When you’re down to the wire and you have to summon everything you’ve got to get the job done, the tracks you want playing behind you are from Heroic Hip-Hop (MX383) from Megatrax. Charlie Tenku a.k.a. K-Tune wrote the epic beats that are now available for licensing. We caught up with Tenku to learn how he became one of the heroes of this album.
Megatrax: We would love our audience to get to know you better. Can you tell us a little about your background in music? Have you always done hip-hop?
Charlie Tenku: My background is originally classical. I trained as a pianist from the age of five, however growing up in the melting pot that is London had a part to play on a young impressionable lad, especially with the burgeoning Dance Music scene, which was heavily influenced by Hip-Hop, Funk, Reggae, and Rave music. I also toured as a DJ & Turntablist, which is deeply tied to Hip-Hop roots.
MX: This album has a very specific direction of confidence and strength. Can you explain what the process was like to create something like this?
CT: While making tracks for an album of this nature, I think one of the most important parts of the process is visualization. What feeling is the music trying to convey? Ultimately the pictures & visuals will accompany the music. It’s not an exact science, but if you can picture, for example, your favorite team marching out onto the field to the music you are writing, it should fit!
MX: Do you have a favorite track on this album?
CT: I’d say “Battlefield” is my favorite because it actually encompasses many influences, in addition to old school Hip-Hop, Funk, Gospel, and Soul. Also, the ‘choir’ is actually stacks of myself singing!
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