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GALLVS
New

Artist

GALLVS

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#hiphop, #rap, #trap, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

SHERLOK & DJ RUBZ

Artist

SHERLOK & DJ RUBZ

Hip Hop, Roots (New Aussie Hip Hop, hip hop, Jamaican Dancehall, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Billie Rose
New

Artist

Billie Rose

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (Daily Meds, Jane Tyrrell, Sky-High, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Cooking with Caustic
New

Artist

Cooking with Caustic

Hip Hop, Roots (Soul, hip hop, Dub, ...)

Sydney, NSW

UV boi

Featured Artist

2014

16

Jun

UV boi

Brisbane, QLD

UV boi is an 18 year old producer from Brisbane making mellow yet heavy-hitting 808 music that's created a sea of feelings in our heart.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

The first thing I attempted to produced when I began making music was sample based hip hop instrumentals. At the time I was listening to MF DOOM and his various aliases and Wu-tang also, this was back in 2010. The year earlier I was really into hardstyle and techno music, I know right, what a complete 180. Anyhow, I picked up interest in electronic music around late 2012 and started to dabbling with a lil bit of dubstep, trap and most recently Jersey Club. All under my first project named "EP". Throughout this time I didn't have any idea of music theory, I just had a keen ear. I took the time last year in year 12 to get piano lessons which were pretty beneficial. Fast forward to March of this year, which was when UV boi was born. With my new honed skills I returned to making hip hop but with this new UV boi spice.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

The internet, especially via Soundcloud. There's just an endless stream of cool music on there. Some of the people I've come across on there are as young as 13 and are already doing wonders.

What can punters expect from a UV boi live show?

You can expect me dressed in a full Adidas tracksuit strapped in my durag squat for 20 minutes straight during the pre of my set. On stage, I use an APC and an MPD. Launching clips with the APC on Ableton and playing stripped sounds from my track on the MPD (eg. drums or vocal cuts or instruments, whatever really).

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

"Make bangers" - Eli Marsland

"Keep making music. you're really good at this" - Lochie Riordan

Most importantly though, are the people who I showed my first crappy beats to and have always been supportive and seen something. Shouts out to Erina, Eoghan, Cheyne, Kai and Joe Joe.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

Renz - Look Good On Me

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

Ben Lee - Cigarettes Will Kill You (Horrorshow and Jane Tyrell Cover)

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Tkay Maidza x Battles x Conorock - Atlasaurous In Babylon (ELI Bootleg)

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Ahhh I haven't been exposed to many local gigs that I haven't been apart. UV boi has only just become UV man, so I'm excited to experience those cool pub gigs.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

Brisbane has a cool small community of electronic artists but not really many in the same line of my style though. I haven't connected with these other Brisbane artists yet mainly because they most likely don't even know my existence haha. In the future I'd like to get to know them. I had befriended two prior to creating UV boi. These cool dudes are ELI and Kraznov.

What are your plans for UV boi in 2014?

The plan for 2014 is to enjoy things and connect. A lot of cool things are happening very fast and all at once. I plan to work on an icy UV boi ep shortly, whilst still releasing singles here and there and maybe even some official remixes too. If you're a Brisbaner, you may see me out and about playing a few shows every now and then. Stay connected with me and we'll rock durags and squat together. SquatSquad

Shouts out LUCCIboys (Rappers Who Can't Rap Mixtape coming soon)

i l-UV u - UV boi فوق بنفسجي

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St. Vitus Cardinals

Artist

St. Vitus Cardinals

Hip Hop, Indie (23, Allday, c1)

Melbourne, VIC

BASKIAT
New

Artist

BASKIAT

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, sydney, Baskiat, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ReeZ
New

Artist

ReeZ

Electronic, Hip Hop (WhiTeNoySe, All Australian Hip Hop, All Aussie hiphop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

James Chatburn
New

Artist

James Chatburn

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (Ben l'oncle Soul, John Legend, Jazz, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Natalie Slade
New

Artist

Natalie Slade

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Melbourne, sydney, Soul, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DANIEL 'WILLO' WILSON
New

Artist

DANIEL 'WILLO' WILSON

Hip Hop, Pop, Rock (Willo, A Pictures Worth, Willowozere, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Kid Pharaoh
New

Artist

Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

( )

Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that currently inspire you?

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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Mr Clean
New

Artist

Mr Clean

Hip Hop (www.darealmrclean.com)

Sydney, NSW

Noyz
New

Artist

Noyz

Hip Hop, Indie (mantra, ART OF WAR, noyz, ...)

Riverina, NSW

Gold'N'

Artist

Gold'N'

Hip Hop (rough, raw, Hired Goons, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Harjot Singh

Artist

Harjot Singh

Hip Hop (EMINEM, Hopsin, Kerser, ...)

Sydney, NSW

VITO

Artist

VITO

Hip Hop (Hustle Hard TV, RaLe MC, MiConcious MC's, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Alex Ford
New

Artist

Alex Ford

Hip Hop, Indie (alex ford, Perth, australia, ...)

Perth, WA

Coin and Ta-Ku

Artist

Coin and Ta-Ku

Hip Hop, Indie (J dilla, de la soul, coin, ...)

Perth, WA

Paradox

Artist

Paradox

Hip Hop (hip hop, me, no one, ...)

South Coast WA, WA

Headstrong Company

Featured Artist

2010

19

Apr

Headstrong Company

( )

Adelaide, SA

Headstrong Company is a 3 emcee Hip-hop act from Adelaide SA about to embark on the next chapter of their musical careers with the release of their second full length LP.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

Headstrong Company began as a 3 emcee (Visionz, Kahs and Cheech), strictly underground hip hop collaborative in 2004. We were never concerned about what the mainstream thought of us and never really made commercial appeal a priority. It was hip hop at its rawest, just heavy beats, conscious rhymes and sick flow. We had a sound heavily influenced by the Americas east coast, hip hops golden era of the mid 90s. Even before we released anything we were out doing shows on the local scene, tearing mics and really making our presence felt. It was just what we loved doing. As we evolved as a trio and developed our own style and individuality, we began experimenting with bar trading, bouncing off one another and integrating our rhyme patterns as apposed to spitting the standard 16 bar verses that we too commonly hear these days. Musically we were still far from where we wanted to be. We needed to lift our production game if we wanted to release a product that complimented our rhyming abilities and truly reflect who we are as emcees. We needed to create tracks, not just make tracks. Cheech began sampling more live sounds and started exploring anything from soul, jazz to classical music. He really advanced in his ability to chop and arrange complex samples in ways a lot of producers struggle with. O-mega was soon adopted as a solid asset into Headstrong Company in 2007 and brought another dimension to the production side of things. By the late 2009 release, we had crafted a solid debut that boasted a variety of styles and concepts. The diversity of the album was the conclusion of our vain attempt to find our own unique sound. We definitely have something for everyone, no matter what style you dig.

What can the audience expect at a live show?

We have always taken our live shows very seriously. Before we had a product to show for ourselves, the live scene was where it was at. First impressions last. We gained a solid reputation for throwing down a live set with maximum energy, stage presence, start to finish. Now that we have an album out it's more important that ever. Making music is one thing, but it’s no good if you can’t back it up. Our live reputation has paved a way for us to perform along side some of our biggest idols including Redman and Method man, Raekwon, M.O.P, Xzibit and the list goes on. When we rock a live set just hope your crew isn’t jumping on next. We came to burn the stage down.

Tell us about the hip hop scene in Adelaide – it would appear to be thriving…

The hip hop scene in Adelaide is really unpredictable. I wouldn’t say it is thriving but I wouldn’t say it is dying either. The scene has been flooded with new up and comers in the last 3 years and there is a lot of talent out there, but unfortunately there is a lack of local support for individual acts because of the sudden surge in popularity of locally made hip hop. It can be really hard as an aspiring emcee to get noticed and filtered out amongst so many other quality acts and you can easily fall under the radar. There are often live shows put together with a few local acts that pull decent crowds, but sometimes the turnout can be dismal. The problem is most events are centrally located and not everyone who wants to can make it into the city. I also think the vast amount of international acts rolling though our state has also slowed down the local live scene and put the peoples out of pocket.

What's coming up in the future?

We have just started working on our second full length LP. The first album was more or less cleaning out the fridge of the old and new. With this album we can start fresh and continue to evolve as we move from strength to strength. We plan to step back from the live shows in Adelaide as we concentrate more on making new music and recreating a new live set to go with it. This winter we are hoping to take our set interstate and show the rest of the country what we are about, something we have talked about doing for a very long time.

Australian music is?

Australian music is yours truly, Headstrong Company

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Selekt Few
New

Artist

Selekt Few

Hip Hop (Perth, Political, social)

Perth, WA

Enflux
New

Artist

Enflux

Hip Hop (Seth Sentry, Pez, solo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Collective CREW

Artist

Collective CREW

Hip Hop (Wu Tang, The Roots, DJ Premier, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Kaotic N Hype (BoS)

Artist

Kaotic N Hype (BoS)

Hip Hop (Funkoars, hilltop hoods, blades)

Newcastle, NSW

Bare Minimum
New

Artist

Bare Minimum

Hip Hop (Bare Minimum, Bare Minimum Crew, Philthy Phil, ...)

