I’m proud to be a creative, London life nurtures my creativity and because there is so much here to inspire me, negative things, positive things, galleries, concerts, museums and record stores, street poetry jams, new music, old music, fashions going around & coming back again, it's all inspiration, and so grateful because I get to use my creativity in so many ways; such as solving problems, navigating life and expressing my love of life. And because I have stayed true to my creativity, able to evolve from being a Poet to reggae Emcee to Rapper, to a Spoken Word Artist to music and video Producer, come Composer and writer, then to become a Photographer and now a filmmaker, looking back, without the twists and turns I wouldn't have started my new venture: Just Jazz Visuals, and over these last 26 years of being a creative professional I know if I had listened to anything but my heart; I would've stopped growing and learning, would’ve become afraid to make mistakes, and I say to anyone whose reading these words to explore, experiment, stay creative and because creativity allows us as the social animal we are to mix, to mix different things, to create new things, new sensations, that being just the beginning, and the journey is awesome.
WM: HKB FiNN, for those who don’t know, explain the acronym behind the name
HKB: HKB FiNN is an acronym of Hunt Kill Bury Finn. I'm here to Hunt 'indifference', Kill 'ignorance' & Bury 'wackness'.
WM: HKB FiNN; the Afro-Futurist, the Poet the Rootsman, enthusing Jazz & Hip Hop the Troubadour come Visual Artist, there seems to be many strings to your bow, how do you enthuse all your talents to work coherently?
HKB: I consider myself a creative being, and with a lot of training I’m able to translate my creativity into many genres, and platforms of Art. With regards to Photography; that’s my heart, filmmaking is my head, Hip Hop are my legs, Jazz my Arms and Poetry is my Torso, when you put them together, enthuse all that is creative, with all these elements coming together what you get is the living embodiment of a 21st century artist.
WM: Understanding the nature of the ‘music’ industry today, with the terms such as the ‘Afro-Futurist, and ‘the Rootsman’, how does your methods of expression stand you apart from other artists?
HKB: I'm really interested in the future of Black Music, as I’m also interested in the future of Black people. I think the Black Classical traditions of Soul, Funk, Afrobeats and AfroLatin music are ultimately essential in the survival of black culture. Of course nothing stays the same in the cultural landscape, but if one doesn’t know their history, in essence the very thing that’s makes the soul tick, if this is not known you could end up losing out on knowing where you come from, and how amazing a people, meaning the culture born into, just how amazing the culture and ultimately you really is.
WM: Looking at your discography, your journey as a musician to date stretches back to the 80’s, experiencing what you have, life and music, how has it evolved, your art; the way your various talents have evolved over the years?
HKB: Everything around us is constantly changing, as a person we are also changing, and since the early days of my music, up until now, I’ve tried to keep my creativity honed, moving in the right direction as I see it as; the ‘right’ direction. I mean, from sampling, working with a backing cd, right up to composing all my music and lyrics, working with a band, as it is today I’m still evolving, I’m moving into new areas and working with new people, one thing I try to do is to always be very grateful to be learning new techniques, trying out new ideas, getting to refine my styles in any area or genre. In essence; life is art.
WM: With regards to your new short film, what message, for you, is the film looking to resonate, in essence what are, or is the fundamental inspiration behind the short film?
HKB: The new film 'NiNA' is a chance to look at love from a different angle; it's also a chance to explore the idea of tradition versus modernity. By that I refer to the traditions are we ignoring in pursuit of our modern lives? What if you are the descendant of a long line of warriors or spiritualists or royalty or farmers? What if for hundreds of years your family only did those things, but in your generation you have to become a policeman? What if your body remembers who you are but you don't? These are some of the questions that led to the creation of the NiNA film.These stories are about exploring the culture of, essentially being Black life; the mysticism, the science fiction, the struggles we all face as people in largely huge & indifferent cities. These stories are trying to look at the post pan African reality we now all live in, hence the main reason I'm adding films to my bow is because I feel the time is right to tell our story, essentially because I feel the time is right for such a story to be told, and this is regarding the meaning of 'Black' peoples and the many cultural realities facing Black culture, and told in a way that adds to the greater tapestry of life in Britain. For me there are so many Black people intermingled with mainstream society, making it that much more possible to explore Black history in the UK, of course with reference to the presence and the present place in UK society, with determination, not subscribing to traditional stereotypes. So, with reference to ‘Nina’, this short film I’ve done, I honestly feel people can handle a story about an all-black cast, I feel that Black culture can handle the idea of an all-black film that isn't remotely bothered or interested in exploring race, and because these stories are not interested in exploring the binary argument of Race.
WM: With respects to the intensity of the social order as it is, in respects of the quality of music, film and art impacting on the everyday psychology of listeners/watchers, how important is it to you that humour reserves a place in what yourself produces?
HKB: For me humour is an important aspect of life, especially modern life, a Jamaican axiom says: 'if you don't laugh, you'll end up crying', I think we all face so many trials and tribulations, daily, understanding how often we need to use humour to release the tension, because of this humour to me is very important.
WM: What plans for 2015 does HKB Finn has, and what advice, if any, does HKB Finn have for listeners who've become somewhat disillusioned with the culture of your art forms today?
HKB: For 2015 I plan to make a few more short films, exploring love from a different angle, I'm also trying to finish an album for a September release, so as you can imagine it's a very busy time. My advice to anyone who is disillusioned in anything is to remember how wonderful you are, or how wonderful we are when you consider your cultural belonging, or how wonderful life, remind yourself why you loved what you loved when you loved it. Sometimes we become disillusioned because we stay in one place too long, sometimes the solution is much simpler than the problem, sometimes all we need is change.
WM: FiNN, not only has it been an insightful interview, its also truly one we'll remember.
HKB: Whispermaze you are most welcome