that has stuck with me all these many years later.

Here are some great passages that I highlighted.

“Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At one point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.”

“To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one. And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

What a great message. It deals with the purpose we all have in life. It tells a great story and teaches us important rules about how life actually works in the real world.

That is why I needed to add this book to my Recommended Reads. I have given it as a gift several times just because I believe it is such an amazing story and so beautifully written that anyone can appreciate it.

My Beef with Disposable Razor Commercials

I remember when the first razor came out that had three blades and how the television commercials praised this system as an amazing shave.

Then four-blade razors came out. 

And not to be topped, Gillette came out with a five-blade razor that had a sixth precision trimming blade on the edge of it. I got one of those as Christmas present three years ago and it is the only razor I have used since. I really enjoy the shave I get with my Gillette Fusion. I hardly ever cut myself anymore and I always have a close shave.

The commercials for this razor used to praise how effective the product was. Lately, however, the commercials have been reminding us that we need to replace our blades. Perhaps too many people are using the same blade for weeks and weeks. I know I am. And it’s not just because the replacement blades are expensive (although that it mostly the reason.) It’s because you can still get a good shave if you clean the blade well every day, even after a month.

So the commercials come along and tell us to change our blades. I find it hilarious that Gillette stopped telling us how great their product was and just started to tell us that we need to replace our blades frequently. I’ll replace my blade when it stops giving me a good shave, and not simply because an indicator strip tells me to.

And why are the blades more expensive than the starter kit with the razor, a fancy stand, and shaving cream. Does it make sense that four replacement blades should cost that much? I’ve spent a lot of money on your blades over the years. But I since like the shave and I am not about to get an electric razor (I don’t trust them) I guess I am stuck paying a lot of money for your cartridges. I just thought I’d complain about it. 

Professional Development Shouldn’t Be So Expensive

I have wanted to upgrade my teaching credentials for some time now. I just haven’t been able to afford to. I still have a large amount of student debt and until that is paid off, I don’t think I should be incurring more. Thankfully, my school had some money available this year to anyone who decided to take a course. I jumped on the opportunity and was happy to see that not all of the staff did. As such, my tuition was entirely paid for.

I wasn’t off the hook for all the costs though. I had to pay for and order a transcript to get enrolled. I also had to buy the textbook which cost $125 after all was said and done. And not only that, I had to use paper and ink to print off journal articles and other required reading material.

All in all, this course cost close to $1000.00. Yet, I know some teachers who take a course or two every single year. I don’t know of another profession where people actually continue to upgrade their skills at their own costs. It seems ridiculous to me.

I am dedicated to improving my teaching. I regularly reflect on what has and has not worked in my classroom. I regularly do professional reading and am constantly looking for things that will help improve my instruction. I go to staff meetings and workshops and am often pleased at what I take away from these things.

Yet, I want to upgrade my skills. There are a handful of courses that I know would benefit me professionally. I want to take Special Education so I can help my students who struggle. I love teaching music and am very knowledgeable about it but it would be nice to be a more effective teacher with it as well. I can think of a few other courses that I think would be worthwhile but I simply cannot afford to take them.

I am glad that my school had this money available. I feel like I have learned a lot. I know that I will be applying this knowledge in my classroom next year.

I think the schools we teach for should be as interested in our professional learning as we are. They should offer to help us out financially every year. If this were the case, my credential might actually match my experience and I know that I would be a much better teacher because of it. And of course, that is all I want.

Tim McGraw Reigns in the Rain

I went to my first country concert this past weekend. I had seen country acts before at free festivals but I had never been to a see a major show before. That changed when Witgirl bought me a ticket to Sarnia Bayfest to see Tim McGraw. I’ve been a fan of his since I first heard “Live Like You Are Dying” on the radio. 

That is an amazing song. In fact, the whole album is amazing.

And now I can add that he has an amazing live show as well.

There were over 17,000 fans in attendance for the show. We were in the licensed VIP section and had a great spot about 15 feet back from centre stage.

Just before Tim McGraw came on, the rain started to fall. Fortunately, it was a light rain and it let up after at short while. It didn’t dampen anyone’s mood.

Tim McGraw’s band came out and got all the instruments ready and then Tim just strolled onto the stage and started the show with “I Like It, I Love It.” He captivated the crowd with his nine-piece band consisting of two drummers, a steel guitar player, a keyboard player, a fiddle player, and guitar and bass players. Tim played guitar for a few songs but mostly just held down vocal duties. And he didn’t disappoint.

I could tell that the crowd was in to the performance as they sang along to almost all of his songs and took picture and videos. Although, I must say that they did baffle me a bit. Country fans are a lot different than rap or rock fans. They just stand there and seem to have very little energy. No one jumps up and down or throws their hands in the air. Some people dance in their spot but that’s about it. I guess it’s just that nature of the country concert. But it was weird to see.

Tim McGraw really impressed me with his no-nonsense, no-holds barred show. And he topped off his set perfectly with my favourite song, “Live Like You Were Dying.”

One of his opening acts, Jason Blaine, also really impressed me. He commanded the crowd with his entire performance. I also like how he had a fiddle player on every song. Sometimes she plucked the strings and sometimes she used the bow. She had a really nice solo or two thrown in there as well. They put on a great show. I think I will have to go check out his album.

Tim McGraw has a new album coming out this fall. He played new material from it and got quiet a good response from it. One of the songs was hilarious. It was called “It’s a Business Doing Pleasure With You.” I love how he flips that phrase and tells a story about a woman he likes spending money on. I’ll be looking forward to the album.

So I guess I will have two recent country albums to add to the Taylor Swift one I just got. Crazy, it seems I’m reverting back to a country boy, won’t my mom be happy.

Plagiarizing Myself

I have been taking an online course to upgrade my teaching credentials. Currently I am qualified to teach Kindergarten up to Grade 6. By the time I am done this course, I will be able to teach all the way up to Grade 10.

I never planned on teaching high school but I have thought about teaching middle school. My current school goes from Kindergarten to Grade 8 so this course should make me more valuable at my school since I will be able to teach any grade in the school. Either way, it never hurts to upgrade my skills.

Many of the assignments in this course have touched on issues or topics that I have already covered in this blog. It was really surprising to find out that I could fulfill some of my assignments by dipping into my old blog posts. I copied some of my blog posts outright and others I had to reformat or rework just a little.

At first, I thought I was plagiarizing myself. But there was a section in the textbook about the value of portfolios and I came to realize that my blog could serve as a professional portfolio. I have written quite a few posts about teaching and if I could use them to answer the questions posed in the course, why not use them?

My only fear is that the professor might find out that I already published material very similar to what I submitted to him on this blog. I wondered if that might get me into trouble. But is it even possible to plagiarize yourself? I don’t think so.

My thoughts haven’t changed much since I wrote those useful posts. I added some of my new learning and references so that that my assignments were more academic. Storytellers do this all the time. They tailor their presentation based on the needs of the audience. At that is just what I did. I don’t feel bad about it at all.