Kimberley, WA

MoneyKat

Artist

MoneyKat

Hip Hop (Lyrical, hip hop, Soulful)

Melbourne, VIC

Motley
New

Artist

Motley

Hip Hop (Conscious, hiphop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Impossible Odds

Artist

Impossible Odds

Hip Hop (Talib Qwali, The Herd, Life Music, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

I AM D
New

Artist

I AM D

Hip Hop (@daleygrinder)

Brisbane, QLD

WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Mildura locals WZRDKID are the winners of our One Night Stand competition for 2014. The duo will be taking their experimental hip hop to the masses at One Night Stand in Mildura on Saturday May 17.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So our music is basically what we would call experimental hip hop. We first begun working on music together with the intention of just trying to make something we would want to hear. Developing our sound was a natural process. Just basically jamming out and coming up with something we liked.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Tough one. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of different places and also we have individual influences. Some artist we like are Pink Floyd, Madlib, Ratking, Kanye West.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most looking forward to about playing the event in Mildura?
The whole thing! A chance to have our music heard by so many people who would have no idea who we are, and a chance to meet the other bands!

What can One Night Stand punters expect from the WZRDKID live show?
We've been working really hard on our live show. We are playing with a live band! So that will be tight

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Not too sure as far as advice! But the reviews we've got from the triple j dudes on triple j unearthed have been pretty awesome! Our dawg Lewi ;)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Sticky fingers - 'Gold Snafu'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Matt Corby - 'Big Eyes'

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tkay Maidza - 'Brontosaurus'

Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
Chet Faker would be one.

What are your plans for WZRDKID in 2014?
To finish our album "Black Ocean" and go on tour would be dope!
 

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Ivan Ooze
New

Artist

Ivan Ooze

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (ivan ooze, ivanuzi, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

B.B.S

Artist

B.B.S

Hip Hop (hilltop hoods, Bliss N Eso, Funkoars, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Thats Them
New

Artist

Thats Them

Hip Hop (True, Australian, hip hop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Fozzey

Hip Hop

Far North, QLD

Forbes John
New

Artist

Forbes John

Pop (#allday, mallrat, harry fox)

Brisbane, QLD

Mosé + The FMLY
New

Artist

Mosé + The FMLY

Hip Hop (Melbourne, Hip-Hop, Music, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MDMA

Artist

MDMA

Hip Hop (Manaz Ill, MD)

Melbourne, VIC

DeathStarrs

Featured Artist

2012

19

Mar

DeathStarrs

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Death Starrs are Syntax and Mules, the Gold Coast/Melbourne duo who are the winners of our Hilltop Hoods remix competition. They’re also our Feature stars all this week on triple j Unearthed and digital radio.

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Death Starrs is Syntax (rapper) and Mules (producer/rapper). How did the two of you start working together?

Our eyes met across the room at a crowded Kebab shop. Actually we went to school together, but we never really knew each other until years later when we were introduced by a mutual friend. We both love the same artists, my voice (Syntax) and his beats (Mules) just mesh together so well, and we both have an insatiable thirst for 80’s movies and celluloid violence. As a result, I don’t feed my pets after midnight or get them wet, just to be sure.

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

It’s been such a long progression. I remember when we first started out we imitated the artists we really liked; Mules loved the Ruff Ryder’s DMX-esque sound, but I was into the West Coast Death Row Records movement. As a result our first foray into music was, interesting, to say the least. But to be honest, after a while we just got comfortable with who we are, something I think is important in the music making process. When you don’t have to wear a mask and pretend to be someone else your music is far more believable and has far more impact.

You’re the winners of our HILLTOP HOODS REMIX COMPETITION. What was the remix process like for you guys?

To be honest I started writing to a different beat entirely. We were late-comers to the competition, we heard what everyone else was dishing up and thought, “Oh hell no”. When Mules heard what I was working on he flipped the sample and made it a double time beat to match the track I was writing. To quote the greatest thinker of our age, Ace Ventura….“Like a glooooooove”. Mules was the real winner here though. He took that beat to places it never thought it would go.

Who are some lesser known producers and MCs in the Australian hip hop scene that people should be checking out?

Maundz is one of our collective favourite Australian rap dudes. The Born Fresh crew from Brisbane, Tommy Ill, Mr Hill, Seven, DJ Butcher, Prophet Rayza, plus my other musical group In Good Company. Personally my favourite artist right now is Ta-Ku, someone needs to make this dude famous.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We’re working on a full length LP as we speak. Well, not literally as we speak, because that would be weird. Death Starrs also has some fingers in other pies, album placements etc, plus we pump out a pretty awesome live show so we’re about to see a lot of sleepless nights and hoarse throats soon enough. Good bless 3am drive through fast food.

Australian music is…?

About a 9.4 on the excitability scale at the moment. Somewhere beyond Rambo: First Blood, but just a little back from Rambo 3.

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Enough Rope

Artist

Enough Rope

Hip Hop (Enough Rope, Dilated Peoples, Thomacide, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Maundz

Artist

Maundz

Hip Hop (hip hop, Hip Hop!, hilltop hoods, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

eloquence and truths

Artist

eloquence and truths

Hip Hop (Public Enemy, Dilated Peoples, Nas, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mind Over Matter

Featured Artist

2010

18

Oct

Mind Over Matter

( )

Sydney, NSW

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”.

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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.

Australian music is?

Incredible.

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Defyre

Artist

Defyre

Hip Hop (NO ONE ELSE, wu tang clan, Dazastah, ...)

Perth, WA

DMEENZ

Artist

DMEENZ

Hip Hop (Allday, gully platoon, kendrick, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Crochet Crooks

Artist

Crochet Crooks

Hip Hop, Indie (hip hop, rap, inner west)

Sydney, NSW

Chris Skelly
New

Artist

Chris Skelly

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

seven

Featured Artist

2010

8

Jun

seven

( )

North Coast, NSW

Seven is a 22 year old MC from the gold Coast. He won the opportunity to have his tracks professionally produced by M-Phazes.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop flow?

Practise practise practise! I just kept writing until I didn’t dislike the stuff I was writing anymore. I think honest feedback from good friends helps alot too, if people aren’t letting you know that maybe you sound a little forced or rushed within verses, and you don’t recognise it, how can you progress?

Who are your influences?

I like a very, very wide range of music but principally the group of artist’s I generally take the most from would be Atmosphere, Jehst, The Butterfly Effect (before Imago), Dead Letter Circus, Klaxxons, Illzilla and Mantra, Phoenix, Horrorshow, and definitely Urthboy for the sheer energy in his live shows.

Tell us about working with M-Phazes.

I was so lucky to be given the opportunity to work with a guy that’s so established and very talented. It was very easy to get all ideas across, going both ways, Phazes approached us with a whole bunch of ideas that he had and it of course sounded like they would be super favourable to get a great final result. He was right, the live keys and bass sound awesome and his little tweaks have improved the song no-end I think.

What’s coming up in the future?

More and more, which is awesome! I’m working in the studio alot with DJ Butcher, who’s a bit of a genius himself, to get my EP finalised and polished for its release in the first week of August. Other than that, I’m doing a few gigs around south east Queensland and will be going on the road in August or September with Born Fresh Records to show as many people as possible how we like to have a good time!

Australian music is?

Honest!

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Vegas Aces

Featured Artist

2011

10

Oct

Vegas Aces

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Vegas Aces are a Brisbane hip hop duo and the winners of our Sprung Festival competition. They join the Sprung lineup at The River Stage in Brisbane this Saturday the 15th October.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

The music we have released previously on our EP 'V.A.All.Day' is very 'big' sounding. With large drums, thumping basslines and very energetic samples. We were still trying to figure out what the 'Vegas Aces' sound was ourselves in the process of making it. Moving forward into the album we are delving more into the musicality of it and trying to go for a unique sound not too far removed from our previous work, but moving in a direction that we want. All the themes are very relatable from relationships, to early twenties anxiety bullshit etc - we definitely try to channel from real life.

You are the winners of our Sprung competition and will be playing this weekend at the river stage in Brisbane - what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

We are just stoked the good people at Triple J know our name! We have played a fair amount of live shows but never a festival so I'm sure its definitely going to be a learning curve for us. We are just happy to be involved and very humbled to be added to such a stellar line up + have the opportunity to be exposed to everyone coming on the day.

What can Sprung punters expect from the Vegas Aces live show?

Lots of energy. Big sounds. Our favourite songs off the EP and showcasing what we've been working for on the album.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

We are very blessed to have a talented circle of friends with our Born Fresh crew. Butchdaddy, Tommy Ill, Seven, Mr Hill, Pure Product, Rayza, Elo and Truths etc etc. We owe a lot to The Optimen for a lot of early guidance. And also Brisbane pioneers such as DJ Katch and Lazy Grey. There are a lot of people that have paved the way that we salute! There are seriously too many people to name that do great work for Brisbane.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

Trying to finish our album in 2011. Release the album and tour in 2012.

