Thes One – People Under The Stairs

I don’t know why but this one just kinda stops/trails off…

PUTS Interview by Huwston

It’s Thanksgiving eve and Thes One of People Under The Stairs is stuffing the Turkey and a few days from now, he’ll be stuffing his record bag as he and partner Double K make their way to Australia for shows across the country.

‘Yeah we’re just cookin’ right now,’ he says, sounding a little tired. ‘Tomorrow’s the day, everything shuts down,’ he notes, although they have a few more weeks up their sleeve before they hit Australia. ‘We come out on the 26th, so I’ll be home for the day of Christmas but then we’re off.’

Thes’ family life is well documented in magazines like Wax Poetics (who could forget the wedding mixtape he made for his wife?) although he isn’t divulging much personal information for this interview. (Nor should he really, it’s just a segue way.)

‘Aaaaaah… you know… it’s tough,’ he finally lets out, ‘but we love coming down to Australia, it’s probably the only place we drop everything to come down to and do some shows.’ Noting that is both an ‘honour’ and their favourite place to tour should keep readers onside.

PUTS’ music translates so well to Australia and the band have had a loyal following since their earliest days at Om Records, thanks to an enduring partnership with Slingshot Touring and now Earshot Records.

‘One thing we have in common, especially living in California is the weather, we don’t really get seasons, you know?’ It gets cold and rainy but it could be the middle of winter and you could be in a tee shirt and that vibe translates, it works in Australia.’

So I get one of the coolest producer-MCs on the line just to talk about the weather, right?

‘We talk about the weather in our music, it sets the vibe and attitude,’ says Thes, who can’t compare what he does to some east coast rappers because they ‘don’t stomp around in boots and hoodies’

Their upcoming schedule sees them rocking every part of the couttnry with back to back shows with De La Soul, Q Bert and Blackalicious, with festival appearances like Sydney Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival and Field Day. All of this in thirty-five degree weather has got to be some kind of punishment.

‘Sometimes it gets a little tough, cos it could be the tenth show and someone’s having a house party and we wanna come through and dj and our manager will be like ‘you just played for ten thousand people you don’t just go to someone’s house and do the show all over again,’ he laughs, ‘…we still end up at the house party! We live for this, we love it.’

Thes has great but somewhat contradictory advice for looking after yourself on the road.

‘You gotta look out for yourself. One night I might not drink because I may have had a couple of beers for a couple nights in a row and it’s sort of ganging up on me. Then I go to the green room and there’s some beers and I’m like ‘oh snap there’s some beers, let’s have a beer’.’

Look out for Thes’ beats as the soundtrack to a feature film called Street Dreams about skateboarding in 08 and an eventual follow up to Lifestyle Marketing which I am not at liberty to divulge the muse of as yet…


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