hilltop hoods, TZU, Downsyde
Fuzz - MC, Production J2k - MC Mikey - Bass, Producion Ash - Beats DJ Busy - Producion, Cuts Typhoon - Horns
Ugly Duckling, Pigeon John, The Roots
After six years of solid performances, Countless sold out shows, national tours and more members than your local bowls club, Adelaide outfit, A Tribe Is Forming (ATF) have established themselves at the forefront of the original music scene. ATF are a 6 piece hip hop collective, consisting of 2 MC’s, and a combination of both live and sampled instruments, who’s high energy shows have earnt them a reputation as a MUST SEE act. Smoothly mixing a menagerie of live bass, trumpet and drums, laced with sampled jazz and funk tunes, ATF are guaranteed to get the crowd moving To date this completely independent and original band have recorded, produced and sold-out three releases, of which five songs have received national airplay on JJJ, as well as various other stations. ATF where also fortunate enough to be selected as JJJ “Next Crop” artists, and also had songs featured on Ripcurls latest surfing DVD “Windows”. ATF’s broad musical appeal is testament to the acts that they have been privileged to play alongside of. Some of these artists include Xavier Rudd, Downsyde, The Herd, Hilltop Hoods, Kool Keith, Kut Master Kurt, Ozi Battler, Deceptikonz, just to name a few. With their highly anticipated new album currently being recorded, and national tours planned for the coming year, the future looks bright for A Tribe Is Forming.
Aussie hip hop with smooth samples and a great upbeat party vibe. They've been staples of the SA hip hop scene for a while now, with good reason!
Describe your music.
Party Hip Hop that is bound to get you out of your seat and onto your feet. We lace oldschool samples, which range from funk to hillbilly, spliced with some party rhymes, and combined with a menagerie of live instruments to create a huge sound.
Who’s been a big musical influence for you? What inspires you?
Our inspiration comes from seeing artists (both international and local)put on amazing live shows, that leave memories in the punters heads long after the final encore. Groups like the Roots, who have the ability to mesh so many unique sounds into their music, and deliver such an awesome live show, are certainly one artist that we draw inspiration from. With such an eclectic group of individuals making up A Tribe Is Forming, naming our musical influences would be near on impossible, but lets just say it ranges from jazz legend Miles Davis to Fu Manchu.
Tell us about the local music community you are part of.
After close to 7 years playing throught South Australia, we are getting to be veterans of the Adelaide Scene. Thankfully there are some awesome groups such as Poetikool Justice and the Fraud Millionaires, whom we have very close bonds with, that are great not only to play alongside, but have also become our good mates. Also more recently Melbourne Dub and Hip Hop kings SS Pecker have been treats to play alongside. The whole music scene here is really positive, and everyone is always keen to help out and support their fellow artists.
What’s the best thing about being in A Tribe is Forming?
Without a doubt its the feeling you get when your on stage and see so any smiling and happy faces enjoying the music. Also making music with your mates, touring and meeting so many people is what makes being part of ATF such a special and enjoyable experience.
...and the worst?
With six very confident and different personalities, there are times where it can get pretty heated, especially in the Jam Room and on those long boring drives on tour, but i wouldn't swap it for all the tea in China. Oh, and i think our Bass player, Mikey gets a sore back from playing his bass, but then again he only weighs 40Kilo ...poor little fella.
What have you got planned for the future?
We are 90% of the way to finishing off our new album, so as soon as that is completed we will be hitting the road, playing as man shows as possible. We are also very keen to get out and play some rural shows, and get to places that may not be fortunate enough to get live hip hop. You can also catch us in Adelaide on a fairly regular basis.
Australian music is…
getting bigger and better. There are SO many amazing bands, solo artists and musicians in this awesome country. The diverse range of cultures living in Australia is testament to the broad array of musical styles that seem to ooze from every corner of our wide barren land.View Profile Hide Interview