Australian music is…?

...evolving and growing.

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Bryte
New

Artist

Bryte

Electronic, Hip Hop (Australian Hip Hop, Tribe called quest, hilltop hoods, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dyl Thomas
New

Artist

Dyl Thomas

Hip Hop (hip hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Luka Lesson
New

Artist

Luka Lesson

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Poetic, spoken word, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

1/6

Artist

1/6

Hip Hop (Black Star, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, mantra, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

POLO CLUB

Featured Artist

2008

11

Sep

POLO CLUB

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Urban Monk and Camelot the Cameleon work on a fresh approach to Hip-hop/Beat Making/Ideas/Flows.

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Tell us about your music, how did your sound develop?

CAM> We both originally come from different areas of Music styles, Urban Monk more Funk, Hiphop & soul and Cam more electronica , rock and a bit of pop but we both listen to a wide selection of music. So when we came together and started writing, we both had a lot of styles to draw influences from. I had always worked on Hiphop tracks but never really had them cracking till Urban open my eyes to the underground shuffling weird hiphop production he was listening too and creating. So then it became a challenge too push each other to in Urban’s case writing new flows or take a song lyrically down a path he’d never tried before and in my case try and create a new sounds or rhythms or feel for a track that would take us both by surprise.

Tell us about your live show - what can the Parklife audience expect?

CAM> The Parklife audience will expect a lot of good vibes on stage, Urban Monk is just at home when he gets on stage, he just loves it, as for myself, any chance I have of dropping my beats for friends/punters/music loves is bliss, I have the attitude of “how about this beat….?...ok not a fan…oh ya got to like this one!” and keep picking away until you find your favourite Polo Club Track.

Who are you most looking forward to at this year's Parklife?

CAM> Got to see Dizzie! That dude is on Fire! URBAN> yeah Dizzie.... cant wat to see him been waiting for ages...

What's planned for the future?

CAM> Main aim is to release the Album we have been working on for a long time and plays as many Gigs as possible and keep the momentum going that is building for Polo Club. URBAN MONK> Yeah and also get this clip done.. just one step at a time, got the single launch coming up soon so trying to make that huge and get everyone along to that.

Australian music is?

CAM> Paul Kelly to Presents to Midnight Oil to Drones to Metal bands rocking the tote on a Tuesday! URBAN MONK> Silverchar is Australian music...that’s the shit....yeah The presets definetly..and any other people pushing and trying something different!!!!! BOOM....

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Megatroid
New

Artist

Megatroid

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, beats, futurebass, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Sampology
New

Artist

Sampology

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Brisbane, QLD

Rattraps
New

Artist

Rattraps

Dance, Electronic (Rattraps, Juke, machinedrum, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sinks
New

Artist

Sinks

Hip Hop (hip hop, aussie hip hop, lyrical hip hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Loose Change

Artist

Loose Change

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Joyride
New

Artist

Joyride

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Akouo
New

Artist

Akouo

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (chillwave, Future Beat, hip hop, ...)

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Pataphysics
New

Artist

Pataphysics

Hip Hop (Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Miles Davis, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Skank & Shake
New

Artist

Skank & Shake

Hip Hop (hip hop, psychedelic, Electronic, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

CHIEFS
New

Artist

CHIEFS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Sad Boys, Cashmere Cat, Mr Carmack)

Melbourne, VIC

Fundamental Elements
New

Artist

Fundamental Elements

Hip Hop (Trem, hilltop hoods, mantra, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

SAKI
New

Artist

SAKI

Hip Hop, Roots (ESS, AYE, kay, I, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

L-FRESH The LION

Featured Artist

2013

11

Jun

L-FRESH The LION

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne hip hop artist L-FRESH The LION delivers intelligent and thoughtful lyrics with a tight flow and solid production. A man of conviction. A man of action.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

Practice. Years and years of practice. I've been writing, recording and performing for over 10 years and only now am I ready to release my debut album. Not many people know this but prior to this point, I independently released 4 mixtapes and 4 EPs whilst also appearing on a bunch of different compilation albums. All of that was practice; me developing my sound and finding my own style. My sound is Hip Hop. It's soulful and expressive whilst also being fun. I consider myself a lyricist. I take pride in song-writing; varying rhyme patterns and flow schemes; and finding new ways to tell a story. I come from a foundation of Hip Hop culture and Punjabi culture, where story telling is the key way of passing information to others. I create songs from the point of view of an individual having grown up in South West Sydney, born and raised in Liverpool to an immigrant family. I'm a child of the world. So my sound is universal and similar, yet diverse. I reflect the world around me.

What’s an L-FRESH The LION live show like?

Engaging; entertaining; fun and energetic. Each show experience is individual; like a freestyle, it can't be reborn again. So my band and I try our best to put on a memorable show. I have a 7-member band. It features myself, Mirrah (hype MC & backing vocalist), MK-1 (DJ), Tee Toleafoa (backing vocalist), Chris Zammit (bass), Duane Critcher (guitar) and Clinton Manshanden (drums). We're such a diverse family. Each of us come from different backgrounds and share unique musical experiences. We are a true reflection of Australia's multiculturalism. We have so much fun rehearsing our live shows and coming up with our sets. When we perform together, you can feel the fun and the chemistry that we share.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you?

I'm actually from South West Sydney. I've only just moved to Melbourne. The first Hip Hop crews I used to jam with showed me a whole other world in Hip Hop. I learnt how to freestyle after watching Reverse Polarities and 2412 in a cypher (where MCs stand around in a circle and rhyme unrehearsed lyrics off the top of their head) at one of my first local gigs. Then Planet Crushers put me on some other local shows with them and I got inspired by their set and the sounds played by True Vibenation. When I started to see these other local groups and artists do their thing, I started to reach outside of South West Sydney and met so many other people creating great sounds. The list is way too long. Working in community I then met countless numbers of young artists who's songs very rarely ever get any airtime or stage time. Out in the South West and the Western Suburbs of Sydney in general there is so much talent! The stories are diverse and the beats are timeless. From Liverpool to Mt Druitt, Campbelltown to Rooty Hill, there are artists out there who will blow you away. It's only a matter of time before they burst through and diversify the entire music scene nationally.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

The best piece of advice I've ever received comes from Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who said "win over your mind and you shall win over the world". It reminds me that the most important battle I'll ever face is the battle within myself and that I must constantly work at becoming a better human being. We are our own worst enemies. We constantly doubt ourselves and live in fear. Yet we have been given so much. We each have the potential to make a positive and everlasting impact on the world. We all have the capacity to do great things. And it all begins within our minds. "Win over your mind and you shall win over the world".

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

My debut album, "One", is set to be released later on this year. I am truly excited for people to hear the record. It's been years in the making, and now it's almost here. That is my focus for 2013; to share "One" with Australia and the world.

Australian music is…?

...about to explode. The flood gates will soon open to a whole new wave of artists from all walks of life. There's way too much talent for it to keep going unnoticed. There are so many communities who have that stories are yet to be heard; who's sounds are inspired by strong cultures. Soon they will shine through and wider Australia will feel so refreshed and spoilt by it all. There are hidden gems that refuse to be hidden. Trust me. Our music industry is set to blow up.

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A Purple Heart

Artist

A Purple Heart

Dance, Electronic (Kill Paris, chromeo, Madeon, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dj Butcher

Artist

Dj Butcher

Electronic (Diplo, Flosstradamus, Trap, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas

Featured Artist

2012

22

Oct

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas are the winners of our Sprung Festival competition. They'll be joining the massive line up of Australian hip hop at Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds on Saturday November 10.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

Originally Rahjconkas contacted myself (Mr Hill) asking me who produced for me. At the time I was snaking beats from anyone I could. He sent through a couple of beats straight away and we instantly connected. His production style was exactly what I was chasing and he seemed to like what I did with his music. So after a few draft songs being sent back and forth, I formally asked Rahjconkas to make a collab album together. I guess the momentum we have gained has locked us into an exclusive duo now. Kinda like Muph & Plutonic.

You’re the winners of our Sprung Festival competition and will be playing Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds on Saturday 10th November - what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

Firstly, thank you so much for the opportunity to play at this festival. I went last year as a punter and was totally blown away by the quality of music and size of the show. To have the majority of Australia's most successful hip hop artists in Brisbane at the same time was amazing to see. I hope that from playing the show we can show a few more people who may have not heard of us what we do, and possibly impress the right people so that we can keep expanding this music thing. I'd love to be booked again, for any festival.

What can Sprung punters expect from the Mr Hill & Rahjconkas live show?

