Abstract Artform

Posted by Christopher Rudder

Halifax’s Classified might be trying to establish himself as the preeminent writer of hip-hop songs tied to our national identity, but Winnipeg’s Abstract Artform might just give him a run for his money.
 

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"I Am Canadain

by: Abstract Artform


The group, fronted by MC and producer Shea “Kid A” Malcolmson, fuses live jazz and soul-like music with vocal delivery familiar to fans of groups like Jurassic 5. Their “I Am Canadian” single from 2010’s His Story In The Making is a hit waiting to happen while other cuts share and celebrate life in a Prairie capital. Upcoming full-length As The Crow Flies is their second in as many years and the third since 2008’s Prairie Kid. The band’s work ethic has garnered them consecutive appearances at the taste-making NXNE festival, a 12-month stay on the Chart college lists, and a slew of other appearances and opportunities.


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 "Sunshine In The City" featuring Doodle Bug (from Digable Planets)

by: Abstract Artform


CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and Rogue Magazine’s Hearing Aid . How Are You?

 

Abstract Artform: I’m well thanks for asking. I’m excited for the opportunity to chat with you.

 

CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.


Abstract Artform:  Hmmm…I have the math symbol for Pi tattooed on my right shoulder. I’m not sure if my fans know that. 

 

CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and cannot be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.


Abstract Artform: I would have to say my family and friends have been the most helpful. But also industry people that I’ve worked with like Doodlebug and even Jon Asher – both those guys helped us build. Otherwise, I would have to also say myself…. It takes a lot out of you to follow music as a career and that self determination is something I feel shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

CR: So...At what point in your life did you know you wanted to pursue a musical career and realize that you had what it takes to succeed in the messed up industry.

 

Abstract Artform: I would say I knew early on I loved music but once I finished audio