RJ: I am happy with what's going on but always want to improve what I do. I'd like to be at a point where I can execute anything I would like to, and I'm definitely not there yet.
Being so busy with your work, do you find much time for a personal life outside of the studio and concert venues?
RJ: Yes, you just make time.
BP: Definitely. You can only stay in the basement so many hours a day working on music before it gets unhealthy. I try to make sure I'm out and about just to make sure that I'm talking to people and in tune with what's going on around me. I don't want to be in a vacuum.
What other hobbies and interests do you have?
BP: Sports, video games, home remodeling.
RJ: Housework. Carpentry.
What type of work were you doing before your time in the music industry became so all encapsulating?
BP: I was a computer programmer.
RJ: Food service. I was a bank teller for a while.
Was there someone in your personal life who really aided you, in terms of having the good attitude about life that you have and the motivation to succeed, that you'd like to mention?
BP: My mother, the most amazing person I know.
RJ: My mother and my father.
You've received quite a few reviews, both of the good and bad variety, regarding your latest CD. It has been said that every sort of publicity, negative included, is good publicity. How do you feel about that?
BP: I try not to sweat it and make sure I'm doing music for the people. If people respond to the music when they're at a show, listening on CD, or in their cars, then what the press says really doesn't matter. They want to believe that they can make or break artists, which is why you see such sensationalized writing nowadays, but that's only true if the people are already behind those artists. And they can only hurt artists whose careers are built on good press and magazine features. So for me, the goal is to have enough of a grassroots following that one writer can't make or break my career. I do this for the people.
RJ: I don't know what to say about that. I'm trying to pay as little attention to the press as I can.
Your lyrics and the controversy in the critical world regarding these bring up the question...well, then...what is real hip hop? How would you best answer this question? Do you feel, as some have claimed, that you have managed to create art which resides within the heart of true hip-hop?
RJ: Everything seems real to me, so I don't see a distinction between real and fake. More between good and bad.
BP: Me arguing about what is or isn't real hip-hop would be a never-ending argument. I would rather let the people decide. There's a lot of music that the critics jock that I think sucks, and there's shit I think is good but gets no props from the critics, so who's to really say? So we might as well let the people decide. I just like what I consider good music at the end of the day, but I completely understand that's up to the listener and everybody's different.
What would you like for your audience to know about Soul Position?
BP: I hope that in picking up our albums, they can find out all they need to know. Our records are pretty direct. END