Crazy, high energy hip hop from young cats with nothing to lose. Im 25, Rahjconkas is almost 23 and our kick ass Dj, Dj Da Rin (J-Frankie) is 18 years old. I've played over 50 hip hop shows this year and only around 7 or 8 were for headlining shows, so we have the support act "hype the crowd" thing down pat.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Australian music community that inspire you.

Well I can't answer this for both of us, but personally I am incredibly inspired by Suffa from Hilltop Hoods - his production and raps are always next level, always so creative. Trials from Funkoars also blows me away with his raps and production. Drapht and The Thundamentals are massive inspirations for me - their flow, their character - so dope! Another big inspiration is a good friend of mine DJ Butcher, the guy is so musically diverse and talented, everything he is doing music-wise I instantly love. Seven is also an inspiration of mine, the mans drive and ethic is so good to be around. You can't help but want to follow your dream when you're around him.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2012 and looking to 2013?

The rest of 2012 is looking quite busy, which is great news! Originally we were already booked to play at the Sprung After Party so now we have 2 shows that day. The next week we'll be performing with Spit Syndicate in Sydney for the launch of their new single 'Beauty In The Bricks'. There is also a small run of shows with Seven and Melbourne rapper Allday. Hopefully 2013 there will be more tours. Rahjconkas and my second release, 'Dead End Street', is looking like being released in the early parts of 2013 (release date tba).

Australian music is…?

...amazing and inspiring! I love where I'm from and what we all represent. We live in the best place on earth.

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Surecut Kids
New

Artist

Young Franco
New

Artist

Young Franco

Dance, Electronic (Kaytranada, Of, Disco, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

PACES

Featured Artist

2014

28

Apr

PACES

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

When Paces isn't busy doing remixes for the likes of Parachute Youth, YesYou and Sampology, producing music for Tkay Maidza, dropping fantastic bootlegs and whipping dance floors into a frenzy right around the country somehow the Gold Coast producer finds time to release his own brand of excellent tropical-infused sizzlers. It'a little bit Jersey Club, a little bit future beats and a whole lot of fun.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started out making really slow jams and trying to use as few elements as possible. It was a really new and exciting way to make music for me because at the time I was mainly producing dubstep and moombahton (as part of my group ’Surecut Kids’), which can be very busy styles. Eventually though my influences widened and I began making more danceable tunes, taking influence from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage. But during the evolution I’ve always been fond of using tropical sounding instruments like kalimbas and steel drums.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Plane trips. I tour a fair bit which means I have plenty of time to listen to music on planes. I like to use it as a bit of down time and soak in a good album or mixtape. Usually I end up making heaps of notes in my phone because as soon as I switch my mind off and relax to someone else’s music, the ideas come flooding in.

What can punters expect from a Paces live show?
I have stripped-down versions of my originals, remixes and bootlegs, mixed so that they flow like a DJ set, and then I play the missing elements on an MPD. So for example the first half of a song might be missing the drums, and the second half missing the kalimbas. As that tune is playing, I’ll be hitting the pads on the MPD and playing the drum sounds or kalimbas in real time. Nothing is quantised, so if I fuck up you’ll definitely hear it!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My sound engineer is Danielsan from Koolism. I’ve been going to him for mixdowns and mastering for ages. Over the years he has been very patient with my lack of knowledge and will often call me up and drop science on me for an hour. Pretty much every time he’s done that, it’s been the best advice I’ve ever been given. I think the biggest breakthrough so far was the less-is-more lesson. I used to want my songs to have so much bass in them and I’d try to cram it in amongst everything else. He taught me that if you remove most of the other elements, it gives you more room for the bass. Seems simple now but at the time it was pretty groundbreaking for me.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wave Racer’s tune ‘Streamers’ would cheer anyone up!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Ta-Ku’s ‘Songs To Break Up To’ album. So many feels!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either Crooked Colours - Come Down (Palace Remix), or anything from Deer’s EP. Either way it’s a safe bet!
 
What was the last gig you went to? How was it?
The last time I just went to a gig and wasn’t playing was Laneway Festival in Brisbane. It was so rad. Getting to see Cashmere Cat and Daughter were both huge highlights for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
My homie Atticus Beats just moved here recently from Townsville. He came over the other day to borrow my studio and I was really inspired by the way he had treated some vocals in his song. It was something I hadn’t seen before and it got me gassed to try some new things.   
 
What are your plans for Paces in 2014?
I’m about to tour my current single ‘Can’t Touch Me’, so I’ll be going all over the place through June/July. I’ve got Groovin The Moo and Splendour coming up. I’ve produced a tune for Tkay Maidza’s EP. I’ve got remixes coming out for SAFIA and Sietta. Plus I’ve been working on an EP with this band from London called Youth. Heaps of stuff to keep me busy!

 

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Mistress
New

Artist

Mistress

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock (rap, hiphop, aushiphop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Nelson Dialect

Featured Artist

2010

3

May

Nelson Dialect

( )

Adelaide, SA

Dialect is a 19 year old Hip Hop Lyricist/DJ/Producer from Adelaide whose mission is to bring skills back to the forefront of Hip Hop in Australia and worldwide.

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1. Tell us about your music - How did you develop your flow and sound?

I make straight up Hip Hop music with a focus on heavy beats and true lyricism inspired by my life experience, passion for record collecting and that 90's New York Hip Hop sound. I want to make music people can pull out their crate or play on their ipod and still appreciate 20 years down the line and know it isn't any temporary or throw away music that was created as a reaction to a trend. My flow and sound has naturally developed over the last 8 years. I first started rhyming at age 12 just going through my eldest brothers collection of classic Hip Hop and when i heard Raekwon's opening verse on 'Knuckleheadz' from his album 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx' thats the moment i went "yep thats what i want to do". Growing up with 3 older brothers all listening to Hip Hop there was no escaping it at the family household, i feel for my parents! But i felt a real affinity with the culture so i started collecting records, writing and freestyling. Then being inspired by MC's like Juice and the entire Stronghold crew i entered my first battle at the age of 13 which i won so i kept doing it. I went on to win 6 more invitational battles but decided to stop at 16 to focus on recorded music. By doing live shows, recording more music, constantly writing and gauging people's responses i refined my style. Also the peers i surrounded myself with growing up like Motion, Social Change and Delta have always encouraged me to strive for my best and never perform something you're not happy to stand behind. So it was always a healthy and positive incentive to want to bring your best to the table when your rhyming with that calibre of MC's.

2. What can the audience expect at a live show?

An honest, raw and entertaining performance. An uncompromising Hip Hop show; true lyricism, crates, turntablism, freestyles. But i always hope to engage with the crowd and above all have fun with it because thats why we're all here, i don't believe hardcore Hip Hop and having fun should be mutually exclusive. I want people to still party and have fun to music with integrity and a message, they did in the 60's so why should that consciousness in live performance and music still not be there? If something i said made someone think /smile/dance or all at the same time then im happy.

3. Tell us more about working with Erick Sermon.

While he was in Adelaide, touring Australia with EPMD, he came back to my man Despair's studio, The Vortex, and kicked it with the family here and listened to some beats. We had a draft copy of the new album that started to play and he had a real positive response which was a really humbling experience to hear him support the project and give it a good rap. He shared stories of growing up in Long Island New York, recording those classic EPMD albums, discovering Redman, being an aspiring artist himself at 19 approaching labels and other dope stories of his career in the Hip Hop game. He gave us a lot of encouragement and advice about the music industry and how to maintain your own identity in it, which were jewels i know ill apply each day. Reflecting back, Its a pretty classic story to happen in little old Adelaide. I used to drive an 80's era Mercedes, which got wiped out by someone running a red light through it recently (RIP!) But we were driving through the streets of Adelaide with Erick Sermon chilling in the whip, bumping EPMD, man It was just funny! Erick said driving in the Merc made it like the Australian version of the EPMD Unfinished Business cover (check it if you haven't seen it!) It was a very cool yet bizarre experience to just chill and hang out with a massive influence on music, a huge inspiration for me and one of the greatest hip hop pioneers to ever live. Definitely a story for the grandkids if their not too busy on their hover boards.

4. Whats coming up in the future?

I have a new album coming out in June called 'The Vortex' I've been working on with Adelaide producer Despair which features guest appearances from Delta, Social Change and Motion. It will be available nationwide on CD & 2LP Vinyl for all those nutty record purists! We also have some exciting gigs coming up supporting DJ Premier, The Beatnuts, Masta Ace & Edo G in Melbourne and Adelaide and then touring the album upon its release across Australia in July/August. Myself and Despair are already working hard on new music, diggin, producing, writing, recording everyday and in 2011 we'll be going to New York to work on music and get absorbed in the Hip Hop Mecca...oh yeah and 2012! But for the immediate future, The new album and touring is my primary concern, which i believe has something for everyone. So be on the look out for Dialect & Despair in a city near you releasing our new album 'The Vortex'.

5. Australian Music is?

Universal.

