Huskii

  • Born in Wollongong, on the east coast of Australia in 1992. Ben has been on his grind for as long as he can remember. Or as he says it, “ever<span class="text_exposed_show"><span class="text_exposed_show"> since day 1”! The child of two addict parents, that couldn’t resist the call of the street life, he had to grow up fast & become self sufficient. He’s seen things that would make most curl up in the fetal position, or end it all with a 44 bulldog to the temple.</span></span>After both of his parents were sent to prison, One for attempted murder & the other for bank robbery. Huskii would finally get his chance to experience a somewhat normal life with his now deceased grandparents. Who he deems the (The Mad Ones) in his Aussie slang which I can only assume means the best folks in this world. In his short time with them, seeming like forever to a child, he spent his free time listening to old skool Eminem & D12 & with his mates spitting freestyles.To just cut the fat out. This guy knows the streets because he lived them, and at the young age of 23yrs old he has the dynamic ability to tell dramatic stories from his life. Stories told so creatively, so vividly that you’re engulfed into his life & emotion as if you lived it yourself. Huskii Ben is the truth & his music speaks for its self. Which is how he caught the eye or should I say ear of (Heated Muzic’s) Tanqueray Locc. Spawning the collab track, “Brain Numb” over a Loop Goons instrumental & the rest is history in the making! </div> </div> </div>

True Vibenation

  • Blending earth shattering bass, big brass, African rhythms and hip-hop, True Vibenation signal a new generation of artists making the music of true global citizens. Drawing from their African heritage and raised in the cultural migrant melting pot of Australia their sound takes influence in equal parts from Fela Kuti, Hugh Masekela and The Daptone Horns as it does from Outkast, Ta-Ku and Chet Faker. It has been a whirlwind end to the year for the Sydney based trio. Upon landing in the UK ahead of their appearance at Glastonbury Festival and debut Europe Tour their new song ‘The World Is Ours’ started gathering some serious steam, peaking at #1 on Spotify’s Viral chart for the UK and #4 globally. The stage was set for their barnstorming show at Glastonbury Festival and the trio delivered on their reputation, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the day on their stage and whipping the crowd in to a frenzy. The next six weeks saw True Vibenation continue their European adventure, wowing fans at festivals across the UK, Germany, Austria and Portugal. Back in Australia the momentum has continued to snowball with the infectious tune added to Triple J, Double J, FBI and community radio across the country as well as gathering support from taste maker blogs such as Afropunk, Indieshuffle and Acid Stag amongst others. There was no rest for the buzzing trio though and within weeks of landing back home they were on the road again, this time getting the call up to support LA legends Ozomatli on their Australia tour. The trio – made up of Vuli, Moody and Klue - has already had a mammoth 12 months which has seen them tour Africa, earning rave reviews and new fans before being handpicked to support Thievery Corporation on their recent Australian tour. All the while soaking up inspiration and working behind the scenes in the studio on new music. Made up of twins * VULI* and Moody and childhood friend Klue, the inner-west Sydney trio have developed a strong following thanks to a live show which revels in making you dance in a semi ʻspecialʼ, unselfconscious way and songs that combine infectious hooks and razor sharp raps with roaring horns and genre-bending electronic beats. They even have a self- made instrument that literally turns audience members into human drum machines! It is rare to leave a True Vibes live show without being converted by their infectious energy and with hundreds of shows under their belts, festival slots at Sydney Festival, Future Music, Secret Garden, Subsonic and Small World their fan base is only set to continue to grow exponentially. Their compositions range from conscious, soulful hip hop to post-Brainfeeder type bass music, to afro-funk/hip hop fusions that bring the brass skills in to play, all rolled up with high IQ and a big dose of creative fun. True Vibe have built solid foundations." Tony Edwards, The Brag "The diversity of material, easy stage presence, and sheer musicality was on display for all to see, these guys have got mad skills, the sky’s the limit.... these guys are the complete package, combining effortless flows with a full on ‘live’ show." Piri Rutherford, OrangePress

Buddhafied

  • I would like to introduce to you Buddhafied a promising Sydney hip hop act with it’s roots so deep in the Australian music scene it would take an L.A. style earthquake to shake them lose. (3D Magazine) Buddhafied is the creation of Mc Buda (Will Almeida) a seasoned performer from the Sydney music scene originally from one of the founding Australian rap groups Bad Reputation. Brazilian born and coming to Sydney at an early age Buda was the pioneer of fusing together live instrumentation and mixing it with his Brazilian heritage, fat bass lines, swinging hip hop beats and samples which would then create a distinctive and original urban sound of his own. The latest album Dialect of Reason is a combination of soulful hip-hop with clever melodies and catchy hooks. The ambience of tracks like 2 Be Real, Mystical Maneuvers and the distinctive thumping beats of Get Up and Wicked Tongue make for easy listening and dancing. The first single off the album, Get Up which has proven to be extremely successful with the club and radio DJ’s, takes the listener to another level of Australian Hip Hop. The single has been played on high rotation on Triple J, FBI and Alchemy play lists and is getting great reviews nationally. Having also been asked to contribute a track (Mad Mad World) on the upcoming Warner Bros urban compilation album Street Beat, Buddhafied has toured nationally around Australia promoting the album. Buddhafied is Will Almeida who produces, arranges and performs all of his material and DJ P Smoke. With a versatile showcase Buddhafied has access to some of Sydney’s best musicians as a back up band. This enables Buddhafied to also cater for the live music scene. The group has been actively playing around Sydney at such venues as the Basement, The Gaelic Club, and The Vanguard and also with recent television appearances on Spin TV & the Planet X games.

Izzy N The Profit

  • Dynamic Emcee-duo Izzy n The Profit are hard at work providing honest, deep, and creative music catering to a broad audience. Both active artists for the better part of ten years, they play a significant role in both the hip hop and general community through charity work, youth work/ministry and outreach through their unique use of hip hop culture as a means to connect and empower young people. Izzy n The Profit formed after meeting as individual support acts at a Fonke Knomaads album launch and their journey continues. They have since teamed up with Sydney based DJ Maniak and have been expressing their high energy performance and material sharing the stage/line-up alongside an array of artists including: USA: Jin, Tha Dogg Pound, Braille, Sevin, KJ52, Everyday Process, Busdriver, Propaganda, The Scribbling Idiots. AUS: Def Wish Cast, Brethren, Last Kinnection, Kings Konekted, Brotha Black, Thundamentals, Hyjak n Torcha, Mind Over Matter and many more. They have participated in events such as: Yabun Festival, Platform Festival (Rock the block, Flexin Skills), Easterfest, EXO day, AAA Conference, Uprock Conference 2011/12/13, and many other community events, workshops, schools and Detention Centres. After a busy couple of years of creating and performing, empowering people through workshops/mentoring young people and 5 music videos later, momentum has picked up for a long and fruitful journey. With the release of debut album "Pulling Strings" through Krosswerdz Recordings in 2013, things are definitely not slowing down for Izzy n The Profit. Order Pulling Strings now at www.krosswerdzrecordings.bandcamp.com For music, booking information, and all other enquiries: www.izzyntheprofit.com   band members The Profit (MC) - Evan L, Izzy (MC) - Jake B, Wizdm (Productions), Deejay Maniak (DJ)

South West Syndicate

  • <div class="_5aj7 _3-8j"> <div class="_4bl9"> <div class="_3-8w"> <div id="id_5a74f6c320b9a3618748290" class="text_exposed_root text_exposed">South West Syndicate (SWS) are an Australian Hip Hop collective from South West and Western Sydney. SWS first came together 25 years ago in 1992 and are reform<span class="text_exposed_show">ed, working on brand new EP. Their first single 'Back like a Boomerang' has shaped the sound of the EP, donning a metal meets rap vibe. 'Back like a Boomerang' is due for release January 19 2017. SWS core members are Munkimuk, Brothablack, Nasri Basal (Big Naz), Darren Stacey (Dax) of Aboriginal, Lebanese-Australian, and Pacific Islander descent and welcoming new members Tristan Field (Guitar), Dave Marsalis Drums, returning member The Black President (DJ) and Brendan Blacklock (Video). SWS’ music incorporates sequencing, instruments and language, with material focusing on Indigenous rights, equality, racism, politics and low riders. SWS have recorded segments for Recovery and Triple J, helped run Hip-Hop Up Top for Triple J in Darwin, recorded material with Warren Williams, Nabarlek, Emma Donovan and George Rrurrambu, and supported Blackalicious, Mystic Journeymen and Living Legends on tour. Additional members have been, Nadeena Dixon, Terrance Murphy,Kider, Ebony Williams, Danielle Tuwai, Mohammed Abdullah, Phil Pelia, Leo Tanoi, Safwan Barbour and Fadi Chami.</span></div> </div> </div> <div class="_4bl7"></div> </div> <div class="_5aj7 _3-8j"> <div class="_4bl7 _3-90 _a8s"><img class="_1579 img" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/rsrc.php/v3/yj/r/qQdQbnugvep.png" alt="" /></div> <div class="_4bl9"> <div class="_50f4">Awards</div> <div class="_3-8w">Deadly Award</div> </div> </div>   South West Syndicate were an Australian hip-hop collective from Sydney. They started performing in 1992.[1] and have been made up of Aboriginal, Lebanese-Australian, Pacific Islander, Croatian, German and Anglo hip hop artists.[2] Core members include Munkimuk, Brothablack, Nasri Basal (Big Naz), Darren Stacey (Dax) with additional members Nadeena Dixon, Terrance Murphy,Kider, Ebony Williams, Danielle Tuwai, Mohammed Abdullah, Phil Pelia, Safwan Barbour and Fadi Chami.[3][4][5] South West Syndicate won a Deadly in 2003 for Most Promising New Talent in Music.[6] South West Syndicate have played at many events including Hip Hopera 1995, Survival, Sydney Writers' Festival, NAIDOC Week, Arafura Games, Bankstown Festival, Bankstown Carnivale, Newtown Festival, Rock Against Racism, Asia-Pacific Conference, Youth Week, Corroboree 2000, Mascon Festival, Barunga Festival and Pacific Wave Festival   Formed in 1992, South West Syndicate are a collective of predominantly Indigenous musicians and performers from Sydney. Core members are Brothablack, Monkey Mark, Naz, Nadine, Les and Terrance, with additional members including Kider, Dax, Ebony, Mohammed and Steven. Members’ ages vary from nine to thirtysomething. SWS’ music is best described as hip-hop. The music incorporates sequencing, sampling, live instruments such as didj, and rapping. Raps are done in language, and in English with Australian (not American) accents and lingo. SWS are unashamedly political, with material focusing on a range of issues including Indigenous rights, equality, racism and politics. SWS have played at many events including Survival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, NAIDOC Week, Arafura Games, Bankstown Festival, Bankstown Carnivale, Newtown Festival, Rock Against Racism, Asia-Pacific Conference, Youth Week, Corroboree 2000, Mascon Festival, Barunga Festival and Pacific Wave Festival. SWS have recorded segments for Recovery and Triple J, helped run Hip-Hop Up Top for Triple J in Darwin, performed at the Australian Museum, recorded material with Warren Williams, Nabarlek, Emma Donovan and George Rrurrambu, and supported Blackalicious, Mystic Journeymen and Living Legends on tour.