I have done a lot of work for this course and plan on using some of my assignments as future blog posts. So my blog served as a portfolio for my course work and my course work will serve as fodder for blog posts. Pretty cool, eh?

Everwood Lives!

Everwood is an amazing television series. I can’t say enough good things about it. It is powerfully written and has amazing actors and performances. 
I bought Season 1 on DVD as soon as it was released and waited for the other seasons to be released. I waited a long time. It looked like they weren’t going to release any of the other seasons. 
So I caved in and bought an unofficial complete series set online. I really enjoyed being able to watch the entire season again. It was just as good as I had remembered.
I decided to share this series with my girlfriend and she is hooked. We’ve been working through watching the whole series together but came to a snag near the end of Season 2 last night. The final three episodes would not play properly. Witgirl was upset about it, but I told her the same thing happened to me last time I tried to watch it. I had to settle for going online to read the transcripts. 
She wasn’t overly excited about that prospect and I can’t blame her. I wanted to watch those final three episodes of Season 2 again as well. So I was hoping I might be able to find them online somewhere to watch. I searched “Everwood season 2” on Google as was really surprised to see that it had just been officially released. 
I wasted no time and ordered it. It should be here in less than a week. I know that I can’t wait to own this season, see the extra features, and finally get to watch those last three episodes again. 
You can order your copy from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com 
This series is well worth the purchase. And hopefully, if enough people buy it, they will officially release Season 3 and Season 4 as well. 
I know that I have watched this series now several times and I never tire of it. It is perfect television and is without a doubt, my favourite television series of all time. 

Upper Case Vs. Lower Case

SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO REALLY LOVE UPPER CASE.

I understand using upper case to emphasize a specific word or phrase in a piece of text. Of course, abbreviations and acronyms should also be written in upper case.

What I don’t understand is how in children’s programs complete words are often written in upper case letters.

Almost all of the letters in a text, no matter whether it be online or in printed text will be lower case letters. These are the letters that children should be learning.

I appreciate that children’s programming tries to teach about letters, words, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge the seemingly predominate use of uppercase letters. Either way the children are learning, right?

But consider this

One great show that I have seen about building words is an animated program called “Word World.” It has likable characters that often play with letters to build objects they need for the story. It is very well done and I understand why upper case letters are used here. It is much easier to use capital letters because most of them have a flat top and bottom to them. As such, they lend themselves well to creating depictions of the words using their letters. Good enough.

But other shows often spell complete words in UPPER CASE when it is REALLY NOT NEEDED. PERHAPS IT IS EVEN DETRIMENTAL TO DO SO. Most letters are round and of different sizes and positions. Kids need to learn this. They need to be exposed to more and more words to learn.

Shows like Sesame Street and The Electric Company just seem to get it. This image is from an older episode of The Electric Company but the new shows are following on this tradition.


Notice how the word “steal” is all in lower case. This prepares kids better for their reading in the real world. This word will most likely look like this in a chapter or picture book.

The other great thing about the presentation of this word on the screen is that the vowel sound is in a different colour. It is easy to understand and teaches kids phonics.

What do you think? Do you see this as a problem or do you think I am nit-picking? Do you write in upper case letters when you print? Join the discussion and drop a comment below. Thanks!

Windchill Interview Part 4

Here is the wrap up of the interview that Gamma Krush and I did with Windchill of Artists Over Industry and After.Words. 

If you’ve missed any of this transcript, please go and read it from the beginning. There is a link to each new part at the end of each post as well so you can navigate through the whole interview quickly or you can just go download the podcast and listen to it for free. Either way, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I had a lot of fun doing this interview. 

So here it is, the wrap up,

WINDCHILL: “I got the new album coming out in October man. Try and get me up there. I got my passport. I am ready. I would love to come up there, straight up.”

CHASE: “Nice. There’s a lot of good places to play in Southern Ontario. Some people like Classified have been on a tour and this guy Shad is making a lot of noise right now. So, yeah, hopefully you can get up here.”

WINDCHILL: “That would be sweet man. I’ll definitely keep you posted, for sure.”

CHASE: “It feels like I could talk to you all night. I mean, we got an overnight show but I know you gotta perform or you could stay on air all night. We could like spin a set and come back and talk to you again. This has been wicked.”

WINDCHILL: “Absolutely. I could always call you guys back on my way home and give you updates on the show.”

CHASE: “That would be cool.”

WINDCHILL: “I’m always down to call. I love talking to the real heads who always listen to the real stuff. And ‘real hip hop’ is used pretty loosely these days but you guys know what it truly is. And likewise to you both, it was a pleasure talking to you guys.”

CHASE: “I still have like 40 questions I want to ask you because we kept on coming up with new things. I definitely have more to talk with you about for sure. Anyway, we should close off with another song before we go anywhere.”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, what you do you wanna roll, do you want to roll another After.Words joint or maybe go to the solo album, what re you thinking?”

CHASE: “I was thinking about paying homage but I wanted to talk to you about some of your lyrics there so if you got like 5 more minutes, we’ll drop the track, talk to you some more, and then we’ll let you go perform, do your thing, win some awards.”

WINDCHILL; “Absolutely bro, that sounds like a plan. So this is ‘Pay Homage’ produced by JJ Brown, the one and only JJ Brown who you hear with Louis Logic. So here’s my joint.”

CHASE: “Alright this is it. ‘Pay Homage’ by Windchill. This is Gamma Krush on the ones and twos, Chase March on the interview tip. Dope FM we’ll be back.”

CHASE: “Alright that was ‘Pay Homage.’ Nice, nice track. The beat on that is amazing. It’s cool to see that JJ Brown produced that. Louis Logic, I’ve been listening to them for a while. Nice stuff. So they’re from your area too right?”

WINDCHILL: “They’re actually from New York.”

CHASE: “Are they really?”

WINDCHILL: “I know they’re both not originally from New York but right now they’re residing in Brooklyn and have been for a while.”

CHASE: “Nice. I have to come clean with you here. When I first heard this song, it was a while back, I wrote you off. I was like, ‘Yo, I don’t need to hear someone saying someone else’s rhymes again. Rappers do this all the time. They call it paying homage and stealing someone else’s rhyme and I don’t want to hear this.’ 

And I ignored you for a while until Gamma started spinning ya. And then I listened to it a little bit more. Because really, I’m a hip hop historian and I’m getting really tired of kids coming up to me and quoting a song and telling me that Soldier Boy or C-Murder did it. And I’m like, ‘No man that was Rakim. Nah, man that was like… ‘cause they don’t know where it’s coming from. And I’m thinking we almost need some kind of footnote system so the kids these days know what homage is being paid ‘cause they don’t know.”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, they definitely don’t.”

CHASE: “Because I wanted to talk to you about some of your influences in this interview but if we listen to that song, I’m sure we hear them. Like Onyx and 2Pac and Biggie and there’s like a million in there. So I think the more times you listen to it, the ore you can pick up. And it’s cool ‘cause I’m a fan of pretty much all the ones you mention in there too.”