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Artist

Featured Artist

2012

12

Nov

Jackie Onassis

Sydney, NSW

Jackie Onassis are a Sydney hip hop duo made up of Kai Tan and Raph Dixon. They've just dropped their excellent debut EP 'Holiday'.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

We’ve always listened to a wide variety of music growing up. We’ve both gone through phases of being into punk rock, indie rock, electro, dubstep, the list goes on. That said, we’ve definitely put in the most time with our hip-hop: the first tracks we listened to and grew up on were from New York MCs like Jay-Z, Nas, & A Tribe Called Quest. As things progressed, we also fell hard for other styles from dudes like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, & Aesop Rock. Now it’s anyone who we think is making interesting music. In terms of the music, our beats used to be very sample heavy, but nowadays we’ve incorporated more synths and analogue drum machines into the mix, so our sound is a hybrid of both samples and electronic instruments, as well as real instruments - particularly keys. As far as raps go, as obvious as it sounds, the thing that’s influenced my development the most was learning to make my words and my delivery more musical.

What’s the Jackie Onassis live show like?

We just have a bit fun, try to get the crowd involved, and hope they do too. Raph is known to play air instruments when he’s really getting into it. I just sing a bit.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music communities who inspire you?

We grew up with the Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate boys, and they are always pushing the boundaries of our genre, but Sydney has so many dope musicians. This most recent album by Flume is absolutely nuts. The stuff Joyride is doing is next level, and a friend of ours called Atola is always pushing the limits. I’ve always admired what the Seekae guys do too. There are way too many crazy musicians to mention! It’s pretty easy to be inspired with so much talent around you, but its just as easy to get left behind, you always have to be experimenting and advancing to stay relevant.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

When we first put together a bunch of songs, we were lucky enough to be able to sit down and have a coffee with Urthboy. As well as a bunch of invaluable info on the industry side of things, he basically just told us to take things slowly and be realistic, build from a solid foundation, don’t rush into things and make mistakes. That talk helped us put things in perspective and gave us a much better sense of how to go about everything. I’d definitely recommend the same thing to other artists: take your time with your music - there are no shortcuts and once your music is out there, it’s out there for good.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We’ve just put out our first ever EP for free on our website. Its called Holiday, and we’re taking one ourselves for a few days. But then its back to work, cause we’re playing a show with Illy at the Beach Road Hotel in Sydney on December 12th. For 2013, we’re working towards releasing another EP early in the year, and then later in the year, it’s debut album time.

Australian music is…?

...in a really exciting place right now, and we’re glad to be part of it. For everything, but particularly for hip hop, it feels like there’s a lot of enthusiasm and development in everyones’ sound, and the standard throughout the genre is getting even better because of that. There’s also a lot of people smashing the execution on some unusual styles. The live scene is great too, and more and more people are happy to come out to shows and have fun. Australians are keen to support the more interesting artists too, and go looking for new music, and that’s really cool.

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Daily Meds

Featured Artist

2011

6

Jun

Daily Meds

Sydney, NSW

Party-starting Sydney 4-piece Daily Meds are the winners of our Come Together competition and will be joining the massive lineup at the Sydney Luna Park Big Top this Saturday June 11.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

We are a 4 piece hip-hop crew from Sydney, rocking some cutting edge sounds with underground content.. 'getting your mind ticking and arse moving' as we like to say. In the beginning, P.Smurf and Mikoen hit me up to play guitar in a brand new funky-jazzy live hip hop band called ‘Daily Meds’, also with Billie Rose singing and bass player Lampshade. I was chopping up drum breaks for us to to play over, but I was also making dirty electronica-inspired hip hop beats on the side.. over time we just started incorporating these sounds more and more, to the point now where our new material is not really jazzy or funky at all, but dirty and glitchy.

You’re the winners of our Come Together competition and will be playing the Sydney Luna Park Big Top this Saturday June 11. What can the Come Together masses expect from the Daily Meds live show?

We are definitely going to try and get the crowd amped... so expect big beats, 2 dudes spitting big raps and double-time flows, a killer female MC and loads of hype! We only have a short set, so were gonna be cramming in as much as you can take!

What are your earliest memories of Australian hip hop? How does that compare to your current Australian hip hop favourites?

Hearing ‘Nosebleed section’ in the early years of high-school was the first time I head ‘aus hip-hop’, it’s still such a classic tune - I think that track still stands up among whats happening in the scene at the moment....however there are some crews out there really upping the game at the moment in terms of technical skills, guys like Dialectrix and Mantra are setting the bar higher and higher.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

For me, first and foremost the Big Village roster, it’s more than just a record label - but almost like a big crew - Tuka, Loose Change, Reverse Polarities and True-Vibenation. We have all been playing together for years in the Sydney hip hop game, we have our own little scene going on which has some very nice vibes flowing around, and honestly right now I don’t have to look to hard to find some inspiration.

What’s coming up in 2011?

A full length Daily Meds album! Me, P. Smurf and Mikoen are all living together in a shambolic dank warehouse, writing tunes non-stop. It’s coming out in November 2011 through Big Village records and I can’t wait - it’s going to be far from a lot of whats floating around at the moment....We will also be touring the east coast at the end of the year! Also Big Village has just released a compilation album ‘Big Things Volume One’, which we have a track on, I have quite a few beats on it, Mikoen and P.Smurf have solo tracks as well... were gonna be launching it in Sydney at Tone nightclub on the 25th of June!

Australian music is?

...what we make it!

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Kid Mac (Sydney)

Artist

Kid Mac (Sydney)

Electronic, Dance (example, Childish Gambino, Pendulum)

Sydney, NSW

THE HATED
New

Artist

THE HATED

Hip Hop (rap, hip hop, byron bay, ...)

North Coast, NSW

BMAC

Artist

BMAC

Hip Hop, Indie (Pez & 360, Bonfire, BMAC Shepparton, ...)

Shepparton, VIC

Koolta
New

Artist

Koolta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Kendrick Lamar, Horrorshow, el-p, ...)

Adelaide, SA

ILL EQUIPT
New

Artist

ILL EQUIPT

Hip Hop

Adelaide, SA

Pagen Elypsis

Featured Artist

2010

22

Nov

Pagen Elypsis

( )

Adelaide, SA

Pagen Elypsis is a collective of mc's from Adelaide, and we've picked them to play at the Adelaide Big Day Out!

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

Our sound was developed directly from our lives and influences. Each of the rappers in the group has a different sound but you can always tell its part of the same product. We developed the sound we have today by being immersed and active in the underground hip-hop scene and leading normal day to day lives at the same time, when you throw that much partying and angst into a blender you get Pagen Elypsis.

What can the Big day Out audience expect at your show?

They can expect a strong impression of who the group is. We are no stranger to the live circuit, with most members performing live for over 5 years both locally and interstate so they can expect a big impression to be made. We have worked at this for a long time and now when we perform it's a celebration of how far it's all come.

Who are you looking most forward to seeing at the Big Day Out?

I think we're looking forward to seeing Lupe Fiasco, Bliss N Eso and Lowrider.

What’s coming up in the future?

For the next 6 months the group is going to be playing alot of shows around the country and then we will be taking a short break to work on separate projects. This will mean Purpose & Prime are both doing a solo mixtape, Prime will be releasing a solo album, Aforementioned (Motive & Purpose) will be releasing a mixtape followed by their first official album as a group entitled "11th Hour" and Pohetikut and Kadowg will be working on an album together as the Skeptiks.

Australian music is?

Something to be proud of.

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Lariken
New

Artist

Lariken

Hip Hop, Pop (Adelaide, K21, Nirvana, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Prime
New

Artist

Prime

Hip Hop (illy, Horrorshow, ellesquire, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Artist

Artist

Seegers

Hip Hop (Full Tote Odds, prime, Purpose, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Aforementioned

Artist

Aforementioned

Hip Hop (Funkoars, Hip-hop adelaide, Funk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Purpose

Featured Artist

2012

2

Jul

Purpose

Adelaide, SA

Purpose is an Adelaide MC/producer who has spent years building a name for himself in the Australian hip hop scene with an impressive series of mixtapes and group releases. Now he's finally ready to unleash his debut solo album.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

In my bedroom. What you are hearing now is something I have honed literally since a kid and built up over time. I got hooked on hip-hop at 11, began writing rhymes at 12, started making beats at 16. From then on I started recording/learning how to put songs together, working with what I had and little bits of advice I would get from the older producers I knew. The plus side to not having very many opportunities available to you for such a long period of time is that by the time they arrive, you are ready.

What’s the Purpose live show like?

High energy and just good fun. In points it is quite intimate but that’s the way the music is geared and I thrive off that. At the end of the day I’m just there to turn the party out and hopefully it makes your night.

You're releasing your debut solo album in coming months, but have been pumping out mix-tapes and group releases for years. Why has it taken until now for a Purpose solo album?

