The name “Egon Brainparts” sounds like the name of a murderous scientist in a grindhouse horror flick or the zombie nom de plum of Egon from Ghostbusters if he was ever turned to the walking dead. I came across Egon via his production group Bossasaurus last year via 2DopeBoyz.com for their remix of Aesop Rock’s “None Shall Pass”. My reaction was this: “Man…that takes balls.”
Sometime earlier this year, the same guy who killed co-eds in a labcoat and stored their cyrerbal cortex in jars hit me up on MySpace saying he just moved to Philly from Oakland and wanted to network with likeminded artists in Philly. Considering my name sounds like an Italian enthusiasist of Japanese monster movies, it wasn’t so alarming to get back to the guy. I was lucky enough to nab Egon at the 11th hour for Broken Clocks EP, and his reworking of “Dead Queens” forced me to re-mix and master the entire project, which had only been completed for a good 4 months, chilling on my iTunes like it was Club Med ordering fruity drinks and harassing the collection of Bat For Lashes songs but ultimately striking out.
Musically and personally, Egon is fearless–he not only owns piles of vintage keyboards and makes cuts in every genre and subgenre of music, but he taught in Philadelphia’s school system. Don’t fear the reaper, indeed. As we continue on this Broken Clocks Edition of Let Me Learn You Something, it’s time for my illadelph folks to get ready for jurassic funk previously unknown in the land of pretzels and public disobediance, and for fans abroad, Egon and Bossasaurus meet your pop sensibilities and your desire for American geniuses who say “hella” in casual conversation.
1. At what point did you realize music was what you wanted to do?
There have been several serious divine indications that music is what I should do and several contradictory signs as well. First and foremost, deliberately switching my focus from MC-ing to producing in late 2005 made me realize that I could really excel and stand-out musically. Secondly, moving to Philly from Oakland I worked for three weeks as an elementary school teacher in SW Philly-it was miserable and forced me into doing music full-time. Since making this my career lack of income has contradicted the wiseness of that decision, but I am a happy ass fool these days.
2. How has Oakland, and now Philly, shaped your sound or molded you as a producer?
I don’t really think it has. The music I make is so all over the place and varied from song to song that I don’t think any one region can claim responsibility for my sound.
3. Who are the people you look up to and learn the most from?
Girlfriend-ethics and compassion Mom-How to Grind and be responsible Pops-Philosophy on life, staying happy Negatron Johnson(Other Half of Bossasaurus)-How to work absurd non-sequiters into every conversation
4. With everything you’ve learned thus far, what do you wish you could have told yourself at the beginning? Would you have done anything differently?
Age 6: “Lil’ Egon, you must actually practice the piano and not break off the keys with a hammer”
Age 14: “Not liking the sound of your own voice might be a major hang-up in becoming a successful MC”
Age 26: “Always get your money upfront in the music game because musicians are some broke, flaky shmucks!”
5. What’s hard for you? What do you struggle at?
Dancing, holding my tongue, not making jokes, restraining myself at buffets, wearing clean clothes and finding any redeeming qualities about the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
6. Here’s a scenario: tomorrow you become the CEO of a major label. What are the first 3 things you would do as the boss?
Too many to name, but to make the long story short…actually promote good music, probably produced by me and a circle of saucy live musicians and engineers who I would pay fairly.
7. What are some of your favorite albums?
DJ Shadow-Endtroducing, Gorillaz-Demon Days, Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass, El-P-I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, Reflection Eternal- Train of Thought, Lyrics Born-Later That Day, D’Angelo-Voodoo, Justice-Cross, General Electriks-Good City For Dreamers, anything Sly and The Family Stone, Funkadelic…ya know the dope shit.
8. What is inspiring your work right now?
It changes day to day, but today Parliament is on the brain. These days I’m also inspired by money….go ahead get salty.
9. What advice would you offer to someone getting in the business at this time?
Stay the fuck out of my niche and have a nice day. If you like money and buying things look elsewhere.
10. Any words to live by?
Two Quotes from Robert Pirsig:
1.) “You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.”
2.) “Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all”……………………………………
and a shameless plug: Buying beats from Egon Brainparts for exorbitant prices will bring meaning and happiness to your life. Seriously though, holler at me. firstname.lastname@example.org http://myspace.com/bossasaurus
Aesop Rock “None Shall Pass (Bossasaurus Remix)”
Goodie Mob “Soul Food (Bossasaurus Remix)”
Bekay “I Am (Bossasaurus Remix)” a must watch…