Random Humans mix it up with new album
Music: Longview hip hop duo offers unique sound with six-track EP Kamikaze
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 08:28 am
There isn’t a whole lot that’s random about an up and coming hip hop band whose singer hails from a little hamlet in the foothills.
The Random Humans’ rapper Chase Hummel and DJ Noah Bellavance may not look the part, but the musicians are making a name for themselves as southern Alberta hip hop artists.
“I’m six-five and I’m white,” said Hummel. “I’m not your stereotypical rapper.”
For this reason, Hummel, who grew up in Longview and now lives with his family in Turner Valley, refers to himself as Deception.
Following a two-year hiatus, during which time Hummel welcomed a daughter into his family and his business started to take off, the Random Humans are stepping back into the spotlight with the release of their third album Kamikaze on June 14, during a benefit concert in Turner Valley.
“We just said we want to do this next record, we want to do it right,” Hummel said. “It took us two years to do six songs.”
Fans of the Random Humans will notice a difference as they crank the volume to the band’s six-track EP.
“We’ve kind of moved into more of a metal kind of rock feel,” Bellavance said. “Our older stuff is a little lighter, more underground. It’s definitely evolved into more of that harder sound stuff. It’s like hip hop mixed with a little bit of metal with a bit of rock.”
On June 19, Hummel and Bellavance embark on the five-week-long Best Summer Ever Tour across Canada, opening for hip hop bands Evil Ebenezer, of Vancouver, and Factor, of Saskatoon.
“We just don’t have the fan base right now, especially being on hiatus,” Hummel said. “We are going to have to jump back to get our name back. Once we start building up that fan base then we can start to pull off a tour on our own.”
The Random Humans have a great draw of supporters in the foothills area, but are working on strengthening it across Canada.
In addition to three albums, including The Random Humans in 2009 and Over Your Head in 2010, the band created two music videos. Their most recent is their title track from last week’s release Kamikaze, available on YouTube.
Hummel said the Random Humans are making their way to the top, but ensuring they do it right.
“It’s definitely a tough go, but we just see a lot of groups, bands make so many amateur moves and mistakes,” said Bellavance. “They go on tour and realize nobody came to our show because you haven’t done your work, you haven’t built your fan base. It’s putting those pieces together and having it all proper. It’s progression.”
Bellavance said the Random Humans aren’t on their own throughout the process.
“Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of people who helped guide our career and a lot of opportunity touring with bigger artists,” he said. “We’ve had that chance to learn from them.”
Bellavance said the Random Humans really strive to set themselves from other artists in the hip hop genre.
“We have a totally different sound,” he said. “We are breaking the mould from what everybody else is doing in hip hop right now. I think it’s a flooded market when you talk about how many bands are involved in music. There is hundreds of thousands of kids trying to be rappers and DJs. When you listen to at least 98 per cent of them, and I listen to a lot of music, I find most of them feel the same.”
Hummel said what makes the Random Humans different from others is their crisp sound.
“People hear that and say, ‘Wow, I can hear every instrument and your voices and you’re even better live,’” he said.
When it comes to the lyrics of the songs Hummel writes, the Random Humans often lashing out at society with an anti-government stance on issues.
“We’re rebels,” he said. “We are just random humans that have a face. If I’m not portraying an important message I’m kind of venting and getting angry at stuff that people every day can relate to.”
To learn more about this southern Alberta band go to www.therandomhumans.com