Look, we're really lazy here at the 405. If we can get other people to do our jobs for us, we will. In fact, we'll go out our way to do less work, especially interviews. Nobody likes talking to musicians - you've gotta make sure you have batteries in your voice recorder for one thing. You also have be reasonably charming, and have the patience to transcribe the damn thing. Why bother? Why not get two artists you like to interview each other? Let them do the work. It's our job to make these people work for their Spotify royalty lifestyle, right?

With that in mind, we convinced Knytro and Mizan to interview each about music, inspirations, life and geography. Check it out below.


KNYTRO MEETS MIZAN:

At what stage in your life did you realise you had a gift?

Never, I still don't think I have a "gift".

How would you contrast living in Ethiopia to the States?

They're not comparable. Living in Ethiopia is something I can't really explain to anyone who is mostly familiar with Western social and cultural dynamics. It is amazing, sad, and beautiful. The people are so kind and generous, and full of principle. It is unlike anything else.

What are your biggest dreams and have you accomplished any of them as of yet?

I have many. But in regards to music, it's to make songs that really speak to people. Music is a powerful thing, its potential has been squandered to spread unworthy sh***, music in the hands of a true and talented artist can change what people think is important in life, it can influence an entire generation. Think Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Nina Simone.

Would you ever make an 'If I ruled the World' (Lauryn Hill And Nas) kind of track with an educated rapper?

Perhaps in the future.

I myself was born in the UK and grew up in The US, Explain how it was for you being that one girl from another country living amongst the people who were born there.

It's a great thing in life to know what it's like to be the other. That way you learn not to make the mistake of judging people solely based on where they're from, this makes you a generally open and fair person. You develop empathy because you've been through exclusion.



MIZAN MEETS KNYTRO:

What has it been like to be a relatively new rapper on the scene?

The only thing I could compare it to is like being a very well equipped freshman finishing off his first year at university. There's so many different styles, so it's nice to bring a new energy to the table right outta the blue.

Do you enjoy performing? Do you consider yourself a performative person or are you more fulfilled during the creation and production phase?

Performing is my favourite part, though I enjoy the entire process of creation and production also, when you step out onto the stage you remember the reason why you even made the song in the first place. So I'd say I'm more performative.

How do you approach creating music? What/who inspires you to write?

I don't think I ever really create the music, I try to let the music create itself while helping it along kind of like nurturing a child. My inspirations come from all over, between Chuck Barry, Nasir Jones, and my personal life experiences; I've always got something to ponder on.

What do you have that is different from other up and coming rappers?

I'm that rapper with a plan that could change the perception of the planet through an altered sound frequency. So what do I have different from other up and coming rappers? I have a cure in the form of sound.

Recently watched your videos for 'Status Quo' and 'Still Standing'. Do you come up with the treatment for your videos? If not, are you interested in getting more involved in the visual aspect of your music?

I am interested in getting more involved in the visuals, the treatments to 'Status Quo' and 'Still Standing' were written up by the same director and I really liked them, though now I've taken a lot more control over the visual aspect of things.