Local Knowledge

  • Local Knowledge were an Indigenous hip-hop group from Newcastle, New South Wales.They were formed in 2002 by brothers Abie and Wok Wright and Joel Wenitong with DJ Jay Tee joining later. They disbanded in 2006. After the breakup Joel, his sister Naomi from Shakaya and DJ Jay Tee formed The Last Kinection while Abie and Wok have formed Street Warriors.[1] Local Knowledge won a Deadly Award in 2005 for Band of the Year[2][3] and a Musicoz award for Indigenous Band of the Year.[4] They played a live set for TripleJ's Live at the Wireless show,[5][6] becoming the first indigenous hip hop group to do so[7] and were the subjects of a SBS TV documentary "Local Knowledge: The Message".[8] Their song Blackfellas was on high rotation on TripleJ   One of the most successful Indigenous groups in Australia has parted ways. But it ain’t all over for this band of brothas. Back in 2002, brothers Abie and Warwick “Wok” Wright approached Joel Wenitong about forming a hip hop crew. All three shared a common passion for producing and performing hip hop music, and Joel also had his own studio. What eventuated was the most popular and successful Australian Indigenous hip hop crew ever; a proud, community-minded Aboriginal trio who aptly calle d t hemselves Local Knowledge. The three began taking their message to Indigenous communities aroun d t he country, picking up a fourth member, DJ Jaytee along the way. The crew broke into mainstream radio waves, collected a swathe of awards, rocked sold-out concerts earne d t hemselves an army of fans. But four years on, Local Knowledge have decide d to call it a day. Joel has now teamed up with his sister Naomi, formerly from Shakaya, while Abie and Wok have formed a new group, Street Warriors. “We had a blast,” says Abie of his time with the group. “We were the first to combine hip hop with Aboriginal culture, and now there’s plenty of brothers and sisters out there shaking a leg and having a goo d time.” Two of Local Knowledge’s top achievements include Indigenous Band of the Year at the 2004 Music Oz Awards and the 2005 Deadly Award for Band of the Year. Indeed, Local Knowledge were trailblazers in many regards. They lai d the groundwork for Indigenous hip hop performers across the country to fin d their own voice, unclouded by the often overbearing American element inherent within hip hop culture. “We didn’t want to become clones of the African American hip hop scene,” Abie explains. “We wante d to put out something that was true to us; something that our people could be proud of. “I think we achieve d that. And now Wok and I want to go on an d take it to another level.” In their time, Local Knowledge became synonymous with Indigenous pride, speaking out about many issues that affect Indigenous people. And while they may no longer be performing, their legacy and message will certainly live on. Abie and Wok are intent on maintaining the same kind of energy, content and message that became synonymous with Local Knowledge. “It going to be the same message but with more energy,” Abie says. “We’re going to take it to a higher level. We’re already three quarters of the way into our album and hopefully we should have it released by the end of the year.” The brothers have been busy jetting from state to state, working with several producers, and intent on equipping themselves with the best hip hop beats and production currently on offer. “We’ve been spending some time in Melbourne working with a producer called Jay C who has won best R&B producer at the Music Oz awards for the past two years,” Abie says. “So we’re really getting the best production an d t he best beats available.” Local Knowledge were always a tightly knight group, an d the four parted ways on goo d terms, all of them optimistic about what the future may hold. The break up of Local Knowledge has also coincided with that of another successful young Indigenous group, Shakaya. Joel has now teamed up with sister Naomi and Jaytee to form Last Kinection, and the group has already started performing. “We are all definitely still close,” Abie says. “In fact, we just performed with Joel and his sister Naomi at a NAIDOC show in Newcastle, so it’s all good.” So while Local Knowledge may be no more, the fellas are still out there doing what they do best – telling it like it was, how it is and how it should be.

Karnage & Darknis

  • Karnage gains immense satisfaction from producing his own music. A proud Arrernte man, Karnage moved to Adelaide at an early age and started writing and developing his own rapping. His introduction to the work of many well-known rappers led to an interest in free styling, rapping with others and writing tracks by the age of 13. After building on his production skills for over 10 years, Karnage is now working alongside Ngarrindjeri/Kokatha woman Darknis. Darknis has always loved expressing hip hop music on stage. Performing about and for her people gives her gratitude and strength.   KnD are a hip-hop duo from Alice Springs who have been writing and performing since 2008. Karnage (Tristrum Watkins) is a Western Arrernte man from Hermannsburg (130km west of Alice Springs). Darknis (Corinna Hall) is a Ngarrindjera/Kokatha woman from Raukkan, South Australia and Ceduna. Karnage was one of the first pioneers of hip-hop in Alice Springs, performing with Central Mob when he was a teenager. He left to study music at CASM in Adelaide, where he met Darknis through the Adelaide hip-hop music scene. Since those early years he seen the hip-hop scene in Alice Springs grow until it now hosts regular visiting international hip-hop acts. The lyrics of their songs often involve Aboriginal land rights, social issues and everyday struggle. Their first hit was ‘Only Tha Strong Survive’ was the title track from their debut album released in 2010. Since then they have performed at events such as Dreaming Festival in Qld, Spirit Festival in Adelaide and Inala Festival in Brisbane. They have supported such artists as Paul Kelly, Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, as well as hip-hop legends like Naughty by Nature, Bone Thugs, Ja Rule, Scribe, Savage, K-rino and Outlaws. Recent performances include Spirit Festival in Adelaide and at Wide Open Space Festival in Central Australia. Tristrum and Corinna have been together for nearly 16 years and have got two children. They write all their songs collaboratively, taking turns to bring a tune and spontaneously adding lyrics to the melodies they create. Both Tristrum and Corinna have conducted workshops for children, with Tristrum currently a community case worked for Territory Familes. 'Cut Me' featuring Kristal West, the first single from their upcoming album, was released 8 June 2017. Their second album 'Muzik is 4eva' is out now.

Eskatology

  • Artists We Also Like Brother Ali, Joe Budden, Terra firma, Dan & Dee Band Interests Music, Live performances, reading, knowledge, education ESKATOLOGY’ BORN JANUARY 1986, REAL NAME IS JONATHAN STIER, OF ABORIGINAL, GERMAN, AND YUGOSLAVIAN BACKGROUND, STARTED OUT LISTENING TO HIP-HOP AT THE AGE OF 9, HIS COUSIN HAD An OLD N.W.A. TAPE WHICH HE USE TO LISTEN TO, BEING AN AVID HIP-HOP LISTENER HE BEGAN TO BELIEVE THAT HE COULD ALSO WRITE RAP’S JUST LIKE THE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN. AT THE AGE OF 12, HE WROTE A RAP ABOUT THE PASSING OF HIS GRANDMOTHER, WHICH HE FELT HELPED HIM DEAL WITH THE ISSUE, HE LATER WOULD WRITE MORE ABOUT ISSUES IMPACTING HIM, BUT DID NOT TAKE WHAT HE WROTE SERIOUSLY AND WAS STILL DEVELOPING HIS OWN STYLE AND FLOW. AND BY THE AGE OF 19 HE RELEASED HIS FIRST MIXTAPE UNDER THE ALIAS ‘J-LOCC’ WHICH WAS NOT HIS GREATEST WORK BUT WAS A STARTING POINT TO BLOOM INTO SOMETHING MUCH MORE. A FEW YEARS PASSED, WHILE ESKA WAS DEALING WITH PERSONAL ISSUES OF ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND ALCOHOLISM FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, AND MOVING AROUND HE TURNED BACK TO THE PEN DROPPED A NEW ALIAS OF ESKATOLOGY, (WHICH MEANS A END FOR ALL THINGS, OR THE END IN BIBLE WRITTINGS/ARMAGEDDON) AND PROCEEDED TO MAKE A ‘DEMO’ WHILST MAKING THE HUGE CHANGE TO GIVE UP THE COUNTRY LIFE AND MOVE TO ADELAIDE. THE DEMO WAS ENOUGH TO GET HIM SLOT’S ON THE MIXED IN BLACK SHOWS THROUGH ARTS SA. IN 2009 THIS WOULD BE THE CHANCE HE GOT TO PUT IN FOR FUNDING TO RELEASE IS FIRST EP, ENTITLED ‘THE CONSCIOUS REALITY, TEAMING UP WITH FELLOW MC/PRODUCER DAN THE UNDERDOG, TO RECORD AND SUPPLY A FEW BEATS, ALONG WITH PRODUCER DAVEY DAVE, AND VARIOUS OTHER PRODUCERS, ADDITIONAL SOUNDS WERE RECORDED BY TERRAFIRMA’S OWN MC SIMPLEX. WITH THE ALBUM HAVING THE HEADNODDING PARTY JOINT OF THE REMIX ‘LAND DOWN UNDER’ ESKA FOUND HE HAD A FEW MORE LISTENERS THEN EVER BEFORE. THIS WOULD NOT STOP THEIR, IN 2011 ESKA RELEASED A FREE MIXTAPE CALLED ‘MARTYR MUSIK’ WHICH WAS A MORE MATURED SOUND AND HAD A MUCH MORE SOLID FEEL TO HIS PREVIOUS WORK, WITH CATCHY HOOKS SUCH AS THE REMAKE OF MJ’S ‘HUMAN NATURE’ AND HARMONIZING VIBES OF SAIL AWAY, ESKA TOOK HIS MUSIC TO A HOLE NOTHER LEVEL, DURING THS TIME ESKA MANAGED TO CATCH THE ATTENTION OF LOCAL PROMOTERS AND WAS GIVEN HIS CHANCE TO PERFORM A FEW SHOWS AROUND ADELAIDE, BY 2011 ESKATOLOGY GOT A BREAK IN PERFORMING FOR THE XZIBIT VS HIP-HOP TOUR. FEELING HE COULDN’T PUT THE PEN DOWN IN 2012 ESKA WOULD RELEASE HIS CURRENT ALBUM ‘ESKAPE REALITY’ A 15 TRACK FOLLOW UP TO HIS MIXTAPE, WITH FEATURES FROM D.VALENTINE (VENDETTA KINGZ U.S.), LADY LASH, NJE, & DAN THE UNDERDOG. ESKA ALSO GOT SOME SOUND ENGINEERING FROM MC SIMPLEX, ALONG WITH MASTERING FROM NUNGA STYLE’S LIL JAYO-E THIS WOULD BE THE BEST WORK FROM ESKATOLOGY SO FAR, WITH SOUNDS LIKE ‘I WISH’ WHICH WAS DEDICATED TO A FRIEND WHO PASSED, AND THE ROCK MELODY OF 2012, ESKAPE REALITY IS SET TO BE A BREAKING POINT. ESKATOLOGY IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON MORE SHOWS, FILM CLIPS, AND A FOLLOW UP EP (EXPECTED FOR 2013) ESKATOLOGY’S MUSIC TOUCHES ON RACISM, POLITICAL TYRANY, STRUGGLES IN LIFE, AND EMOTIONAL BARRIERS TO HEAR MORE FROM ESKATOLOGY HEAD TO WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM/ESKATOLOGY OR INTERACTIONS WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ESKATOLOGY2012 DISCOGRAPHY 2010; THE CONSCIOUS REALITY 2011; MARTYR MUSIK 2012; ESKAPE REALITY 2013; A DOSE OF REALITY EP FEATURES 2009; MAKING WAVES COMPILATION (RISE UP) 2011; BLACK TRAKS (RISE UP) 2011; VENDETTA KINGZ GLOBAL ALLIANCE (CONFESSIONS)   https://eskatology.bandcamp.com/