WINDCHILL: “That’s what’s up. Definitely. I know what you’re saying and don’t get me wrong. I’ve actually got that response a few times. Because you’re right. For some reason in hip hop music they do feel that they have to pay homage. It’s almost a way of showing you’re down almost, ya know what I mean? Of course, it wasn’t that to me. A cool little story about that song. I guess just being an artist that every song should have a little bit of a backdrop. I used to collect tapes like crazy. And I had shoeboxes full of tapes, all the way back to Main Ingredient tapes, Supernatural tapes from way back.”

CHASE: “Nice.”

WINDCHILL: “And I’m not too old but I had all the old KRS-One stuff. I was young. I was like ten years old listening to Krs-One. But at any rate, I wanted to make a song called ‘Pay Homage’ because I wanted to pay homage to the people who truly changed my life.

Hip hop changed my life so much for the better that I truly had to pay homage to it. Hip hop didn’t get me some girls, it didn’t give me money, it didn’t give me a new car. It didn’t give me anything like that but it gave me peace of mind, which we all know, there’s no price tag on that. So I felt a need to say thank you to the things I found in my life that bring me peace. So that’s why I wrote the song.

And what I did was, I had all my old tapes but once CDs hit they took a back seat. So they’re all out back in this aluminum shed and I had them out there. And they gold moldy and most of them didn’t work. I’d put them in and try to play it and some of the tapes would snap and whatnot. So they were pretty much useless. But I still had them all. And what I did was, when I went to write this track, I brought in all my tapes. I’d have to say it was at least a couple hundred. And I just got my one, big, huge table I had in the kitchen. I place them all face down so all the song titles were facing up. And I just laid them all out, literally hundreds of tapes laying out and I don’t even know how I started writing it.

But I knew if I wanted to pay homage and that was my idea that I wanted to weave song titles and albums into bars but it’s not like totally biting any lines that they say. It’s kind of like making lines outta the song. And that’s what I did. I just sat there and constructed a verse and it sounded dope. So I was actually rhyming it. I was using song titles, album titles, ya know, with the Busta Rhymes thing I kind of like quoted the whole chorus, like everything. I was like, ‘Yo, I gotta do this.’

And then, the funny thing is I wrote that and it was like to this old beat and it was just some beat lying around. It wasn’t close to the beat I got from JJ. And when I played it for the boys, they were like, ‘That is the joint right there!’ and a few people were like, ‘I think you need a better beat.’ And I could take that. I’m good with the constructive criticism and I knew anyway that the beat wasn’t nothing to write home about. So I just started looking.

And I went to ScribbleJam right before I dropped my album. It would’ve been ’06. ScribbleJam, they used to hold it down in Cincinnati. Eminem got his start there. Ya know what I mean, it’s like a weekend long hip hop festival. The year I was there Brother Ali rocked and Louis and JJ had rocked, and the background with them is that we threw our own hip hop festival here in PA back in ’05 and we had Louis Logic and JJ as the headliners. We brought them in and that’s how we started a relationship together. And then in ’06 I went to ScribbleJam ‘cause I knew they were on the bill performing. Because we did get really cool with them when we did the show, it wasn’t just ‘Here’s your money, bounce.’ We talked and we got cool with everybody. And I went out to ScribbleJam and I was talking to them after the show. We must’ve sat there for an hour, chopping it up with them just like old friends. And I had mentioned to JJ very briefly that I was working on an album and I’d love to get a beat. And he was like sure, when you get home, hit me up. We’ll talk about it.

And the after I got home, I remembered the pay homage thing. I basically just had the accapella and my verse of ‘Pay Homage’ and I just went over JJ’s beats and listened, listened, listened. He gave me a beat CD with like 40 joints on ‘em, maybe 30 and just listened, listened, listened, and when that one hit, I was immediately making payments the next day. This is the one. It was one of those things where you just know. That was the beat for that song, no doubt.”

CHASE: “Nice. It works. I think I judged you too harshly on first listen because it does work and I’m a hip hop historian and I appreciate those influences, so I’m sorry about that man. But it’s definitely good I got Gamma Krush to school me on what’s good, ya know? ‘Cause I listen to him all the time.”

WINDCHILL; “For sure, no hard feelings man. I know what you’re saying man, I get it all the time. There’s a bunch of crap out there and if you don’t make sure you give it a listen, ya know, people fall for anything, you gotta make sure you give it a second listen just to make sure it’s legit man. But no hard feelings man, it’s all good.”

CHASE: “This has been amazing talking with you, simply amazing. I feel like we could talk all night. You’re a super intelligent guy, totally into hip hop, you make good songs and good albums, in good crews, but we know you’re at the venue right now. We’ve been taking up a lot of your time so we should get going but you should just let us know how people can get a hold of you so if people want to find you online, they can.”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, and right back at ya bros. Thanks Gamma for all the calls and everything. Thanks Chase. It was a pleasure to meet you today. I had a blast talking with y’all man. I’ll definitely check out Dope FF. I check the podcasts now and again when I got the time. Please do that because these cats are preserving what real hip hop is all about, what real indy artists need. This is great for me. I’m a humble dude. And I can’t thank you enough like seriously, right back at you guys 100%, and let’s definitely do this again. And listeners out there I got the myspace if you want to check me out its myspace.com/windchillofaoi and I respond to everybody, I hit everybody back, all my info, albums, shows, tours, free downloads, everything is there. So please swing by and drop me a line. I would love to talk and meet with y’all for sure.”

GAMMA KRUSH: “No doubt. We’ll have that up at dopefm.mypodcast.com or either dopefm.podomatic.com. Either or, and like I said before to all our listeners, subscribe to both really. We’re not going to put each show on each podcast. So subscribe to both, see which one comes up first and tune in. But y’all already know that for real. Yeah, we can’t thank you enough B. Because here at Dope FM we listen to a lot of underground hip hop and we always look in to all the independent artists. So any of y’all out there just look up the myspaces and check out what’s out there from all over. Like the hottest rapper out right now and he may be living out in Antarctica, ya know what I’m saying.”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah man, you never know. And I commend you guys on putting people out there simply because you’re a fan and you like what they’re doing ‘cause a lot of the radio out there, ya know, it’s all paid for. Like foe a couple grand the DJ’ll be playing your stuff. I mean that’s cool too if that’s how these guys want to get around, throwing around thousands of dollars. Whatever. I ain’t here to hate on it. I don’t agree with it. That’s why I commend you guys. The reason you play it is because you like it. And a lot of DJs can’t say that. A lot of DJs get a playlist handed to them and they don’t like one song. Like Primo’s calling them freaking robots, ya know what I mean? Some DJs don’t understand that they have a powerful weapon and they’re sitting behind one of the most powerful media weapons in the whole world and here they are playing this bull to everybody and infecting the young kids minds, ya know what I mean? I don’t know. I just commend you guys a thousand times. And that’s what’s up seriously.”

CHASE: “That’s how we roll each and every day here at Dope FM. The coolest thing is that we got the podcast so we have free mix tapes for everybody basically. And we’ve got this interview series that we do. And another cool thing is that I will actually take four hours and type this all out and put a transcript of it up on my blog.”

