Somewhere in outer-space, we ran into Declaime flying around on SomeOthaShip. Thankfully, he took a second to slow down and chat it up with Potholes. Never one to bite his tongue, Declaime gave us some of the most interesting answers of any interview. In fact, I’m not entirely sure how well he answered some of the questions, but after reading this if you don’t understand what Declaime is all about, then it is possible you never will. He drops some knowledge about the reasons he makes music and why he chooses to live the life he does. Check it out, get enlightened, and leave us your thoughts. Don’t forget to support his latest project, Fonk.
PIMB: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. How are you? What’s going on in Declaime’s life right now?
Declaime: I’ve been busy building and focusing on the Ship. We shall use this ship to help out others who have been, for many years, holding the people of planet earth in their hearts, and forever bringing higher vibrations to a world that seems to thrive on negativity.
PIMB: Declaime or Dudley Perkins? Tell us a little bit about each of the different sides to your music. Who are you feeling like today?
Declaime: I am and always have been Declaime MC. My mama named me Dudley before I figured out my true identity and job here on earth, which is to speak out and poet to the people during oppressed times. As long as there is war on this planet we are an oppressed people.
PIMB: Back in the day, you linked up with Madlib and the Lootpack crew. What was that experience like? At the time, did you already have a sense that you all, along with Stones Throw, would grow to reach the level that you’re at today?
Declaime: I hooked up with the Fonk Farm (Kan Kick a.k.a. Kanstructivist) as well as CDP (Madlib the Badkid) years back when I felt the urgency to create on a higher level. Sound helped me to create a remarkable way to think and to be. I learned how to actually paint a picture with sound. So I painted and painted and I still paint this picture with sound. It’s a never-ending process to create. No ultimate level can be achieved when you’re dealing with infinite options; creation is boundless.
PIMB: You work with a close-knit group of musicians – particularly Georgia Anne Muldrow and Madlib. What is it about their musical styles that attracted you to them?
Declaime: Georgia Anne Muldrow is Ms. One. She is music in the divine flesh. I know God is my spirit and my spirit wouldn’t point me in the wrong direction. My spirit loves music as all spirits do; it especially loves the pure spirit, and Georgia is just that. Like the lotus flower, she blooms and dances her own unique dance for the universe, and it’s a sight to see.
PIMB: Much of your work speaks to problems in society, offering remedies for the problems. Were there incidents in your life that influenced your sociopolitical views? Why do you feel it’s important for you to be able to speak freely and express yourself on record?
Declaime: If you have a chance to leave a message to the world in life and in the afterlife, wouldn’t you want to leave a positive message of love for the coming generations? A how-to-plan and how-not-to-plan. A message of hope. An apology for not learning how to treat our fellow humans. Even with all this technology we hold, we still allow the rich to divide and conquer the poor.
PIMB: Musically, your brand of hip-hop/funk/soul doesn’t sound quite like the music that anyone else is making. Is it a goal of yours to make something entirely original, or does it just happen naturally?
Declaime: My music sounds like no other because it’s my personal song. My heart hums a different tune than yours does. All the many different wonderful tunes need to come into harmony so we can create and sustain a truer peace.
PIMB: Staying on the music tip, who were some of your favorite artists growing up? When did you realize that you wanted to really push for funk in your music?
Declaime: I listened to too many to name, and I was mostly intrigued by heartfelt, spirit-infused sounds. I enjoy fonk music; it makes my stay here on mama Earth a very black and powerful, boogie-filled, velvet painting, lava lamp type experience. But always remember – freak the fonk but don’t let the fonk freak you!
PIMB: Through your musical conquests, do you have a particular accomplishment that you’re most proud of? Has music led you anywhere that you didn’t expect it to?
Declaime: I’m not one really on the proud stuff. But what gives me joy is to see my family and friends happy, and through this music I can do that.
PIMB: There’s been a steady stream of fantastic releases coming from you over the past few years. How do you manage to create so much music while maintaining quality standards? What do you have left on your plate for 2010?
Declaime: I create, and creating connects me to the great creator, so I don’t sleep. In the coming months we shall bring to the people so many wonderful sounds that will bring a higher vibration to our wonderful planet we all share – a planet that’s forever giving, even as we forever take.
PIMB: Thanks again for talking it up with us. Any final words for the readers out there?
Declaime: One light, one love, one god.