I was always very conscious of a solo album being a statement of who you are. I was 16 on the first mixtapes and used them to teach myself the ropes and feel out what I liked but I was also using this time to figure out who I am and who I’m not. The best part about the new music is, if you know Ryan then everything Purpose does makes complete sense.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I have been fortunate enough to have been embraced by a lot of what I consider pioneers of the culture you see today, but the best advice I have given was from Bias B. He told me ‘this business is all about good people’ and it’s true. I will look out for a lot of people on the strength of who they are beyond their achievements in music and I know the feeling is mutual with the people you see me around.

What’s coming up in 2012?

2012 will see the release of my debut album ‘Where It Starts’ in Spring. I will release the 3rd single towards the end of the year and then tour hard. Basically this year is just about putting the album out and taking the music to the people. I can’t wait to tour the full album once it’s out just because the response interstate has already exceeded what I expected.

Australian music is...

...healthier than ever.

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Duke MC

Artist

Duke MC

Hip Hop, Metal (Horrorshow, urthboy, One Be Lo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ILLZILLA

Rooted in hip hop but blending this with soul, funk and RnB, Illzilla have got the perfect combination - a tight four-piece rhythm section topped with two impressive vocalists. The infectious grooves and dynamic energy of this group are sure to get the Festival crowd hyped for a great New Years!

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Illzilla are the winners of our VIC Falls Festival competition. More about this competition »

What can the crowd expect from you when you hit the stage at Falls?

Some of the dopest MCing in the country courtesy of Mantra, teamed with the toughest rhythm section around and the soulful Mr. Havea on vocals. We bring hip hop mashed with dirty funk, blazin reggae, lots of energy and a few laughs.

Falls has got a great line-up! Who are you most excited about sharing the stage with?

I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to catch Saul Williams in action, but it looks like we have to make a mad dash for our set at Pyramid Rock over on Phillip Island. We’ve been talking about hiring a helicopter for the day to make us feel like real rock stars and to get us to Phillip Island on time! Talking of rock stars, I would like to watch Wolfmother and see what the hype is all about. Its great to see local crews and good friends Labjacd and the Bamboos on the bill, both those groups are killing it.. Dexter always manages to rip some genius on the decks (must be the Filipino coming out!). I would like to see Blue King Brown, I haven’t seen them perform since I left the band in July…. They know how to excite a festival crowd. I’d like to catch up with Mr. Franti too, I had the amazing opportunity to play drums for him at the Blues Festival in Byron this year.

What’s the best thing about being in Illzilla?

The best thing for me is being surrounded by inspiring, talented friends and creating something meaningful and original together. I’ve been in lots of other bands and have experienced different levels of control freaks and egomaniacs; we have a democracy in the decision making that I really love. It’s a great group to travel with, we’ve just finished a tour with TZU which was a lot of fun… there was lots of outdoor adventure, Bob Knob (The Dictator) was the star of the show, he got washed off a rock into the ocean near Coffs Harbour, tried to climb a cliff near Broken Head before he realised he was scared of heights and went jumping off some rocks into Cataract Gorge near Launceston. Every personality in the group is really different, diversity is a beautiful thing.

...and the worst?

The worst thing about being in Illzilla is all the strong creative minds… it means that a simple idea (musical or otherwise) gets so much input that sometimes you lose sight of the original concept… its not a such bad thing, but something that we have to learn to harness the power of.

What have you got planned for the future? Any New Years resolutions?

At the moment we are working towards getting our album out early next year… it’s not something we’re going to rush to finish though, we all want to make something that we’re all really proud of. We plan to hit the road a lot more too, we’ve only played outside Melbourne a handful of times… Our NY resolution is to take our music to the next level, we stepping up!

Australian music is…

Great! There are so many awesome bands and musicians out there, far too many of them don’t get the recognition they deserve though. I would really like to see our government and communities get behind music and support the arts a lot more than they do at the moment.

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Marksman Lloyd

Featured Artist

2014

24

Nov

Marksman Lloyd

Perth, WA

Charismatic Perth emcee Marksman Lloyd has just dropped his banging new single 'Rewrite The Ending' and is our feature artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think my sound developed through a ton of trial and error. I listen back to material I recorded in my late teens and I'm kind of glad that I didn't get a whole heap of exposure back then because I wasn't ready. Developing my flow and cadence on a beat took a good few years and living a bit of life in that time left me with something relevant to say... I think.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I would say that other artists are my greatest source of inspiration though not necessarily in my own genre or even my own art form. A lot of literature inspires me. Musically Dylan is one of my all time favourites, mostly because he wasn't afraid to make the music that felt right to him no matter the cost. 
 
What can punters expect from a Marksman Lloyd live show?
Lots of energy and bucket loads of sweat. I usually leave the stage drenched but it feels good giving the crowd everything you've got. My goal for each show is to make whoever is watching believe what I'm saying. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Enjoy yourself or there's no point doing it. I think that was my mum and probably every other mum to their kids since the beginning of time. But it's so true. Gotta remind myself of that every time I start taking myself too seriously. Actually that was good advice too, don't take yourself too seriously. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Coin Banks - Think Of You. He's the homie but I gotta give a shout out cause that track can still make me smile every time I hear it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
At the moment it would have to be Joelistics - Out Of The Blue. All time though I think Paul Kelly - To Her Door or Nick Cave - Into My Arms.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Tkay Maidza. Or Meg Mac - Grandma's Hands, everyone is annoyed at me at first because I've slowed the tempo right down but by the end they are all singing along and a few people have stepped outside to call family members that they haven't spoken with in a while. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I watched my good friend and long time producer, Creed Birch rock a set with an 8 piece band at a venue called 'The Good Shepard' last Thursday night. They all killed it. Keep an eye out for Creed. I think there is a spot at the top saved for that guy. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Creed Birch as I mentioned. Obviously Coin Banks and Mathas who are flying the flag high for WA at the moment. JL is one to watch. Whisky Winter aka Aaron Malone who has collaborated with me on a bunch of material is also an incredibly talented dude who makes amazing music. There's a plethora of talented emcees in this state as well. It's an inspiring time to be doing it. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
We are shooting a film clip for my new single 'Rewrite the Ending' at the moment. That'll be out soon. I've just wrapped up my second national run of shows but it was before the new EP dropped so I want to get back around the country early 2015. We've also started on the next project, it's only in the early stages but I'm excited about the direction it's taking. Expect that in the first half of 2015.

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Emcee Able

Artist

Emcee Able

Hip Hop, Indie (aesop rock, Slug, Sage Francis, ...)

Perth, WA

Kadyelle
New

Artist

Kadyelle

Hip Hop (Sage Francis, k.flay, hip hop, ...)

South West WA, WA

Raven

Artist

Raven

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Creed Birch

Artist

Thorts
New

Artist

Thorts

Hip Hop

South West WA, WA

Julez

Featured Artist

2008

28

Apr

Julez

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Julez, a talented rapper and producer from Melbourne, has teamed up with DJ Sizzle, to bring you this latest offering - 'The Passion Of The Julez' - it's tongue in cheek hip hop at its best.

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Describe your music

Progressive new school hip-hop that draws from a wide variety of musical influences. I try not to spit random rhymes over random beats. I always try to treat my vocals as an instrument within the track. Lyrically I always follow a theme. The concept must be clear in my head before i write a track.

What made you start MC-ing?

I can't pinpoint it. I had an old mac with some very basic a sound editing program (it didn't even have a tempo setting so i would make hi-hat loops and treat them as the grid!) and felt that i needed vocals over the beats. I was listening to wu tang, public enemy, mos def, tricky, prodigy & rhyming just resonated with me.

Do you play many gigs?

I have played heaps of gigs over the years but have recently been much more studio minded. Now I have new material I'm ready to get back out there! If you're reading this (which you obviously are) hit me up for your family functions! My band, The Tall Man Sound System (with Dragonfly, Mech MC, & DJ's Sizzle & Affiks) is also powering up for a national tour in August/September.

What have you got against Mel Gibson?

Mel Gibson is a shapeshifting reptilian ;-) ... There's just something very creepy and off about the Passion of the Christ. My song is about walking your own path. I am not the messiah...just a very naughty boy.

What have you got planned for the future?

Passion of the Julez is the first of a four part series of short releases ripping off major motion pictures... Upcoming titles include Frankenjulez & Julez of DeNial. I also have a trip hop project called Noctambulist which is linked to my myspace. Oh! & the Tall Man Sound System has aspirations of world domination!

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Seth Sentry

Featured Artist

2009

16

Mar

Seth Sentry

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Truly independent and self-funded, Seth scribbled down rhymes for many of the tracks comprising The Waiter Minute on docket pads and serviettes during breaks between food and beverage orders at his day job at local restaurants in Melbourne.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

Well, I guess I started out just spittin stupid freestyles at parties and just generally trying to be the center of attention. I was pretty much the only rapper in my town (well at least that I or my friends knew of) so I had nothing to compare it to. I thought I was pretty cool though haha. Then I met this kiwi guy, Joni. He freestyled as well. But much, much better than me. This became my driving force I just kept practicing and practicing. After a while I decided to start writing rhymes, I guess I never had any real intention to record them or anything, I just liked writing. I always liked creating short stories as a kid, and so I started trying to write short stories, but also make them rhyme. I hadn't heard any other Aussie rappers at this stage, as my hometown was quite a musical wasteland. So I just kind of developed my own style, borrowing a little from some of my favourite international artists. Looking back on it now, it was still a very occa style of rap, with short sharp syllables and a definite twang. One night, I was jamming with these older kids who played in a local funk band. One of the dudes was like "man, you can really rap. But you sound like a complete bogan. If you extend your syllables and rap with a bit of melody, it'll soften it up" I took that on board and started concentrating on trying to make my flow more melodic. Nowadays that's just the way I flow, I don't really think about it.

