Underground Interview With Bummy Chuckles
Bummy Chuckles or Noel Thompson as the government of Ontario, Canada would know him is a local artist, musician and producer from Malton Ontario. An untapped resource for the underground musician on a budget.
Due to the artists recent choice to take his previous rapping /vocalist efforts to the creation of beats for lease and purchase.
Bummy Chuckles was an aspiring rap artist in the hard to make it hip hop scene of Toronto. A time before success stories like Drake or Tory Lanes, Bummy Chuckles was a bar heavy writer and emcee. His passion for the purity of the music is very clear in the use of his distinct powerful cadence.
Indeed, unlike contemporaries of his time, Bummy Chuckles has a loaded musical catalogue of four still relatively unexplored musical projects and some creative collab records, and a ton of new beats. The artist has uncovered a passion for beat making and is now selling music from his catalogue for the purist, and fans, and sick beats that are set at a price for musicians and underground artists alike, that reflect rates he himself would have died to get when he was a prominent artist buying beats!!!
The name Bummy Chuckles, despite the awkward , funny nature of it, has deeper meaning to the artist. The artist attributes the play on words to concepts, like the Yin and Yang , As Above So Below etc. Despite his “Bummy” tendency and nature, he can still laugh it up or “chuckle” amongst the chaos and confusion. A force to be reckoned with in the future as you’ll hear when you listen to beats like WAR ELEPHANT or ARTISTRY.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Alternative Hip Hop I think best describes my music. I have a deep musical pallet and work with, or at least try to work with sound / samples that are so obscure that it would be next to impossible to face copyright issues. I also pride myself with working with the sample, and backmasking and sometimes reverbing to make a completely different sound or effect.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Bummy chuckles is a play on the concept of Yin and Yang, or as above so below. I am Bummy because it is a very dark and bummy world, but I chuckle through the chaos and the madness and always have a smile on my face.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Musical influences are wild. Hip hop played a very big role in my personal character development so of course Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Rakim, BDK, and the legends taught me how to rap, or what hip hop really was. Favourite hip hop artist ever is Ras kass. I love anything bar heavy or production heavy, but I am just an overall good music buff. Even though i love hip hop, my desire as a musician is to get all different types of musicians on my beats and I would want to work with people from all genres of music. I was an almost famous in the myspace days because I worked with any and every type of artist. It just makes sense in this modern age of music to make a little bit of everything and cross the genre streams. But i also am a producer and sampler. Bob James, Jimmy Hendrix, Chuck Berry. I just love music in general.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Just have a ton of new beats and a couple of remixes for soundcloud artists. But pondering a 5th last album. Just hoping I can build a new fanbase off my new work and get some rappers on these fire beats. I'm also a digital artist so I have a bunch of lyric videos I am working on for my old tracks to visually capativate the audience.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to keep making great music, and financially make all the hardships ive already experienced making the music worth it. I will use my digital craft and my beat making skill speak for itself.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I really wasn't a big performer and have rare live performs, but perhaps because I never had a huge desire for limelight. But I think thats what i prefer in my new role as producer. I'd rather let the music express me. But that is why i am also using my digital art craft with the music.
The artwork and music are to become my live performance.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Marketing, discovering how to market. I don't think i have a "biggest" challenge. The whole experience of living life, having kids and trying to stay relevant in music at the same time are all ongoing and ever changing tasks. But maybe that is it. Living life while staying a relevant piece to the musical equation!!!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I don't have a real structured process. If im writing bars, I just need an hour to write, a beat im truly feeling and the facility or space to record it. When making beats i like to try different processes. I don't like to stick to one typical process for every beat. I treat every beat as a different creation.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Heavy. As I said I almost became famous with the money when Myspace was a thing. Thats because I was able to hunt down other artists for collabs, producers who were willing cut prices and just work with you without the politics. The problem then was physically going out there to promote it and getting fans. Now that physically go out, is global and done from your home. So I see an opportunity to further my musical legacy and create myself as the brand I was creating as a rapper.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?:
Adam Bomb The Legend
This guy Tripp6 and bunch others. But honestly I'm more focused on my own playlist right now.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Drawing. I still do.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Be prepared to battle through your hardships without just giving up. Seek the fortune, not necessarily the fame in music. Create a brand that you can carry over when age stereotypes start telling you words like "Can't".
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Even the top executives are doubtful to change the monster already created. However, I would get artists record deals that promote creativity and good music over deadlines and industry expectations.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Its a choice. You have the creative ability to do both. The unfortunate twist to our modern music methods. I just choose to try to be original. I don't want to be anything other then Bummy C, or NTArts.