WINDCHILL: “I gotta get running. I gotta get up in here. I think my DJ is here. So let me get in here and do my thing. And I will talk to you guys soon. Thanks again for chatting with me. I really appreciate it.”

CHASE: “Alright good luck tonight at the Central PA Music Awards. This has been Dope FM with Windchill of A.O.I. and After.Words, we’re outta here.”

GAMMA KRUSH: “cfmu.mcmaster.ca and as always we are never stale in Westdale. Keep it locked, yo!”

WINDCHILL: “Peace!”

Well that’s it’s it. I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did recording it. Make sure you go and download the podcast for free. 

And remember to tune in each and every week for the best in underground hip hop. Daddy J and Gamma Krush spin the tunes and I’m around to emcee and interview some dope artists. This is just the latest interview and there will be more to come. 
If you missed any of the past interviews, click on the sidebar to get the interviews I did with Animal Farm, Classified, Invizzibl Men, and Sweatshop Union. 
Enjoy! 

Windchill Interview Part 3

This is the third part of the interview transcript. To hear the entire show for free, please go and download the podcast. If you want to read the interview and catch some YouTube videos, make sure you check out Part 1 and Part 2.

And without further ado, here is part 3. 

CHASE: “Alright we’re lucky enough to be sitting with Windchill from Artists Over Industry and After.Words. Well, actually we’re on the phone and he’s sitting in another part of the continent but modern technology, we’re all together here on Dope FM. How ya doing Windchill?”

WINDCHILL: “I’m chilling man, no pun intended. The sun’s going down. It’s starting to get dark out and I can see the driveway where all the cars come in to this club and they keep pouring in. So I think it’s gonna be a banger man, I’m excited.”

CHASE: “Yes, that’s right. We’ll just remind everyone that you are performing at tonight’s Central PA Music Awards and are up for an award as well.’

GAMMA KRUSH: “Hey, this is a typical question but where did you come up with the name Windchill? Was that something you always went with or did you go by any other name?”

WINDCHILL: “I used to go by a bunch of names and that was kind of why I had to shed them all. And none of the names, I never made them up myself. I would love to say that there was some crazy thought that went into Windchill but this is what I came up with. I had the name Lieutenant Freestyle was one of my names, for a long time I went my White Gold, and this other time, I always used to write the hooks. Like my first group was like seven rappers called the Major Factors and we would like all write a verse to the beat, like don’t even care about no topic, let’s just write. And then every time we’d be done, they’d be like, ‘Yo, write us a chorus.’ So my one boy, who I pretty much credit my career in hip hop to, his name is Money Rhymes, he called me Captain Hook and I started dying yo. That was the funniest and it fit so perfectly.

So I had all these names and they were all given to me but I wanted to come up with something on my own so I gave it some thought. I remember that a few things always led me to Windchill. People hate the cold. You can take like a nice 20-degree day in the winter and, you know, it’s cold, it’s freezing already but you put some wind in the mix and then before you know it, people are just miserable. You know it drops 30 degree and it’s negative 20 now because of the wind, ya know what I mean. And whenever the news came on and said, “The wind-chill factor today is negative 30, I don’t know why I’d be like that’s pretty cool.

And another thing was that I really liked Mother Nature. I’m very fascinated by mother nature and how mankind look like idiots even trying to stand up to it. But at any rate, it was a force of nature. It’s just one of those things you can’t stop and then I started learning back then about the wind itself, how it could generate power almost the same as water. Wind power is one of the most efficient and easiest thing to harness. So all those things combined just kind of led me to it. My name when I started was The Windchill Factor, but that’s just too much.”

CHASE: “Yeah.”

WINDCHILL: “I’ve been called everything man. Ya know, Chill Factor. No one calls me Windchill, they just call me Chill. I shouldn’t say no one, I should just say my close group of people. Like everyone just dropped the wind, they just call me Chill, which is cool too. I actually like that. And the only other name I go by nowadays, and it’s definitely an a.k.a. name, I don’t even put it on my myspace or nothing is actually Reality Check and that goes back to what we were talking about fellas with putting your real life and your experiences down on the paper and the rhymes that you spit. So I always thought my rhymes gave people kind of a sense of reality check. That was my other name. So it’s really Windchill or Chill or you can call me Reality Check, no one calls me that though. You know how Wu-Tang always had, like Method Man was Meth Tical and they all had like 4 names.”

GAMMA KRUSH: “Yeah, Wu-Gambinos. Noodles.”

WINDCHILL: “Like each one had a whole bunch of names too. Like U-God was Baby U.”

GAMMA KRUSH: “Golden Arms.”

WINDCHILL: “And RZA was Bobby Digital. They all had like 3 names. I was like, ‘Yo, I want at least two. Ya know what I mean?’

GAMMA KRUSH: “Yeah, Chase and I are a little guilty of that too.”

CHASE: “I’ve shed everything except Chase March for the time being. I still get called some of the old ones now but I had some wack ones like you and Chase fits, ya know. So the album title, ‘Before the War,’ ya like that segue? The album title ‘Before the War.” Is there a war coming?”

WINDCHILL: “I think the war is pretty much already here. It’s a war on you mind, basically. Everything that is basically pushed to the mass populace, everything pushed through media, MTV, VH1, any corporation that has control of television or anything, everything that’s put out there is meant to distract people. Because the reason why we have everything we have now is because there was time for people to sit around, walk around in the storm with like a kite and a key and get struck by lightning and find electricity. Like if Ben Franklin has to worry about the TV, a job, kids, a mortgage payment, and a car payment, he would’ve never discovered electricity. 

And everything that is made by all the corporations is an attempt to dumb people down. It’s an attempt to give then 101 ways of escapism. And that is the war that’s going on because that war against your mind is taking you away from the divine reason that you are here. The divine reason that you are here is to figure out what life is about. I think everyone should leave a mark on the world where they’ve at least made things better. And it just seems that everything these days has got people dumbed down. I wish I could think of the MC who said it, I think it was Pharaohe, he said, ‘Of course it’s your favourite song, they play it on the radio 20 times a day.’ Ya know what I mean?

GAMMA KRUSH: “‘Why must you believe something is fat just because it’s played on the radio 20 times a day?’ Yes, that was from ‘Stress.’”

CHASE: “We’ve been talking for a while. Let’s play that track now. It’s called “Stress” by Organized Konfusion. Prince Po is the first MC on the track but then Pharaohe Monche then comes on and says that line we just talked about it. Check it out,

CHASE: “Yeah, that line by Pharaohe Monche sure says a lot, doesn’t it?”

WINDCHILL: “I’m not trying to be full of myself or any underground rapper, but put that on the radio 30 times a day and they will be the next big thing. It’s not hard, ya know what I mean. Like take a song from my album. Put ‘Pay Homage’ on constant rotation tomorrow on all the big stations and I’ll be a star. And it sucks to say that, ya know what I mean, cause anyone can do it. But why we never make it to that point because they want whatever’s readily available music is the most ignorant form of music possible so people can’t get enlightened by it.”