And your rhymes?

Like I said, as a kid I loved writing short stories. So I kind of applied that to my song-writing. I really enjoy hearing a song with a strong narrative, it just gives it that replay value I think. I mean, I'm not always gonna write a concept track. But I at least try to write the lyrics with a beginning and an end. I think rap sometimes gets written off as "lazy music". and sometimes I guess I might have to agree with that. I feel a lot of stuff coming out at the moment doesn't really focus on the lyrics at all. I mean, it still sounds great and all, but I feel that it's a little bit shallow. There's no reason for me to really want to listen to it more than a couple of times. That's why I've always been about the lyrics man, straight up. Most important thing to me. I'm just writing songs that I'd want to listen to.

How long have you been on the Melbourne scene?

Umm...shit, let's see. I guess I've only really been "in the scene" for about 3 years. Well, at least taking it as seriously as I do now. There was about another 3 years before that where it was all random freestyle shows and lurking in the shadows at hiphop nights. It basically used to be a matter of rockin on down to a Brunswick Street open mic night and drinking enough courage to spit something I wrote the night before. Cheap jugs plus open mics multiplied by hungry rappers equals a great night. It's simple math, and it's a damn shame there aren't more of those kind of nights. In that drunky, lurky time I met some great dudes and made some really strong musical connections. Anyway I think I've digressed, 6 years is the answer.

Who are your running mates?

The stupidly talented Matik, who continues to surprise me. There is seemingly no musical style this man can't master. He also manages to pull off the summer scarf look remarkably well. And Pez of course who you probably wouldn't have heard of. haha. Nah man, Pez is a constant source of inspiration. He's really helped me out a tremendous amount over the last few years, legend. Good blokes.

What's coming up in the future?

Hopefully hoverboards. Also A lot of gigs coming up, I love the live performance aspect of music. It really is my favourite part of the whole process. I'm hoping to really get stuck into the live shows this year, especially if this song goes well (hint, hint, request, request). Lately I've been approached to run a few workshops with less fortunate kids and helping them get their ideas out in song form which I'm really looking forward to.I'm definitely a strong advocate of getting your thoughts down on paper, I think it can be very cathartic. And then to give those thoughts a melody, well that's just something else. And of course my debut full length album, which Matik and I are hard at work on. I think people are gonna be stoked with it. We've got quite a few surprises on it. A few unexpected guests, it's going to be ridiculously dope.

Australian music is?

and always will be.

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Chance Waters

Featured Artist

2009

19

Oct

Chance Waters

( )

Sydney, NSW

Phatchance is an independent, introspective, lover-not-a-fighter emcee from Sydney, with an huge live rep, atmospheric beats and a debut album due out soon!

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

My sound developed in a really organic way, I went to Fort Street in Sydney's Inner West and our year was very musical. The kids I went to school with went on to groups like Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate, and there was quite a rich musical history, particularly in regards to Australian hip-hop. Being surrounded by people who were passionate about music but didn't really understand the process yet meant that I had a few years to cut my teeth, where it was all very relaxed and really more about the social aspect of the music than any aspirations to do something professionally. I spent a few years after high school finding my feet and dabbled in a few bands - a lot of it then was live performance, I was lucky enough to play a lot of shows as a crowd warmer and the lessons which that taught me were priceless. A lot of it comes down to the music I listen to though; a large proportion of my music is melancholy and draws influence outside of the genre, because artists like Jeff Buckley, Atmosphere and Death Cab have probably been as important to my musical influence as The Hilltop Hoods or Bliss N Eso.

Tell us about your live show?

My live show varies a lot from event to event. I've done a few low key sets with live instrumentation, and I love incorporating that acoustic and instrumental aspect into my larger shows. Generally I tour with 'I Forget, Sorry!' - an artist collective I'm part of with Coptic Soldier and Mind Over Matter. I have plans for a few unplugged acoustic sets, but really I taper my performance to the crowd I'm going to be playing to. I've tried to strike a balance between the melancholy music I lean towards making, and establishing an engaging live show which is what fans of Australian hip-hop are typically looking for. You're going to have to play a very different set between supporting someone like Drapht or Bliss N Eso and playing a limited capacity pub gig, and I've tried to make myself flexible to cater to that.

What were you doing before this?

Probably avoiding maths lessons or practicing talking to girls in the mirror. Music has really been the major focus of my life since high school, everything else has a tendency to slide in around it. I still spend a bit too much time playing facebook games and getting up to mischief, but a lot of the priorities you're 'meant' to have in life have really slipped onto the back burner for me.

We heard something about a debut album...

My album’s called Inkstains, it's dropping November 27th and has taken me far, far too long to get in order. It features some really cool people, including 360 (of The Festival Song), Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), HR King and Joyride (Urthboy - Hellsong). I've worked with some amazing local producers too, guys like Akouo, Konfuzion, Elgen and One Above. The bulk of the album is melancholy, it's a really personal and introspective release and I think that's why it's taken me so long to finalise. Doing it independently means it's grown in a really natural way; I was never wrestling with any deadlines or trying to create singles, I just wrote lyrics as life demanded it and this is the end product. It's a conceptual album - Inkstains is about the mark that music has had on my life and the mark that life makes on the self. Hopefully people can connect to it on a personal level, that’s really what I was gunning for.

Australian music is?

My Raison D'etre. Also a really good way to blow money in JB HI-FI.

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The Stoops
New

Artist

The Stoops

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (hip hop, Perth, aussiehiphop, ...)

Perth, WA

Tom Thum

Artist

Tom Thum

Hip Hop (old school electro, mostly Hip Hop, Tom Thum, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Desmond Cheese
New

Artist

Desmond Cheese

Electronic, Hip Hop (Chill, beats)

Brisbane, QLD

Tigerilla
New

Artist

Tigerilla

Electronic, Hip Hop (Tigerilla, Electronic, Moby, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Aliens

Artist

Aliens

Dance, Hip Hop (beats, aliens, Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

23

Artist

23

Hip Hop, Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Mikey HUNJ
New

Artist

Mikey HUNJ

Electronic (Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Perth emcee/producer/singer/song psychologist Mathas is a thoughtful and skilled lyricist whose recent tracks have really impressed. He is the winner of our Southbound competition and will be opening The Sunny Stage of the festival on Saturday, January 4.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I’ve been performing and putting out music in Perth for over 10 years now. I suppose I've gradually been shaped into a begrudgingly optimistic pisstaker of world events, the Australian political climate and dietary habits. I guess I just say it as I see it.

You’re the winner of our Southbound competition and will be playing the fest in Busselton, WA on Saturday 4th Jan. What can the crowd at Southbound expect from the Mathas live show?

I’ll be playing out of a briefcase with a giant button attached to it, with some decorative props and a signature onstage goofballishness.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

It's been many years since I've played at a festival and also a long time since I last went to Southbound (2010) ... So getting to perform is highly important. I gotta tell you though, I'm pretty partial to the ol’ campers chai tent.

What are your plans for Mathas in 2014?

I’ll be putting out my sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas in the first half of 2014. That’s pretty much all I can think about at the moment... just get the frikkin album done.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Get the album done... it's been 4 years since the last one.

Australian music is…?

Far more important than buying a house.

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Peezo
New

Artist

Peezo

Electronic, Hip Hop (Neptunes, MISSY ELLIOT & MOVMENT)

Melbourne, VIC

Bankrupt Billionaires

Artist

Bankrupt Billionaires

Pop, Hip Hop (Georgia Ann Muldrow, amy winehouse, J dilla, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ryland Rose

Featured Artist

2013

7

Oct

Ryland Rose

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rapper Ry delivers complex, crisp lyrics over some slick production from the likes of Hamley and Chiefs. His twenty-something's hip hop is so smooth it'll make you want to buy a convertible just so you can put the top down.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I've been rapping quite some time now, ever since I was a lot younger just trying to get better and better at it. Over the past few years I've developed more of a interest in actual song writing and I think that's where I found my niche or style. Once I did that it all kinda began to take shape.

You we’re one of the winners of our NIDA video clip competition, and the clip made for your track 'Ride For Me (feat. Shadow Kitsune)' just premiered on rage. In it you channel Frank Sinatra, which looks fun. How did you find the experience of filming the video?

