The environment surrounding musical collaboration is nothing new to artists DJ Carlo Atendido and freestyle rapper Curtismith. Each through their own experiences, have expanded their comfort zone when it comes to working with other artists.
As depicted all over Atendido’s social media, he’s worked with Skarm and Hip Hop International Worlds champion dance crew A Team. Curtismith has also worked with Skarm, and has his own collection of collaboration work with producers and artists: Kiana Valenciano, AJMW Gio Quintos, Jess Connelly, CRWN, Tom Misch, Manila Killa, Frank SVG, Simian, and more.
“The DJ – MC connection used to be really tight before,” says Atendido. “Back in the day, MC’s would hype up the DJ and rap on how skilled they are. Now, it’s a different story. Hip Hop DJ’s are now just in the background. I’m trying to change that.”
In the video, DJ Atendido features a beat from XXXTENTACION‘s first and highest-charting single “Look At Me,” which debuted at #95 on US Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated February 25, 2017 and eventually peaked at number 34.
The two artists met through in a Red Bull event. “We always talked about doing a collab together, and finally after a couple of months we made it happen. I met him in a gig, and asked if he would still be game for the collab and he was like “hells yeah”. So we talked through Facebook on what we wanted to do. He submitted his beat, I fixed it up and added some scratching […]. It was pretty fun because the MC-DJ thing really died off back in the day, and as a DJ I would like to make a difference and bring back that tighter relationship back.”
As a DJ I would like to make a difference and bring back that tighter relationship back.
“I contacted Curtismith to align with this vision of mine. He wanted to do a freestyle and I wanted to get some space to do a few cuts, and this is what we came up with. It’s not about who get’s the lime light, it’s about expressing our art, together, to bring back a musical experience from a bygone era.”
Curtismith is not the only artist Atendido reached out to in order to execute his vision. “We got Vince Cabrera to shoot, and just recorded the whole thing live at the Mazda Warehouse. BillboardPH spoke with video director and film maker Vince Cabrera for a second perspective.
DJ Carlo Atendido teases fans about the second video. “Expect a more PG-13 friendly version. Haha. The next video is a more commercial rap, DJ thing.” He describes in a caption, “In this video I jam with a fliptop rapper celebrity, Skarm. Him, and I just meet in a random afternoon to discuss life and potential collabs. We eventually chose to walk the talk , and do an impromptu music video.”
Both Curtismith and Carlo Atendido are scheduled to perform at the Manila X Festival this coming May 27, 2017 at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds among other artists: William Singe, Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Kiana Valenciano, Sam Concepcion, Jess Connelly, Franco, Saydie, The Juans, Tukar Sinati, A Team, Patty Tiu, Ron Poe, and Tom Taus.