Dah Jevu : Interview

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Dah Jevu are a relatively new act based in Dublin. The two emcees, Bobby Basil and Tafari Pesto provide an insight into the abstract and alternative side of Irish hip hop. They’re debut video, ‘Hawks of Nepthys’ has already racked up almost 15,000 views on YouTube. The intriguing, gritty video was edited and shot by Hugh Mulhern.

Having already supported Smoke DZA and Jay Electronica this year, along with their full live band, Dah Jevu have a busy few months ahead. I’ve seen them a handful of times now and it is an energetic and one of a kind set. Life Festival, Electric Picnic and BARE In The Woods festival are just a few of the places you’ll be able to catch them this summer and we highly recommend that you do. We briefly spoke to Bobby about their live show and what the future holds:

How did the live band come together?

“It was mostly people from my old school and others that we knew.”

Will they help with production in the future?

“At the moment it will be mostly for the live show, but there is a track coming out at the end of the summer with them on it.”

Which was a better performance for you, Jay Electronica or Smoke DZA?

“There was a lot more people at Jay Electronica because Whelan’s is a bigger venue. It felt like a tougher crowd which made us work harder. The sound is better in Whelan’s too so I’d probably say Jay Electronica.”

What is your favourite thing about performing?

“For me, the more people there the better. It’s like a form of stress release. I can be uptight before we go on but that goes when we start performing.”

Last time we talked you said you wouldn’t release a project until the right amount of hype is there. Do you think you are any closer to that now?

“No I don’t think we’re going to release an EP anytime soon. We do have two music videos coming soon though. I might go to London before we release an EP.”

What has been the defining moment for you so far?

“I’d have to say the Hawks of Nepthys video. It made a lot of people aware of who we are and got us where we are now.”

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-Ross Logan