Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Grav Lab - 161127 - Music Manumit Podcast

A Grav Lab
A Grav Lab

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Jay from A Grav Lab

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Gold Metal

blocSonic bio:

"A-Grav Lab (short for Antigravity Laboratory) was a hip-hop group formed in 1996 by Indiana natives Scott Matelic and Jay McElfresh. The group was part of a crew called Archipelago which included The Complex, Insomniacs, and Farmer’s Market. They performed at Indianapolis venues (The Patio, The Bomb Shelter, The Emerson, etc.) in the mid to late 1990s opening for acts such as The Mudkids, Mood, Hieroglyphics and Bahamadia. Matelic went on to produce beats for Sole (Anticon) and Sage Francis while releasing his critically acclaimed solo hip-hop landscape instrumental album Primitive Pessimist on the Japanese label Tri-Eight. McElfresh formed the Austin, Texas-based punk disco band Awesome Cool Dudes who played at every shitty venue in America and released their masterpiece Maxin and Relaxin on Furniture Records in 2005. After a long hiatus the two eventually found themselves both living in New York City where they reformed as Gold Metal and released the album Drop Out City on Rad Summer (Indianapolis) in 2012."

Where can people find your music?
Very old!

Record in 1997

Slam Jamz:

Instrumental group released on Slam Jamz

Space Ghost: Gary Owens

A Tribe Called Quest?

It’s out there and got some buzz. (another 2016 death)

A Grav Lab

Not bongs! ...but there

AntiGravity Laboratory

All-in with this project

Wasn’t interested in being the only rapper

"Over before it started"

Chuck D?
He was on a speaking tour and sat and talked to EVERYONE

Played "A Grav Lab" on his radio show...but after he done

Bittersweet because Scott leaving the band.

Had a falling out with Awesome Cool Dudes

Toured all over the place

Sang, rapped, guitared, drums...everybody switched around

Drums were live, but on recording more discoy

Also, wedding DJ.

Bar gigs done.

Something else might happen with Gold Metal

Musical background?
DJ Topspeed (godfather in Indianapolis)

Had to disprove his own theory

Ground out the music!

Doug’s silent comment: Keyboard is a good way to get started

Music theory course with opera singers!

ACD was a hybrid at first, but later albums because less hip-hop focused

Del is Ice Cube's cousin

Archipelago? ← the word

Do/did you tour with Gold Metal?
One-time thing, but there ended up being enough for an album.

Thought anything about CC other than blocSonic?
100% Mike

Sampling and covers are cool!

Stems for A Grav Lab could be coming.

Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?
New project in the works: pro wrestling rap project

80s southern wrestling

Passion for old school and current hip hop

Created characters like Terminator

Take everyone’s women!

Ric Flair’s kid wrestled at

Closing track: "Creation" by A Grav Lab from the Spacewalkers EP - CC BY-NC-SA

Scott produced it.

Sample is off jazz artist

A sign of where they would have meant