CHASE: “I completely agree.”

WINDCHILL: “They don’t want someone walking around like ‘Before the War’ trying to call out the Federal Reserve and how it’s like an illegal operation, and call out this and call out that. They would never allow that on the mainstream waves.”

CHASE: “Yeah, we actually are ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ to quote Neil Postman who wrote a book on this whole topic in 1985 believe it or not, but I just read it, just from the library, just out of my own amusement like last summer. And it’s amazing how he saw that coming. And that’s where we are. And almost like Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.’ People were afraid George Orwell’s 1984 was gonna come true, but, ya know, if the people just stop caring and are amusing themselves constantly, we’re gonna be in a bad state. So I totally agree with what you’re saying there.”

WINDCHILL: “That’s what it is. It’s gotten to the point that people have retreated as far as they’ve retreated and their only save haven is their living room, Like they don’t care if someone gets shanked to death out front. They’ll watch it through the blinds but they won’t pick up the phone and call the cops, ya know what I mean?”

CHASE: “But they’ll tape it on their cellphone.”

WINDCHILL: Like everyone’s ‘Like leave me alone, in my own house, just don’t’ come in here.’ That’s where everyone’s retreated to. No one protests nothing. For example, listen to this fellas, around here in PA, in this part of Pennsylvania. It’s called **** and it’s the water company that deals with most of PA. Well, these use chlorine in water to clean it and, of course, everyone’s known that for years. But chlorine causes bladder cancer and all this other stuff and it’s proven but everyone seems to be okay with that. But I guess it’s not killing people fast enough because now, around here, unannounced to the public until it was already in the drinking water supply was a chemical called chloramine. It’s basically chlorine and some other crazy chemical. I can’t remember right off the top of my head, I wish I did ‘cause I’d sound really smart, but I don’t. I just know it’s chlorine mixed with something else and it’s double as harmful and way worse on this and way worse on that. I have an article I was reading at the house. And that just effects all the people here in PA. Well, not even the whole state, just the local area. **** Water, they decided to go from chlorine to chloramine. And of course all the back info on chloramine is horrible.”

CHASE: “Woah, I haven’t heard anything about that. We got some crazy sodium levels and we’ve got certain places here in the province where you can’t drink the tap water, and boil water advisories. It’s crazy what’s going on.”

GAMMA KRUSH: “Yeah, we’re not really that far. We’re just like right above y’all. We’re pretty much in the same backyard almost.”

WINDCHILL: “Aren’t you guys right on the other side of New York? Don’t you huys touch New York state at all?”

GAMMA KRUSH; “Yes we do and a little bit of Pennsylvania, I think.”

WINDCHILL: “No doubt, that’s awesome. I knew you guys weren’t too far but I need to get up on my geography man. On tour we went through Buffalo, New York and I know Buffalo is fairly close ”

CHASE: “I rolled through Pennsylvania once. I think it was a bout a six hour drive from here”

GAMMA KRUSH: “And Buffalo’s like an hour from us.”

WINDCHILL; “Okay.”

CHASE: “I was down in Pennsylvania for a Scout Camp. I remember, it was horrible actually. It was rainy. It was crazy. And muddy and very uncomfortable. So that’s why I haven’t been back. Nah, I’m just kidding. I got reason to come back now. The hip hop scene looks amazing out there. Too bad I’m not at the show. I’d love to be able to see you perform tonight.”

WINDCHILL: “That’d be dope man, And if you guys were here that would be cool. I can tell that we’re all on the same plane.”

CHASE: “It feels like I could talk to you all night. I mean, we got an overnight show but I know you gotta perform or we could stay on air all night. We could like spin a set and come back and talk to you again. This has been wicked.”

Believe it or not folks, we are not done yet. Windchill is a dope hip hop musician and a great person to talk to. We’ve covered a lot more than just beats, rhymes, and life. Stay tuned for the fourth and final part of this interview transcript tomorrow. And don’t forget to go download the podcast of this interview for free from Dope FM.

See you tomorrow for Part 4.

Windchill Interview Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this interview, be sure to check it out.

We are speaking with Windchill Factor from Artists Over Industry and After.Words. This interview aired on Dope FM radio and is now available as a free podcast. Go download it and while you are there make sure to subscribe so you can get the best in dope, underground hip hop each and every week.

And without further ado, here is part two of the interview. 

CHASE: “I want to talk to you about your autobiographical aspects of your songs because you just told us that you’ve lost hope from time to time, and everybody has, but listening to the After.Words album it seems like there is a lot of autobiographical aspects in there, like in ‘Maybe’ you say, ‘Maybe my father wasn’t meant to be with my mother.’ And I heard another song ‘cause after I got here Gamma Krush was playing ‘Step Into My World’ I think that’s off of your ‘I Have Arrived’ album. I haven’t been able to hear that whole album yet but I’ve heard a few things off of it. And you get more into your parents and the issues there.

I didn’t play this song at this point in the interview but I’d like to drop it now for you. Here’s is “Step Into My World” by Windchill off of his “I Have Arrived” album.

CHASE: “Is that all true? Autobiographical stuff?”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, absolutely man. 100% true. I swear, you guys are on your P’s and Q’s, I gotta say because I know what you’re saying cause when you listen to ‘Step into My World’ I don’t bash my mom because I do love her and we have a great relationship now. But you can tell that there were some problems through my rhymes, ya know what I mean. You can tell some troubled family things arouse at those times and when I did ‘I Have Arrived’ I was trying to get all that old stuff off my chest. Like everything on that album is pretty much autobiographical.

And that line I wrote in ‘Maybe’ – “maybe my father wasn’t meant to be with my mother.’ Was me, basically, being at a point in my life where I could accept it. For the longest time I had problems with the step-dad growing up. And I was not a really easy kid to deal with. Obviously my parents got divorced. I was very young. It screwed me up. And it just threw me in the blender. Like in my mind, I was jacked up. My brain was crazy.

I couldn’t go nowhere without headphones on, like walking from class to class with headphones. I remember I would take like my favourite song and it put it on a whole tape, like a 60 minute tape. I’d pick two songs and put one on one side and one on the other and I would just listen to them all day long. One joint would be ‘Around the Way Girl’ by LL Cool J and the other side would be like ‘Award Tour’ by A Tribe Called Quest. And, like, I just listened to those songs a million times. And it was a way of coping with what had happened with my parents.

But, when my moms split, you can tell basically from ‘I Have Arrived’ that I had resentment toward my mom for leaving because I was so screwed up in the brain that I really couldn’t see that she just didn’t love my dad. Ya know what I mean, I took it really personal. When my mom left, I took it personal. I’m not gonna get into it and make her look bad but at the time, I had a right to do that. Ya know, my mom left and I didn’t see her for a long time after she left. Now, like I said, I see her all the time. On the weekends we go out. She goes out to a couple shows. My mom came to a KRS-One show by the way.”