Knowledge Bones

  • Freestyle
  • When you’re first ever official gig is opening for the legendary Grandmaster Flash at the tender age of 20 years old, it’s pretty clear you’re in the express-lane of hip hop’s superhighway, heading into an exciting future. As the latest signing to DJ Peril’s prestigious Street Elite label, WA-born rapper Knowledge Bones aka Black Dundee is quickly making a name for himself as one of the country’s most promising MCs. With a deft skill for freestyling, he is becoming known for turning heads wherever and whenever he spits. Growing up in a lower-middle class suburb in Western Australia, Knowledge was spellbound by music from an early age, embracing a diverse range of artists, from Cold Chisel, to Midnight Oil, Michael Jackson, UB40 and Bob Marley. It wasn’t however until the young man stumbled on a copy of N.W.A’s 1988 classic ‘Gangsta Gangsta’ that he found his true musical purpose, drawing empowerment from the group’s lay-it-on-the-line sense of attitude. Coming from a mixed Aboriginal and Anglo-Saxon background, Knowledge never had it easy growing up and constantly struggled for acceptance from both sides because of his mixed-race bloodlines. As an outlet, he begin writing poetry at the age of 13, soon progressing to freestyling at 16. Such was his yearning for expression, his hand could barely keep up with his lightening quick mind, “every line would rush to my head so fast I’d have to freestyle into a tape recorder, then write them down later,” he remembers. Buoyed on by the likes of West Coast heroes Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Eazy E, Ras Kass and East Coast MCs such as Mos Def, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, The Beatnuts and The Notorious BIG, Knowledge Bones was inspired to put his rapidly developing rapping skills to the test and would make regular trips into the city to pit his flow against Perth’s best street MCs. In 2003, he entered his first battle Word War 1, advancing through to the finals in Melbourne where he battled it out against New Zealand’s finest, beating Con Psy, before losing to highly regarded Weapon X in the second round. Not long after he was booked to perform alongside Grandmaster Flash, for the hip hop pioneer’s Perth show on his first ever Australian tour. From this point on, Knowledge Bones was on his way. His silky skills saw him go on to support Naughty By Nature later that year and experience arguably the biggest thrill of his young lifetime when Wu Tang Clan luminary RZA invited him and his crew onstage to drop some impromptu verses. With his reputation continuing to build within the Perth scene, Knowledge went on to support the impressive Chinese-American rapper Jin and play Beatfest in 2004, before joining the line-up for the Bugg’n festival alongside Method Man, Redman, DJ Premier and Rahzel, as well as playing support to Blackalicious in 2005. In 2006, the spoils continued to flow, with Knowledge scoring himself a performing slot alongside revered locals Weapon X & Ken Hell on the WA-leg of their ‘More Better Tour’, as well as playing the Scribble Jam tour in Melbourne. With his live performances continuing to garner him a loyal fan base, it’s little surprise Knowledge’s impressive skills were sought by groundbreaking female rapper Layla on her debut LP ‘Heretik’ in 2005, with the MC joining Ciecmate and Newsense to collaborate on the ‘Matador Crushes’ track. Later in 2005, Knowledge, together with DJ Complex, under the name ‘High Definition’, issued the highly-praised ‘City of Lights’ LP. This album was a significant release for Knowledge, particularly because of his collaboration with rising Street Elite’s star Surreal on the track ‘Feel the Pressure’. When the Melbourne rapper returned home and played the joint to Peril, the hip hop legend was so impressed that he signed the youngster up to his label and got him to drop a verse on one of the tracks featured on his massive debut ‘King of the Beats’ album mid 2006. High Definition are currently hard at work on a follow-up EP and Knowledge Bones is recording his solo album, both set for release through the Street Elite imprint. As someone who is fiercely proud of his Aboriginal heritage, Knowledge also raps under the name Black Dundee – an ode to his indigenous roots, with the first volume in his series of mixtapes, which first circulated in February 06, exhibiting the true depth of the 23-year-old’s talent over twenty-seven dexterous cuts. Aside from his musical endeavours, Knowledge has aspirations to run workshops for indigenous kids in various communities around Australia, with the aim of instilling in the youngsters the same strength of spirit he’s had to forge in his rise up the cutthroat hip hop ladder. Says Knowledge, “I express my anger in my music which might come across as cocky in some songs, but this is so people don’t get a chance to stand over me. If they do, I come back hard and I don’t quit for nothing.” A man who’s will to succeed is just as strong has his impressive rapping style, Knowledge Bones is an MC destined for great things, and, if his achievements over the past three years are anything to go by, it won’t take him long to reach the hip hop sumit. Knowledge Bones album Eyes On The Prize coming soon. In the meantime you can check him out at www.myspace.com/knowledgebones, www.facebook.com/knowledgebones, www.twitter.com/knowledge_bones, www.youtube.com/kbonestv Band History: 2010 Played live set at Kings of Perth Rosemount hotel Perth Host of PTAA Tattoo Carnivaal Perth Played live set @ Good Vibrations Festival 2010 2007 Played live at Urban Music Awards Sydney @ Luna Park 2006 Played live set at Scribble Jam in Melbourne Opening act for the Weapon X and Ken Hell ‘More Better Tour’ Western Australia Played live at DJ Perils Bloc Party Melbourne 2005 Opening act for Blackalicious @ Metro City Perth Opening act for the Buggin’ tour (Method Man, Redman, DJ Premier, Rahzel) @ Metro City Perth High Defenition album launch (local release) 2004 Opening act at Beatfest (Beatnuts, Roc Raida, DJ Craze,) @ Metro City Perth Opening act for Jin @ Metro City Perth 2003 Performed live on stage with RZA @ Metro City Perth Opening act for Naughty by Nature @ Metro City Perth Battled at the Battle for Supremacy in Melbourne Opening act for Grandmaster Flash @ Metro City Perth Winner of Word War I at Globe Nightclub Perth WA-born Knowledge Bones was spellbound by music from an early age, embracing a diverse range of artists. He also raps under the name Black Dundee – an ode to his Indigenous roots. He is making a name for himself as one of the country’s most promising MCs. With his live performances continuing to gain him a loyal fan base and excitement surrounding his album release, Knowledge finds himself in the class of Australian hip hop heavyweights. Aside from his musical endeavours, Knowledge wants to run workshops for Indigenous children in various communities around Australia.

Kyle Wilkins

  • Barely 18, mic in hand. Kyle began life as an “any man” with an average Australian childhood and dreams of perhaps one day becoming a professional athlete or singer. With adolescence came the more adult temptations in life and Kyle gravitated toward weed after discovering it at age 13. He would go on to use the drug as an escape and self prescribed medication for various underlying mental health issues. It was these lifestyle choices and forks in the road that shaped his teen years. Kyle dropped out of school in year 9, things at home fell apart and before long he was living in a refuge. By the time he celebrated his 18th birthday he was calling his best mates shed home. Yes the journey of the past five years has been a hard road for Kyle but not every step he’s taken has been so hard. At age 14, a year after he discovered weed he discovered Hip Hop and those around him discovered just how easily the written and freestyle rhymes came to the kid. By the age of 16 his mates were urging Kyle to take his rhymes seriously and HE DID. What he lacked in resources he made up for with hunger and drive relentlessly honing his craft writing and freestyling tracks right out of the shed. Broke and without access to studio gear Kyle turned to his iphone and the popular music website soundcloud to share his voice but after 8 or 9 songs and a few hundred plays he realised that building a career in music would take something more than just sheer will. With that he took a shot in the dark and contacted Big Dave founder of a label he’d heard much about – KP Records. With the message he attached a 2 minute video he recorded of himself spitting bars live right there over a beat.

