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interview // fab da eclectic

What is the logic behind your name?

In 1993, one of the guys in my clique said my beats were "Fabulous", so I went with "Fabulys" for a time. In 1998, another one of my guys told me that I needed to change my name. I figured I'd stick with the "Fab" n Fabulys, but my style was an eclectic style. So "Fab da Eclectic" was born.

How long have you been into Hip-Hop?

I started listening to PID in 1986. Started making beats - very wack ones I might add - in 1989. I actually drew a lot of influence from SFC's - A Saved Man. I REALLY wanted to be Super C!

What motivated you to get into this industry?

Honestly, friendship at first. I knew so many guys who were doing hip-hop and I wanted to be a part. I figured that since I liked it and had access to a studio to make beats, I might as well learn it and make friends.

What was your first single/recording?

I was part of a two man group called "Young Evangelizing Soldiers", or Y.E.S. The album was called "Protection". I think to this day that it stands as the wackest album to ever be created. The first single was called "Just Say Yes" and it was terrible. I can't even listen to it to this day, even when I'm alone. It makes me cry.

What instruments do you use?

Spoons, a stick, two guitars, a bass, an Akai AX80, my index fingers, and a computer with about 700 megs of breaks, loops and one shots.

How would you classify your style as an artist?

Midwest flavor with hints of pop, sarcasm and comedy. More of a beatmaker than an emcee though.

What artists have you not worked with, but would like to?

Sup the Chemist and Fred Lynch. Oh and how can I forget Gillum and MCRG? Remember them?

Where did the title "Spam & Sneezy Poodles" come from?

I loved Ham and Cheesy Noodles in high school. Everyone else hated it and called it "Spam and Sneezy Poodles". It looked terrible. But once you ate it, you realized it wasn't too bad. So I see myself as that. I don't look to good, but once you taste a little Eclectic, it's oh so tasty baby.

Who will have guest appearances on this album?

It's star-studded baby, star-studded. Luke Geraty, RedCloud, Braille, Ohmega Watts, Fiti Futuristic, MC Till, Mark1 and last but definitely not least, Elias Gatti. Shoot, I should have just made a bunch of beats for them and said "I'm putting together an album to draw attention to you guys" ha ha!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Running a high tech studio, really. I'd like to eventually move into the production realm solely - making beats for cats. But I'm writing a screenplay as we speak, so who knows, maybe accepting an Oscar? Shyeah right.

What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?

Without a doubt, support. And not just industry support, but support of each other as well. The mainstream is embracing hip-hop, but the "gospel" industry won't even carry us in all the major stores. There's very little airplay and album sales. It seems like the world sees us as respectable, but the church sees us as pants-saggin, booty-shakin slackers. Maybe I should buy a belt.

What would the ultimate reward for you be?

Honestly, I'd like to see each person come to the fullness and knowledge of Jesus as a person. You know, he's more than just that still small voice in the back of your mind or something we worship on Sundays. He can be, and wants to be your friend. I think another cool thing would be for me to hit the lottery. I'd give away so much money to all my fellow hip-hop artists. That'd be the coolest.

What message are you trying to get across to fans?

Sanity kills. Enjoy life. God placed you here for a purpose, so find out what it is. But don't be afraid to mess up and laugh at yourself once in a while. It takes a little edge off the tension of life.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Oh too many to list, but right off the knot Jeremiah 12:5 - "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with the horses?" To me that means if you can't take the heat now, how are you gonna handle the REAL heat later?

If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?

Cuts from Fiti Futuristic's new album, instrumentals that I'm working on for some cats, Bob Seger Greatest Hits and The Holy Outlaw's Best Prank Calls.

Personally what does hiphop mean to you?

Being true to yourself and embracing who you are. I never grew up on the streets, so I can't relate or claim that. I can only talk about my life and what has happened to me. If you're a janitor, then the Custodial Arts are hip-hop to you. If you're a banker, then banking is your hip-hop. Just be you. That's hip-hop. Hip-Hop is life in general.

Who do you feel is your biggest influence and why?

The Lord, of course in life. But in music, I would say no one in particular, but the industry is definitely an influence. It's changing every day. Part of being a good emcee and beat maker is being able to change with the times. As long as you have an open mind to the spirit of God and your surroundings, you can not only be influenced, but influence others in the right way. I guess I'm kinda influenced by others comments as well. If cats say you're wack or dope, then you can't help but be influenced by that.

How do you feel your music will affect its listeners?

I think it'll make them laugh. I think it will help them to understand that hip-hop and the life OF hip-hop is not just about money, hoes and clothes. Sometimes hip-hop is funny. Sometimes hip-hop makes you step back and go "what the heck?" I just hope that people can relate to my life and say "You know, this guy isn't all that much different from me."

If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?

I think there's too much tolerance for sin. I believe it's time to go back to the roots on what this country and world was founded on - Jesus Christ. Too many uptight and politically correct people nowadays.

If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be?

Super human beat boxing skill with the ability to
conjure up a hurricane with my beat boxing ability. But I'd want it to be God-given and that people would be aware that it's from the Lord. I'd be like Popeye - "Serve Jesus and he'll make you super tough too!"

What should we expect from you in the future?

Hotter beats baby, mos def. But along with that, loads and barrels of hugs and kisses, more fun and exciting beats that challenge, and provocative poses of me shirtless, wearing Dazzy Dukes.

What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?

Give all your praise to the Lord. He gave you this skill. Ego will kill your testimony in this ministry. Be faithful. Be readily available to accept criticism, teaching and mentoring. There are a lot of brothers and sisters who have been where you are - learn from them. And if you need some help or encouragement, CALL ME.

How can your fans contact you?

And if you wanna call me, 317-467-4876

Any last words?

Just enjoy life. Don't be afraid to screw up. Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself. Jesus is coming back soon and he's got a plan. Don't neglect his will for yours. If you put his will first and live by faith, you can have anything you ask for. Oh yeah. And download my music, it's free.



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