MC Mesijus promised to answer your questions about anything. You asked, he answered!
Mesijus: They call me Mesijus. In English that would be ‘Messiah’ – quite a big name. I create an alternative approach to hip-hop music. I deal with an electronic approach to the sound.
I have plenty of questions here! Maybe you’ll know me better when you hear the answers.
Marius: Is there ever gonna be a new release of Future Jazz? If not, record one!
Mesijus: I really believe that if you don’t think that your earlier work sucks, you do not advance. My new album is coming so beware!
Gabrielė: If you could chose to be just a poet, a rapper or a worker in advertising, which option would you pick?
Mesijus: Out of the sphere of music, I’m also a copywriter, Cannes Young Lions Silver-winning copywriter! I’m also a champion of a European poetry slam in 2004, I think. Copywriting improves music and poetry, it kicks you in the ass to be more productive. Being a music artist makes your office work more lively. Being a poet improves the lyrics. For now, most of my texts are in Lithuanian but I’m doing some translations. But I do also write in English and as for poetry, I am mostly known by my English poems in Europe.
Ringailė: Is Čiurlionis way cooler than Kudirka?
Mesijus: Čiurlionis is our national hero, a painter and a composer. Kudirka – that’s my surname and its no random surname at all because we have Kudirka’s monument just besides and that’s the guy who wrote the National Anthem. So is Čiurlionis cooler than Kudirka? Well, in case I’m Kudirka, I would never say that. I have lots of things in common with the original Kudirka. He’s been a journalist and at some point in my life I have a also been a journalist. He was writing poetry and I’m also writing some poems. He created the national anthem, if we consider that a song – I’m also doing music. So yeah, Kudirka is way cooler than Čiurlionis.Vilius: Are you a leftist worm? Because your Gun Music Box video looks like you support stricter gun control.
Mesijus: The Gun Music Box is a video we made recently. It’s a huge, more than one and a half meters long, metal music box with real guns that shoot the beat. The video was not meant to fetishize guns. I think that guns make more mess than they do justice.
Gabrielė: What foreign artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Mesijus: With the artists I have already had a chance to warm up such Zebra Katz, Angel Haze… Such artists have a really new vision of how the genre could evolve.
Jurgis: Vilnius or Kaunas?
Mesijus: These are the two biggest Lithuanian cities. We are in Vilnius right now it’s the capital city. Since Kaunas is the second biggest, there’s a lot of friction. I don’t really care about these city issues. Kaunas has bigger and maybe even more interesting old town, Vilnius has much more of cultural events. I’m pretty free right now to decide where I want to stay, to live, to have a job. Kaunas could be an option but I’m staying here and that’s my choice.
Asta: Regarding your book, what did it feel like to both write and finish it?
Mesijus: Writing is probably the best therapy to structure your mind. There are periods when you do something and don’t publish anything. And there are periods when everything comes out. Finishing stuff means creating new stuff.
Valdas: What are your Lithuanian influences?
Mesijus: The beatmaker scene is very influential for me and it is the place where intellectual, very fast learning and progressive youth concentrates.
There are probably no similar music artists to what I do. I would really love that competition.
Algimantė: Who are you and what do you want? Do you like potato?
Mesijus: I do eat potatoes but if they go with a burger, I usually eat it separately. I don’t like to mix too many things in one, I love to experience everything separately, to the deep. Who am I? Well, I had a bunch of questions that somehow explained a bit about who I am.
What I do and what do I want? To make something new that is not necessarily a direct reflection of the things that should be now. A good example of that is the 808 rhythms that are everywhere, from underground trap artists to Beyoncé production. It was quite a challenge not to use 808 beats.
Giedrius: What do you think is the role of creative artistic people in society and are they appreciated enough?
Mesijus: Every artist feels under-appreciated. Over-appreciation, that’s a thing of the past. It’s so easy to spread you music via internet, it all got decentralized. Even Kanye West is in depth now. It’s getting tougher for big names. The future is getting brighter for all the alternative and smaller acts. Open sourceness of music is really a good thing and makes the industry healthier because it regenerates faster.