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  • Artist Interview! Profecy

     

    Still fresh, Brisbane MC, Liam ‘Profecy’ Wilson has not lost his rhyme stride over a beat. From taking on his local scene in 2010, Profecy rapped it, rode the beats and challenged the status quo as he saw it. Then, before he could take that next leap, he found himself trapped in the system. A timeout served well, with a 2014 return, Profecy is back in step with his new EP, The Release. How apropo.

    Time spent between albums only helped the rapper to explore the content of his character and develop the rapper. The Release goes in on the highs and the quite lows of what makes him who he is on the introspective joints ‘Truth or Truth’ and  'Standing In The Rain’. The momentum he is gathering is supported by Obese Records distro, their moves and reach and the circle of influence he keeps in the likes of Thundamentals, Illy and M-Phases allow Profecy to be seen and heard around Australia. Here, Wilson opens up on everything in between releases and what motivates him looking forward.

    Profecy

    Interview by Rip Nicholson on Thursday 28 August 2014

    Hey Liam, good to see you’re still grinding bro. What’s been going down, man?

    I've just been grinding man. Feels great to finally have this CD out, it’s been a long time coming.

    Your confessions on ‘Truth or Truth’, very deep and personal lyrics. About your father, too. if that’s your story, that’s very brave to bare it all on wax. Same with ‘Standing In The Rain’, you wear your heart on wax bro. Is that therapeutic?

    Yeah definitely, I’m an introvert so music is pretty much my only outlet for expressing deep personal shit. Songs like that just come so naturally and it definitely feels like a huge weight off when finishing a song like 'Truth or Truth.' It’s actually weird you mention both those tracks because a lot of the 'Standing In The Rain' lyrics were taken from a rough version I did of 'Truth or Truth' it was just way too long so I decided to split them up into two separate tracks.

    I see you started a CD to raise money for depression & anxiety, last year, was it? This is a cause for which you must feel pretty passionate about?

    Depression and anxiety is something I struggle with regularly so bringing awareness to it is definitely something I’m passionate about. I launched a possible campaign for it but we didn’t reach the target, hopefully next time because it’s still something I’d love to do.

    Back in 2010 you said your next EP for 2012 would feature Corbert and he’s still with you today. Do you like keeping your own team who know your signature sound?

    Corbett has such a dope voice and his production and songwriting ability is next level, I’m not sure why he isn’t super famous already but as long as he keeps writing back to my emails we’ll continue to work together.

    Walk With Me’ is really smooth bro, got a nice bounce to it. It’s very Illy-sounding. (hope you take that as a compliment, as was intended.) Corbert was on the money with production behind you. I’m sure now you’ve got that reach to hit up M-Pheezy for some of his world-famous tracks, if you really wanted?

    Thanks man. Yeah Illy is dope, I’ve been a fan since he released a freestyle on Ground Up Mixtapes back in like 2007 so I’m sure I would’ve drew some inspiration from him throughout the years. Huge fan of M-Phazes too, it would be an honour to work with him, hopefully next release.

    You have been hanging out with Thundamentals in the studio, sharing stages... have they been mentors to you, are you playing grasshopper?

    I got to support them on tour in Brisbane and Byron Bay but have only met Thundamentals. Those guys are awesome and definitely gave some good advice along with plenty of drink coupons.

    Being in the company of the country’s dopest rap acts, the experiences and the exposure with these guys, is this a big part of what it’s all about when you sign your EP with Obese to help your push?

    Yeah for sure, I sent Obese a copy of Let The Music Play back in 2010 and they were the only record label that got back to me with encouraging words and advice. Every year since then I’d send them all my latest songs and finally this year instead of giving constructive criticism they sent a contract. Being a rapper is pretty disheartening most the time so when you get a cosign from a label like Obese it’s such a good feeling. I still feel like I’ve got a long way go but it’s comforting to know I’m on the right path.

    Tom Wearne was outstanding with his delivery over the hook on ‘Find Your Way’

    That guy is crazy talented, I sent him the beat and he sent back the vocals the next day. I’m a massive fan of his band ‘Sleepy Tea’.

    So, why the choice to keep this new EP digital only? What’s the game plan?

    That was Obese’s decision. I’m going to do a short run of CDs independently, maybe put a bonus song on there or something like that. I’m gonna try get that done over the next few weeks.

    Why the name, ‘The Release’ is there a metaphorical meaning or story behind it?