Big Dave

  •   If you want change in your life it takes hard work. It isn’t something that just falls in to your lap while you sit there day dreaming. From high school dropout running the streets, to drug dealer and eventual prison inmate the life of Big Dave was headed in one direction - A fast road to nowhere. As an ex inmate with a young family to support and little formal education the man’s options were limited but his heart and desire for change were not. With little more than his bare hands and a freakish work ethic Dave decided to switch the direction of his life and he attacked the music business head on. He decided it would be music that would turn his life around. From humble beginnings at open mic nights and MC battles he would go on to support many of the artists he grew up listening to such as Ice Cube, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Xzibit and D12 to name just a few. In the early days he gained knowledge from business studies, marketing courses and online articles. This would lead to him founding his own label KP Records, signing with MGM Distribution and being mentored by one time Death Row Records President John Payne. If shows were in short supply he simply staged his own events beginning with a small time launch party for his label attended by less than 100 people he evolved to stage the largest Hip Hop events his home city of Canberra had ever seen. He released free music and videos, did dozens of media interviews, hosted a nationally broadcast radio show, blogged and built a home studio and office in his garage using materials from his local hardware and music stores. With those bare hands he did whatever was necessary. As I said change takes hard work and after nearly 7 years of hard work, passion and sacrifices the debut Big Dave album was released. It was aptly titled “Self Made”. The album was a mixture of Dave’s raw street poetry and life tales fused with a unique blend of Hip Hop, House and Electro produced by Grantwho?. Mastered by Ministry Of Sound’s Sameer Sengupta it features a guest list of top shelf international artists including Snoop Dogg, Joell Ortiz, Kurupt, Necro, WC and Kyza along with Dave’s local KP Records label mates. The two lead singles from Self Made featured on over 160 top 40 FM stations around Australia (and digitally on Novanation) leading to a rush of media appearances including: RADIO – The Hot Hits Live From LA, The Dan And Maz Show, Take 40 Australia, The A List countdown and an international award winning 30 minute ABC special on his career to date. PRINT/WEB - Syndicated feature interviews in all major Fairfax and News Limited papers, The Music Network and front page online features on news.com.au, MTV.com.au and dozens of music websites predominately in the US. TV – Channel V, Rage, CouchTime and the MTV Most Wanted shortlist. After building a big hometown presence and a dedicated following in the Aussie underground scene the music industry suddenly became aware of Big Dave’s presence on a national level. As we look back on his journey so far the fairy-tale change of life for Dave seems complete. In his story we can find proof that hard work pays off. From being down but not quite out Big Dave has gone on to live up to the size of his name! LIVE SETS From club nights to arena and festival shows Big Dave has shared a stage with some of Hip Hop finest including Ice Cube, Xzibit, Bone Thugs N Harmony, D12, Tech N9ne, Obie Trice, KRS ONE, Kurupt, Kool Keith, The Outlawz, De La Soul and more. MUSIC RELEASES The Original ft Snoop Dogg (single 2013) Self Made (Debut solo album 2013) The Good Life ft Kitty B (single 2012) The 012 Mixtape (Mixtape 2012) Featuring various KP artists and guests. The 011 Mixtape (Mixtape 2011) Featuring various KP artists and guests. Loaded Dice (Free web LP/KP Records compilation production 2009) Featuring various KP artists and guests. Raw Stories Chapter One (EP 2008) MOVIE RELEASES The Inner Circle Volume Two (2012) Also featuring Tech N9ne, D12, Obie Trice, KP Records artists and more. The Inner Circle Volume One (2011) Also featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony, KP Records artists, John Payne and more. These releases are available for free download at kokyprik.com now. Follow Big Dave on Facebook – www.facebook.com/BigDaveofKP Awards Canberra Music Awards (MAMAS) - 2013 BEST ACT URBAN (RnB/HipHop/Rap) MusicOz - 2013 commended finalist - URBAN CATEGORY https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/internet-voice-for-inmates/news-story/ba71de06af402ecbea629fbd52bf8acd

Enflux

  • Piece by piece, Enflux (Ben Middleton) has been carving himself a place in Brisbane’s hip-hop scene, originally from the New England region of NSW. He released his debut EP "The Discovery EP" in 2012, which not only satisfied his existing fans and helped him to continue to build his ever growing fan base, but garnered him the respect of his boom town hip hop peers. Enflux works closely with Gold Coast producer, prolific musician and hip hop guru Mitchell James, who is also produces for the likes of Forbes and Tys. With James manning the boards on his first release as well as his upcoming EP ‘Shovel in Hand’, set for release in September of this year. Also in the near future for Flux is a collaborative EP with Brisbane’s BrokenWord, as well as another as yet untitled EP to be released in 2014. In the meantime he aims to continue to satisfy his fans with live shows and collaborations with other artists. Having already played along side the likes of Spit Syndicate, Phrase, Chance Waters, Mind Over Matter, Simplex, Social Change, Blest, Lazy Grey, Jake Biz, NJE, Triple 3, Def Men Walking, Kryptamistik, 4FingerDiscount, School Fight and BrokenWord. Guaranteeing an energetic and compelling live show, even without a DJ backing him all of the time. Enflux is an artist on the rise. Free Downloads: http://enflux.bandcamp.com/ Enflux Bandpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/EnfluX/236035913132038 Enflux YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGUJQfrv8MMEmail for bookings or enquiries: enfluxmusic@live.com.au   Record Label Local Flow Productions   https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/enflux

Finger Lickin Good

  • Finger Lickin' Good was an Australian Hip Hop group that was active between 1992-1995. Founded in Adelaide by emcees Madcap & Quro, they were later joined by producer/DJ Groove Terminator (also known as GT of Tonight Only) as producer. A 3rd emcee, Flak (responsible for discovering and naming Adelaide's most famous Hip Hop export the Hilltop Hoods) joined the group shortly after the recording of their EP and appeared at their live shows from mid-1993 onwards. Their first release was a limited run of 100 cassette tapes titled 'Southern Fried', from which they funded their first vinyl EP release called 'Illegitimate Sons of the Bastard Funk!' on Illegitimate Records. The EP was recorded at Bartel Street Studios, Mixed by Groove Terminator and Engineered/Recorded by Nathan 'Nook' Binstock (of Intence Quality) and Tony Elliot. EP Artwork by Hams (QLD). This was the 1st official Hip Hop release from Adelaide, South Australia and the next release would not occur until 1996 via the Hilltop Hoods 'Back Once Again' which featured Quro on one track.     Finger Lickin' Good was an Australian Hip Hop group that was active between 1992-1995. Founded in Adelaide by emcees Madcap & Quro, they were later joined by producer/DJ Groove Terminator (also known as GT of Tonight Only) as producer. A 3rd emcee, Flak (responsible for discovering and naming Adelaide's most famous Hip Hop export the Hilltop Hoods) joined the group shortly after the recording of their EP and appeared at their live shows from mid-1993 onwards. Their first release was a limited run of 100 cassette tapes titled 'Southern Fried', from which they funded their first vinyl EP release called 'Illegitimate Sons of the Bastard Funk!' on Illegitimate Records. The EP was recorded at Bartel Street Studios, Mixed by Groove Terminator and Engineered/Recorded by Nathan 'Nook' Binstock (of Intence Quality) and Tony Elliot. EP Artwork by Hams (QLD). This was the 1st official Hip Hop release from Adelaide, South Australia and the next release would not occur until 1996 via the Hilltop Hoods 'Back Once Again' which featured Quro on one track.   - https://www.popsike.com/Oz-Hip-Hop-Finger-Lickin-Goodfirst-Adelaide-Ozzie-Hip-Hop-Vinyl/170975066242.html   "Down to Adelaide, South Australia 1993, FINGER LICKIN GOOD released a fairly solid 6 track EP, "Illegitimate Sons of the Bastard Funk" which well known DJ GROOVE TERMINATOR put together with rhymers MADCAP and QUROMYSTIX. The attractive two colour packaging artwork came from the talented Brisbane writer HAMS. This gave it that extra classy touch." - http://www.bombhiphop.com/kangasty.htm    

Tasman Keith

  • Tasman Keith is a mission boy who was raised between bustling inner city Sydney and the humble Bowraville Mission in the Nambucca Valley, northern New South Wales. Tasman proudly represents the legacy of the Gumbaynggirr Nation and Aboriginal Hip Hop. Truly epitomising everything that is dope about the newest generation of these cultures. The son of seminal Australian Hip Hop pioneer Wire MC, Tasman works hard to ensure he lives up to his pedigree. In his short time in the music industry, Tasman has consolidated his musical stance contributing on the recent NITV ‘Change The Date’ track with Urthboy, Nooky, L-Fresh, Thundamentals, Coda Conduct, Birdz, Kaylah Truth, Ozi Batla & Hau. On hype man duties for Nooky, he has blessed the same stages as the iconic hip hop outfit A.B. Original and Tech N9ne. Tasman’s recent performance highlights includes sets at Yabun and Saltwater Freshwater festivals. Tasman is as motivated as he is talented having released quality music relentlessly since he burst on to the scene at age 18 with his debut single and video ‘Be U’. He quickly followed this up with his debut mixtape titled ‘What Songs & Why? Pt1’ which showcased his ability to play with concepts and flip a track. The lead single, ‘Mish Hop Ain’t Dead’ flipped Nas’ ‘Hip Hop Is Dead’ and played homage to his father’s music at the same time. The follow up single ‘Lil Grilla Love A lot’ demonstrated that Tasman is not interested in conventional methods, but would rather construct concepts that push boundaries. He pushes his creativity and takes risks that most young MC’s wouldn't dream. Tasman Keith is the future of hip hop. https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/tasman-keith https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/05/05/hip-hop-artist-tasman-keith-launches-new-single-might-snap

Thando

  • Zimbabwean-born, Melbourne-based songstress Thando Zimbabwean born songstress Thando has been gracing stages around Australia with electric presence and powerhouse vocal. Heralded as a commanding performer, her ability to tell a story takes her audience on a journey of loving oneself and reflection. Thando grew up feasting on the musical offerings of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, QUEEN and TLC. Along the way, she found Jill Scott and crafted her genre bending sound with an electric live set. Her 2016 debut EP ‘Digital Love Letters’ paved the road to a slew of festival appearances such as BIGSOUND (2016), Strawberry Fields and Woodford Folk Festival and NYE on The Hill. She has since gone onto support Maxwell at the Palais for his black SUMMER nights tour as well as Sampa the Great and Remi’s Fire Sign Tour alongside DJ MzRizk. With the highly anticipated release of her brand new single NUMB., this multi dimensional performer is looking toward solidifying her status as Melbourne’s newest first lady of R&B. https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/thando Genre Alternative R&B Band Members Thando Sikwila Home Town Melbourne Record Label Independent About Alternative R&B Biography https://songwhip.com/song/thando/numb Awards AAMMA - Solo Vocalist of the Year 2016 Current Location Melbourne Influences Jill Scott, Ngaiire, Angie Stone, Alicia Keys, D'Angelo, Tame Impala, Sampa the Great, B Wise https://thando.bandcamp.com/album/digital-love-letters

