I became familiar with North Carolina’s Hip-Hop trio, Mr. Invisible, back in May of this year, when I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing them for The Nerdy South’s website and quite honestly became an instant fan of their Progressive Old School sound. They also have one of the dopest stage shows that I had seen in some time, where they make beats live on stage, while MCng and just basically rocking the *expletive* out. So when I ran into the groups’ management team, Scott & Erin Blackwood, the first night of A3C, and found out that one of the members, Justin Aswell, was in town to do a demonstration for Native Instruments (Mr. Invisible has a sponsorship deal with the company), it was a no-brainer that I’d want to chat with him for TLP. These guys are incredibly dope and I’d recommend anyone to check out their music. And for a more in depth interview with the group, check out my feature at www.thenerdysouth.com, titled Seeing is Believing.
Nakia: Ok sir; introduce yourself to the reader of The LaVilla Project.
Justin Aswell: What’s up y’all? It’s Justin Aswell from Mr. Invisible.
Nakia: And what do you do with Mr. Invisible, Justin?
Justin Aswell: Umm everything. I MC, I make beats; play them live and I also do a little DJ’ng.
Nakia: And tell me about what you’re doing here (at A3C) with Native Instruments?
Justin Aswell: Well I’m here to do a demo and performance. Kind of Q & A/Showcase kind of deal on the Maschine and that was yesterday. That was dope; I had a really good time doing that.
Nakia: Nice! What are you guys working on? Does Mr. Invisible have anything coming out?
Justin Aswell: Well, we just had something come out, umm, Blake had a baby…
Nakia: Oh! Congratulations, Blake!
Justin Aswell: Yeah, he just had a baby like a week ago, so right now I’m letting him do his thing for a minute. And then we’re working on a new record, also.
Nakia: Ok, I probably asked you this when we did The Nerdy South interview, but I will ask you again for The LaVilla Project. Do you have any advice for any artist that wants to make music as a career as a DJ, Producer or MC?
Justin Aswell: Wow. I think the biggest thing is, if you’re trying to be a triple threat kind of deal like MC/DJ and Producer, I would say, work on two things; your weakest and your strongest. Lead with your strongest and always be working on your weakest. And never let anyone know what you think your weakness is.
Nakia: And where can we find more information about you?
Justin Aswell: www.mrinvisible.net, that’s the website. You can follow us on Twitter, @mrinvisible; like us on Facebook, also Mr. Invisible and definitely check the YouTube channel out, search Mr. Invisible and our stuff will come up.
Nakia: Word up and how many hits have y’all had on YouTube again?
Justin Aswell: We’re over a million now. It may be 1.5 (million) now.
Nakia: Very impressive.