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MC Chris is in The House

Posted on 22 June 2008 by LoryGil

In April of 2007, I was lucky enough to interview MC Chris for Geek Monthly Magazine. Here is the interview as it was published in Issue 6 of the magazine.

Known best for his voice-over work on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” as Hesh on “Sealab 2021” and MC Pee Pants on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” mc chris wrote  “I Want Candy” for his diaper-wearing spider persona.  His Internet hit, “Fett’s Vette” gained him notoriety as a nerd-rapper and his popularity has been growing ever since. He writes songs with titles like, “FTW”, “Geek” and “Wii’d,” and made his big-screen debut in “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters.” Though his music may transcend boundaries, he is still a geek, spelled G-double E-K.  Geek Monthly spoke with mc chris on the phone while he was on tour supporting his newest album, dungeon master of ceremonies.

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Geek: Hi mc chris. How’s it going?

Things are going really well. We’re touring with Piebald right now. We’re on our way to Denver. We’re about a week into the tour and we’ve got about a month to go. Piebald is a great band. It’s really cool that I get to watch them play every night after I’m done rapping. They’re cool to hang out with and they’re nice guys, so it’s a fun tour.

 Do you have any good tour stories so far?

Well, we’ve just been pulled over by the police twice for speeding. Last night we were stuck in Kearny Nebraska and I just made a blog saying, “Who wants to hang out with me,” and a bunch of kids just kinda came out of the woodwork and we had a little party and it was fun. Other than that, we just did South By Southwest and Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave brought me up on stage.

 

I noticed on your newest album dungeon master of ceremonies there is a heavier pop-punk influence. It sounds like there is a lot more live band backing you up. How is this different than the previous recording on Knowing is Half the Hassle and eating’s not cheating?

Well, it was all done by the same DJ, but this time he decided that he wanted to bring in a lot of musicians and have, kind of a guitar sound to the album. Before that, it was kind of sample based or computer based and melodies were a lot more keyboard driven. He wanted to kind of branch out and try something new.

 

Have you started on the fifth album yet?

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Yeah, I started on it as soon as I was finished with the last album. There are only one or two finished songs, but there are a lot of notes, and a lot of song ideas about where I want the album to go and how I want it to lean. There is a lot of stuff that I won’t be doing that you’ll expect me to do, and there is a lot of stuff that I’ll be bringing back that you thought I was not really into bringing up any more. So I hope to be shifting the way I do things that will keep it interesting, but there are also some throwbacks in there that people will recognize. But there will definitely be some new stuff, some new attitude.

What kind of new stuff?

Well, I’m being kind of general because I don’t want to reveal too much. I have a problem with reveling an entire album before I even put it out. I’m being pretty secretive about it, but I’m pretty excited. This is the first time I’ve kind of looked at these albums and felt like I’m escaping to go do this fun thing that is an escape from the stress of life. Usually it’s been like, “I have to make rap, and I have to make it good, and I have to get noticed, and people have to like it.” This time, I’m just going to write songs that cheer me up. I’m gonna express myself a lot more openly than I ever have before. It’s gonna be an mc chris album, but it’s gonna be a little deeper than before and hopefully a lot better.

 

Have you had any offers from labels to put out your next album?

Yep! I can’t really say who we’re talking to, but we’ll figure it out. We’ve been given some offers and most of the response that my team has is that we could probably do better, but that remains to be seen. We just have to see the way the rest of the year goes.

 

What Star Wars character do you most resemble?

That little snaggletooth guy that has to reach up at the cantina to get his drink off the table, that’s me.

 

When I was at Star Wars Celebration III in 2005, I sat in on the Q & A with Jeremy Bullock and they played “Fett’s Vette” while he was on stage.

No way! That’s really cool. 

 

What is your favorite comic book that you’re reading right now?

Well, there are all kinds of comic book that I love that I am reading right now. Like, I really love the Avengers; The New Avengers, The Mighty Avengers, The Teen Avengers. Anything Avengers I’m pretty much down with. I like the Runaways, although the last couple of Runaways have been a little rough. I think Joss Whedon is gonna take over in the new year, and that’s gonna be pretty cool. I like the New X-Men a lot, the one where it’s all the kids. I like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I’m always going backwards and doing little researches on certain storylines like Kraven’s Last Hunt,

Or I’ll go back and read Punisher or Daredevil. I read all kinds of stuff though. 

 

So you’ve read the new Mighty Avengers?

Yeah, I thought it was o.k. but I don’t particularly like anyone on the team. They’re kinda the bad guys in my eyes, so I’m looking forward to the New Avengers kicking the Mighty Avengers’ butts. 

 

Whose side were you on in Civil War?

I was on Captain America’s side. I think the people who were on Tony Stark’s side were the more conservative people that feel that we need to reign in ourselves and have things under a lock-and-key. I guess what Marvel is saying is that liberty is dead, but I’d like to think that it’s still alive. I’d like to think there is still hope. 

 

How did you meet Tony Moore and Robert Kirkman?

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A kid came over to my table at a Chicago comic book convention and said, “Hey this guys are fans of yours,” and I was like, “No way. I’m a really big fan of theirs.” The kid who was the messenger actually does all of my artwork now, all my t-shirt designs and album covers, a kid named Nate Bellegarde. He brought me over to their table and they gave me every book they had and signed it all. They said that they listened to my music while they made “The Walking Dead.” For dungeon master of ceremonies, we had Kirkman write a letter that is in the middle of the lyrics page where he talks about his first mc experience. He’s a really cool guy and I hope to work with them in some capacity in the future.

 

What types of video games do you play?

I play console games. I like third person tactical games like Tom Clancy stuff. I like God of War II. I’m a big Resident Evil fan. I also like Kingdom Hearts. I like a lot of different stuff, but right now I am really into is the sneaking around games where you’re not killing anybody, but just turning lights on and off, like Rainbow VI and Splinter Cell and stuff like that. 

 

Do you get to watch “Lost” while you’re on tour?

Yeah, my tour manager downloaded it for me last week and I got to watch it on Friday. I’m really a hardcore “Lost” fan, so I am kinda flipping out. A lot of important stuff is happening, and I’m on stage when it happens, so it’s kind of difficult. All I can hope is that a fan thinks to bring me a burned copy at the show or my tour manager will remember to get it as well. I mean, I have to know what’s going on on that island.

 

Over the past few years, you’ve gotten significantly more popular. How has that affected your life?

I love touring and performing and making music. There is a lot of stressfulness that goes along with that. Sometimes when it gets really difficult, I don’t want to do it at all. Sometimes I just want to talk my job back at Cartoon Network. But then I’ll see how happy everyone is at the shows and how these kids keep saying to me that there isn’t anyone else out there like me and that they’re really happy that there is stuff like me. So I really want to keep doing it for them and not let them down. I can’t keep doing it forever, but I feel like I haven’t made the perfect song or the perfect album yet, and that really keeps me going.

 

Do you have anything else that you want the readers to know about you?

Just that I’m going to be in a live action pilot on Adult Swim that’s coming up soon, I can’t say what the name of it is. I’m going to be doing fests this summer and a headlining tour in the fall, or I’ll be making an album in the fall and putting it out this Christmas.

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