Five Minutes With: Vancouver Hip-Hop Duo Potatohead People

Potatohead People, hailing from Vancouver, BC, is a dynamic Canadian hip-hop/electronic producer duo that emerged from the vibrant hip-hop collective Elekwent Folk in 2008. With a shared vision for pushing musical boundaries, the duo transitioned to focus on crafting innovative instrumental compositions under the moniker Potatohead People. Throughout their illustrious career, they have produced three full-length albums and collaborated with esteemed artists including De La Soul, Redman, Phife Dawg, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Illa J, T3 (Slum Village), and Kaytranada, among others. Known for their electrifying live performances, Potatohead People captivate audiences with their 10-piece band, seamlessly blending elements of jazz, funk, and R&B with a hip-hop foundation. Their dynamic sets, characterized by impeccable musicianship, infectious grooves, and irresistible dance floor vibes, have earned them a reputation as one of Canada’s most captivating live acts.

Potatohead People
Photo by: Thomas Maxey

Name:

Potatohead People (Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical)

Genre:

Hip-Hop/Jazz/Electronic/Soul/R&B

Founded:

2010ish

# of Albums:

3 LPs and 3 EPs so far!

Latest Album:

The last album we released was in 2020 called ‘Mellow Fantasy’ but our new album called ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ drops May 10th of this year.

Latest Single:

We just released the first single from our upcoming album. The song is called ‘Last Nite’ and it features Redman. Our good homie and longtime collaborator Kapok did the hook.

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Nick: Vince Gauradli

Astro: Jimi Hendrix

Favourite musician now:

Nick: Moka Only

Astro: Frank Zappa

Guilty pleasure song:

Nick: Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird

Astro: Love INC – Here Comes The Sun

Live show ritual:

Skittles Bath. Do try it at home.

Favourite local musician:

Diamond Cafe. Stop what you’re doing and go check him out.

EP or LP?

LP!!! It’s all about the long game.

Early bird or night owl?

Early birds (when possible)

Road or studio?

Studio

Any shows or albums coming up?

Yes. This is all you need to know. Our 4th album, ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ drops May 10th on Bastard Jazz Recordings.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Bandcamp | YouTube

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Naruto Sushi or Finch’s Tea & Coffee House

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Main Street or Commercial Drive. Best vibes for strolling.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Trimble Park… for nostalgia.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The Imperial (RIP)

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Beat Street Records

 

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