DENT MAY AND SUBBACULTCHA!September 3, 2012
If there’s one kind of thing we like, it’s a cool kind of thing. So imagine how surprised and fall-on-the-floor delighted we were when we found two cool things rolled into one. Not gonna lie, we dribbled a bit. We’ve been following Subbacultcha! for a while as a great source of all things on the cusp of musical greatness. Their magazine gives us aural and cranial pleasure, not to mention a good laugh at the photos they have on their homepage every week. So when they offered to interview Dent May in his house for us, we got a bit excited.
Dent May is known for his amazing ukelele skills, his witty songs and his smooth vocal performances. He also listens to R Kelly and plans on making a futuristic R&B album, as soon as he figures out how to do it.
What’s the best time to consume music?
Any time is best to consume music, but the time of day does dictate what I’m listening to. I wake up to songs that pump me up for the day, then I fall asleep to calm, ambient music.
Do you listen to the same stuff over and over, or are you done with an album after a few listens?
I’m trying to discover new stuff every day, but there’s tons of albums that I’ve played hundreds, if not thousands of times. Then there’s albums like Brandy’s debut from 1994. That was one of the first CDs I ever bought. A few days ago I sort of rediscovered it on Spotify and it’s been on pretty much all week.
Would you say that older music has a more timeless quality than some of the new stuff that’s coming out?
Actually, no. I always think the coolest shit is in the present and in the future. I never want to be one of those grouchy record nerds bitching that music isn’t what it used to be. The most interesting sounds to me are those that haven’t been made yet. I listen to a ton of current music too, especially rap and R&B and dance music.
Would you rather collaborate with someone like Drake, or a veteran player like R Kelly?
R Kelly is a personal hero, so he might be at the top of my list. I really want to work with some current producers like Hit-Boy or Danja, but I don’t have any money to spend on it. Doing everything myself just makes the most sense at the moment, but a boy can dream.
Have you heard R Kelly’s new album?
Not yet, but I was disappointed to learn that his ‘Love Letter Cruise’ was cancelled. I would love to have been on that boat if the plans had worked out.
There’s a song called ‘Fun’ on your album. What do you think is funny?
The funniest thing I’ve seen this week is Hedo Rick. It’s an old one, but I watch it often to remind me what’s important in life.
Wow. He sure can dance. Can you dance like that?
Interview by Koen van Bommel Photos shot by Glynnis McDaris at Dent’s home in Oxford, Mississipi, USA