PETER WADAMS IS ONE OF HIS HOMELAND’S MOST RESPECTED HIP-HOP PLAYERS, BUT THE MAN BEHIND THE P-MONEY MONIKER IS IN THE MIDST OF A DRAMATIC RE-INVENTION.
P-MONEY interviewed @ 12.45 AEST – Wednesday 7th January, 2009
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Images by Alexander Richter
Peter Wadams is the quiet white guy in the shadows re-inventing himself on the wheels of steel who has New Zealand hip-hop on lock. The man behind the music behind Scribe, Deceptikonz, King Kapisi and more wears the robe embroidered with, ‘Dopest Producer in NZ’. Feeling boxed in, the producer better known as P-Money has found a challenge worth tackling in the dance arena – for those who thought he was strictly hip-hop, cue the new track and film trailer, ‘Angels’.
“It is quite a cinematic little number. It started off with that laugh, which is equal parts funny but kinda menacing and weird. Once I started throwing some stuff together with that sample it started to build into this beast of its own.” Wadams lets the cat out of the bag on this tightly wrapped project, one that marks a milestone in our hip-hop industry – a dance track developed into a film. “What we’ve created is a film trailer for a film that doesn’t yet exist. I could picture these visuals of something creepy so I was like, ‘Man I wanna make a video for this. I want it to be very freaky and I want to flip people out.’”
The idea of a scary laugh track avalanched into a horror film now in the works. “I want it to be a film, I want to be in films, I want to act. Let’s go all the way.”
Never shy from ambition, Wadams constantly juggles hats as a DJ, producer, label exec. and now actor. Facing the business end of the camera for the first time is another challenge for P to confront.
“It’s proper dramatic acting, let me know if I make the grade man. It’s my first time. There was plenty of challenging moments. It was a two day shoot and there’s no musical performances, it’s all acting.”
A catalyst of the South Auckland movement, Wadams has created some of the crispiest beats in hip-hop. Before setting up Dirty Records and enjoying international success with Scribe, he came third at the ‘DMC World DJ Championships’ and dropped his platinum-selling debut long-player, Big Things in 2001. His 2004 follow-up Magic City was awarded NZ’s Hip-Hop Album of the Year. Hip-hop certified, P-Money felt typecast, seeking a bold move outside the norm, which invited risk of a bad response or wider acceptance.
“I’m getting booked to play at a lot of dance events that in the past might not have considered me for the bill. I’ve been playing sets that incorporate hip-hop and dance music for a while now and its great to play,” he muses. “I’ve been playing sets that incorporate hiphop and dance music for a while now and it’s great to play to those crowds.”
Last September his #1 NZ single, ‘Everything’ with Vince Harder would signal the switch in style in contrast to his heavy rep trailing behind him. The up-tempo dance track certainly had fans listening twice before putting P’s name to it.