CHASE: “Nice.”

WINDCHILL: “My Mom’s like 45, 50 years old and she came out to a KRS-One show. Like me and my mom are great now. But I wasn’t at one point so I vented that through ‘I Have Arrived.’ My mom told me that that song made her cry. But she told me, ‘Don’t be sorry Matthew, don’t be sorry. I know you had to get it off your chest.’ But she’s like, ‘You really did make me cry with that.’

So when I wrote ‘Maybe’ I wanted to kind of give my mom something back. I wanted to drop that line that when my mom heard it she would smile instead of cry because that’s where I truly am right now with her. 

And I came to the realization, after getting to know my dad over the years and getting to know my dad over the years, that I can’t believe they even hung out one day. And that was part of my screw up because they were so different. Like growing up my dad was like, ‘Home at this time. Chores!’ like a drill sergeant and she’d be on the back porch just drinking with her friends and I could come and go as I pleased. So it was that that kind of screwed me up but I just wanted to show my mom that everything was cool and it so funny that you say that man, but my mom heard that line and the first time she saw me after she heard the album, she hugged me with tears, she wasn’t weeping, and she just said, ‘Thank you.’ And I was like, ‘What? What are you talking about?’ and she told me that she thanked me for writing that line. And I was like, ‘You don’t got to thank me,” ya know what I mean? But I wrote that line because I realized that everything happened the way it should be.

For the longest time I was that kid that ‘I just want my family back.’ But in reality, that would’ve been even worse because my mom and my dad are like oil and water. They don’t even need to be in the same room together. So that’s kind of crazy that you found the connection between those two songs. That’s amazing to me.”

CHASE: “Well I can identify with it for number one. I’m a teacher so I see this kind of thing a lot with my students and I can see how it affects them. And also, my parents split when I was young and I didn’t know what was going on either. And I stayed with my mom for a bit and then I bounced to my dad’s. And I saw that lyric and could identify with it and it’s real. And I love when MCs can give us something like that. So I think a lot of people can identify with that song.

That’s the one thing I love about hip hop is how honest we are as MCs and DJs and listeners. We can just straight out put it out there and it’s accepted and people listen to it. And believe it or not, that probably helps people. Like that’s what I’m talking about – the positives of hip hop. People can identify with that, then they can hear your line later and seeing that you’re cool with your mom and maybe they’ll be like, ‘Ya know maybe my dad wasn’t such a dick for leaving or maybe my mom. Or maybe I realize that, yeah, they just weren’t meant to be together.’ And that’s a good realization to come to and mend those bridges and still have good relationships with both your parents. So props man, awesome.”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, dude. Life is a crazy, crazy journey. And I realized that when I was really young, you gotta roll with the punches per se. And not to say that you don’t want to stand your ground, obviously. My dad always told me it was about picking and choosing your battles. Because you can kind of relate life to a war, ya know. It’s filled with a bunch of different battles and if you try to fight everyone of them, you’re never gonna make it to the end. So it was like, pick and choose your battle and when you pick your battle, you pick your stance on something and those are the things you stand up for and don’t budge for anybody. But when it’s really trivial, sometimes you just gotta roll with it and when it’s time, stand your ground, know what I mean?”

CHASE: “Man, I love talking with you. This interview is so awesome but we’ve been talking for a while so let’s drop another track.”

WINDCHILL: “Sure, absolutely.”

CHASE: “I mostly familiar with the ‘Before The War’ album so I’d like to drop another track off of that one if it’s alright with you?”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, that’d be great man. For sure.”

CHASE: “Alright. I’d like to play ‘Look Inside of You’ cause once again there’s some really inspirational lyrics in there.”

WINDCHILL: “You’re reading my mind. That’s crazy.”

CHASE: “Nice, that’s what you would’ve picked to play now too?”

WINDCHILL: “Yup!’

CHASE: “Alright, so this is ‘Look Inside of You’ by After.Words. This is Chase March and Gamma Krush here on the ones and twos for Dope FM. Stay tuned after the song because we’ll be talking more with Windchill.”

You can hear this song on their facebook page here. http://apps.facebook.com/ilike/artist/After.Words/track/Look+Inside+of+You

That’s it for today. See you tomorrow for Part 3 of this interview. Windchill continues to opens up with us and get personal about life and hip hop. You definitely don’t want to miss it. And you shouldn’t miss another podcast either. Subscribe for free to get the weekly mix shows we do where we always highlight the best in underground hip hop. Thanks for tuning in. See you tomorrow for Part 3 of the transcript right here.

Windchill Interview

Last week I had the honour and privilege of interviewing an amazingly gifted MC by the name of WindchILL. If you are not familiar with this cat’s music, please check out this interview that Gamma Krush and I did Dope FM. It is available as a podcast so please go download it for free and enjoy the vibe.

As usual, I have spent several hours typing up this transcript so you can choose to read the interview as you listen to it. Or you can just scan it and check out some videos that I have embedded. The coolest thing about checking it here on the blog is that I drop a few videos and songs that didn’t air on the show.

I hope you enjoy this interview.

GAMMA KRUSH: “Yo, what’s going on everybody. This is Gamma Krush, a.k.a L. La R. We also got Chase March here.”

CHASE: “What up?”

GAMMA KRUSH: “And who we got up on our phone lines tonight?”

WINDCHILL: “Yo, what’s going on this is Windchill of Artists Over Industry and After.Words. United States in the building. Pennsylvania. What’s going on fellas?”

GAMMA KRUSH: “So where you at right now, right this second? What you up tonight specifically.”

WINDCHILL: “Tonight specifically is actually the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards. It’s going down. It’s where I reside here in the Central, kind of the centre part of Pennsylvania. Otherwise know as Central PA. It kind of encompasses the cities of Lancaster, York, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, and of course, any and all suburbs included. But I think it’s a fairly big event. it’s a music awards. The third annual Central PA Music Awards they’ve been doing it for three years now. As I said before, I’m Windchill form Artist Over Industry. Artists Over Industry was my first group that I got started with way back, and we’re actually up for an award tonight, and we’ve got a 45-minute time slot to rock. So I’m out back of the venue with now just pulled up got everything in line. Chop it up right here on Dope Fm for a minute, head in here, my DJ should be here any minute, get our tables set up and do our thing.”

CHASE: “That’s amazing. I’ve been doing some research on you. I’ve heard the “Before the War” album from After.Words a lot. And I saw that you actually took home solo album of the year at this award show last year for your ‘I Have Arrived’ album.”

WINDCHILL: “Just to be specific, there’s two types of awards show they do here. One has the actual hip hop award label on it where it is all hip hop and that’s where I took home the album of the year. It’s still a big event,. don’t get me wrong. It goes down in the forum in Harrisburg right down in the heart of the city. Yeah, I’m really proud of that, but that was actually two years ago now. 

