See Vinny Vintage LIVE at Hop On The Sexy
NAGMAG: What musicians or styles have influenced you as an artist?
Vinny Vintage: A large number of musicians have influenced me, but just to name a few:
James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, R. Kelly, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Smokey Robinson, Ghetto Concept, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Jay Z, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Afrikaan Bambata, Kool Moe Dee, N.W.A, Sade. The list continues…
NM: Describe your style of music. What is your defining characteristic?
Vinny: I find my music has evolved from the street raw teenage (hip hop) state of mind frame to a full grown (hip hop) adult that has intercourse with other genres from time to time.
NM: What is your opinion about the Nagoya hip hop scene? Where has it been? Where is it going?
Vinny: I don’t have much to say about the Nagoya Hip Hop scene, except that musicians in Nagoya who claim to be hip hop artists need to step their game up. It’s hard to feel their presence.
As for hip hop in Japan in general. I still stand my ground and plea to the DJs (or those who claim to be DJs) to remember that part of their job is to promote local talent that they believe are good musicians, and put those individuals music in full and heavy rotation.
Introduce the people to what is good music instead of always following the Billboard chart. I am not too sure if the role of DJs changed on my first flight to Japan or if it is naturally different in this country, but when the local Japanese DJ is more famous then the local Japanese artist and that DJ cannot or does not introduce a talented local artist’s music to the people and repeat it in order to make it famous, something is seriously wrong.
NM: What will you be performing at Hop On The Sexy?
Vinny: I will be performing brand new tracks that just got completed this summer. I might give the people one or two of my previous hits. I can’t say anymore than that. People will have to come to find out what I have in my jukebox!!!
NM: What is next for you? What are you aiming for professionally?
Vinny: The key thing is to keep producing good music that expresses different moods, situations and environments, something that everyone can feel at the same time, and some that people could relate to at one point or another in their lifetime.
Also to start supplying my fans (old and new) with Vinny Vintage products such as CDs, T-shirts, etc.
Professionally there are a few ideas I am strategically putting together, long and short term goals, but can’t let the cat out of the bag yet..