This week Phoniks joins the podcast for a little hip-hop conversation.
Phoniks, also known by his given name Ian McGinley, is a hip-hop producer from Portland, Maine. Ian is known for his vintage-90’s boom bap production style and melodic jazz and soul samples.
The 30-year old beatmaker has amassed over 100 million+ plays over the past 5 years. He gained exposure from original work with emcee’s Awon, Dephlow, Tiff The Gift and Anti-Lilly and his series of popular remixes of Wu-Tang and Biggie Smalls.
In 2015 Phoniks and frequent collaborator Awon launched their record label Don’t Sleep Records, an imprint which focuses on limited edition vinyl releases in their signature soul and jazz-infused hip hop style.
A few years later in 2018, Don’t Sleep partnered with French documentary filmmaker Teo Frank to release the film “Underdogs: A Unique Hip Hop Story.” The film focuses on the humble beginnings of their grassroots journey as independent musicians culminating in their first tour overseas in 2016. The doc won “Best Music Documentary” at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and “Best Documentary” at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem before being released worldwide on NETFLIX in December 2019.
Summer of 2020, Phoniks teamed up with Orono Brewing to brew “Golden Era IPA,” a collaboration with Don’t Sleep Records. The first batch featured three different types of Citra hops, while batch two feature three types of Mosaic. Batch two released just a few weeks back statewide in Maine, this time with three types of Mosaic. If you live near Orono, you can grab Golden Era IPA at 61 Margin Street.