In a land where musical diversity is a relative secret, a crowd of MC’s (and regional artists) have stepped out front to show what they have to offer. Let’s take a look through some questions and answers- and have some Local Love with Roommate’s Talk-O-Destiny, as they celebrate their album Free Rent release party.
Talk-O-Destiny has been a hip-hop artist in La Crosse, WI for 3 years now…
Artistry and a passion for music comes to mind when concerned with (Brian) Talk-O-Destiny; having worked in a record store (Deaf Ear Records, of La Crosse) for 3 plus years and being a local artist himself (working with various groups of different genres, from Another Exoneration to T.U.G.G.). He has been known to appreciate some underground greats, such as Northern Lightz, Big Zach, Kanser, and Atmosphere, some of these qualities have been conveyed on to Roommate’s new album.
Grab a listen,
You can get a sample of what they are spitting on the Free Rent here: Roommates Official (Free Rent)
So, in my accidental drunken stupor of last sunday afternoon, I stumbled to my phone and emailed Brian. He hit me up with prompt punctuality and we discussed an idea for an article, question and answer style… To get the low-down on the music scene in La Crosse, the upcoming Roommates’ album, and anything of relevance in relation to having a good time all the time.
This is what transpired…
TS: Who is/are Roommates?
T.O.D.: Roommates is Talk-O-Destiny, Guess Prefontaine, and coming soon to Roommates albums, P.C.P. (Pontius Co-Pilot). (Full details of artists and album construction can be found on the Roommates Official link above.)
TS: Firstly, La Crosse has a huge bar/music venue scene-What are the pros and cons of performing in such an environment, what are the best bars to do a show, and what is your favorite venue thus far?
T.O.D.: JB’s, I really like… It’s a good time; the sound is good, the drinks are good. It can be hard getting people to come to the Northside, but it works out. The Warehouse is also a great venue, it is a really great place for the music community in La Crosse… The listeners are more clear-minded at The Warehouse because of the lack of alcohol at the venue. However, lack of alcohol can be a good thing for an artist and a listener, better perception of the music.
The Pros are that people are about your shit, as an artist you want to hear you did a great job, but criticism is welcomed.
The Cons are you don’t always get free drinks… You aren’t always getting paid, and its like wet my whistle (you know)… I get that the bars have to make money too…
TS: What inspires you as an artist about living in La Crosse, WI?
T.O.D.: Being around local bands gives way to creating good music. Also, there is a local community feel; everyone is working together, people are surrounded by great artists of differing genres, and that is inspiring. La Crosse’s music scene has a lot of talented individuals. They don’t tour (as much, outside the area), but they have great musicianship. A place like La Crosse, has a good music scene, people at the top are blowing minds. There is a diverse music community, support for multiple genres, and appreciation for music here… La Crosse has the secret. I may not know what the secret is, but La Crosse has it.
TS: Tell me about the Album (Free Rent).
T.O.D.: It’s the first album in a series of albums from Roommates, the album took a period of about a year to accumulate most of the ideas and material, recording took about 1 month. At the end of summer I wanted something out by October 1st, so it happened. But it took about a year, year and a half to create.
TS: On a perfect day where can we find Talk-O-Destiny performing, or just hanging out… Eating a burrito on your couch?
T.O.D.: One day, I would love to rock First Ave., as a goal, I would love to set foot on that stage… But, definitely, eating a burrito on my couch…
End of Questions.
To say the least, talking with Brian was enlightening; I am proud to be from a region where music is extremely diverse and positive. Brian’s idea for creating music consists of promoting and helping others, while not hating on what’s around. Rather, gaining from the differences, gathering material while being progressive in what you create as an artist next. While reducing pressure and instilling an idea of just having fun Brian has inspired me to indulge in more local music from Roommates, and the La Crosse area as a whole.
The Free Rent album from Roommates is enjoyable, independently manufactured, underground, precise, and inspiring. My head was bobbing for the most part; solid beats, diverse sound, with interesting and personal songwriting abilities are exhibited. Something new.
Good job, I can’t wait to hear more. I would love to see Roommates live.
Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 PM
Location: Jb’s Speakeasy
717 Rose Street, La Crosse Wisconsin
All information on Roommates (the artists and show dates and times) is within the link above.