What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
NYC-based Ministry Of Energy is the combined talents of MC/Producer/Visualist Major Black and Producer/Conceptualist David Sisko. We met by a random connection through another well-known NYC artist, Leo Simone while working on her music video called “Black Horse”. From that point on we recognized each other’s versatility, openness and genre-fluidity. We began our first body of musical work in 2016 when both of us were in a time of dreams and in a time of needs (creative, that is). Although we do not necessarily model after them, we’ve always respected & liked the idea of “C&C Music Factory” from NYC in the late 80’s & early 90’s. Our motto can be found in the lyrics of our song “Jah Rules”:
“The Chi, The Force, The Energy Field. It’s the vibe, the funk, man, it’s gotta be real”.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“#1 Summer” song appears on the “#1 Summer” Mixtape (curated by David Sisko). The song is an everlasting, perfect, summer anthem. The song features a stunning collection of some of downtown NYC’s most dynamic, culturally diverse, singing/rapping legends. The song does not exist without them, as they are the vanguards of art/fashion/music of the Lower East Side & Soho in NYC. “#1 Summer” intertwines each of the artist’s personal interpretation of their best summer ever… into a hypnotic, intoxicating, summer classic. It’s the perfect “party comedown” that captures memories forever…. Think of it being played as the last song of your summer. We decided to release this song first because it very much reflects who we are as people: creative & cooperative collaborators.
Artists on “#1 Summer” (In order of Appearance):
Major Black https://www.instagram.com/idrisblack
Clockwork Cros https://www.instagram.com/clockworkcros
Rome Streetz https://www.instagram.com/romestreetz
Telli of Ninjasonik https://www.instagram.com/telli_ninjasonik
Chyna Streetz https://www.instagram.com/mynameischy
Jah Jah of Ninjsaonik https://www.instagram.com/benrobey
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
In and ideal world (where Time Machines are real), we’d love to have a dinner party & play a few rounds of “Charades” with the following creative expressionists:
Photographer of the well-known Biggie Smalls “crown” photo
Egyptian Queen, 1370 BC
Theoretical Physicist who invented Nanotechnology & Master of the Physics of Superfluidity
Artist & Singer
Painter, Mother of American Modernism
….but we’d like these dinner parties to be reoccurring with alternating guests along these lines & mixture.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is “genre fluid”. Think of it as “multi-Spotify playlisting”… but without thinking that it actually is. It was also described when David Sisko appeared on “Sway In The Morning”:
INTERVIEW with SWAY IN THE MORNING (Producer David Sisko Explains How He Eliminates Genres in Music)
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
– Nipsey Hussle, “Victory Lap”
– Prince, “Purple Rain”
– “Beat Street”
– “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman”
– “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci”
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Studio. The studio is an instrument. The studio is a canvas. The studio is an Atelier. Your head is like a studio and this is the primary medium in which we can communicate, collaborate & contemplate with the greater world around us.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
We would like our song, “Schwing Ya Hips” to be the #1 song at Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Weddings & Sports Events for the foreseeable future. Think of it as a trill version of “The Macarena”.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
“Neon Bend” – because, essentially, it the Gospel of bending light into prisms of purpose and perception. This song has proven that time machines are real (see dinner party list above in question #3). See you there. Where? Exactly.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We will be dropping the full album of “genre fluid” music in the Fall of 2019 – title tba.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What happens next?
Just look all around you…. Energy is free. That’s what happens next.
Photo credits: Hector Perez (Major Black, left), Idris Black (David Sisko, right)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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