Monchichi is a hard-working Sydney MC with big beats and an effortless flow. Turn the bass up. Press play. Boom.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
My music is my escape. It's music that goes beyond the music. It is also very much who I am, and like my heritage, it contains influences from all corners of the globe. I ultimately hope for my music to act as a voice for the people who can't be heard. I developed my sound with a lot of listening and learning. I come from a very musical family, yet none of them can read a note of music, we play by ear. I applied the same lessons to my writing process. In the beginning we all usually wanna sound like someone else. At first I wanted to sound like a gangsta, then I wanted to sound like a thug, then I wanted to be an underground battle rapper. It goes on and on until the day I just wanted to sound like me. My producer and I played it all by ear when developing this unique sound. we went with what we felt was right, rather than thinking about what the next man wants, no compromise. We wanted to take this sound to the very next level and beyond. I feel like we have accomplished just that. But at the same time, just getting started...
What can punters expect from a Monchichi live show?
Although alot of the music is laid back, you can expect a lot of given energy during a live show. Performing on-stage is my favourite thing to do in the world, and nothing will stop me from having a great time up there. Expect the bass in the tracks to shake the room and tear the roof off like Optimus Prime.. Come to think of it, picture Optimus Prime having relations with the 1989 Batmobile and producing the ultimate love child...That's a Monchichi show.
Who are some of the most underrated MCs and producers in Sydney?
The whole world needs to be aware of my producer Colourd Noyz who I completed my entire first album with. Underrated would be an understatement, He's the best in the country in my personal opinion. I feel that Storme from the Soul Benefits is THE most underrated MC in Sydney. I also gotta give a shout out to the very talented Milan Ring, who is just awesome.
What’s your favourite memory of seeing live Australian music?
My best memories of live Australian music were always from the small hip hop gigs I used to go to as a teen. Places like Nu-Funk & Battleacts etc. where I really learnt how to control the mic and rock out on stage. Many MC's had the chance to rock out with some of their idols when they stepped in town, I remember I met The Pharcyde there for my first time. Some other big acts would even join us on the mic, it was bliss! Even after the venue would shut down, I remember we would jam outside the spot for literally hours on end. Every time these cyphers started we instantly lost track of the time. Just being in a place where everyone there was equally as hungry to be heard for at least 16 bars is just a feeling that I can't explain.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
I have recently released a FREE album with my producer Colourd Noyz titled "Saying Ain't Doing" which is up for download via Facebook or Soundcloud. I am also mid-way through a project with Sydney based producer Chasm which will be out very soon. Also have another upcoming project with Colourd Noyz and Fame which is gonna be dangerous.
Australian music is…?
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