Tomorrow morning Wellington-based, Young Gifted and Broke producer, Jay Knight, will release his latest single ‘Pilots’ featuring Diaz Grimm and Raiza Biza. Having received a preview of the track, whendidyoufallinlovewithhiphop.com spoke to Raiza Biza about their production process at the Red Bull studio in Auckland, and the main point in the song, which is the message. In it, the three artists call on people to make better efforts to understand new implications surrounding the recent passing of the GCSB bill. In an effort to rark up everyone, but particularly the youth, they rap: “Maybe we should throw away the Key, before they throw away our future for a monetary thing. Maybe we should throw away the key, before they beat us to it, and they throw away we”. The sound and beat itself is in typical Jay Knight fashion — first-class. When talking to Raiza Biza he explains he was invited by Diaz and Jay to feature on the track and record at Red Bull. He says the GCSB was already an issue he’d been following, so naturally, he felt the urge to feature on-track. He said that being from Africa he knows first hand what it means to lose a ‘freedom’ as important as personal privacy. He feels that once it is gone, it is very hard to get back; therefore people need to appreciate it now.
“Too many believe that someone else will do something, well you are someone else. Well you are someone else” – Diaz on ‘Pilots’.
HH: What was the inspiration behind the track Pilots?
R: It was due to the climate around the time that the GCSB law was being passed. Diaz and Jay came to me with the track. Diaz had his verse and I had a listen. It was something that I had been following too so I decided to give my input. But I guess it was just something to get people talking about it and get the young people to perhaps look into it and see how it was going to affect them.
HH: So you recorded at Red Bull in Auckland?
R: This came about because Diaz had a relationship develop with someone at Red Bull and they’d organised for him to be able to use the studio; so it was a good experience in that sense… they just have top of the line everything; the best people behind the desks, so just pretty much, it’s as good as it can be.
HH: What the working relationship like between you and Diaz?
R: Well you know he’s a very creative guy and the way I like to make music is to bounce ideas back and forth until the concept is there and you know he was very prepared. He had a vision for the track and he already had his part ready and made my job easy so he’s a great guy to work with and he’s a nice guy.
HH: And what are you hoping people receive from the song?
R: You know I just wanted something….just the act that shakes things up a little. I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion as far the law goes. But I think it’s something that people should be talking about and that’s something that Diaz brought up, you know, it’s just about getting people talking about it. I heard David Cunliffe saying today that if he got into government he would repeal that law and change it. So you know, those are things that people need to have opinions about.
HH: And what’s your main concern with the GCSB now it’s gone through as a New Zealand citizen?
R: Well you know being from Africa, I’ve seen countries, you know once you lose those basic freedoms — the freedom of privacy; being able to communicate with people without being scrutinised at every move, it’s really hard to get that back. I think people, sometimes when you have it, you take it for granted but…it’s an important thing so that’s the angle that I was looking at it at.