Living the Night with Curtismith

One of the rising stars of today’s local hiphop scene Mito Fabie, a.k.a. Curtismith, shared to us what he does in his sleepless nights and his thoughts on politics and man’s full potential as a civilized being. His hiccups, rain and the night’s seemingly endless loud chitchat outside Route 196 did not deter this fun conversation.

 

Insomnia PH:

When and how did you start making music?

 

Curtismith:

I started when I was fourteen. Just for therapy.

 

Insomnia PH:

Who or what are your inspirations in making music?

 

Curtismith:

You know, the typical— Jay-Z, J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick. Also, Kanye — the older ones. Tom Misch, Frank Ocean—those guys.

 

Insomnia PH:

Can you walk us through your process? From lyrics to arrangement then the performance.

 

Curstismith:

Arrangement is not by me. I get beats from people. And then, if I can connect to it, I just write. And then performance is by feeling it.

 

Insomnia PH:

What do you do besides making music?

 

Curtismith:

Study and read. I also like to watch things, absorb information and try and apply it to my work.

 

Insomnia PH:

You worked with Noel Cabangon. Can you tell us about this project and how was it working with him?

5

Curtismith:

It was good! We made a song together. It’s coming out later this year. And it’s nice! It’s about an older guy talking to his younger self.

 

Insomnia PH:

Since you are experimenting and likes to collab with other artists too, meaning – this new project is not exclusively rap or R&B?

 

Curtismith:

Yeah.

 

Insomnia PH:

What if, for fun, someone offers you to have a collaboration with the likes of Marlou Arizala?

 

Curtismith: If it’s good [hiccups] if it’s good uhmm… I don’t judge the person. I judge what we can make. So if we can make something good, then great! If not then pass. [laughs] Super pass [smiling].

 

Insomnia PH:

Okay [giggles]

 

Curtismith:

Yeah [smiling]

 

Insomnia PH:

In some past interviews, you mentioned that the kind of people you want to listen to your music are those who can question everything. The people who question shit.

 

Curtismith:

Yeah.

 

Insomnia PH:

What do you think is the shittiest thing these days?

4

Curtismith:

[hiccups] The shittiest thing?

 

Insomnia PH:

Yeah.

 

Curtismith:

That we haven’t reached our fullest potential [hiccups] as a human civilization. I think that’s the shittiest thing [laughing].

 

Insomnia PH:

[laughs]

 

Curtismith:

Yeah. [smiling]

 

Insomnia PH:

Baka bumagsak na yung payong! [laughs]

 

Curtismith:

[Laughs]

 

Insomnia PH:

Anyway, so since our online magazine’s name is INSOMNIA, thus this question—usually, what are you doing at night?

 

Curtismith:

I write at night.

 

Insomnia PH:

Do you also usually party?

 

Curtismith:

Not really. If ever I’m gonna go to a bar to meet someone or talk to someone, I don’t go to clubs. I don’t make walwal [imitating the club dancing]. But if it’s with friends and it’s just drinking and making kwento, sure! I do that. Yeah.

 

Insomnia PH:

So probably parang sa gabi mas lumalabas yung ideas mo.

 

Curtismith:

Yeah, definitely.

 

Insomnia PH:

Let’s segue to politics, if you don’t mind. You and Sandro Marcos are friends. How do you handle people who bash you saying you’re a Marcos apologist and at the same time, some of these people are fans of your music?

2

Curtismith:

Well, if they really knew me they would know that I’m a fan of no politician. I don’t believe in any politician. And yeah, it is what it is. I can’t do anything to change what they think. But it also makes me more appreciative of the people who still try to [hiccups] understand me. And try to understand that I’m not always right. And you know, I just try to be honest. That’s it.

 

Insomnia PH:

You are now a name in the music scene. Any message to your growing fanbase?

 

Curtismith:

Never settle. If you think that there’s something that you can give to the world that is of value, that is more than just making money, then do it! Because we need more of that in the world unlike the 9 to 5 just to make money or just to make parents happy. I really respect people who try and do something what they think is their [hiccups] duty as a human.

 

Insomnia PH:

Do you consider yourself as a poet?

 

Curtismith:

I consider myself as a writer [smiles]. I love poetry! I would love to consider myself a poet but I don’t have enough poems to say I’m a poet, I think [smiles].

 

[interview by: Rhona Mae Tuaño and Jubert Cabrezos / photo by: Jubert Cabrezos]

2 Replies to “Living the Night with Curtismith”

Comments are welcome!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s