It was great fun, seeing a team of talented students all focusing on the one goal and outcome was pretty motivating. NIDA is a great institute, world class. It was a bit overwhelming arriving on set and seeing 20-30 extra's waiting to shoot their scene, I've definitely never had that before. I'm used to driving all my sets and props around in my car boot and shooting without permits. As soon as we started shooting it I knew it was going to turn out awesome, couldn't have asked for more.

What can an audience typically expect from a Ry live show?

Twerking (jokes), me performing any of my upbeat songs, some bad jokes from me and good ones from my DJ Jimmy, me rapping over a well known song by Phoenix or doing a Drake cover, then closing it all off with a tribute to Biggie Smalls.

What are you doing when you’re not making music?

Running my clothing label RYWS with my girlfriend, using my Dad's laundry to do my washing, or at my part time job awkwardly whispering voice memo's into my phone.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

My new EP Amnesia comes out late October and then I'm off to the USA just for November. When I come back I'd love to tour a bit more and get straight into finishing off my album that's produced by Hamley!

Australian music is…?

Currently incredible. The music coming out of this country is just as good if not better than the worldwide standard and that goes for all genres. The sense of community has built as well and it's great to see artists crossing over and pushing the boundaries. It's exciting to be a part of it.

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Omar Musa
New

Artist

Omar Musa

Hip Hop (Masta Ace, Nas, Koolism, ...)

Canberra, ACT

RUNFORYOURLIFE

Artist

RUNFORYOURLIFE

Electronic, Hip Hop (Electronic, JDilla, Nina Simone, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

N'fa Jones

Artist

N'fa Jones

Hip Hop, Electronic (common, Remi, The Roots, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Remi is a 20-year-old Melbourne MC turning heads with his debut album 'Regular People Shit'. Get a taste of it right here.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I just listen to artists that I like, and how they get their personalities across through their music. I also recorded a bunch of songs that will never see the light of day, and worked my arse of until I was happy with how they sounded. With the beats, we tried to create a balance of organic sounds, with electronic bass instruments, though still trying to keep it as natural as possible.

What’s a Remi live show like?

If it’s up to my friends, wild as f**k! I love performing live, so I just get really amped and, usually, the crowd feeds off that and it results in pandemonium.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

Everything that J Smith (producer) has ever told me. Except for when he tells me I should eat less Nando’s, then he doesn’t know what the f**k he’s talking about.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.

I’m pretty lucky in the sense that the people who inspire me are in my team. Whether it is, Run For Your Life or the UY collective. J Smith has probably been my biggest inspiration/mentor. N’fa’s been like a brother and mentor. Syreneyiscreamy & Chris Scott’s voices make me pull my finger out on hooks. My homie Jarryd Williams, who is the other Leader of the UY collective, makes me hustle. Everyone else holds down his or her own instruments, whether it’s a camera or knowledge about the industry, and that makes you want to work harder. It’s basically my family (both real and musical) that inspires me, in the un-cheesiest way possible.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

I’ve got a gig this Wednesday for Uncomfortable beats at Bar Open on Brunswick Street, that I’m pretty excited for. Heading up to Sydney this weekend to See Hau with the Run For Your Life peeps. Got some gigs in Perth during March, which will be siiiiiiick. Writing a bunch more tracks, and finding out how to make money by doing this music shit.

Australian music is…?

...slept on by the world.

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Baro
New

Artist

Baro

Electronic, Hip Hop, Punk (Jazz, Lounge Rap, kanye west, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

B Wise

Featured Artist

2015

28

Sep

B Wise

( )

Sydney, NSW

Representing Sydney's South West, rapper B Wise picked up the triple j Unearthed opening slot for the Sydney Listen Out and is the Feature Artist this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I would like to say my music is a progressive sound for hip hop in Australia. Its really important to me to try and be unique where I can so I practice just being myself. Believe it or not, just trying to be yourself and not influenced by others takes a lot of practice!

What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Real life, experiences past and present and hearing NEW ground breaking music that can't be labeled by one genre.

What can punters expect from your live show at Listen Out?

Without giving too much away, early arvo sweating, energy and you will definitely leave having got to know the random person next to you!

What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?

"Creatives that tend to do exceptionally well don't try to follow the trends of whats going on in the world, they set the trends by bringing the people into their own world" - Dumi Oburota.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

The Preatures - Is This How You Feel.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

John Farnham - You're The Voice.

You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What local tune do you put on next?

Tuka - Yeah Right.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Hau at Gingers in Sydney. Was a really cool intimate crowd, with a dope support by Yum Yum.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

There are so many varieties and qualities now days in the Sydney scene that I admire. Im a big fan of acts like Spit Syndicate who been holding the Sydney rap scene down for a minute and still continue to grow their brand as musos and as a business. On the opposite side you got acts like Kerser who just do their own thing online, appeal to their own fans and have such a cult following and are able to provide a living for themselves and their team by not having to rely on mainstream vehicles of distribution.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Get my ass on the road and play shows around the country while finishing my debut album!

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C1 Beats

Artist

C1 Beats

Hip Hop, Electronic (NYC, L.A.)

Melbourne, VIC

NATUREBOY X GMC
New

Artist

NATUREBOY X GMC

Hip Hop, Roots (Chill, Trap, asap rocky, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bam Bam
New

Artist

Bam Bam

Electronic, Hip Hop (bam bam)

Melbourne, VIC

Savo
New

Artist

Savo

Hip Hop (savo, savobaby, jameel savage, ...)

Far North, QLD

COIN BANKS

Featured Artist

2014

11

Mar

COIN BANKS

( )

Perth, WA

Coin Banks is a talented Perth MC with an impressive résumé of collaborations to his name. Now he's stepping up and stepping out on his own and we couldn't be more stoked.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am a Hip Hop artist from Perth, Australia – I am a beat maker and an MC. A lot of people tell me that my sound and style is really different to what is going on in Australian hip hop at the moment, and I take it as a great compliment. I grew up listening to hip hop in Primary School so it’s always been there, and as hip hop grew, I grew with it. I think the main thing for me was to take my influences and create something original and different.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am huge music fan. I am fan before I am an artist. So other music is probably my biggest inspiration. I want to make people feel the way the same way that a de la soul song made me feel. Other than that, life’s experiences are a big influence on me – love, girls, and philosophy. For me, Hip Hop is essentially soul music, so it’s the pains and joys in my life that inspires me to create.

What can punters expect from a Coin Banks live show?
RAPS! I am a rappers rapper, an mc’s mc. My main focus is to do my job and deliver the song as well as possible. That being said, I love crowd interaction, I love the old school house party vibe of partying with the crowd. If the crowd has a good time, then im gona have good time. My favourite shows are playing with a full band. I rarely get to play these because of budgetary constraints, but the songs really come to life when there is a 7 piece band behind me.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Over the years, Homeboy Sandman has become a bit of a big brother to me. If I overstep the boundary, he is quick to step in and set me right. I love the dude for the guidance he has given me. He isn’t only one of the best MC’s in the world; he is also one of the most intelligent and nicest dudes I know.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker – No Diggity (Cover)

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Ta-Ku – I miss you

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sable – Feels So Good

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was a Bush Fire Fundraiser in Perth. Started with Natalie Mae and  Rae doing an acoustic set together, I love these guys and their performance is always something special. Then Marksman Lloyd played, and he killed it as per usual. I had to leave just after his set finished, but was a great night with great people.

Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Marksman Lloyd – He is my favourite MC in WA, if not all of Australia. His work ethic and originally are really inspiring – I always tell him how jealous I am of his stuff. One of my closest homies!
Mathas – I don’t really need say much about this guy, I love everything about the music he makes – he inspires me and makes me step my game up.
Ta-Ku – I’ve worked with Ta-Ku for over the years, and am happy to call him one of my best friends. He has always supported me in music and personal life, and vice versa. Dude is an inspiration for everyone in Perth.
Empty – This guy can play every instrument, rap, sing and freestyle something incredible. I’m always watching what he is up to next, and I suggest the rest of Australia do the same.
Sable – Young, talented, humble and passionate. This guy has such a bright future ahead of him, and I am super excited to be working with him on a few songs.
Childs Play, Beckon, Cole, Strangelove – These guys are all new young up and comers in the Perth scene and are already making waves. They all have a great work ethic and I am looking forward to seeing them grow as artists in the scene. They keep me on my toes.

What are your plans for Coin Banks in 2014?
Having the HEADS EP released on March 7th was a relief, but it now means I need to move on to the next page. Im going to let HEADS do its thing for a little bit, and to follow it up I have the TAILS EP featuring two singles with video clips. The Tails EP has my most favourite song of all time on it, I love everything on the HEADS EP but one of the singles on the TAILS EP is really special, and I cant wait to release it. I am currently working on my Debut solo LP with two songs already completed – one produced by Ta-Ku and another by Nottz from Detroit. As well as my solo stuff,  UPNUP have been busy writing new material to take into the studio. I have also been working with Sable and Marksman on an EP. 2014 should be a great year.

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