Featured Rock the Vote Artist
|1. Accept The New||Theophilus London||I Want You||Pop||3:48|
|2. I Want You (Marvin Gaye Cover)||Theophilus London||I Want You||Pop||3:26|
|3. Life Of A Lover||Theophilus London||I Want You||Pop||2:35|
THEOPHILUS LONDON is a rapper, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn. Fader magazine places him at the center of the borough's new urban pop movement, while UK music weekly NME goes in a bit further: "...his patter is sumptuous, his look untouchable, his soundscapes plucked from mythical ghetto neverlands...he's the real deal." His first mixtape JAM! was a buzzy DIY effort that tipped off early adopters in the underground, but it was the independent release of This Charming Mixtape via his brand The Lovers in early 2009 that introduced London's voracious pop appetite and minted him as an artist to watch beyond mere hype. It's possible this is the arrival of a once-in-a-generation talent: Theophilus London is very much in this.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
I would want to be working at/or own a Marketing agency. I study the way information/data gets processed to a demographic. It's something I studied in high school years back.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to get in the studio with Brian Eno. Just finished reading a book on him and got very inspired.
If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
Make school lunch better for kids everywhere. And buy out the subway system with my own cash so kids and adults could ride the train for free.
What social cause is closest to your heart?
Health care would be one of em. I love my family a whole lot and I care about their health in the long run and what ways the syste can pay them back/ and or help them for putting so much labor and money in the system for all these years.
What does the right to vote mean to you?
The right to speak. The right to act. The right to change.
You talk a lot about musical influences like Marvin Gaye – can you talk about how your musical influences from the last couple decades have influenced political change?
It's change some of the hostile minds of people in my neighborhood and around the world. My music is less intimidating and more welcoming. My brand is about love and creativity. I travel a whole lot and I like to keep memories that I experience or learned and bring it back to my environment and music most of all. Underground songs from Korea, or England, or South Africa that some people in America might not be on to. I like sampling records I grew up on and had dance-offs to at Bbqs or basement parties.
What do you think is the best political song?
We are the world written by Michael Jackson
Where did you grow up? What high school did you go to?
I grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Was an amazing childhood that I wouldn't change for anything. I went to Clara Barton HS which was a nursing school. Haha I know a male at a nurse school seems weird. But being the only guy in 5 classes every year def kept me focused. Hah
What’s the last great book you read?
Umm Catcher in the rye a couple years back in high school
What can’t you live without on tour?
iPhone, music, and good vibes
What’s the best advice you were given?
Haha don't think I would like to share
What advice would you give teenagers/ young Americans?
"Do not fear the digital world, it will not kill us all"