Who are you?
We are Clipping. Our names are Daveed, Jonathan and William.
Where do you live?
Midcity, Los Angeles.
What do you do?
We write and record rap songs.
When did you start?
We began as a remix project in ‘10 maybe, then we Daveed joined on vocals and we transitioned into writing all original material in ‘11.
How was your first show/performance?Bleak, of course—we played with some punk bands and our computer had a lot of buffer errors.
What would you like to gain from your work?
We just want to make music we would want to listen to and would be fans of.
What would you like your audience to gain from your work?
That's not really up to us to decide. We'd like to spark some sort of dialogue and engagement in an audience—but we think it’s arrogant to pretend we can decide what that reaction would be.
Who or what are your biggest influences?
Too many to name. Lots of harsh noise, aggressive or otherwise non-traditionally musical electronic artists, field recordings, musique concrete. Stuff like that. Listen to Fear of a Black Planet, De Natura Senorum, A Little Noise In The System, Noisembryo, Innercity Griots, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggytardust, 400 Degreez and The Cold Vein—and you'll get a pretty good idea of where we're coming from.
What keeps you up at night?
Literally, right now it's this interview. We're in a hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jonathan says he's not terribly fearful, though he is afraid he'll die before he's made something he's truly happy with. Daveed's afraid of spiders, maybe.
We're doing a small US West Coast tour with our friends Foot Village in May and probably one or two more tours this year. Two music videos will drop very soon and we've got a bunch more tracks in the works—talking to some labels, so definitely expect some physical releases of new music this year.