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Three questions with Toby Diligent

Toby Diligent raps in prettygirlhatemachine, playing album release shows at 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.

Q: prettygirlhatemachine started out as a solo project. How did D. Average and J. Fresh get involved?

prettygirlhatemachine as a solo project was very short lived, I had just left a group, High Kaliber, and wanted to go off in a different direction. D. Average and I started hanging out and writing as well. We seemed to be on the same path and put out an EP. Then he moved to California to join the Navy and we took a break for a bit. A few years later he moved back and we started playing shows in late ‘09, early ‘10. We added J. Fresh because we needed a DJ if we wanted to play shows. It’s been the three of us for the last five or six years now.

Q: How did the album “Real is a Joke” come together?

It’s kind of developed over the course of the last three to four years. Some of the songs we wrote back in 2011 and 2012 and some four to six months ago. We were trying to put something together we through was really cohesive, but we had a bunch of songs that were all good that we needed to get get released that we were just sitting on. We wanted a clean slate so we could get started on new projects.

Q: With this album out, what is coming next?

D. Average and I will both be releasing solo albums in 2015, probably this summer. Those have been in the works for the last year or two. Then we’re going to get hard to work on next prettygirlhatemachine record, which will hopefully be out in 2016.