Hip Hop, Indie
Ugly Duckling, Jurassic 5, Hilltop Hoods
Shelly.H - MC, Producer Krisbo - MC, Producer, DJ
Ugly Duckling, Jurassic 5, Pigeon John
Unearthed artists we like
Flam-A-Bull , Just Like Josiah , Unleash the Nugget , FATHER OF 5 , Samurai Black , Jobi One , ILLZILLA , Littleman , Poetikool Justice , LABJACD , D'Opus & Roshambo , Buck Tracey and the Hurricanes , Style High Club , A Devil Amongst The Tailors
E.E.S., Wagga Wagga's original hip-hop crew, is a duo comprised of MC Kris-Bo and MC Shelly.H. The boys are of Aboriginal and New Zealand heritage respectively. A lot has changed in the E.E.S. camp since they first started. Over the last 4 years they have been refining their beat making skills and rhyming style and continue to wow crowds at local pubs and clubs with a fresh, light hearted approach to hip-hop. The guys never fail to captivate crowds with their energetic stage presence, funky beats and clever rhymes. E.E.S. first seriously started getting into hip-hop in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2005 when Kris moved back to Wagga Wagga that things started moving fast. After rocking a few pubs the boys realised they can't be that bad, so this year they decided to enter TripleJUnearthed.com and to their surprise, won the first unearthed.com competition! As a result the boys rocked the Strikeback festival in Newcastle and funky, toe tapping track "Rhythm and Rhyme" received some nice rotation on the Triple J airwaves. The boys have received some great feedback from TripleJUnearthed.com: "These guys are the real deal. Seriously smooth hip hop flow. Highly recommended." - Chris Scaddan, Triple J Program Director "I came across these guys about 4 months ago. This track hooked me in. I like the organic feel of the track and the delivery is spot on" - Richard Kingsmill, Triple J Music Director The main focus of the duo right now is the completion of their debut Album titled “Eric > You”. The road ahead looks bright for E.E.S., having played along side The Hilltop Hoods, The Herd, Blissneso, TZU, Butterfingers, True Live, John Butler Trio, You Am I, Something For Kate, The Sleepy Jackson, Wolf and Cub, The Fumes, Hyjak n Torcha, Muph n Plutonic, Phrase & DJ Flagrant, The Winnie Coopers, and more certainly a step in the right direction to spreading the love that is Australian Hip-Hop. You can keep up to speed with all the E.E.S. news at http://www.myspace.com/eescrew
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STRIKEBACK WINNERS - E.E.S! These Wagga Wagga lads are high school friends and have been laying down the beats and rhymes together for a couple of years. Their chilled style, catchy lyrics and smooth delivery caught our attention. We chatted with MC Shelly.H about what's in store for the future.
What can the Strikeback crowd expect when you hit the stage?
They can expect some good Australian hip-hop, with a fun, different, vibe. Kris-Bo says we have “good old country charm”. I know I am biased, but I don’t think we sound like any other group out there and the crowd will see we’re enjoying Strikeback as much as they are.
Who’s been a big musical influence for you? What inspires you?
J5, Ugly Duckling and Pigeon John have definitely influenced us, among many others, but we bring our own style to it. Inspiration hits when I least expect it, whether its from personal experience, something I’ve heard in church or something I’ve been thinking about for a while, I usually end up scribbling lines on the back or receipts at work! As for our music, I don’t really know where it comes from, it’s just a completely natural creative process that just occurs.
Tell us about the local music scene in Wagga Wagga.
The music scene in Wagga is completely dominated by generic, typical cover bands. However, there are a few bands writing their own things, bands like Just Like Josiah, BFF and October Riot.
What’s the best thing about being in E.E.S?
Being ourselves and having people still like us, making music with my best mate, but most of all, being on stage and doing our thing, it’s the best fun ever!
..and the worst?
Kris’ ETA’s, drunken people pulling me aside to freestyle in my ear. Scraping up money to get to the next gig.
What have you got planned for the future?
We’re recording an EP, we’re hoping to get that finished soon, we want to keep on gigging and keep working hard at improving and refining our style. We’re going to see where all of this takes us and enjoy every little thing along the way!
Australian music is…
Ruled by rock but hip-hop is going through a real boom now, we’re glad we can be apart of it and thankful to everyone that’s said nice things about us in their reviews and at our shows.View Profile Hide Interview
15 May 2012