We've always loved Six The Northstar's taste in music so when he posted Railkid’s Music Video for 'DEROSKAS' we automatically put it on, and for sure it was dope! That was the first time we heard Railkid.
Months had passed, and one morning Six sent us an untitled Wetransfer link. We pulled it up, and it was the 5 full tracks off their E.P. ‘Mga Kahon Mula Bodega’, which he had produced. Straight up fire! The Railkid is a storyteller, and Six the Northstar’s beats elevate it beautifully.
photo credit @cj.manguerra
Six adds, “That’s what I think as a producer, should be all about. Break out the one’s that haven’t been heard yet. Yeah like, he IS dope as is. Needed to like give him a different boost.”
We caught up with CJ aka Railkid to discuss his latest work with Six The Northstar
How was it like working with someone like Six?
CJ : Madami akong napulot na knowledge kay Six maging naiwasto, in terms of business and art, mas natutunan ko na magkaroon ng specific goal sa mga project at maging commited na totoo pati na din ang decision making ko ay mas
nahulma ng tama, kaya sa lagay na yan pakiramdam kong mas tumalas ang aking mga armas.
Can you take us through the inspiration and process behind this album?
Karamihan sa lahat ng tracks ay kasalukuyang umaandar sa pag mumuni muni ko, 'Mga Kahon mula Bodega' title dahil Ako yung tumatayo bilang Bodega at yung mga Kahon ay tumatayo bilang aking mga thoughts. Kahon dahil lahat ng tracks ay may kanya kanyang pinaglalagyan at yun ang sumi simbolo ng kada piyesa/track na naisulat ko.
Sa process naman, March to April 2021 mga panahon na ibinato na ni Six lahat ng beats sa akin, at around May 2021 ko sinulat ang buong EP, June 2021 record na din agad at isang buong araw lang naganap, July 2021 process ng mixing, mastering, at iba pa, then Ngayong August release agad. ganun lang! haha.
Which track resonates most / most personal / why?
Track number 5. Lupa , Dahil para sa akin tayong mga tao ay lupa lang naman talaga at sa huli dun din naman ang bagsak, since Lupa lamang naman tayo bakit hindi pa namin gawing magandang uri ng Lupa? Halimbawa ang
Bulkang Mayon bilang anyong lupa siya ay isa sa pinaka magandang tanawin dito sa daigdig, Personal siya dahil ito ang kasalukuyan kong perspektibo at kongkreto siya sa puso ko.
90s hip-hop is one of the main pillars of our brand - can you say you have influences from that era? Who in particular ?
Gangstarr Foundation, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Soul Assassins, Alchemist and Madlib
Where do you think pinoy hip hop is headed? Which local artists are on your rotation?
Buhay na buhay ang kultura. On my rotation right now was Francis M., DJ Arbie Won, Pamilya Dimagiba.
Any other artists / genres you listen to and lean on for inspiration?
Other genre: new wave, postpunk, soul/funk, jazz, blues, psychedelic rock
Other artist: The Cure, Boy Katindig, Ryan Cayabyab, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Muddy Waters, Eddie Hazel
What’s next for Railkid?