“Music industry is ignorant and is stuck in a rut. To put it in the words of Tech N9ne: ‘The industry is punks’” (Da Hook).
Da Hook got that experience first-handed after the record labels missed the opportunity to polish two rough diamonds.“
We’re doing our own thing now. We have always worked so hard to keep the motor runnin’ and now we crown ourselves. We’re Autocratz, Baby! We’d like to welcome those who like our music. Those who don’t deserve nothing but two big middle fingers!
…’cause this is Da motherf***in’ Hook from Germany and we never stop!
”Da Hook consists of Ace Pog and Wanko Benso, two individuals being very passionate about music with a great spirit of congenial team work.
English-speaking Rap meets Rock mixed with EDM.
Ace Pog (Vocals, Conception, Video) and Wanko Benso (Beats, Vocals, Mixing) firstly met in 2010 during their music studies in Saarbruecken, Germany. After they did several music projects together they finally founded Da Hook in 2015.
Having an open mind, musically in particular, is the basis for their creative work.
“Music can break boundaries, so I think it is narrow-minded to limit himself regarding musical genres”, says Wanko.
“Music is a great melting pot. Everything can come into existence. Regarding us Rap and Rock hit each other being topped off with modern EDM sound”(Ace Pog).
As often as the two musicians are of one mind, as partly different is their approach to the way of dealing with Da Hook. Sometimes Ace thinks too conceptionally, whereas Wanko goes more with his guts. But working like that they often split the difference. That’s one of their most outstanding strengths.
Two individuals, one team.
It’s obvious that artists like Eminem, Cypress Hill, Hollywood Undead, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Yelawolf, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park have great impact on the creative work of Da Hook. However, more interesting is what inspires each of them.“
What inspires us? What inspires me, Ace Pog, is to build something from nothing and to keep on improving my skill set all the time. Having great ambitions to get the best out of myself regarding creativity. Benso’s beats really beat the maximum of creativity out of me. I don’t really care about subject or musical genre. Being creative and always improving is the main thing. That’s a lot of fun.”
For more than 15 years Ace Pog’s been writing lyrics. His idols are The Beatles, Slade, Dipset, Mike Shinoda and Sean Price. But he is also under the influences of German Rap such as Samy Deluxe, Kool Savas, Curse or Megaloh.
Whereas Wanko Benso’s musical background is Punkrock: “Bands like Social Distortion, Rancid, The Offspring and Mad Sin are still very important to me. But since 5 years I’m also into US-Rap such as Lil Wayne or La Coka Nostra.”
Wanko Benso aka “The Band” has been making the beats for Da Hook since the very first beginning. “Producers like Dr. Dre, Rick Rubin and lately Skrillex inspire me particularly not to lose the focus on emotions and feelings while experimenting to create a proper sound”, says Benso.
Since their foundation of Da Hook the two musicians have made an amazing development. Not only regarding their output. Quality of sound, songwriting, producing and perfoming has been improved since their first release in 2015.
Indeed, there is no end in sight.
“Da Hook never stops”