[Interview] Will of Dälek Talks Hip-Hop And Culture At Large
Before the Dälek show in Purgatory at the Masquerade, I sat down with Will, the frontman rapper of the trio, to explore his deep knowledge of music history and get to know the underground legend. We discussed culture and politics; past, present, and future. An optimistic realist, he was candid about the entertainment industry, the administration, and his own creative energy in these turbulent times. I hope you enjoy listening in on our conversation, as we discuss artists of the past and what has inspired Dälek to stay fresh over twenty years of putting out interesting music.
The show itself was one of the most astonishing nights of music I’ve attended in a while. Dendera Bloodbath opened with some harsh noise that gradually gave way to her beguiling vocals. Local political noisemakers, Wake, delivered a punk hip-hop thrash attack full of solid rap and direct messages. Street Sects stole the spotlight of the night with a 20-minute showcase of dark human imagination. A smoke machine filled the air with a dense opacity that strobes repeatedly blasted light through. The effect was borderline hallucinatory as the pure white strobe pulses began to bleed into neon green and purple trails while my retinas struggled to keep up the task of processing that much light.
A Street Sects show is something to behold and not for the faint of heart. The intoxicating smell of gasoline lingered in the air after the artist held a running chainsaw inches from the audience. The outpouring of horror and agony was brief and felt very intentional, a strong example of punk intensity matched with a good sense of theatricality.
Dälek’s performance held my full attention all night as beat machines, vinyl, and vocals created a wall of noise dense with information. Listening intently, a parabola of rap heads gathered at the front of the stage and nodded in unison.
Good music is everywhere in this world, but so much is hidden away, known only to small fan bases dotted around the world. Dälek is one great example of a band that has managed to keep doing what they love for over twenty years while still staying in the underground of the hip-hop scene. They are able to travel all around the world and perform their music because of the global presence of hip-hop. Almost everywhere on this planet, somebody is still out there appreciating nice bars.