    I was locked up for a few months last year so a lot of the songs were written in prison, it’s a very depressing place so being able to focus on writing this new EP and looking forward to recording it when I got out gave me some solace. The title track is similar to ‘Truth or Truth’ where I just share a lot of personal shit and like I said before music is the only outlet where I feel comfortable in doing so.

    In 2010 you were studying music business at the JMC Academy. Is that still the ultimate career move, to be behind the business of music rather than the talent in the long run?

    I’m pretty indecisive about what I want to do in the long run but I do a bit of publicity work on the side and I really enjoy that, but at this stage it’s not something I can live off. To be successful in the music business you gotta be out there networking all the time and that’s never really been one of my strong points. If I could land any sort career where I’m surrounded by dope music all the time that would be the dream.

    Thanks for your time again Liam, appreciate it. Good looking out and all the best with The Release for Friday’s release date.

    Thanks a lot bro, always appreciate the support.

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  • Artist Interview! - Mr Hill And Rahjconkas

    Eamon Hill and Rahj Jordan have come together to write, produce and record the latest single for their upcoming third album, in the one studio for the first time since pairing together several years ago. Rip Nicholson finds out from the producer and MC duo how this more organic process is working for them and asks them about their upcoming tour with Jurassic 5.

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    The new single ‘Telescope’ was released last October to great applause. Since the Brisbane MC joined the NSW producer in 2011 they have dropped two indie albums featuring singles ‘Warning Signs and ‘Put The Work In’ off their most sophomore LP, Dead End Street. Their talent was brought to the attention of Triple J through being named Unearthed feature artists and winning the Sprung Hiphop festival competition. In addition to this, they have circled the country with some of hip-hop’s favourite homegrown acts; Illy, Drapht, Seth Sentry, and most recently, The Funkoars. This is incredible progress for both Hill and Jordan given that their two albums in two years have been packaged together via emails. So adding proximity to their game could prove the potency they need to break new grounds. Jordan explains how this new energy is making it happen for the pair.

    H: Eamon Hill

    R: Rahj Jordan

     

    First things first, ‘Telescope’ dope new joint. Well done. What’s the meaning behind this one?

    H: Yeah ‘cause I was originally living in Brisbane and Rahj is based in Wogga Wogga and so it was just kinda done between emails with me recording in Brisbane and sending it down to Rahj and we never really got together for a whole project.

    R:  We’ve never really wrote together before.

    H: Yeah, we never really got together and wrote and recorded like this before. I’ve now moved down to near Sydney and now it’s a quick drive down to Rahj’s place and we can get together in the studio and work from scratch on everything. ‘Telescope’ is the first single sample of what we’ve done organically and wholly together.

    That’s two whole albums done separately, now when you compare has it changed the energy of the music?

    R: Absolutely because we vibe off each other much more and in saying that, you know, we’ve only known each other since 2011 so we’ve had time to really establish a friendship so as we’re going along we’re only getting stronger as partners and as friends, too. We’ve been able to relate to each other a lot easier now that we’re face to face.

    H: The whole process now is a lot easier because I guess it’s our third album now. It’s worked before but now we’re in the room together. The new album sounds nothing like the old stuff because of how much effort we’ve been able to put into the whole process. It’s really exciting to be able to surprise our whole fanbase with the quality of this album and ‘Telescope’ is an example and it’s caught everyone by surprise already compared to ‘Put the Work In’ which is a very sample-based track compared to what we’re doing today, so it’s very exciting for what we’ve got in store.

     

    ‘Telescope’ had a strong message to it, as do most of your tracks. Is it important for fans to get that message or are you guys content to have people say the flow is dope or the beat is bangin’?

    H: It doesn’t bother me too much. It’s always good and we appreciate people who go, ‘oh, that beat’s really nice,’ or, ‘the rap’s good’ because in a sense that’s hip-hop as well because I appreciate hip-hop tracks where the rap is just flowing, you know, where’s there’s not a relatable message. Which is probably most American stuff, you know? So I appreciate that sense of hip-hop as well and I also enjoy to write some meaningful stuff, too. The new single is kinda like that in where we’re having more fun on this track and more about sending out a positive vibe, you know?

     

    You guys have just come off touring with the Funkoars. My favourite group. Shit can get nasty with those clowns, how was it?

    R: The Funkoars are in a period now where they’re a lot older than they used to be. They’ve been around for a lot more years now and they know what needs to be done. In saying that, it got wild, we had mad parties. It was mainly just doing the shows and it was really cool to hang back and get to know more about them and that was the cool part for me, I guess.

