Mind Over Matter quickly established a loyal national fan base back in 2006 with their debut mixtape ‘For Our Hip Hoppers’. In 2008, they released their debut album ‘Keepin' It Breezy’ to industry wide praise, culminating in a nomination for Australian album of the year in Triple J's J Mag. The duo went on to release the ‘Free the Wolves’ mixtape in 2009, followed by their 2nd LP ‘Just Like Fireworks’ in 2011.With these successes combined, MC's Willow and Smiles Again toured the country extensively, growing their national following both in regional towns and major cities alike.
To date, Mind Over Matter have played alongside an incredible range of international acts including Method Man & Redman, Cypress Hill, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Planet Asia, Mystro (UK) as well as Australian heavy weights Bliss n Eso, 360, Pez, Drapht, Muph n Plutonic, The Potbelleez, Pegz, and many more. M.O.M. have also performed at countless festivals nationally, most recently headlining the Nannup Festival in WA.
In 2014, they released their 3rd studio album 'This Way to Elsewhere' which included the Triple J hit single "Real Life". The album features artists Bliss n Eso, Mantra, Chance Waters, Vida-Sunshyne and more. The record was predominantly produced by Matik (Seth Sentry, Pez, Draft) and Jon Reichardt with production also by One Above (Hilltop Hoods 'I Love It').
In 2015 the band announced the departure of co-founder MC Willow and the welcoming of showman DJ Ntaprize. The duo are now nearing completion of their 4th studio album to date, titled ‘The Cover’ which is due for release in 2016.
An album and two mixtapes into their career Mind Over Matter have earned a reputation for tireless touring and a passionate national cult following. In 2010 MOM featured on Bliss N Eso’s #1 Aria Charting album “Running on Air”.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
We've been recording music for roughly 5 years. We started recording when we were 17 on a beaten up microphone which was propped up by a broom stick and have since released 2 mixtapes and an album. Our sound has developed noticeably with each release. When we started out our lyrics were very hip hop and Sydney street culture orientated. With each release we began to explore different ideas, concepts, and rhyme patterns within our lyrics. Free The Wolves was released after our first album. It was the perfect bridging release between our first album and the album we've been working on over the past year and a half; Just Like Fireworks (to be released in early 2011). Just Like Fireworks I feel is the strongest we've been lyrically to date. We also explored the abilities of our voices and pushed ourselves with beats that tested our flow and rhythm. Beats wise we were very selective, listening to over 5,000 beats from various producers before narrowing it down to 16 we liked. The beats on Just Like Fireworks vary from hip hop, to reggae to electro to rock it's a very diverse album. On just about every track we have some form of live instrumentation too. I also spent 6 weeks of back breaking labor building a sound treated vocal booth, that combined with a new microphone that burnt a hole in mine and Willow's pockets have attributed to our current sound.
What should a punter expect at your show?
A high energy hip hop concert. With some dope guests, live instrumentation and some crafty cuts on decks. Also to definitely loose a kilo or two. It gets equally sweaty for us and the crowd. I'm thinking of bringing my super soaker on tour this summer.
Who are some of the other local artists you rate?
Our relationship with Bliss n Eso is very strong there is a mutal respect for each others music there, Running On Air blew me away completely. Phatchance, Coptic Soldier, Drakezilla and Johnny Utah are all close friends and artists that I believe have huge huge potential. Pez, Matik, and 360 are some of my favourite dudes in the scene and have skills coming out the asshole. I feel Drapht, Urthboy, and Phrase are all incredible artists too which have helped shape the Australian hip hop scene today and are dudes I bump regularly.
What’s coming up in the future?
We're planning a small tour hitting the major cites at the end of this year. Then a celebratory trip to Thailand in January. Just Like Fireworks will then be released early on next year then a much bigger tour.
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