Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Meaning Behind Sucka Plush

I featured the mashup artist, Sucka Plush, a little while ago with a large amount of respect and uncertainty. I couldn't get enough of the guy's music, yet knew virtually nothing about him. I finally got in contact with Charlie Ekhaus, the man behind the unconventional show name, and had a chance to ask him a few questions. After talking for a little, I learned a lot about Charlie and his musical passion - diverse, yet focused. A lot of his mashups are older work and short, but they're so damn good. Be sure to comment on this post and call Charlie out; we want more! Visit his website to download his mashup albums and spread the love.

Dead Wrong - Sucka Plush

Beat Dropping: First of all, what does the name Sucka Plush mean? Where did it come from?
Sucka Plush: It came from a poem I wrote for my freshman english class in high school. We had to cut out lots of random words from various magazines and then try to assemble them into something poetic. Originally the line was "Sucka Plush Epistles" but I just took "Sucka Plush" because I thought it sounded cooler. Something about the name clicked with me and I've kept it ever since then.

BD: Describe your thought process behind one of your mashups. How do you pick the songs you mix together / how do you figure out that two seemingly unrelated songs will make a great mix?
SP: I listen to a lot of music, rap especially. When I'm not listening to rap though, I'll constantly have [hip-hop/rap] acapellas going through my head. I'll be listening to The Who, and suddenly a 2Pac verse will come on in, or something like that. Anything that really stands out to me and I'll turn into an actual mashup.

Deadly Combination - Sucka Plush

BD: So then where does the inspiration come from?
SP: First and foremost I have to credit Girl Talk. "Night Ripper" was the first time I'd ever heard a mash-up and it inspired me to try to make my own. Beyond that, the inspiration comes from the music itself. Currently, I'm listening to a lot of Bonobo, Curren$y, Pretty Lights, Animal Collective, Funkadelic, Gramatik, Kendrick Lamar...the new Jay-Z/Kanye album as also been on repeat lately (of course).

BD: So I'm thinking the album cover for "The Last Supper" is pretty damn epic (pictured above). Did you make it yourself? Any meaning behind it?
SP: All credit goes to Dave MacDowell, I just shamelessly took it and turned into my album cover. The picture itself represents the kind of mashups I do perfectly...rap imposing itself in places where it normally wouldn't be. The man in the picture is actually Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird," but all thugged out. The contrast of cultures in the picture was too perfect to not use as the album cover (though I like to think of it as more of a mixtape). Check out Dave's flickr if you want to see more of his art.

Peace - Sucka Plush

BD: Are you working on anything new or unrelated to your mashups? Are you trying to branch out?
SP: Actually, all of my mashups are fairly old (The Last Supper debuted in March). I've been focusing on other musical projects for a while now. At the moment I'm hard at work on The Sunshine Boys first full album. Its like a folk/rock/reggae/hiphop group...we try to make the music as diverse as possible. We made an EP last summer and released a couple of music videos to supplement the tunes. You can check it out here if you're interested. I also attempt to make beats every now and then; a beat I made with a few friends back in high school was used in a BMX video that was on ESPN a while ago. It seemed like a big deal at the time...
A Side Note: if you're interested in hearing some of Sucka's beats, visit his website and listen to my personal favorite, Twisted Whistler.

BD: And the most important question of the day: why should people follow Beat Dropping?
SP: Beat Dropping showcases an extremely wide variety of genres, something I haven't seen in other blogs. Its also has a commitment to posting good music. The real question is why shouldn't people follow Beat Dropping? (we like this guy, can you tell?)

Badd Swan - Sucka Plush

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