Coming soon from SLAMjamz will be music from Chuck D’s newest artist, Gambit. I had an opportunity to talk to Gambit and find out more about his new album, what other projects he has worked on, who were his musical influences, and what it meant to be signed by SLAMjamz as well as learn about a new compilation coming soon called, SLAMinternational.
The SpitSlam Record Group (Kate G): You have a new album coming out in the spring. What can we expect from your new album?
Gambit: Well, it’s a self-made rollercoaster of styles, and so far my most versatile album. It took a while until its completion because I wanted to create an album that you can pick up after years, not only days or weeks, something that has a timeless touch, something raw but open-minded at the same time. It goes from 80 to 140 beats per minute and there’s a lot of adrenaline in it. It is music that wakes up the mind. There are competitive tracks stacked with diverse flows, controversial statements and wordplays, and other songs contain political and socio-critical content, some even have club potential. I also have some dope features on the new album. For example, Tak from Styles of Beyond, who is one of my favorite MCs of all times, is included plus some serious turntable activities by my man, DJ Roy. The album is surely rougher than most current rap records. It is anti bling, rebellious and 100% my vision of how it should sound like these days.
What previous projects have you done?
Gambit: Quite a few because back in the day I was in a crew called "Last Resort”. It consisted of DJ Taste, probably Swiss’s first turntablist. We had a couple of releases on vinyl. Our combo was truly known for a rough and rugged sound within the underground scene. Some years later we split up and I started working on my solo projects. My first album "Another Planet" came out in 2008. Then I dropped my second album "Shutta Island" in 2011. Back then, both came out on my own label. I was mainly focused on live performances from rap to drum and bass, often with DJ Roy on the decks ,who did all scratches on my new album. In 2013 I came out of a project under the name "The Ironfist", a quite sinister E.P. produced by myself, featuring various artists from the UK plus Germany’s legendary DJ Stylewarz. Later on I had a longer phase of recording features for a couple of UK and German cats, mostly for vinyl releases.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
Gambit: I grew up with Public Enemy, Ice T, Paris, Run DMC and the Geto Boys. These acts portray my earliest memories. I was 11 when I heard Public Enemy for the very first time. The track was "Brothers Gonna Work it Out", and that's how it started. Other relevant Influences were UK crews like Gunshot or 2 Tone Committee, old school Raggamuffin and dancehall artists like Daddy Freddy and Tenor Fly.
You signed to SLAMjamz. What does that mean to you?
Gambit: It means a lot to me. Like I said before, everything started with Public Enemy and now, years later, I’m signed to Chuck's Label. That’s beyond dope. It’s like playing for your all-time favorite team. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Gambit: Yes, the compilation SLAMinternational Vol.1 is coming soon. I’m on it with two tunes, “Jagwarr“ and “Like This”. These tracks will be my first visit card before my album drops. Also, stay tuned for the Jagwarr Videoclip. I would also like to make a shout out to all of the people that have supported me over the years, and I look forward to what lies ahead in 2016.
Kate G is Kate Gammell for Update Reports on The SPITdigital SLAMjamz Recording Label Group