My album came out in 2007 but I actually won the award in ’08. But, yeah, I won album of the year. That was pretty cool. I was definitely not expecting it. I only rolled to the award show with one person. People were pulling up in limos, ya know what I mean. I just took one of my friends. I was like, ‘Yo just roll with me ’cause I’m up for this award, if I win, we’ll go get drunk or whatever. I not, we’ll go home , whatever. He rolled with me and I ended up winning. It was crazy. they called my albums name. I had to go up. It was cool. So yeah, I won that at Central PA Hip Hop Awards. And then tonight is actually the Central PA Music Awards where they’re gonna be honouring all genres of music. And like I said, the group I came with is Artists Over Industry, still together to this day, we’re up for best live act. So hopefully we’ll take that home too. ya never know.”

CHASE: “Hope so that’s amazing to see that there is such a good scene there in Pennsylvania, ’cause we’ve heard of a lot of rap acts that have come out of there and other music acts. It’s good to see that there’s that much of a community vibe and support that you’re getting there.”

WINDCHILL: “The good thing about these awards shows is that there are not big conglomerates or corporations that are putting these on. Specifically tonight, I know the production company and have done past shows with these guys. And it is kind of like that, He loves music. He loves all kinds of music, and around here you don’t always see that mixing of the genres like having rock and reggae, and maybe some alternative rock, and the ‘rap’ and ‘hip hop’ That doesn’t happen all that often. And when I pulled in here, there was no place to park. This guy throws a really good show. I’m sure it’s gonna be jumping by these evening. I can only imagine what’s gonna be going on. Yeah, the scene is not really thriving but it’s definitely growing. If you go over to Philly, then you’re good but Central PA is just finally getting its feet under them. They’re a contender at least, before they had nothing. so we’ll se what we can do.”

GAMMA KRUSH: “Philly’s got such a rich hip hop history. Ya know who’s from Philly, you don’t really need to go back. I remember you hitting me up on facebook, we already touched base on myspace, and how you kind of mistaken Harrisburg and you thought that I was from there but I said I was from Hamilton, which was kind of funny. How long has the hip hop scene in Pennsylvania been around.”

WINDCHILL: “Let me think. I was doing music when I was 16 and I’m 29 now. so I was 16 , already had the 4 track, the dubbed tapes and whatnot and there was really nothing at that point. That would’ve been 96. I’m not going to say that we started it because there were definitely cats that were doing it before us. 

One very honourable mention is a cat by the name of DJ Smitty and he comes out of Harrisburg. I mean, he’s DJed for everyone from KRS-One to Notorious B.I.G. to Pharcyde, Hieroglyphic. I mean, he’s a legend to me. He’s an unspoken legend in the city and he’s such a cool dude too. He still comes out and does parties and bars and whatnot. But he’s kind of not on his grind these days but when he was in his grind he was doing his thing. I was buying his mix tapes from the local record shops. 
So there was definitely a scene for a while. I would credit DJ Smitty. He was the only dude, like he would make a mix tape every week, dub like 100 copies, and if you got to Mr. Mike’s in time, that was the music store, you would be able to pick up a copy. And he was the first one ever doing that and that was the early 90’s and the I came around the late 90’s. Started rhyming in 96 but wasn’t doing anything really serious till at least 2000. And the right around there is when I met Inkwell and Gard, formed Artists Over Industry. 
I would say honestly that the scene in Harrisburg was planted in the early 90’s but it wasn’t until right after 2000 when groups started emerging. So immediately there was competition and that kind of formed more groups and more groups and more groups. And that’s what’s going on right now. I mean, you’d be surprised that this little city has a lot of really dope artists. I have to give it up. I mean there’s some wack ones too but the dope ones are definitely there man. So about 15 years or so, I imagine, it’s been brewing.”

CHASE: “Nice. And Nice how we started to give it some love from a DJ ’cause that’s often overlooked, the DJ in hip-hop culture because that’s where it started. This whole thing started with the DJ.”

WINDCHILL: “You know your history man. There was DJs before there was MCs. MC’s used to just be like, “hey get ya hands up. Clap your hands’ like they weren’t even rhyming they were just doing what a hype man basically does nowadays, ya know what I mean?”

CHASE: “Exactly.”

WINDCHILL: “Speaking of the DJ. That was one thing that A.O.I had that kind of captivated people because we started rocking with a DJ. That’s when no one had a DJ. Any hip hop that was going on, like Smitty he didn’t mess around with any local cats or groups. So if you saw somebody rhyming at a show, the sound man was playing a CD. And then we come on the scene and we got the DJ spinning our stuff, scratching, and doing beat juggles, and all that stuff. I think that kind of set us apart. It gave them something that they’d never seen before.”

CHASE: “And that’s what they should be seeing. I’m reading this book right now called the Scratch DJ Academy Guide, you know the Scratch Academy that JMJ was a part of. There’s a quote in here. I’m trying to flip through it. I probably won’t find it but it says if you go to a hip hop show and there’s no DJ, ask for your money back. And I’m like, true man, ’cause that’s what I like to see.”

WINDCHILL: “I’m with you homie.”

CHASE: “Like me and Gamma Krush, when we were trying to get our music career popping, we had Gamma Krush right there spinning every night. I saw Classified, I don’t know if you’re familiar with him. He’s a rapper from East Coast, Halifax area in Canada here. But he had a DJ on his set a couple weeks ago that played the whole night, for all the opening acts and he did his own set. It was amazing! And I think that needs to be more prevalent in hip hop right now for sure. So it’s good to see that you’re holding that down.”

WINDCHILL: “Thanks.”

CHASE: “So Artists Over Industry was your first group and that seems to have transformed because some of the same artists are in After.Words. So how did that come about.”

WINDCHILL: “A.O.I wasn’t my first group but it was when I got serious. I mean, I was doing stupid stuff before that. Me and my one buddy freestyled everywhere and called ourselves Caution. ya know what I mean, and stupid stuff like that. But the first group I ever formed where the goal was like let’s make music and get it out there to the people and start doing shows, that was A.O.I. which consists of Windchill Factor, Inkwell who now goes by the name of wellace fool, and DJ Gard. Those three people are in After.Words. A.O.I is in After.Words. After.Words is just the addition of an MC named Eloquence from New Hampshire which he’s moved down to Harrisburg now to join forces with us, and also an MC by the name of Apollo Sun from York, Pennsylvania. So A.O.I, plus two other people and we formed After.Words.”

CHASE: “Excellent.”

WINDCHILL: “It was done out of creativity. We’d done solo records, We’d done group records. We’d done mix tapes. We were like, ‘Yo, why don’t we all get together and do something and let’s see what we can come up with. That was pretty much the motivation for After.Words, wanting to do something different and having a bunch of like-minded individuals around. So, we said, ‘Hey, let’s see what we can tackle, let’s see what we wanna talk about, let’s make an album. And we did. It came out pretty dope.”

CHASE: “Nice, I’m really feeling the album. Its called Before the War I’d like to drop a track off of that right now I know Gamma Krush has been spinning you guys but I’d really like to drop Maybe and come back and talk to you some more.”

WINDCHILL: “That would be excellent man, for sure.”