ELK

  • SAMUEL ELKHIER IS A 17 YEAR OLD AFRICAN-AUSTRALIAN RAPPER AND SONGWRITER BETTER KNOWN AS E L K (ETHEREAL LIKE KING). THE SON OF SOUTH SUDANESE PARENTS, HE WAS BORN IN KHARTOUM AND RAISED IN EGYPT BEFORE MOVING TO ADELAIDE AT THE AGE OF SIX. ON A MISSION TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS IN THE WORLD, THE GIFTED RAP PRODIGY BRINGS LIMITLESS DEPTH & SPARK OF YOUTH TO THE PLAYBACK 808 KINGDOM THROUGH HIS KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND MUSICAL ABILITIES. E L K INTROSPECTIVELY ABSORBS & POETICALLY DOCUMENT HIS OFTEN SHIFTING SURROUNDINGS.   TORMENTED BY THE CONSTANT NEED TO EXPRESS HIS EMOTIONS & THOUGHTS ON THE WORLD AROUND HIM, E L K PICKED UP THE PEN AND BEGAN WRITING AT THE AGE OF 14. REVEALING HIS NEWFOUND ABILITIES TO A SELECTED FEW AMONGST HIS INNER CIRCLE, WORD GOT AROUND THE NORTHERN SUBURBS OF ADELAIDE AND PLAYBACK 808 CAME KNOCKING. ENCOURAGED BY HIS COUSIN AND FELLOW PBK808 MC EMAN, E L K BEGAN SHOWING UP TO PLAYBACK RECORDING SESSIONS AT THE NORTHERN SOUND SYSTEM & BEGAN WITNESSING THE SUPREME POWER OF DYNAMIC GROUP COLLABORATION AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION BETWEEN SOME OF THE CITY’S FINEST RHYTHM AND POETRY ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS. UPON HEARING HIS SOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME, DYSPORA IMMEDIATELY KNEW E L K WAS GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE CULTURE AND ADDED HIM TO THE PLAYBACK 808 TEAM AT THE AGE OF 15, MAKING HIM THE IMPRINT’S YOUNGEST MEMBER. “HE DOESN’T RAP ABOUT LYRICAL CONTENT THAT IS VERY ALLURING TO YOUNG RAPPERS” - JAMES RUKLIS (THANK GUARD/NOISEY) E L K DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM RELATIVE NEWCOMERS LIKE EARL SWEATSHIRT, MAC MILLER, ACTION BRONSON, J COLE, DRAKE AND THE LATE CAPITAL STEEZ, HE ALSO LOOKS UP TO PARADIGM SHIFTERS SUCH AS NAS, MF DOOM, ANDRE 3000 AND 2-PAC. HE BEGAN MAKING A QUICK NAME FOR HIMSELF WITH A BARRAGE OF ONLINE SOUNDCLOUD RELEASES PROMOTED BY VIDEOS UPLOADED TO HIS FACEBOOK PAGES. MULTIPLE MANAGERS AND PUBLICATIONS TOOK NOTE OF THE YOUNG EMCEE WHICH LED TO MULTIPLE FEATURES ON DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS LIKE THANKGUARD, WAVYTRAX & OFF THE CLEF. E L K HAS PERFORMED HIS DEBUT SHOW AT PLAYFORD’S NORTHERN SOUND SYSTEM AND WAS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TO STEP ONTO THE STAGE AT THE FOWLERS LIVE VENUE. WHEN NOT WORKING ON HIS MUCH ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM, THE PLAYBACK 808 MC SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME IN SCHOOL, PLAYING FOOTBALL AND FINDING NEW WAYS TO FURTHER HIS CRAFT. E L K’S QUICK MUSICAL TRANSCENDENCE INTO LOCAL RAP PRINCE IS NOT BY CHANCE, HE IS AN INTELLIGENT, WELL SPOKEN AND ARTICULATIVE ARTIST WHOSE LYRICAL PROWESS AND CONTINUOUS NEED TO GROW MAKE HIM A LIKELY CANDIDATE FOR FUTURE HIP-HOP ROYALTY.  

Elsy

  • ELSY IS AN 18-YEAR-OLD SINGER-SONGWRITER. BORN AND RAISED IN NAIROBI, KENYA BEFORE MIGRATING TO ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA AT THE AGE OF 7 WITH HER FAMILY. SHE STARTED SINGING IN CHURCH AT AN EARLY AGE, AND WAS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE TRADITIONAL SACRED SOUNDS. GOSPEL MUSIC BEGAN SHAPING HER MUSICAL VISION AFTER REALISING THE GIFT GOD PLACED WITHIN HER. LATER SHE WENT ON TO RECEIVE THE BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE AWARD AND IMPRESSED AUDIENCES WITH HER SINGING ABILITIES DURING SCHOOL TALENT SHOWCASES. WITH A MOTTO OF “SINGING TO INSPIRE THE LIVING”, ELSY DELIVERS A SOULFUL AURA TO THE PLAYBACK 808 KINGDOM THROUGH HER MUSIC, BY PIONEERING A NATURAL EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUS AND IMPACTFUL LYRICS. BEING GREATLY INSPIRED AND ENCOURAGED BY HER FATHER CHARLES P. WAMEYO AND ESTABLISHED ARTIST LAURYN HILL, ELSY BEGAN WRITING AT THE AGE OF 13 AND EXPRESSING HERSELF THROUGH MUSIC. AFTER RECORDING HER FIRST DEMO TRACK WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER AND RAPPER TKAY MAIDZA, SHE CONTINUED RECORDING AT THE LOCAL STUDIO, NORTHERN SOUND SYSTEM, AND BEGAN EARNING COMPARISONS TO ESTABLISHED ARTISTS SUCH AS LAURYN HILL AND SZA. SHE OFFICIALLY BEGAN HER MUSIC CAREER AFTER OPENING AT PLAYBACK 808 CONCERT IN 2017. A NATURAL PERFORMER, SHE CONTINUED TO PERUSE A PERFORMANCE CAREER AFTER BEING NOTICED BY THE FOUNDER OF PLAYBACK 808 DYSPORA. SHE BEGAN RECORDING AND PERFORMING ALONGSIDE PLAYBACK 808 AT VARIOUS VENUES. DYSPORA DID NOT FAIL TO NOTICE HER ACTS OF USING MUSIC AS AN OUTLET FOR HER ARTSY MENTALITY, THUS PURSUING HER MUSICAL VISION. ELSY WAS OFFICIALLY ADDED TO THE PLAYBACK808 TEAM IN 2017, HENCE MAKING HER THE FIRST FEMALE SOUL ARTIST OF THE GROUP. HER LOVE FOR MUSIC HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY HER FATHER, WHO IS A FORMER GOSPEL CHOIR MEMBER AND ACCORDION PLAYER, ALONG WITH ESTABLISHED ARTISTS TASHA COBBS, BENJAMIN DUBE, TORI KELLY, LAURYN HILL, JOHN LEGEND, JENNIFER HUDSON AND JORDIN SPARKS. BEING A CHURCH CHOIR LEADER AT RESTORATION HOUR MINISTRY, SHE HAS GROWN UP LISTENING AND SINGING TO TRADITIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC GROUPS INCLUDING SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, SPIRIT OF PRAISE, PROCLAIM AND SPIRIT AND LIFE. THESE GROUPS HAVE ASSISTED IN INFLUENCING AND CONSTRUCTING HER SHARP MUSICALITY. “I BELIEVE I HAVE AN ANOINTED VOICE, A GIFT FROM GOD THAT I CANNOT FAIL TO USE TO MOVE THE SPIRITS OF TODAY’S TAINTED HEARTS”, SHE SAYS. ELSY RELEASED A GOSPEL MEDLEY YAHWEH ON SOUNDCLOUD ALONG WITH VARIOUS COVERS ON FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE AND CONSEQUENTLY BEGAN TO BUILD AND IMAGE TO THE WORLD. IN A PERIOD OF ONLY 5 MONTHS, ELSY HAS MANAGED TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF DIVERSE AUDIENCES AT SHOWS INCLUDING MUSIC SA'S SCOUTED FESTIVAL, ROOT DOWN FESTIVAL AND THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS. FEATURING WITH PUBLICATIONS SUCH AS REDBULL MUSIC/THANK GUARD AND HAS PERFORMED ALONGSIDE ARTISTS SUCH AS TIMBERWOLF, WILLOWBEATS, SETH SENTRY, ABBY HOWLET AND TKAY MAIDZA. ELSY CONTINUES TO SPEND MOST OF HER SPARE TIME RECORDING MUSIC, PLAYING HER GUITAR & PIANO, READING POEMS WHILST IMPROVING AND DEVELOPING HER GOD GIVEN MUSICAL ABILITIES. AS ELSY’S RAW TALENTS CONTINUE TO ADVANCE, ALONG WITH HER INTELLIGENCE AND PHENOMENAL ARTISTIC MIND SET, HER MAIN GOAL IS TO INSPIRE, MOVE AND FILL THE SOULS OF THIS WORLD WITH HOPE. SHE HAS BEEN BUILDING MOMENTUM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BAND WILL DEBUT HER SINGLE & E.P WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY 2018. "SINGING TO INSPIRE THE LIVING" – ELSY  

