ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Brassmunk to hit Western
By Michael Dewar
|A DOUBLE DOSE OF BRASSMUNK. Agile,
Clip, F-Rock and May 19 strike a few poses.
In a recent interview, Agile spoke for fellow
rappers Clip, F-Rock and May 19 of Brassmunk. Right off the
top, Agile makes it clear that while the group may be lumped
into the hip-hop genre, they certainly aren't limited by conventions.
"I like to explore music, ya know?"
Agile says. "Usually after we do a song we each take it
in, then come back and talk about it and ask ourselves, •Can
we perform it?' If not, we ditch it."
Clearly, for Brassmunk, it's the show that's
"We're big performers," Agile elaborates.
"We try to perform every song we have. We're a performance
based group, so that's the type of music we should always be
Agile goes on to divulge the method behind
the madness of a successful show. "You can't go full throttle
through the whole show, right? You've gotta bring it up, then
bring it down a little. First high energy, high octane; then
we balance it out with one or two songs that are more cool,
but not boring."
With the fast approaching concert ã
right here on campus ã in mind, Agile gives the right
answer to an obvious question. When asked if he is looking forward
to the gig, he is single-minded: "Yeah, for sure. A real
party school. My cousin goes there. Definitely."
Agile further insists that showing up at
the Brassmunk show will be worthwhile for any music lover.
"Just come to the show and you'll see
and hear things you haven't seen or heard before," Agile
claims. "We're an active group."
Brassmunk •performs' online as well.
Their Web site is updated frequently by the group members themselves.
Agile is responsible for the online journal and they all have
a hand in writing the various sections. If you click on any
member's personal link to send a message to him, it goes right
to his own e-mail address.
"We'll hit you back," Agile promises.
"You'll get [a reply] back in a timely fashion."
Devotion to listeners is key to Brassmunk,
according to Agile. "[We stay] in touch. We give advice
and everything else."
Pressed for some on-the-spot advice for aspiring
artists, Agile offers some useful wisdom: "Grab it by the
reigns and pull tight."
"From the time I wake up every day,
to the time I close my eyes, I'm doing music," Agile notes.
"It's my business. I love what I do though and if I get
tired of it, I can go upstairs and use my Playstation, then
just hit pause and get back to it."
Brassmunk plans to "hit Western back"
on Sep. 18 with one of their signature performances. The Canadian
release of their new album, Fewturistic, is scheduled tentatively
for late Feb. 2004 and features guest artists Fat Cat, Kardinal
Offishall and Socrates, plus "a few surprises." All
new, with no rehash.
The interview drawing to a close, Agile had
one final statement for Western students: "Look out for
Brassmunk plays The Spoke this Thu. Sep.
18. Admission is free.