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Schoolfight is a six-piece mix of righteous Australian hip-hop infused with dirty funk undertones and smooth, three-part crooning verses. On-point flow, addictive keys and solid bass lines that are as big as they are bad-ass perfectly combine with sweeping trumpet and chugging guitar to create a powerful sound that dominates the recorded and live domains.
Work on the third Schoolfight album, due for release in early 2016, is well under way with the first single ‘Australia’ being recognised in the finals of the 2015 QMA Urban category, a great follow up to Schoolfight’s 2011 QMA Urban winner, ‘Robots’.
Schoolfight hit the live stage hard last year, touring Far North Queensland, stomping Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and visiting beautiful Byron Bay and northern NSW. 2014 saw Schoolfight grace stages in support of some heavyweight acts including the mighty Jurassic 5, TrueVibeNation, Horrowshow & The Funkoars.
The Fight’s live show, genre mixing style and musicality combine to create an experience to cater to any crowd. It’s hip hop based, but much more than that - catchy hooks, big beats, live instruments - real music, executed by a team of blokes that have stayed the course and continue to keep it real, for real.
This year Schoolfight mark their 10th year in the music game. This alone screams volumes about the band and the music they make. The fact that crowds keep coming back show why Schoolfight is one of Brisbane's most sought-after and respected live acts, blessed with a large and loyal fan base stretching coast-to-coast. This isn't Jonny come lately radio meh - this is quality live Australian music.
The name Schoolfight has become the bench mark for testing those who claim to know about Australian music, chances are if you haven't heard of us, you are a commercial stooge, and we feel sorry for you.
The next single "2am" drops June 2015.
“No ego, no bullshit. We make party music, it’s not rocket science”, says front man eMCYTe (Scene Magazine, Feb 14)
These five lads from Brisbane like to make hip-hop fun. They squeeze in funk, reggae, rock and a bit of bollywood into their beats and rhymes.
Describe your music...
Rowdy, beer swilling, laid back hip-hop with a twist of funk and a little rock for good measure. We like to mix things up a bit. Schoolfight aren’t really your stock standard live hip-hop band, we jump about a bit. We have backgrounds in reggae, rock, funk, hip-hop and a common love of aussie-bollywood, so that provides a healthy mix of influences for us to draw on.
How did your band get together?
Schoolfight formed early 2004, Dal and eMCYTe hitched down from Cairns looking for free soup with only a roll of 20 cent coins and a pack of Redskins to their name. They were taken in on arrival by a few boys with the same dreams of getting a song on a So Fresh compilation, these dreams are now sadly abandoned. The final place was filled when JB answered an ad in a local street press, it read: ‘Like beer? Like beats? Like beats n beer? Call now!’ Things moved quickly from there. We were lucky everyone gelled well and had the same general direction and vision for the band. It made us strong, like a Mexican wrestler.
What’s the local hip-hop scene like in Brisbane?
The scene here is like the rest of the country, exploding. Brisbane at the moment is producing some of the best hip-hop out there. Stacks of talent, so many crews killing it. We’re really digging The Ozalians, Rainman’s stuff and up and coming mob The Outfit…watch em!! We've got big fans, big shows and a great support base for live music here. With all the kids plus community radio 4ZZZ giving the local bands props, everything is gold. We’re just lacking a solid hip-hop venue, somewhere for the beat-makers and MCs to show their wares.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
Gotta be eMCYTe’s old man: ‘Keep at it 100%, and never settle. You’re a long time old so enjoy yourself while you can.’ Pretty good advice I reakon, if your heart isn’t in it, it shows. We love making music, you can see that when we're on stage. We’ll chuck in the towel Rocky style if that changes.
Describe an average rehearsal session for Schoolfight. Where does it take place?
The Fight jams twice a week, we rehearse in West End at Urban Hum. It usually consists of half hour nonsense/crap talk, plugging things in and tuning stuff up, the smell of sweet Mary-Jane and the sound of bottle caps hitting cold cement floors. We normally go thru a few set gems, have a break…drink some beer…and work on new stuff. Talking footy, tunes and broads is a must and always delivers a crack up or seven.
What have you got planned for the future?
You never know what the future holds, continue to enjoy ourselves, keep making music and travelling, become better muso’s and get the band a trip over the sea. The immediate future is recording, with a new release due by the end of the year. Gigging, demoing, writing and piss-farting around are right at the top of the list. We believe everything happens for a reason and so far, so good. Schoolfight has been lucky, great fans, great turnouts, top shows and amazing support. If that keeps up we’ll be whistling Dixie.
Australian music is…
...putting that laidback Australian feeling in everything you do, being proud of where you are from, not being afraid of sounding original, and being open to all styles and sounds. Australian music is getting bigger and people are taking notice. Australian music is stoked to still have triple j representing, saving us from commercial mash-ups and Big Brother playlists.View Profile Hide Interview