Delaware recording artist Marchitect is back working with his group 49ers. Check out this exclusive interview as he talks about his #1 iTunes single in Japan, working with Goon Tracks, and what the Delaware hip-hop scene is all about!
by Thato Dadson

WHO?MAG: Tell me about the 49ers?
Marchitect: We are a Hip Hop Duo located in Newark, Delaware. We’ve sold over 6 million records worldwide. We like to call our music “Music Hip Hop” because we put the music first. We grew up in the age of hip hop and will always have the music first.

WHO?MAG: Tell me about your new record deal with Goon Tracks.
Marchitect: We signed with Goon Tracks back in 2007 and they put out 2 of our albums in Japan and we are in the works on our 3rd. Right now we’ve had a very good relationship with them and hope that they can still bring the same energy for our next album coming up.

WHO?MAG: How did it feel to have the number one track on iTunes Japan?
Marchitect: As an artist, I personally check the charts to make sure I know what’s going on in the game, so it is an honor to not only have a number 1 track, but also a number track on iTunes because that’s based on sales. I can definitely say it was an honor and one of the best accomplishments of our career so far.

WHO?MAG: Tell me about the music scene in Delaware.
Marchitect: The music scene here in Delaware is very unique in itself. There are a lot of bands that are making a lot of noise here. You know a lot of places charge artist to perform their music. While here in Delaware, you can still play your original music and actually make some money. It’s almost to a point now that the music scene has become self sustaining so people can actually almost live off just doing music here in Delaware.

WHO?MAG: How does it feel to be in charge of wonderland studios?
Marchitect: I like it because it allows me to stay grounded, because no matter how high of a level I get in my career, I get to hear the next hungry cat who’s ready to make a name for themselves. It reminds me of why I got into the game myself, so it’s definitely humbling and I enjoy every minute of it.

WHO?MAG: What advice can you give to aspiring artist.
Marchitect: The advice I would give is to never stop because there is so much space for you to do what you want to do. Keep at it, because the person who keeps on pushing forward is the one who is going to make it. It has to be more than just a hobby for you. If you want to make it in music, you have to want to be a part of it.

WHO?MAG: How did it feel to share the stage with icons like Mary J Blige and P Diddy?
Marchitect: That is a big honor for me like I got to share the stage with Ice T, Common, and so forth. And it’s an honor because they trust you enough to be able to entertain their crowd for them, so when you first start, you’re a fan of them and then afterwards you become peers because you feel like you’re on the same level as them in the performance sense. So it just lets you know that you’re heading in the right direction.

WHO?MAG: What’s next for the 49ers?
Marchitect: Well were going to release a new album in Japan this summer. We are going to be reaching out to the US labels so we can make 49ers a household name over here like it is overseas, because were not going to just give it to anyone. We want to make sure it gets into the right hands or if need be, we’ll just push it out ourselves. But the 49ers will be a household name here in the states I guarantee it!