His beats are raw, simple and downright dirty; it’s no surprise that Farhot the German/Afghan producer has 5 platinum awards under his belt. His music is similiar to the likes of Dilla/Madlib and Premier with his own twist. Although the name may not ring a bell, you may have heard his work with artists’ such as Talib Kweli and Ms Dynamite. Farhot resides in Hamburg, Germany and his recent and first release "Kabul Fire Vol.1," is an instrumental LP dedication to his families in his hometown Kabul, Afganistan. On his quest to take over the music scene we chat to Farhot about what it was like working with Talib, the importance of putting his Afghan roots in his music and his love for simplicity. Margaret Tra.
So you've finally decided to drift on your own with your latest Kabul Fire, what made you come to that decision?
Jakarta Records had the idea to release some of my instrumentals. I've never thought of this, as Jannis said he would press vinyl’s I was down with it.
What's it like working with Talib Kweli and Ms. Dynamite?
It was very easy because we look into same directions musically. I'm happy to make music with both.
You can definitely hear your roots within the beats, how does it make you feel to produce something that represents you?
This instrumental project represents my love for a certain style of hip hop. It’s a warm sound, simple, dirty beats. I like the idea of doing projects just like that, not over thinking stuff. This is for the few people who love that old hip hop sound. It doesn't come with any other expectations. Just music for the music lovers.
You have 5 platinum records, first of all congratulations, how did they come about? How does it make you feel to have them?
Doing what I love is my biggest success.
Love the album art cover, tell us about it.
Its Afghan clichés combined on the cover of my instrumental project. Elsa Klever made it a masterpiece. Elsa does a lot of children's books. I'm a big fan of her work.
The track you're most proud of from your LP Kabul Fire?
I like f*** the money because I'm sure everybody sometimes feels like saying f*** the money. Love the beat being so raw in the instrumental verses. Maybe I'm going make vocal version too with rappers in the verses.
What's next for you?
Working on the greatest music I've ever made and its videos.
What stimulates your soul?
Many things. Music is definitely playing a big part
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