    H: Yes, as Rahj had said and I’ve been a fan of the Funkoars for like, years. I had Funkoars on my ringtone in high school and to be able to go on tour with them it was amazing. But, yeah, I think we sort of caught them on the end of their wild days because now they know what to do at shows and they want to just go back to the room and chill with everyone, you know? So we had good house parties and stuff, but they never went too crazy. If anything, I guess we were flying the crazy flag a bit more than they were on tour.

    R: Yeah, I think we were definitely the crazy ones.

     

    So being permanently placed with these guys on the Dawn Of The Head EP... On ‘BMF’, that must feel pretty fucking spesh?

    R: Absolutely man. We’re thankful for the opportunity, me and Hilly, both and honoured in the same way. It’s so hard to explain in words, it’s just so humbling, it’s made us feel very secure in what we’re doing and the fact that we feel we’re reaching new minds in hip-hop and the old heads still appreciate us. It’s just humbling, man.

    H: Yeah, that’s right. Like, it sort of trips us out to think that guys we look up to can also be fans of our music and I guess that’s what they were trying to tell us the whole time on tour, they are all fans of what we are doing and they like our music. So, for them to reach out to Rahj to make a beat for them  on their album, that’s great, you know? That’s why we do this shit.

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    When Mr Hill first started out you were grabbing beats from wherever. Now with an in-house producer to work with is it a matter of convenience now because you don’t have to shop around?

    H: From when I started, I knew I always wanted to be a duo because I always looked up to people like the Hilltop Hoods and like Muph and Plutonic, people that do stuff in-house and come up with their own sound and  it becomes known as their sound, you know it’s them and it’s not just a rapper’s albums with beats from everywhere and I kinda don't know what to expect. I was always a fan of hearing someone’s style. Like, you know Rage Against The Machine when you hear their guitars, it’s that kinda thing. That’s what I was always chasing, so I was always looking out for something like this and Rahj hit me up and I sort of discovered what he was doing because we were kinda like worlds apart at that stage. It was all local and I didn’t really hear anyone that’s not inside your state so when I linked up with Rahj in the first place, I thought this was really cool and I was just stoked that he wanted to work with me and it was only after we recorded a few demo tracks I hit him and was like, ‘hey, do you wanna be like an official duo and put an album out?’ and I guess the rest was history from there.

    R: There is a form of convenience because, and also what people don’t realise is that he’s a very musical and talented dude, he put so much ideas into our music. It’s just very easy. Hilly can have an idea and I can play that idea. There is a level of convenience, but in saying that we um, we’re still about trying to create our own sound and manage that without jeapordise our own visions and how we feel about tracks that we come out with.

     

    Well that’s it, do you strive for that signature sound and hone in on it once you find it or keep from that and keep trying to switch up and change as you evolve together?

    R: We try to break the grain a little bit. Both me and Hilly like the same music and  we’re not going to change that for likes, or to get more publicity. It’s real to us and we just try to make music that we love to make. Whether or not it changes up for the next release but it’s always something that we chose to do and we like that sound.  

    H: Consistency wise, we’ve got Rahj who’s got the more melodic voice and is always going to probably do more singing on tracks and I’m always going to lay down the rapping, the break-downs and that’s the kinda sound that we’re creating for ourselves and we always want to change up on each track but um, I guess that’s the sound we’ve developed over the years and plays to what we like and the strengths, you know.

     

    Well you’re always going to grow from one track to another, from album to album as you mature your music too will mature. Whether you kind of like it or not, it will happen you know what I mean, it’s organic through life. And it always shows in whatever our craft may be.

     

    On your 2nd LP, Dead End Street you guys really solidified yourselves as a formidable act across the national scene. Establishing your act can be a huge goal to set. Let’s assume you’ve done that now, what’s the goal for 2014 and beyond?

    H: The goal is to keep growing, I mean you develop a fanbase that appreciate what you’re doing but I think it’s up to us to make the kind of music that fans will actively go and show their friends and go, ‘yeah these guys are great,’ so I think that’s the goal for us and to start doing more headlining shows and just show the confidence in the music a bit more.

    R: We’re like three albums in now and as Hilly said, we’ve made sort of a promise, that we don’t wanna be the artists that go under the belt for years and then suddenly release work. We want to try and release, not try, we are going to release an album every year.

    H: Yeah, and that was the goal from the start. That’s just how active we want to be and how passionate we are to keep doing this forever, yeah.