CHASE: “Alright so this is “Maybe” from After.Words off the “Before the War” album. We’ll be back more with Windchill Factor on Dope FM.”

CHASE: “Alright that was “Maybe.” Definitely, definitely feeling that track. And we’re here, lucky enough to be with Windchill on the phone from After.Words. So how ya doing, man?”

WINDCHILL: “Yo, what’s going on fellas. Thanks for playing the track. I really appreciate that. I want to give a shout out to a fellow Canadian who goes by the name of Vokab, down with Full Effect Productions, who’s actually the producer on that beat.”

CHASE: “Wow!”

WINDCHILL: “So I figured I’d give him a shout out as well.”

CHASE: “Nice. And you have a video for that as well. You can see it on your myspace page. I want to talk about some of lyrics on that ‘cause you’re the first MC to spit on that so people know who you are.”

WINDCHILL: “Yes sir.”

CHASE: “I really like the way we just keep coming back to ‘maybe, maybe, maybe.’ But let’s focus on a few of your lyrics here. You say, ‘This music maybe my last beacon of hope / Maybe it’s my life jacket that keeps me afloat.’ Could you speak on that line?”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, absolutely. I am definitely the full-independent musician, like grinding to get by, living from pay cheque to pay cheque kind of job but just doing music. And I lose hope a lot, and I don’t mean to be pessimistic, ‘cause I’m normally not, but sometimes I lose hope with society. Because all they show you on the news is bad stuff and they never wanna tell you what good is going on. 

So, really, honestly hip hop is my only hope to live the life that I wanna live. Because even if I would work say a 40-50 hour week job and make, I don’t know what’s normal, like $40,000 – $50,000 a year? I think that’s even high. Lets’ just go with $30 – $40 grand a year like normal people. If I had to work at a job and do that, I would be the most sour person ‘cause I just don’t believe with conforming to corporations and working, ya know? Like a bunch of people working their asses off and they get a little measly pay cheque and then all the corporate execs are down in Miami. 
But without going on and on basically, my only hope for the life that I want for me to be able to be happy in life, even if I’m only make $20,000 – $30,000 a year off of hip hop, if that’s what I’m doing every single day of my life, I might not get three of four new pair of sneakers every year but I walk around with a smile on my face, I’m happy, know what I mean, I’m genuinely nice to be around unless you catch me in one of my moods. 
So that’s really my only hope to live a good life. And the ‘life jacket that keeps me afloat’ line is pretty much like a support kind of metaphorical line just to support the line that I said before. ‘This music may be my least beacon of hope’ that’s like real talk, there’s no metaphors or nothing like that, well there’s a little one. And then the life jacket that keeps me a float is a little metaphorical line in support of this first line. And you could imagine that if you need a life jacket to keep you afloat, you’re probably in some turbulent waters, ya know what I mean? If you’re relying on your life jacket for survival, you’re probably in a screwed up situation. So, that’s what I rely on, ya know? I rely on my music and my hope, if you will, to get me through and bring my dreams and make all that stuff happen. Somehow or another, I believe it will happen.”

CHASE: “Yeah that’s nice. I think that’s a good philosophy to have in life too.”

WINDCHILL: “Yeah, I do put a lot of thought into my lines, definitely. And that’s cool that you asked me about them too. ‘Cause that’s what’s up.”

CHASE: “I like to speak about the positives of hip hop and I like when conscious lyrics and put in front of me. I’m like a lyrical dude, like I focus on lyrics and I’m probably gonna touch on a few more of yours here.”

I do just that in Part 2 of this interview. 
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My Lengthy Recap

I met my soul mate shortly after Valentine’s Day this year. And maybe I knew I’d find her because on February 4th I wrote,

“I’m ready to move on. It’s been a long time since my heart was broken. But I don’t want to go looking for my true soul mate. I figure that if it is meant to be, we will find each other. Maybe that is naive of me.”

A few weeks later, she happened to walk into my life.

She had supply taught in my school several times over the year but I hadn’t really noticed her because she always seemed to work with the older students in the other wing of the school. And since my school staggers the recesses, we never ended up having lunch in the staffroom at the same time either. But I believe we were destined to meet.

It’s funny to say this but it was hip-hop that finally brought us together. She was curious to see the extra-curricular activity I was running for the students after school. There was a small group sitting around my desk and I was trying to coach them on writing a rap song. I had done this before with another group of kids and it went really well. I demonstrated how I usually wrote to the beat. I just let the music play and I think of what it tells me. I think of how I can rhyme words over top of the beat so that it sounds good, and then I start writing.

So the classroom door was closed but we had the beats bumping pretty loud. You could hear it from outside of the classroom but we don’t really bother anyone since it is an after-school program.

Anyway, the kids weren’t inspired that day. Neither was I. We hadn’t written anything of substance but some days are like that when you try to write. Plus, the kids didn’t really know how to write rhymes. Fortunately they did manage to come up with a pretty good chorus and they chose a beat that they really liked. So we were set for next week’s practice. 

Things were starting to wind down when I noticed her at the classroom door motioning to see if it was okay to come in and see what was going on. Looking back, I think I knew right away that this girl was special. I was pretty smooth and she seemed to like what I was doing. I told her about the hip hop club and what I was trying to do with it. I showed her the CDs I had made a few years back. I told her about my blog and the novels I wrote. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time but it seemed like I was really trying to sell myself.

So, the next day, I get an email from her. I hadn’t even known her name before that. You’ve already met her as she has written two guest posts as WitGirl. In her email, she said that she had checked out my website and all of my excerpts. She told me that she was really interested in reading the entire story of “After the Fact” so I told her I would be honoured if she read it. I brought it to school the next time she was in supplying.

I thought it was odd that of all the things I had written that she wanted to read that one. This was the one piece of work that was awfully personal and autobiographical. I have only let one other person read it so far. But I really enjoy the story and I can admire how I fictionalized some of the things in my life to create a great story. It really works. It is also the only piece of fiction that I have ever written in verse.

Witgirl and I started emailing each other every day. We started figuring out our schedules so that when she was at my school we could spend at least one break together. That graduated to telephone calls. And then finally to our first date.

I invited her to the community talent show where the hip hop club would be performing. I was also performing some of my old material. I thought it would be fun and it was.

Things moved really fast from there. I could tell that she was falling for me and I was falling for her. Things always felt right when I was with her.

I know without a doubt that this is the woman I am going to marry. Unfortunately there are a few things holding us back from doing that right now. I simply don’t have enough money to buy her a ring or provide her with a fancy wedding ceremony. But I do plan on marrying her one day. We’ve talked about it as well.

She really is an amazing woman. 

There is a lot more of this story to tell. But I think that is a good start to my lengthy recap. I wish I had kept up my journal so I could have a written record of the past four months. It has been great. I want to make sure that I never forget how I fell in love. I never thought this would happen. It feels great and I am really happy with how things have turned out so far.

My journal seems outdated and irrelevant now. My life has finally started. This is the part I should be documenting. But my journal died and this blog is more than capable of holding my memories. And there will be more to come….

Guaranteed!