Dyspora

  • DYSPORA IS AN AWARD-WINNING  HIP-HOP RECORDING ARTIST/PRODUCER, POET, SONIC ACTIVIST AND FOUNDER OF THE PLAYBACK 808 KINGDOM. THE NOMADIC TROUBADOUR WAS BORN IN SOUTH SUDAN AND RAISED ACROSS VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN EAST AFRICA UNTIL HIS FAMILY MIGRATED TO ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA. MUSIC BECAME A KEY TOOL IN BREAKING DOWN CULTURAL, LINGUAL AND RACIAL BARRIERS THROUGHOUT DYSPORA'S LIFE JOURNEY AND EXPERIENCE. HE BEGAN WRITING POETRY AT THE AGE OF 12 AND HAD GRADUATED TO WRITING RHYMES BY THE TIME HE REACHED HIGH SCHOOL. DYSPORA HONED HIS RHYTHM AND POETRY SKILLS BY CONSISTENTLY LISTENING AND LEARNING FROM TALENTED ARTISTS SUCH AS ANDRE 3000, 2PAC, NAS, FUGEES, WU-TANG CLAN, FELA KUTI, RAKIM, BIGGIE SMALLS, K'NAAN, KRS-1, JIMI HENDRIX, AKALA AND BOB NESTA MARLEY. HE WOULD DECONSTRUCT AND REVERSE ENGINEER HIS FAVOURITE SONGS, DISSECTING THE ELEMENTS USED TO MAKE IT WORK SO WELL. IN EARLY 2010, THE YOUNG MC WOULD WRITE HIS OWN LYRICS OVER THE BEATS AND BEGAN RELEASING YOUTUBE FREESTYLE VIDEOS WEEKLY. IT WAS DURING THESE SPORADIC GARAGE RECORDING SESSIONS WITH LOCAL PRODUCERS THAT DYSPORA WAS FIRST INSPIRED TO CREATE THE PLAYBACK 808 IMPRINT. KNOWN FOR HIS VERSATILITY, SONIC ACTIVISM AND DYNAMIC LYRICAL ABILITIES, DYSPORA'S SONIC INFLUENCE CAN BE TRACED TO VARIOUS CULTURAL SOUNDSCAPES. DYSPORA HAS BEEN FEATURED IN PUBLISHED BOOKS, ON ABC NEWS, SBS & ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE AND WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE 2017 BEST MALE ARTIST AT THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS. THE 23 YEAR OLD HAS PERFORMED AT MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDING CLIPSAL 500, ROOT DOWN FESTIVAL, MISS AFRICA FASHION FESTIVAL, SCOUTED FESTIVAL & SANAA FESTIVAL. DYSPORA RECENTLY RELEASED HIS LONG AWAITED REBELUTION TAPE TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM, LEADING HIM TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH THE HILLTOP HOODS, SETH SENTRY, THUNDAMENTALS, FUNKOARS, KERSER, MAN MADE MOUNTAIN. THE SPOKEN WORD ENTHUSIAST ALSO FREQUENTS LOCAL POETRY EVENTS TO SHARE SOME OF HIS WORK.    

iiiConic

  • Akwesi Afoakwah (iiiConic) is a 18 year old rapper in Brisbane, Australia who originates from Ghana, West Africa. Many people know him as, ‘Akka’. Akka started writing music at the age of 10 with his crew from Riverhills and eventually started recording at the age of 11. In his primary school days, Akka’s pursuit of music was driven by his uprising idols at the time, such as Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee and ISSA Thompson. As he entered high school, he started listening to Australian hip-hop more often and developed a big interest in artists like Seth Sentry, iLLY, 360, Miracle iLLER, Manu Crooks and Drapht. Akka’s pursuit of music shortly landed him in a position where he’s get criticized and harassed at school, but with his overpowering endurance and persistence, his love for music grew larger and his determination increased. Now, having left high school, iiiConic usually only sees loving supporters and fans who only want to see him grow. Akka's music is basically a reflection what he learns through his experiences. His music aims to reach to the youth and send a positive message of motivation. Still making music in his bedroom, he has shown his supporters that he is worthy of making it big in the music industry. iiiConic isn’t only a recording artist, he is also a producer and sound engineer of his own music. Recently joining forces with DBL Team and being managed by DBL Team and Call&Response’s very own, Hamish Deeth, iiiConic now has the industry support he needs to make his dream a reality. He has consulted with artists like iLLY, Fortafy and many other artist, they agree that he is heading towards the right direction. iiiConic hopes to change the minds of many people in the future, but as for now he stays passionate about his art

Suburban Dark

  • deep/ minimal and razor sharp, Suburban Dark are conceptually prolific beat makers. usic not to be messed with, Suburban Dark (SD) is a duo hell-bent on keeping things straight and tough. Self-described as “fight beats”, their analog-synthesizer infused sound is deep, minimal and razor sharp, intended to be played loud. Since the late 00’s, Sydney boys Chris Irvine and Ryan Wilmott have made infectious brutal sound. Their tracks range from spine-chilling noise to bass-assaulting bangers and feature collaborations with various MCs, including Jeswon, Mantra, Grey Ghost, Rapaport, and P. Smurf, creating a sound far from regular Australian hip hop. Their debut full length album Second Front was released with Big Village Records in July 2013 to critical acclaim. The album received a slew of great reviews, was featured as album of the week on FBi Radio and has had over 200,000 plays on Spotify. The first single, Skeletonne ft. Jeswon (Thundamentals), was added to high rotation on Triple J and featured on Triple J's free music download page for six weeks. Since its 2013 release, Skeletonne has had over 115,000 plays on Spotify and it's video clip has had over 76,000 hits on YouTube. Mind Reader, the second single from Second Front, launched with a successful national tour of Suburban Dark and Jeswon in 2014 and received medium rotation on Triple J. SD's third single release What Ya Know About ft. Rapaport enjoyed high rotation on Sydney's leading indie Radio Station 'FBI'. SD's resident Video Director/ collaborator, Ali Infinite, who directed the video for the grime anthem What Ya Know About, collaborated for a full visual show at Big Visions, a Big Village event for Vivid Festival in June 2014. One year after Second Front the duo released an official remix of Make Those Moves (2014) by I Am Legion (Noisia X Foreign Beggars, UK), which has had over 140,000 plays on Soundcloud and was SD's first taste of exposure on an international scale. It's been three years between official releases and the guys have spent the time refining their sound to deliver what will be the one of the defining albums of Suburban Dark's career; Death From Below due to be released in late October 2017. Remember Your Code was SD's first featured track from Death From Below and has been received overwhelming well with multiple plays on Triple J and a successful single launch at Brighton Up Bar on September 1st 2017. The show was also a milestone for the boys as it was the first time SD played with LIVE instruments marking the first of many gigs in the new live format. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpiXtpDqBuk&feature=youtu.be    

Nihilist

  • I was dropped into Sub C (Sydney hip hop record label Sub Conscious Records) at the tender age of 16. From there I learnt as much as I could take in about music, hip hop culture and lyricism. I pride myself on excellent lyrical content and use of superior internals and metaphors, and I only ever make tracks that I would love to listen to. I am a fan first and foremost. But I'll let you be the judge of my music.... People often ask me “What does Nihilist mean?” A lot of people don’t even know how to pronounce the word. Those who do have a vague idea of what nihilism is usually have negative misconceptions about it. It is not a religion; in fact it is not even a philosophy. Nihilism is more of a tool kit or set of skills, which allow the user to challenge what he has been taught in terms of morals, values, perceived inherent facts and ideologies. To be a nihilist is to take a step into the unknown and challenge what we think we know and what we think is right and wrong. To put it simply, a nihilist comes to the conclusion that nothing he has ever been told is inherently true, and after accepting that he rebuilds his morals and beliefs based on what he finds. My interest in nihilism started when I was looking for a stage alias. At the time I considered myself an atheist, but thought that wouldn’t sound to cool as a rap name. I had heard the word ‘nihilist’ before but didn’t know what it meant, apart from the faint idea that it had something to do with being evil or depressed. Either way it sounded cool as fuck. It certainly isn’t an easy thing to understand, and the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche are hardly an exciting read for a sixteen year old kid, so after a bit of surface research I came to the conclusion that a nihilist was someone with no beliefs, but that suited me because I didn’t really care about anything much at the time except for music. As the years went by I became less concerned with being seen as someone who ‘didn’t give a fuck’ and more interested in finding out who I was as a person. I have never been able to believe in the existence of a higher being or divine entity, and I saw the new age ideals of atheism as rhetorical and hypocritical; basically another branch of Christianity without the God bit. This considered I decided to look a bit further into the idea that I had named myself after. At first, all that I could gather from my research was that there were a lot of different forms of nihilism, and everyone had a different opinion on what they entailed. Metaphysical nihilists say that it is possible that nothing exists and that reality is just imagination. That seemed as ridiculous as the idea of God to me. Existential nihilists claim that nothing has any value, meaning or purpose. That just seemed bleak and pointless. Moral nihilism, however, is the school of thought that suggests that morals and institutions such as the concept of ‘government’ do not inherently exist in the universe, but they are formed by people and the environments that they grow up and live in, meaning that they are not unequivocally true or right. Sort of like Neo taking the red pill in the Matrix. That had me interested. Instead of just accepting that I was ‘weird’, like I had for my whole life up to that point, I wanted to use my rejection of certain ideas and morals to become a stronger person and to help with my issues with attention deficit, anxiety and depression. So ‘Nihilist’ went from being just my rap name, to being a skill that I would develop alongside my rapping. I am in no way yet a perfect or even accomplished nihilist. It is incredibly hard to truly challenge everything you think you know, and everything you think is right or wrong. However, the first verse of my track ‘The Word’ explains where I am trying to go perfectly: Life is a symphony, waiting for me to compose it, The weather’s this way because I chose it, So you all know about it if I’m having a bum day, But if I feel like it I could be a fucking sunray, Fuck the sun [son], you should look at the sky and say, We don’t need your light today, Nihilist is shining his rays When I say, “fuck the sun”, I am referring to the Son, as in Jesus the Son of God as well as the sun, the star that brings light to our planet. This is because the sun has been represented as a God in most major religions throughout history, from the ancient Egyptians to modern Christians, so I am basically disregarding all Gods. I also compare myself to God when I say “Nihilist is shining his rays” and “Life is a symphony, waiting for me to compose it”. This is because to become a true nihilist, as Nietzsche said, you must accept that “God is dead” and become your own God. This relates to the concept of the ‘Ubermensch’, ‘overman’ or ‘super-human’. The Ubermensch is basically someone who is different and more powerful in a mental capacity than the rest of his fellow humans. He is a leader, not a follower, and someone who has paved the way for himself and created his own set of values and morals. I compare myself to an overman by saying that I am someone who “changes clothes in a phone box”, a reference to the popular culture super hero ‘Superman’. Nihilism to me is about happiness, fulfilment and love rather than depression, emptiness and hate. It is about becoming the best person that I can be, and becoming the best lyricist that I can be. It also means being aware of and prepared for the manipulations and greed of powerful entities and institutions within our society who want us to believe certain things for their own benefit. It is about being in control of my own life. Starting from square one and realising that everything you know could be a lie is a painful process, but when you lose everything you are free to do anything.

