Here’s what was said at our very first talk session on 1 August
2003 with Roimata from the Ill Semantics.
- hi and welcome everyone, especially to our guest today - Roimata
Moore of the Ill Semantics. We've only got an hour to answer live
questions, and advance ones, so let’s get straight into it - the
chat room is now open, so let’s have your questions please
- kebab: How did you get into music?
- well Patriarch, the male emcee in the crew got me into hip hop,
I started writing rimes in 3rd form and hung out with people that
liked the same stuff and it went from there. I hope that answered
you Q, kebab
- kebab: How did you choose your MC name?
- Actually Kwirist, my firend who occassionaly sings with the crew
suggested the name Nemesis and gave me a run down on the meaning
and I was like yeah thats pretty cool
- questions are coming thru thick n fast and Roimata’s busy typing
so hang on in there guys
- Rachel: Hi, was just wondering if you guys had any plans to try
and break into international scene and whether there was much support
from nz with it?
- Making it internationally is always the big dream and it get scloser
and closer every day with people like Mareko and Pmoney opening
the doors for the rest of us here in Aotearoa… in regards to
NZ support, I feel that NZ has supported it well,
- min: hi, so who are your favorite groups
- Hi min, well my fav groups range from the Supremes to Herbs, to
more recent times like Footsouljahs, deceptakonz. the type of music
I listen to tends to depend on how I feel
- Kebab: I like that you sample a bit of Ardijah - are there other
classic NZ acts whose music you might like to use?
- I'd like to use alot of classic NZ music BUT I feel that alot
of it is so great that it deserves to be left untouched. With ardijah
it was a blessing to be able to work with them and so it I think
it would be more practicle to be influenced by kiwi music rather
than use it!
- Rachel: must be tough tho going international, is there much access
- Funding is the major factor, as much as the government and related
institutes like to think they are helping the arts, here at the
working level of the industry we don't see much of the money...
if any at all, so funding is always a problem. With relationships
like Dawnraid and Universal it makes it easier
- Rachel: did you get 'ill semantics' from the prodigy song?
- rachel - ok
- Kebab: What’s been your freakiest moment doing a gig?
- It would have to be when we went on tour with Nesian Mystik and
people in the crowd were trying to pull me in and were like grabbing
me and wouldn't let m go… freaky, but in hind sight it was pretty
- min: So where did you get the idea for your name?
- The name Ill Semantics came from Patriarchs days at Selwyn College
in his 5th form english class, learning about semantics, 'the meaning
of words' the word ill being slang for 'cool, good' and then he
put them together, viola Ill Semantics, it has a much more deeper
understanding and meaning, thats another hour worth of soul searching..…
- Kebab: Is there any sort of music you really loathe? ie country?
- not all country I can handle Dixie Chicks… some songs. All music
is really great for some reason, words, arranngement, production....
can't really stand, Britney/Spice type music
- ems: What’s your future plans
- Another album is in the works as well as our next video is coming
out soon, so keep posted
- min: Who else have you played with - who did you like best?
- Balck Eye Peas, Nelly Furtardo, Naughty By Nature, Ja Rule, Dubious
Brothers, Footsouljahs, SheelaRoc, Deceptakonz and everyone that
plays at Big Day Out, my fav gig so far would have to be Black
eye peas and Naughty By Nature..… great atmosphere..…
- Fran: Who are you favourite musicians?
- Hip Hop musicians De La Soul, Lauryn Hill, there are alot of people,
and I enjoy pretty much every NZ hip hop crew
- Rachel: do you get much input into the videos?
- the first video I had no idea, I just turned up and was like wholy!
and everything turned out great… the second video we had in put
into everything from who should be in it to where it was going
to be filmed
- Rachel, you're doing just fine! Questions coming thru as they
- min: are you going to get a website?
- if we can get it funded I'm sure that would be a possibility...
in the meanwhile check out either www.dawnraid.co.nz OR www hiphopnz.com
to kep up to date with NZ hip hop
- Kebab: Are there other things you would like to branch out into
like music production etc?
- Yeah definitely… at the moment we are concentrating on getting
some really great beats and I have been learning the in’s and out's
of what makes a good beat and how get good quality production etc,
it’s much more than people can imagine I've seen how much hard
work and talent goes into that stuff, it’s amazing!
- ems: so what d'ya do to chill out
- Pretty much do gigs, when ever we have gigs that is my only down
time I really have… I've got a crazy hectic life and so when
we perform it’s a release. I like to play indoor netball, and hang
out with family mainly.… watch the warriors and AB's… pretty
much a spectator, SLEEP, love to sleep
- min: so what do you enjoy most about performing?
- Being able to make a crowd move and listen in and make people
enjoy themselves. I enjoy the atmosphere of gigs and working off
the energy from the crowd
- Kebab: Did you do music at school and do you think it matters
that you do?
- Nope, no music subjects when I went to school, and nope I don't
think it matters if you do or not, if you have the passion and
the talent everything else will follow
- Just 15 mins to go people, so if you have any questions you're
needin to ask, go for it now
- Fran: Do you like to read? Do you have a favourite book?
- Honestly reading is not one of my strong points, I have just finished
a paper about Pacific Island Health in New Zealand which was really
interesting, most of my reading material comes fom my study and
even if I wanted to read a novel I probably wouldn't have the time...
although I have been meaning to read this really great sounding
book, can't remember the name
- ems: d'ya reckon you'll carry on as a group for a while
- well we will continue as a group infinitely although we will endure
with solo projects but under the ill semantics umbrella, for example,
DJ CXL will be putting a mix tape of NZ hip hop
- Kebab: I think NZ music at the mo is some of the best ever - King
Kapisi, Nesian Mystik, P Money and you guys too. Do you feel a
good connection with the other NZ musicians or is it too competitive?
- Yeah I feel there is a connection due to NZ being a small country
we ahve all experienced the same dealings in life and so our music
is relative… there is a slight competitive streak in the industry
- just a couple more questions to go folks and then we'll be outta
- Sorry, but that’s it! Our very special thanks to Ill Semantics
for taking the time out to talk to us in our very first Chat Session!!
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