Who is CeasRock?
Sam , the popular kid in high school that wanted to win by any means and still does.
A man of the people. A HUMAN FIRST.
What sets you apart from other artists?
My entire life. No other artist has lived in my shoes and can express the things I do from my perspective. My ability to have a clear vision and see it through t’ill the end , while being hands on in every aspect of creation gives listeners a complete product. I relate to people from all walks of life and i’m able to speak different “languages” in order to communicate my message. My approach is like that of a actor, in the sense that, every movie requires a different type of lead, and I feel like I’m good at understanding how to play the role so that the movie is captivating, regardless of the genre.
How has the independent Montreal hip-hop scene progressed over the last three years?
When we lost key members of the scene like Bad News Brown & Matt “Dutch” Garner, the community took some steps back. They were such leaders in the scene, and their experience and networks were helping a lot of people advance their movements. Since then, the number of acts in the community has diminished, but those who are still around are taking their careers much more seriously. As a whole though, its been very stagnant, and I think that has to to with the complacent nature of the city. There is a wave of producer/djs that are getting a lot of recognition in and out of town,and that might make it seem like things are booming, but the local scene has actually died down . Still, there is a new wave of artists that are making a mark in the city, but the lack of industry makes it tough to sustain momentum independently.
Who do you consider your peers in Canadian hip-hop?
I consider anyone in Canada that raps as my peer, but I look to artists like Rich Kidd, The Narcicyst , Loe Pesci, I.Blast, Tona, Raz Fresco, Mugz (and the list goes on…) as people who are making moves that are on a similar level creatively.Even if the styles vary, they take their music seriously , and it shows in the product they put out.
What is your take on applying for and utilizing Canadian government funds to create new music and tour?
I actually am not big on that approach. I understand that it takes funding to create and push a album properly, and things like touring, recording , shooting videos, hiring a publicist, etc are not cheap. But, I dont really like the notion that we have to depend on the government to make moves. I’m not a big fan of the government period; So it feels hypocritical to rely on them to get my music done. At the same time, anything helps when your trying to accomplish something like promoting an album on a large scale… To each their own i guess. Personally, I feel like Canadians tend to play things safe, and not investing out of your own pocket is a safer template, but at what cost. I feel like, for the industry to develop we have to take some risks, but the fact that the population is scattered across so much space scares a lot of people, and it just doesnt make financial sense for some investors.
Its a tough topic, and I think its important to look at who we are trying to reach. Canada is still developing its identity in Hip Hop, and the more we grow up, the more we’ll understand how to build our movements up so that we dont rely solely on government funds to create and push our content.