B-Town Warriors

  • from Bourke High School in north-western New South Wales, have had their song People of the Red Sunset added to the Triple J playlist and reached hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube. This production was written, recorded and filmed over 5 days in April 2016 in the remote community of Bourke in far Western NSW. An out come of a Desert Pea Media community project with a group of young Indigenous people enrolled at Bourke High School. The project came about through a partnership between Desert Pea Media, Bourke High School and Outback Division of General Practice. Desert Pea Media projects involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encouraged participants to analyze 'the real', 'the ideal' and 'the bridge'. In simple terms this means critically thinking about how to create positive change for individuals, for each other and for our communities. This information was then disseminated into a narrative structure by local young people and Desert Pea Media staff - Toby Finlayson and Michael Graham (aka MC Boomalli), then the lyrics were co-written and recorded. We then shot a music video over two days all over Bourke and surrounding areas. This project featured the expert musical direction and production of acclaimed musician and and songwriter Carlo Santone (Skin, Blue King Brown, Nattali Rize) who has since worked with us on a number of projects. Also featuring session Yidaki from Indigenous musician Fred Leone. Further mentoring support came from previous DPM project participant Michael Graham (MC Boomalli), Kamileroi man who is now one of the head project facilitators for DPM. The song is a celebration of survival, resilience, culture and pride and is one of our proudest achievements of 2016. Special thanks to Bourke High School and NSW Outback Division of General Practice for their support. “One of the greatest gifts we can bestow upon our community is to invest in, and believe in our children – the results speak for themselves” Donna Jeffries Executive Manager NSW Outback Division of General Practice https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/b-town-warriors http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/hip-hop-engages-indigenous-teenagers-in-social-change/8229232

Renegades of Munk

  • Renegades Of Munk is a funk/hiphop band from Sydney, Australia about to release their debut self titled album featuring some of Australia's finest artists Band Members Vocals - Mark Munk Ross Drums - Dave Marsalis Keyboards - John Gauci Bass - Dinesh Ekanayake Guitar - Troy Russell Vocals - Danielle Tuwai Vocals - Richard Neho Vocals - Gemma Summerhayes Home Town Sydney, Australia Record Label Impossible Odds Records RENEGADES OF MUNK are ready to release their debut self titled album released through Impossible Odds Records. The album features a cast of some of Australia's best talents and what a line up it is, some of the names on the album include Midnight Oil's Rob Hirst, country royalty Anne Kirkpatrick, Slim Dusty Band guitarist Charley Boyter, the legendary Wilma Reading, Kutcha Edwards, Stiff Gins, Warren H. Williams, Shinobi lead singer and NRL star Eric Grothe Jnr. mixed some of Australia's great new talent. Add to that a host of hiphop MC's that include Jimblah, Rival MC from Impossible Odds, Australian Poetry Slam Champion Luka Lesson, L-Fresh The Lion and the album finishes with hip hop jam featuring over 30 MC's from all over Australia. Recorded in various studios but mainly at Gadigal's state of the art Kameygal Studio and mixed by Munk and former Thirsty Merc guitarist Sean Carey at the legendary Trackdown Studios, anybody that has had a listen agrees the quality of the production and the songs are second to none. Back this up with an energetic live show usually with 9 member band plus a usual array of guests and you have something not to be missed ….. RENEGADES OF MUNK

Nelson Dialect

  • HOMEHIP HOP MUSIC | LISTEN TO AND DOWNLOAD HIP HOP TRACKSINTERNATIONAL MUSIC VIDEOS AND NEWS AUSTRALIAN RAPPER NELSON DIALECT AWARDED FELLOWSHIP TO NYC THE LESSON W/ DJ SANCHEZ JANUARY 8, 2018 Australian based rapper, Nelson Dialect has recently been awarded a prestigious Carclew Fellowship to spend six months in New York later this year for a residency and internship with Bronx-based record label Red Apples 45. The label was previously home to the late Party Arty of Ghetto Dwellas (with D-Flow), as well as numerous releases from AG and OC of DITC, Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC’s, Ray West, John Robinson of Scienz Of Life amongst many others. As part of his fellowship, Nelson Dialect will also work with esteemed Harvard-educated literary critic Professor Adam Bradley of Colorado University, who directs the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab) and has previously worked with Common. Listing influences from Slick Rick, Gang Starr, the late Sean P, Rakim, Nas, EPMD, Kool G Rap, the late J Dilla and DITC, being awarded a prestigious fellowship such as this one is a career-defining moment for the heavily NYC-influenced emcee. Nelson Dialect burst onto the local scene as a battle rapper in the early 2000’s with his now infamous nursery rhyme, topic-driven off-the-top freestyle when he was only 13 as well as winning many freestyle battles. He went on to release his debut EP The Sound Of Change Sampler before releasing his debut solo album in late 2008 Rugged Uncut Project on Butterthief. Dialect then teamed up with DJ / Producer partner Despair and released their debut Dialect & Despair album, the now classic 15-track The Vortex in 2010 featuring a string of memorable local appearances from Delta, Motion, Social Change and Funkwig. They followed this up with the excellent more internationally geared Self Evident album that featured DJ Total Eclipse, Beneficence, Melanin 9 (UK), S.I.T.H, D-Flow and Majestic Gage. He has additionally worked with the late, great UK producer Mark B, extensively with Melbourne-based producer Must Volkoff of Pang Productions, Doc Felix, John Robinson, Chasm, C-Rayz Walz and award-winning turntablist / previous early Hilltop Hoods collaborator DJ Sum-1. Nelson Dialect has most recently released the limited edition Never Finish Anything poetry book and 2 Train With The 7’ 7- inch produced by Ray West of Red Apples 45, who has produced for AG, Roc Marciano, Blu, Kool Keith, OC of DITC, Cormega plus many more. Dialect has toured nationally, supported the likes of Masta Ace, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Pharoahe Monch, Lazy Grey, MOP, Jeru The Damaja, The Beatnuts and has recently announced a new album with one of Australia’s best hip-hop producers in Must Volkoff of Pang Productions as well as signing on with agency Joint Adventure. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Adelaide emcee; with both sides of the Pacific anticipating what 2018 will deliver.

Renegade Funktrain

  • Australia's premier groove band of the mid-1990s, Renegade Funktrain, presented a melting pot of soul, funk, hip hop, jazz and rap elements. Rosano Martinez and Brian `DJ A.S.K.' Patrick began their association during the mid-1980s in notorious Sydney hip-hop outfit West Side Posse. Coming from multicultural backgrounds (Martinez was of Spanish descent) and influenced by American hip hop and rap, the group was one of the first in Australia to embrace overseas dance trends of the day. Martinez's association with music went back further. He was a breakdancer with the United Break Team which supported the New York hip-hop group Rock Steady Crew on its 1984 Australian tour. In 1989, Martinez (aka `El Assassin') formed dance/hip hop/pop outfit Sound Unlimited Posse with Vladimir `DJ B.L.T.' Cherapanoff (ex-Digits) and rapper Alan `Kode Blue'. CBS issued the group's debut single, `Peace by Piece'/`Suicide', in 1990. That year, Sound Unlimited Posse supported overseas visitors Public Enemy, De La Soul and New Kids on the Block on their respective Australian tours. With the arrival of Martinez's younger sister Tina, the group adopted the shortened moniker of Sound Unlimited. Sony/Columbia then signed the band for the 12-inch EP `Unity'/`Paradise Lost' (#36 in August 1991), the single `Kickin' to the Undersound' (#19 in April 1992), and the album A Postcard from the Edge of the Under-Side (March 1993) which yielded the singles `Saturday Night' (October 1992) and `One More from the City' (#22 in April 1993). `Kickin' to the Under-sound' sampled Daddy Cool's `Eagle Rock' and Men at Work's `Downunder'. Sound Unlimited was the proud owner of the first major release of an Australian rap album. With a dearth of appropriate local producers, Sound Unlimited had travelled to Boston to record the album with the American production team Slamm' Antunes. In early 1992, Sound Unlimited supported US visitors The Beastie Boys, Ice-T and Public Enemy on Australian tours. With the success of the group's singles, Rosano got involved in production for a number of dance acts like Rockmelons, the Magnificent Seven and New Zealand singer Mark Williams. Tina Martinez married the group's American producer Dereck Antunes, and by 1994 Sound Unlimited had transformed into Renegade Funktrain. In 1995, the group recorded its debut album. The CD single `Testify' appeared, but then Renegade Funktrain had to wait nearly a year for the release of its second CD single `Renegade Funktrain'/`I Wonder'. The band had built `I Wonder' around samples from the Boz Scaggs song `Lowdown' and the American singer was reluctant to clear its use. Eventually, he relented (the group wrote him a personal letter) and `Renegade Funktrain'/`I Wonder' reached #49 on the national chart in March 1996. The Renegade Funktrain album came out a month later to a positive response. http://web.archive.org/web/20040809222149/http://www.whammo.com.au/encyclopedia.asp?articleid=683 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuBex4O8ipU

