Too Much is a musical group/band from Bangaluru. They are specialist in Hip Hop music, which is gaining popularity in recent time. SocioTime approached them for an interview over e-mail and the group has answered all questions forwarded by SocioTime. Here is the how they spoken about their music:
Q.How did the artist/band get their name?
A.We got the name “Two Much” from the 1995 “Antonio Banderas” starring movie “Two Much”. Though we’ve come to realize that there are too many bands around the world who share our names. So we plan to change it to “2Much” now.
Q.How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
A.First and foremost we are a Hip-Hop band but that’s not all that there is to it. We like to be diversified in our approach to music and we love to experiment with sounds to create something unique. We still pride ourselves of the fact that we can be versatile when it comes to songs. We have done all sorts of tracks from club-bangers to preaching to inspiring. It all comes down to give the public what they want to hear from us but in our own style.
Q.As a child growing up, music surrounds us; what type of music did you hear the most back then? How does is differ from what you listen to now?
A.Well to be frank, we grew up a lot around Bollywood but there has also been a lot of Western music influence. But at some point in our lives, we all tend to get attached to one form of music that appeals to our ears more than the other genres. Our transition to Hip-Hop happened probably 7-8 years from now and it still feels like something we were born to do. But then we also listen to other genres like Rock, Trance, Country so we can learn & implement few of their techniques in our songs.
Q.What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
A.Well it started off as a juvenile thought in the beginning but when you are so attached to something then its practically impossible to let it go. So we never let that thought of becoming sucessful musicians go from our minds. At one point in our lives, we came to acknowledge the fact that music is what we are meant to do and nothing else will give us the same level of satisfaction. That day onwards we were professionals and stopped taking music as only a hobby.
Q.How did you become involved in the type of music you play/sing now?
A.We had a lot of influence from people around us and television also proved to be a medium. The movie “8 mile” inspired us greatly, plus Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” was what we would call a Turning point in our lives.
Q.If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
A. Original, Unique and True.
Q.Give some details about the group/act/art?
A. It all began in late 2010, when Rapper BigDeal(Japan/Orissa, India), who was an already established rapper in Bangalore hooked up with upcoming artist MC Zing(Imphal, India) aka "Zingaling” to form the group Two Much. A track done by TWO MUCH is diversified to say the least. Since the styles of BIG DEAL & ZING vary in various ways, the listener gets a taste of "FIRE" & "ICE" in the same song. Hence the personas:-
ZING aka Mr.Ice
BIG DEAL aka Mr.Fire
Q.What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
A. Like we have mentioned earlier we like to be as versatile as possible. We’ve had club based self-praise songs like “I Belive I’m Fly”, “Supermen”; inspiring song like “Enlightened”; message spreading song like “All they need is Money”; songs for a cause like “BAN-GALORE”, “Justice”.
Q.How long have you been performing live or making art?
A. We as a crew started performing live since early 2011 but as single artists we’ve been in the live scene for about a span of 3 years. As far making music is concerned, we both started off around the same time i.e. 7 years.
Q.What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
A. It certainly would be the opening act for the Canadian-based Indian pop star “RAGHAV”, recently we also had the privilege to share the stage with “Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge”(signed to Wu Tang Clan’s label). We’ve also opened the act for Justin Timberlake’s official DJ “Mark Da Spot”.
Q.Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
A.We met around late 2010 in this club called “Pebble-The Jungle Lounge” and formed our crew around early 2011 so we are little more than a year old now.
Q.What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
A.First off all we plan to release our debut mixtape titled “Born Two Win” in the coming few months and we also plan to distribute free physical copies of the CD to the public.
Our next step is getting signed to a label, which is already in discussion now. Everything will fall in place in less than 3 months time. Major promotion/marketing will begin there after and more music will be available to our fans.
After getting signed we plan to be releasing our debut album in mid 2013 with some big names on it and the album will be nothing less than historical. We say this with conviction because we’ve certain musical strategies to implement that will catapult us to a newer level.
We have our goals to capture the Indian Market by 2014 and then we move international.
Q.Thinking back to the very beginning of the band, how do your feel about your performance today and it is much different for you now than when you first started performing.
A.We see great improvement. Infact as artists, we grow with every song we make, get better with each live performance or studio recording. One thing we can always be sure of is that we will never stop learning, never stop gaining knowledge or ways that would help in making our music better. Experience is what we have now, something we didnt have in the beginning.
Q.What do you think makes you and your type of music unique from other artists?
A. Our type of music- we call it diversity, versatility, experimenting, and perfecting.
Q.As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?
A. Sucess will be when people get goosebumps listening to our songs and we begin to influence them. Money doesn’t matter much, its the spirit, the soul in our music. On a second thought, Money does matter but only to the extent of surviving on music as we totally dread doing anything else for a living.
Its hard been a musician in India, hardest been a Rapper!
Q.If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be?
A. Whatever you set your mind to, you CAN do it! So if you really want something bad enough and you are willing to do anything for it then you will get it, even god can’t stop you. Only make sure the thing that you want doesn’t hurt anybody in anyway.
Q.Have you recorded any previous CD’s or posted any audio files on the Internet?
A.Yes we have released a lot of singles online on our ReverbNation page, SounCloud account and as well as in our YouTube page. We’ve got amazing response for our songs as well and we are currently No.1 in the ReverbNation charts for Bangalore and No.20 for India.
Q.If you have a current CD released, how long did the process take for you to do from start to finish?
A.We’ve not released any CD yet but the process is what we are still going through. It has taken us 6 months to record various tracks for our mixtape and it will take us a month more to get our album art/logo/cd cover/cd writing done. Then comes the distribution and marketing part.
Q.Are there any other “behind the scene” secrets, tips, or additional information you would like to share with our readers?
A.Be very wary of the Industry, everybody here is on their own.
Q.Can you share the site/ blog where people can listen/download your music
A.You can follow us here