“Too house for Europe but too techno for the USA.” Find out what makes MANIK laugh, what makes him cry and how he’d describe his unique dancing style.

What are you listening to right now?

Sade – ‘Smooth Operator’.

What did you dream about last night?

Well I watched Gangs Of New York, so it was like something about late 1800s gangs in New York.

Who’s your hero?

My parents, 90s Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook’s confidence.

Russell Westbrook gif

What’s the best thing you’ve ever done?

Watched a sunrise in Joshua Tree with my girlfriend.

What’s the secret of your success?

Learning from my mistakes.

Describe your dancing style.

I fuck people up.

What’s your biggest interest outside music?

Basketball, movies, fashion and street art.

Too house for Europe but too techno for the USA.

Invent a genre to describe your music.

Too house for Europe but too techno for the USA.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever heard?

That one time I wasn’t invited to this wedding I really didn’t want to go to.

What don’t people know about you?

I shoot a high percentage from three-point land.

What is art?

Fly shit I like.

What makes you laugh?

A really good stand-up comic. Someone like Hannibal Burress or Bill Burr… In particular those two guys. They are brilliant in their own ways and class acts.

What makes you cry?

A really intense war movie.

What’s the best thing you own?

Mixture of my record collection, some music gear and a valuable street art painting from my late friend, Smart Krew member KORN. He’s also the voice featured in the interlude ‘APT.3D1’, sampled from his Channel 5 interview about graffiti. Right before he passed he gave me a custom painting for my music studio. I will hold on to it forever.

What’s on your bucket list?

I got two things. One: camping in the Grand Canyon and two: spending a night in Fairbanks, Alaska to see the Northern Lights.

What excites you?

Life. As cynical as I can be, life is pretty damn cool.

What time is it?

10:43 PM West Coast time.

Tell us a secret.

I don’t like most people.

What’s your fantasy?

To own land where we can have a dozen dogs and other animals.

Why are we here?

Why am I still hungry?


MANIK’s Undergroundknowledge LP is out via Ovum on October 6th. Find him on SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.

20th September, 2017

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