Dj Blaze

  • A dedicated enthusiast of the genre since 1984, DJ Blaze is well and truly a hip-hop veteran. Dynamic behind the decks, Blaze is soon to relocate from Sydney to Melbourne, but before that we’ve got one last chance to see the man in action as he supports turntable legend Grandmaster Flash.   ITM’s Jayb got the low down on what been keep Blaze busy of late. How did you discover Hip Hop & what made you want to become more than just a listener? Hip hop overwhelmed me in 84. I just freaked out at discovering that various things like graffiti art, b-boying, electro, rapping were all part & parcel of a phenomenon from the South Bronx. At first it was totally alien from everything I had grown up with, yet I felt extremely drawn to all these aspects. I was fascinated & wanted to know more about what it was & who created it. I became obsessed with finding out more. I knew it wasn’t a passing moment. It changed my life. Pretty much the same reason that people were affected by Star Wars. It may sound trivial to most, but there are some things in life that have a greater power than what was intended. It’s all happenstance through age & timing. I was lucky to have been the right age when it appeared. I wasn’t into music at all prior to that. What are your views on the current Hip Hop scene in Australia (do you think Hip Hop in general has sold out for commercial success & that’s why homegrown scenes such as Australia & England are growing) I’ve never seen it so active. There have many years of quiet despair where most of us older cats felt a sense of doom & nowhereness. Thankfully in the last 3 years there has been a huge spurt of creativity & a proliferation of artists & labels. Seems like we are getting ourselves together & finally making the Australian public aware that something is going on in the suburbs & inner city. The crap that they try to pass off as hip hop via the major labels is an annoyance. Kinda like when Hammer was around, you felt bad saying you were into hip hop/rap because people associated the worst aspects of the music with circus rubbish like him. Who the hell wants to be aligned with the balloon-pant wearing ‘holy ghost boy’ (his 1st MC name by the way). Just as who wants to make themselves sound like a dumb shithead by buying all that stupid ‘thug’ crap. Some people seem to get a kick out of it for various reasons. So the only way that I see the scene growing is by being able to relate to your audience so that it works both ways. They see a bit of themselves reflected in the music by local artists then offer support by attending shows & buying records, cd’s etc… The question is…What are they doing it for? To become a pop star or to use it merely as a vehicle for self-expression. Your working hard on your album, when can we expect to hear some of the beats & will it all be Hip Hop flava? It will obviously be mostly hip hop related. I’m pretty much a beauty kinda guy. I’ll be working with Sleeping Monk for sure. Our history dates back 10 years now & I love his rhyme style & punchlines. Getting him motivated is another thing. He’s getting better. I’ll have a few b-boy oriented things as well. Gotta keep that uptempo funk thing happening. Most of the stuff is over the 100bpm threshold, something that is ignored in today’s hip hop. I’m also going to attempt some Miami bass manoeuvres. My aim is to at least do one electro track. I feel I have to give something back to what inspired me in the first place. That is further down the track though. You’ve been mixing since 1988 when you bought your 2nd turntable (two always helps I guess), do you have a preference in creating or mixing beats? I prefer making beats, because it gives you sense of satisfaction that does not come from playing someone else’s music. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate what I am playing, on the contrary, it’s just a feeling of pride & achievement when making music & getting to play it on wax. I’m not the tightest deejay & I know why. I suffer from impatience & hurriedness. When I relax & get into the groove I get my skills in check. I wouldn’t have a clue about mixing in key or any of that crap. I’m not interested. Too rigid & boring. Hip hop has always had a different style of mixing that allows for more freedom & abstractness. As for inspiration. It’s usually the music (ie records) or other deejays that don’t patronise to their audience. I am personally only interested in people who want to share a wealth of music that others ignore. Let them play the hits & sureshots. I’m not interested in that audience. I want those that say, ‘okay I’m here. I paid to get in…give me something that I don’t know’. If it’s a good tune & it works, people will respond. Why do people have to be familiar with something to enjoy it. Of course people have their favourites, but at one stage they didn’t. Which Aussie up & coming stars would you recommend we keep an ear out for? I like The Optimen from Qld. Fresh, funny & no attitude. Keeping it entertaining in that early 90s way. Solomon Klepto from Melb. All round nice guy, very deep & passionate. And needs to express himself. Present Tense from Canberra, if they ever get around to finishing their stuff. Hopefully Max Veritech from Perth will keep up his turntable compositions & start to get some more original sounds & phrases to cut. He’s on the right track though. To be honest, there are several established artist who make great stuff & there are those that have potential with their passion, but I have yet to hear something that literally blows me out of the water. It must exist, but most of the stuff I hear demo wise is all pretty lacklustre. I’m a bit more picky than most, but why bother sending something to someone & then explain with a million excuses about.. the quality is shit, we hurried it, my cat died that day, I lost my original rhymes, not our best stuff, etc… It’s amazing. You rarely get something that doesn’t have an excuse book attached. Where’s the confidence & the ‘good stuff’. Grand Master Flash is one of if not the pioneer of Hip Hop, how would you measure his influence today? Would we even be talking about this without his involvement. I’m not so sure. He was a main cog in the machinations of the culture. Take him away & the machinery would never have got off the ground. Sydney will be sad to lose your services, what are the reasons behind the move to Melbourne? Umm, er…a relationship! Very strong one with someone who understands where I’m coming from. And also, I see it as a nice change that might make me look at things in new perspective. To get away from familiarity & a sort of sense of stagnancy that I feel I may have succumbed into. Besides I have friends down there that I like being with & don’t communicate enough with while interstate. Now it’s their turn to listen to my bullshit. http://inthemix.junkee.com/dj-blaze-hip-hop-obsession/1611

Low Budget

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  • Low Budget are Gentleman Gene and Debonair P. Emerging from a cloud of cheap aftershave, Melbourne duo Low Budget return with their third release Poolside. Picking up where their 2009 sleeper hit Laserdisc left off, Poolside finds Low Budget continuing to hone their trademark boogie-driven bass-heavy brand of hip hop. Early single ‘A Hard Act To Follow’ features MC Gentleman Gene dropping quick-witted rhymes over DJ Debonair P’s greasy wild-west finger popping funk. Meanwhile, the second single ‘Poolside’ finds Gene urging listeners to ‘slip, dip, dive’ into the shimmering depths of P’s pulsating, glossy production. With all vocals and production handled by the enigmatic pair of Gentleman Gene and Debonair P, the guest-free Poolside bears the trappings of the best straight-to-video movie – unpretentious, brainless, occasionally sleazy entertainment that doesn’t wear out its welcome. Featuring ten songs (including new tracks and reanimated classics) blended together to create a seamless whole, the EP offers a listening experience that is uniquely cohesive. True renaissance men for the modern age, Poolside is independently released and distributed through Low Budget’s self-funded Gentleman’s Relief Records label, on myriad formats including vinyl, CD, digital download and cassette tape. Praise for Low Budget: “Top quality stuff.” - Dom Alessio, Triple J “A-plus rhymes and sharp-as-a-knife turntablism, [Low Budget] seriously ups the ante within the genre all the while making it look effortless” - The Onion “Extremely refreshing... Essential” - 3D World Buy the EP: Physical sales:

Dj Shan Frenzie

  • Shan Frenzie has been around the block more than a few times. He's got over twenty five years of experience behind him, a record collection that will make any deejay envious, and a concrete reputation as one of Australia’s most trusted party rockers. His Groove Therapy radio show and podcast (now in it’s fifteenth year) has been broadcasting weekly on 2SER FM every Friday lunchtime, and has become an essential listen to all musically savvy people in all corners of the globe. As a veteran touring DJ, Frenzie has rocked dance floors in every major clubbing capital city around the world - and has had support billing alongside a who’s who of DJ royalty including people as diverse as Nile Rodgers and Chic, Soul II Soul, and DJ Kool Herc. Infact, pioneering deejay Grandmaster Flash requested Frenzie as his official support DJ for his 2013 Sydney tour - and only months earlier, Frenzie could be seen cutting it up on stage with New Yorks Hip Hop legends The Ultramagnetic MC’s. Shan Frenzie has done official supports for: AG / D.I.T.C (2014) Andy Smith Blu & Exile (2013) Blackalicious (2016) Coolio Crazy P DJ Houseshoes (2014) DJ Kentaro (2012) DJ Muro (2014) DJ Platurn DJ Rahaan (2013) DJ Spinna (2013) Dr Octagon (2012) DJ U-Tern Elzhi (Slum Village) Fashawn & Exile (2012) Fred Wesley (2008) Gil Scott Heron Grandmaster Flash (2013) Grandwizard Theodore (2012) Jean Grae (2012) Jeru The Damaja Jehst & M-Phazes (2013) Kaskade Kev Brown (2013) Kon (2013) Kool Herc Mark Rae (2012) Masta Ace (2013) Mixmaster Mike Naughty By Nature Nile Rodgers & Chic (2013) Norman Jay Oddisee Osaka Monaurail (2014) People Under The Stairs Robert Glasper Experiment (2014) Rodney P (2016) Roy Ayers (2014) Slum Village (2016) Sharon Jones & The Dapkings Soul II Soul Terrence Parker (2014) The Beatnuts (2012) The Demigodz (2013) The Herbaliser (2013) The Scratch Perverts (2011) Ty (2013) Ultramagnetic MCs (2013) Wajeed (2013) Z Trip (2012 / 2016)

Moonrock

  • Moonrock was Katalyst and illpickl – meeting in the mid 90’s when illpickl was working out of the upstairs studio of The Lounge Room. A specialist hip hop store in Sydney’s Piit Street. They went on to form the group know as Moonrock. At the time illlpickl was the producer and MC in a group called Easybass, along with fellow MCs Sleeping Monk, Simple, JU, and DJ Leeroy Brown. They were one of the pioneering hip hop acts of the time in Australia. Joining forces to form Moonrock in 1997 the duo went on to produce the self titled debut. The album also featured a track (Doubt) produced by Peakhour. Another veteran Australian producer who has subsequently done work with Katalyst under the moniker The Adventure Starters. The album was made using an Akai S3000XL, Akai MPC2000 and Cubase on an Atari ST. “The Fiend” features The Sleeping Monk. “Obstruction. A Freestyle” features Ivo. Cuts by Leeroy Brown Mixed by engineered Fraser Stuart (who went on to become one of the partners in Invada Records.) The album received critical acclaim at the time – spaced out hip hop-infused instrumental beats were the main flavor of this offering. It is cited to this day as having influenced many Australian producers that followed. The late Illpickl was destined for great things before his reign was cut short by the hand of fate. His influence will never be forgotten. RIP brother. credits released 01 January 1997 All songs produced and arranged by Moonrock (Michael Wright & Ashley Anderson). Except ‘Doubt’ produced by Peakhour for pH Music. Cuts by Leeroy Brown. Released in 1997 on Creative Vibe   https://moonrock1.bandcamp.com/album/moonrock