Joe Gaiter: What is your view on life?
Casper Hight: I always try to laugh a lot because life is sad enough.
Joe Gaiter: Where did you grow up and how as your childhood?
Casper Hight: My childhood was very nice. I grew up with my parents and my elder sister in Dessau (Germany). We were not rich but my parents have always had several jobs and always tried to perform all our children’s needs.
Joe Gaiter: When did you get into music?
Casper Hight: I wrote my first song in 1999 and recorded it. I also did three years break dance with 20 people. After 3 years I was the only one left. I wrote my first song about how some friendships are diverged.
Joe Gaiter: Tell us about how you got started with the crew Dyablos and why did you leave?
Casper Hight: I was found in 2000 as a rapper. I made the acquaintance of other musicians, but also people from my neighborhood started by me to start with the rapping. The crew Dyablos consisted of Psychoman MC, Dr. Gustav and me. After a year of Gustav and Psycho went their own ways. In 2002 Dyablos together with rapper Charlie Sierra handled as a project because Charlie Sierra lived in Berlin and his work was a bit small in the studio. The album “Wahrheit” (in english “True”) which later was the first time on the radio, was produced only on the Internet.
Joe Gaiter: Tell me about your debut cd with AGE Label Records,
Casper Hight: My debut album was “Brandsatz” (in English “Incendiary”) was released it in August 2005 on AGE Records. Many people have supported me in this album. In the following years I’ve put a lot of live performances behind me and presented the album live.
Joe Gaiter: How was Region Ost created and did you enjoy your time with that group?
Casper Hight: In 2008 I founded the group Region Ost with my friend KaWeOh. KaWeOh I already knew him from school. Since KaWeOh music was not so long (since 2004), I often got the feedback that I could do it without Him with music on it. In December 2008, we released via Limited Events our first common album “Plattenbaurap”. We’ve had a lot of live shows together. We made some videos that we recorded for an interview with the German radio station “Sputnik” and we won a contest. KaWeOh was always a very difficult person and we have always had spent too much time with the group than was good for us, we broke the group in 2010. I haven’t had any contact to KaWeOh and do not want it anymore.
Joe Gaiter: What is the inspiration from your latest project Kopfknoten?
Casper Hight: After the group Region Ost, I began a job as an account manager at Vodafone to take my life back in order to get somethings under control. The EP “Kopfknoten (in English “Head Node”) is my first solo project after Region Ost. The title song “Head Node” describes the feeling of wanting to make music. The EP is exclusively in German. However, a couple of people from the United States have downloaded it on itunes.
Joe Gaiter: What are your goals in your music career?
Casper Hight: My goal is to live off the music in the future but this is not the reason why I make music. That’s because of I love music and have thus found a way for me, things that happen in my life to handle in the music.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have any plans on coming to the USA to do music over here?
Casper Hight: Making music in the U.S. is a big dream. However, I make music in German which would be understood only by a very few in the U.S. . However, I would like to start a project with an American rapper like Redman and Fard: http://youtu.be/MZ3Ak3wu5kg
Joe Gaiter: What artist do you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
Casper Hight: There are several rap artists in Germany that I would like to work with. However, some are only active in the underground.
Joe Gaiter: Besides yourself, who else do you like to listen to on the radio?
Casper Hight: Hip hop isn’t played a lot on the radio in Germany. There are only special shows that last 1 to 2 hours. I like listening to Sido, Fard, Pitvalid, Pan, Redman, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and many more. However, they were not played very often on the radio as well.
Joe Gaiter: What is the hardest thing about being in the music industry?
Casper Hight: Today many people are making music. It is difficult as an individual rapper in the whole mass to stand out. I’ve let myself in for some collaborations which I regret afterwards.
Joe Gaiter: Final Words?
Casper Hight: Please load my EP “Kopfknoten” @ iTunes !!