CITIZEN FUNK caught up with rising star Mercedes in between her busy studio schedule for a quick chat. Mercedes is a multi-talented rapper/singer-songwriter, who is currently signed to Warner Music Publishing in the USA. She recently scored the opportunity to feature on Yelawolf & Skrillex’s ‘Kill The Noise’ album, which held both the Number 1 & 2 iTunes Dance Album chart positions respectively in Canada and USA.
Recently, Mercedes has released her new website, where you can view her latest music video and grab a free download of her single ‘Airwave Hustler’ remix, courtesy of talented producer Shift Key. We at CITIZEN FUNK feel 2013 will be a huge year for her.
Photography By: Emma Woolrych
Which artists inspired you to get into the world of music?
Everyone from Salt n Pepa, Roxanne Shante, Beastie Boys, EPMD, Tribe Called Quest to Grace Jones, Bjork, Portishead, George Clinton and David Bowie. This eclectic mix has definitely inspired me.
Describe your style of music?
I would say my style is a mixture of old school hip-hop, pop and electro music. Basically it’s an old school flavor with a new school attitude…aaaah yeeaahh!
Which artists are you into at the moment?
I’m listening too a lot of Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie, as well as other rappers from that time. I’m currently finishing off my mixtape, which is very inspired by that era. I’ve also been listening to Zebra Katz – ‘Ima read’ a trillion times! I love that tune and the video is super cool!
If you had the opportunity to work with any producer, who would you choose?
J Dilla or Bassment Jaxx I think.
Tell us your musical guilty pleasure?
Brenda K Starr!! She is the Latino 80’s version of Madonna.
What’s the best piece of advice you been given so far in your career?
Don’t be a wanker
If you weren’t working in the music industry, what would you be doing?
I would have my own cookie factory, cus I’m the cookie monster!
What is your most prized possession?
My Jordans Raptors 7’s
What can we expect from you in 2013?
I have been writing new music for the past 6 months, which I’m really happy with and will be released 2013. Also I’m re releasing my track ‘Airwave Hustler’ backed with a Shift Key Remix, which can be downloaded right now for free on airwavehustler.com
Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years time?