The most mysterious of the members of super crew DeepSpace5,
and half of the now defunct Phat K.A.T.S, Sivion’s latest solo release Mood
Enhancement releasing on Illect records will be the first to justly showcase
Sivion’s talent. Sivion brings razor sharp lyrical content blended with a
flavor of Jazz influence and hard hitting beats Sivion is no doubt a very
talented emcee and he has great things on the horizon.
What does the name Sivion mean?
Back in the day, I used to go by the name of Vision, because kats used to
always tell me that I could see through any situation and get to the root of
what’s “really” going on. But after bumping into several random heads named
Vision, Vizion, etc, I just decided to switch it up. So I switched the S
and the V and came up with Sivion. Upon further research I found that
Sivion is another name for a Dreidle. Hum…. interesting…
How did you begin rapping and who was your inspiration?
My twin brother and I started rappin back in the 6th grade… many,
many moons ago. That’s back in the early 80’s … back when we needed
parental guidance to see Beat Street at the movie theater. Didn’t really
start taking rap seriously until my freshman year of college back in 1990.
My biggest inspiration then was just about all of Native Tongues.
What is the origin of Phat K.A.T.S.?
Phat K.A.T.S. is composed of me and my twin brother (Wushu). Both of us
liked to rap and you can’t beat the chemistry of two individuals that
genetically started out as one. Wushu was into Break Dancing and Marshal
Arts, while I was very heavy into Jazz and Jazz culture. So we came up with
Phat K.A.T.S. as a way to bring Hip Hop and Jazz together with slang from
What does the K.A.T.S. in Phat K.A.T.S. stand for?
We wanted to make a cool acronym because that’s what was cool at the time,
so we came up with Knowledge And True Skills.
Those that we called “kats”, were people that we thought possessed those
qualities. Although the name originally started out having to do with Jazz
and Hip Hop, as Gangsta Rap began to flourish, we found ourselves developing
our own “Kat vs. Dog” mentality and language, along with our crew “The Lost
Step”. That was a lot of fun back in the days when The Lost Step ( us and
TeKnowledge) ran the things in Dallas… well not really, but we wrecked a
bunch of spots!
How did you hook up with Deepspace5?
I’ve been close to Phonetic Composition since 1999, since we all live in the
Dallas area. Although my music has always been conscious of God’s effect on
my world and surroundings, I never really knew that there was such a genre
as “Christian Rap”, until I met them. Not that I want to be stuck in THAT
crazy industry, but it is nice to know that there are others in this Hip Hop
Culture who have a deep desire to deny themselves and push to be come closer
with Christ. But anyway, I just happen to be visiting Playdough one day
during the recording of “The Night We Called…” and just clicked with all of
DS5 quickly. Although I was not on that album, I feel as if I was a part of
it, in some small way. After getting to know many of them, about a year
later, they asked me to be down.
Your upcoming solo release is entitled Mood Enhancement,
what will listeners hear on this release?
On Mood Enhancement, you will be taken on a twisting turning, hand-held
journey through the depths of my heart. More so than every before, you will
be able to really hear my jazz background and my love for music. It will
not be your typical Boom Bap, your typical Poetic, your typical Christian,
etc. You will hear some production from a few different sources, including
Harry Krum and Freddie Bruno. The album has a vibe that invites you in to
learn more about Sivion and God’s affect in his life. Guaranteed to be
pleasing to the ear!
What do you feel is your favorite track off the album?
My favorite track is called “Out of the Blue”. It features a very
interesting bouncy track with a bunch of attitude to it. Plus some great
background vocals from Heather Randall (female vocalist) and my son Andreon
(he was 5 at the time he recorded them). Great song and it sets the album
off lovely, right after the intro.
Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
God’s unchanging love and his free gift of grace inspire most of my music.
No matter what the scenario, “LOVE that is greater than any Human Love”,
seems to be the main focus. Fred and Playdough say that I should just plant
some dandelions and dance through the daisies on a hilltop, instead of
Are there any guest appearances from you on any upcoming
I am on the song “Cover Charge” on the current ILL Harmonics “Monkey
Business” Album. Also featured on the title track of the Bone Circus “The
Locals…an EP”. I will be featured on Beat Rabbi’s “DS Soul” album, as well
as Freddie Bruno’s “Hold Music” soon to be released… hopefully! Also
Braille and Lightheaded are working on a project with a conglomerate of dope
emcees, where I will finally do a long anticipated song with Othello!
What’s in store in the near future from Sivion, Phat K.A.T.S.,
There probably is nothing in store for the Phat K.A.T.S. as life has taken
us in separate directions. However, Wushu will be featured on “Mood
Enhancement” so that all of his fans can hear him. Hopefully Deepspace 5
will be recording another album soon after the completion of Beat Rabbi’s
project. The road ahead looks like a challenging pile of funny business! I
Any last words?
Christ is!!! Period! God’s Love and Grace to you all! Word!