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Interviews
Interview: Claw Money

Interview: Claw Money

The walls of Leaders1354 got blessed recently with a brand new mural done by none other than New York City’s own Claudia Gold, aka Claw Money. To celebrate the wonderful work Claw has done, LDRS and the good folks at Hennessy opened up the store for people to come in and check out her work, as well as to cop the...
Interview: Goldroom

Interview: Goldroom

Earlier last month, we were given the privilege of sitting down and speaking with L.A. based DJ/Producer Goldroom as he was preparing for his set at Primary Night Club in Chicago. The brilliance behind the solo project Goldroom is an extraordinarily kind and inviting individual born into this world as Josh Legg. He has been...
Interview: Shwayze

Interview: Shwayze

On Saturday, The Canopy Club hosted its first ILLrock Block Party consisting of many live performances, including California’s own Shwayze. The Malibu native hit the stage — Corona and lime in hand, of course — and kicked off the night with a helluva performance. From his monster single “Buzzin,’” to his own reality show, to multiple acting gigs, it’s safe...
Interview: Mick Jenkins

Interview: Mick Jenkins

The first Mick Jenkins song I ever heard was “Value Village.” On the smooth, piano-laced track, Jenkins breaks down why he opts to shop at the local thrift store instead of spending hefty sums of cash on un-used, brand name clothing. What first caught my attention about the 2011 record was MJ’s ability to take such...
Interview: Spenzo

Interview: Spenzo

Chicago’s hip-hop scene is blazing at the moment. From drill stars such as Katie Got Bandz, King Louie, Chief Keef and Lil Durk, to SaveMoney captains Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, to Village members Alex Wiley and Kembe X, the Windy City is truly a melting pot of sounds. Yet tune in to any hip-hop station...
Interview: Branchez

Interview: Branchez

If you haven’t heard of NYC native Branchez, this would be the time to tune in. The young DJ/producer has been making high quality music for some time now, and he just joined Paper Diamond & LOUDPVCK on their nationwide tour. Luckily for us, one of his first stops was in Champaign-Urbana at The Canopy Club....
Interview: Paper Diamond

Interview: Paper Diamond

Entering the green room backstage at the Canopy Club, Colorado producer Alexander Botwin, known by most as Paper Diamond, looks empowered – not in the sense of narcissism but as someone who is  finding himself through his music. His demeanor is invigorating to all who get the pleasure to meet him: nights of writing new music,...
Interview: Felix Cartal

Interview: Felix Cartal

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Felix Cartal has been building up an impressive following the past few years. The Dim Mak Records artist slid through Champaign-Urbana this past weekend to play a show at Canopy Club, and UPC had the awesome opportunity to get an interview. I went into the depths of Canopy Club to find him...
Interview: King Louie

Interview: King Louie

King Louie is hungry. He’s hungry to claim his position at the top of the Chicago hip-hop scene, and for all the national acclaim and accolades — but right now, he is literally prepping for a feast. As I greet the 26-year-old at his hotel in Champaign, we forgo any type of dap or handshake...
Interview: Alex Wiley

Interview: Alex Wiley

Steven began his review of Alex Wiley‘s debut mixtape Club Wiley by saying “first impressions are more important than they have ever been” in the digital era of music. The young emcee from the Southside of Chicago has not only managed to receive good first impressions from peers and critics alike for what he does on...
Interview: Big Gigantic

Interview: Big Gigantic

With the big show just days away, we were able to catch up with Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic to pick his mind about the 2014 Sky High Tour, coming to Urbana October 14th. We speak on his youth, his influences, the bands latest collaborations, and even touch on spirit animals. Be sure to purchase...
Interview: The Floozies

Interview: The Floozies

UPC recently had the honor of interviewing Mark Hill from The Floozies. The fraternal duo from Lawrence, Kansas provides their music at a time when it’s arguably needed most. Much like GRiZ and Big Gigantic, two acts that they have frequented the stage with their rise to fame, Matt and Mark Hill use live instrumentation, along...