5 Questions: MTHRFNKR
5 Questions is the first of the new sections we are introducing to our readers this week here on LYFSTYL. This new feature is supposed to introduce you to various people within the music industry whether they are a musician, producer, publication, and label with the goal of finding a little bit about them and their creative outlet.
In this installment of 5 Questions we head across the Atlantic to London UK checking in with one of our favorite music online-magazines MTHRFNKR (formally Post-Dubstep) who focus on contemporary music that is emerging, relevant, and hip.
LYFSTYL: What was the inspiration for MTHRFNKR, and whose idea was it to start this publication?
Kornelia K. If Vice, Pitchfork and Neon Magazine conceived a baby in a massive satanic orgy while Coke Talk and HipsterRunOff were voyeuring, their baby would be called MTHRFNKR. Those were the five platforms that inspired me, the founder of MTHRFNKR, to create the magazine. I never wanted to create another music blog that the world doesn’t need, as most of them are just a copy, of a copy, of a copy. What we’re trying to do here is to slap conventional music journalism in its face, while not taking ourselves too seriously. It was my idea to start the publication after blogging for a year on postdubstep.tumblr.com.
Why did you guys choose to focus on alternative R&B and the so called Post-dubstep genre?
K K. I got tired of featuring only one genre on my blog, because my music taste was rapidly expending in 2011. Kids like Abel Tesfaye, Creep, AlunaGeorge and Frank Ocean were changing the R&B game, Odd Future, Asap Rocky and Azealia Banks came out of nowhere and hip hop got a massive do-over. They’re the class of 2011. It’s a breath of fresh air, it’s interesting, it’s internet culture.
Those genres are really progressive, it’s witnessing music history in the making. And I’m very curious as to where all of this is going.
What Direction do you think this sub-genre is going to end up this year?
Post-dubstep will go strong this year as it has since 2009. The xx, Mount Kimbie and Jessie Ware are releasing new material this year. Burial, “the ancestor” and inspiration for the genre, just released his Kindred EP and there are a lot of rumors about artists such as Fantastic Mr Fox releasing new material.
The xx are certainly going to change the game again, they can’t do wrong with Jamie xx by their side, I’m sure their release is going to be huge.
Dubstep is constantly evolving and re-inventing itself, all of this is happening so fast because we’re living in the age of the internet.
There is already a fusion between post-dubstep and alternative r&b happening, it’s crazy. Just listen to The Weeknd’s productions or The xx’s debut. I’m also really excited about this new group Evy Jane.
This fusion of genres will hopefully create a new sound or a new genre, by the end of this year, it’s quite possible. If not in 2012, then definitely in the next year.
So I take it that you tuned into the Grammy’s what do you think about Skrillex and him receiving a nomination? Why do you think people are riding his dick so hard? personally I think he sucks!
In the wise words of Eminem “You think I give a fuck about the Grammys?”, it’s like asking me “What do you think about Justin Biber’s new haircut”, I don’t care.
The Grammys are not relevant, because they select their nominees by their commercial success and commercial success rarely equals high quality music.
Did James Blake win a Grammy? Exactly. So, why bother? And who is that Bonny Bear guy anyway?
Skrillex doesn’t exist in my world anymore. I simply stopped caring about him. I don’t understand why people are riding Skrillex’s vagina so hard, the same way I don’t understand how everyone rode Hitler’s one ball a few decades ago.
Some people just have the IQ of an embryo.
What are you currently bumping?
K K. I’m listening to The Weeknd’s Echoes Of Silence everyday since December. I’m also still listening to ASAP Rocky’s mixtape, Azealia Bank’s singles, Eliphino’s More Than Me and Burial’s, Jacques Greene’s and Evian Christ’s new EPs.