Mitsos and Jason, are a Greece based Alternative HipHop, Soul and Reggae duo with the alias TLBM. They have just released a banger EP titled “THE EP.1”. We had a few questions and answers with them. Below are exclusive details on TLBM and their new release.
Continue reading to know more about this amazing artist.
What is your real name?
Our real names are Mitsos and Jason.
What’s your official Stage Name (showbiz name)?
Mague Rilla and Therry Jay accordingly. Our duet is called TLBM, standing for The Low Budget Manifesto.
What do you do (fashion, music, comedy, artist, dancer, etc.)?
Mostly music, Rap music, that we enriched with various reggae, dub, funk, soul, R&B elements, but we keep active in other art forms such dancing, graffiti, drawing, literature etc.
How did you get into what you do (music, modelling, art, dance, etc.?)
We got engaged with hip hop culture, since our early teens, as there was a high need for expression and a lack of ways to do so in the Greek lifestyle and educational system.
What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what your career/profession/ field feels like?
We are in general into unbiased independent artistic expression in any form, so highly involved in DIY co-operative music movement, trying to transform the Greek crisis anger to a creative self-educating entertainment.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Our surroundings and the difficulties they and we meet in ordinary life. The reason is that we seek a remedy for the anxiety and the sufferings that the modern lifestyle burdens us.
What was your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
Our first project was about 10 years ago, in 2013, and it was the TLBM Mixtape, all written and produced by ourselves, except of the mastering that had been done by Madness Key and Cisco Kid (B-Muzic)
How many projects do you have so far?
We would like to say many, as we have been involved in many projects so far, but we recognize two as our projects completely.
How long have you been doing what you do?
It was 2008 when we first started creating music together among others, but the TLBM was created by the two of us in 2010 and keeps on till today. We keep learning what we do and try our best to get our message to be heard.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Spread the message of disengagement from the materialistic, capitalistic lifestyle and encourage people’s unity and the collective self-improvement of each and all of us.
Have you won any awards or been nominated for an award? Or in short, any achievement? Both in and out of your career path.
Competition ain’t really in our motives, but touring in southern french, collaborating with artists from Columbia, France, Greece are some of what we could consider as
achievements. Eliminating borders in a lyric-based music genre.
What is this new release about?
It is a four-track EP that was mainly written during the peak of Greek economic crisis, describing our lives when there was no money in our pockets, and as time is money, there was no free time either, and our struggle to create alternatives in order to amuse, relax and improve via philosophising/analysing modern life.
Who and how many people worked on it?
This project “TLBM – THE EP:1” has been co-produced by us and our talented friend and producer MP Analog in every stage of the production, from the instrumentalization to the whole mixing, to finally understand and decide how our thoughts could be formed and shaped. Sgt. Rookie, good friend and stylistically close to us DJ, participates in two tracks providing sharp scratch with his unique laid back feeling. Mastering has been made by the really experienced Yannis Christodoulatos of SweetSpot Productions, and the artwork was created by Mirotaff, an amazing with great styles. After all, music is about people and coming together and we are really happy for the people who worked on this project and the common understanding we all had.
What can your previous and new audiences anticipate from you in the future?
Since they can resonate to the TLBM wavelength, then they can only wait for the next episodes that are expected soon, adding new destinations in our musical road trip. The challenges are getting bigger and music can only get us through united.