     

    Mr Hill Dead End Street Mr Hill Dead End Street

     

    That’s gotta be a mammoth task given that life gets in the way, you know. You’ve gotta balance that with real life as well.

    H: Yeah that was hard for our first album especially.

    R: We’ve learned how to do it a bit better now. Second album was a stress load,  and this album, no joke I’ve absolutely had no stress in doing this one throughout the writing process. It’s just, as you said, the more we work on this  the more we mature. if we started off putting out an album out each year, we might get to a point where we’re knocking out two, you know?

     

    Do you think you guys can get too comfortable at that stage, where you think, ‘dude, we just knocked it out in six months, we’ve got another six months, let’s knock another one out?’

    H: Honestly, i think if we didn’t have day jobs it would probably be done quickly. I’d spend a lot more time at Rahj’s house and we’d just work hard on music. We don’t ever set ourselves goals, like ‘let’s work on this song and bounce it out as a rough master and then move on to the next song.’ You can spend lots of time on something and not be happy with it and be scared to release it. You’ve just gotta have confidence that people will like ti and it represents our sound well. So you move on and release the next.

     

    Opening up for Jurassic 5 - that’s gotta be a defining moment thus far in your careers?

    R: I think it is, because of heritage behind them. We are Australian hip-hop we’ve broken away from American hip-hop to be a part of that culture with them reuniting us, it’s just very honourable man. It’s different music to us, it’s very, you know, a couple of their songs they’ve released have always stuck in my head throughout my life so it’s just cool to be a part of the heritage I guess.

    H: Yeah, Jurassic 5 are a very influential band and they’re definitely someone i used to listen to through my teens and just to be able to open up for them. My brother saw them perform at Livid the last time they were back here, years ago. Now they’re finally coming back and it’s the first international act that Rahj and I will be playing with so I’m kinda nervous because of the size of the venue and size of the show and everything that we’re going to be involved with is a bit daunting but at the same time we’re going to give it 100 per cent and prove to everyone that we deserve that spot and warm everyone up, that’s for sure.

     

    Is the crowd ever naked?

    H: I guess you tend to appreciate the spotlight a bit more because it’s a different thing and how big the room actually is. And you’re kinda sweating under the big lights. I tend to look at Rahj and get the confidence from each other’s energy, you know. Like, I know for a fact theres going to be people that have never heard us before and  never heard our music before and it’s up to us to impress them and get the show rolling, so that’s what we do.

     

    That’s a good thing right, to have new converts there. That chance to capture a new audience?

    H: That’s what the whole Funkoars tour was for us, you know. Rahj and I playing before a group of a whole new people and we got a lot of support off that tour and gained a whole lot of fans. Especially these days you can tangibly see how many fans you’re gaining after each show you know? So, I guess it’s a bigger scale of what the Funkoars just did, you know?

     

    Is this before or after the Big Pineapple Festival?

    H: This will be before, Pineapple Fest is in May.

     

    Anything else you guys wanna mention?

    H: We’ve got a new single coming out called ‘Non Stop’ and that will be released by the 5th April up on itunes. that will be our second single off the new album called Parallel Universe and that will be the last single we’ll drop before the album release which will be around winter.

     

    So this album should really stand apart from the last two given your new proximity to working together?

    H: Oh definitely, it’s almost like we’re reinventing ourselves on this album. With a lot more mature writing, a lot more production going in, I know that for certain. It’s really exciting to be able to release this album and see how people are going to react.

    R: Coming from the other albums I was producing the beats myself and now Hilly’s got a lot more input and opinion in the making of the music, like, we sit there and we record the track and we take a lot longer to deliberate over it all. And with Hilly just being a part of the beat-making process really puts a shine to how the album sounds. So the studio time is really helping both of us and how we relate to each other, I guess.

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    Written by Rip Nicholson with permission to print.

     
  • Artist Interview - Kerser

    Artist Interview - Kerser

    REALITY-BASED RHYMES. WITH RIP NICHOLSON HE DISCUSSES HOW HIS MUSIC IS MORE RELATABLE TO THE STREETS THAN THE BARBECUE RAP BEING SPAT OUT OF RADIOS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

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    Hey man, what have I caught you in the middle of today?
    Nothing much man, aye. Just kickin’ back. It’s boiling here.

    Easy one to kick off. Who does Kerser think is the best rapper in the country?
    Himself.

    Haha dope. That’s what’s up! This is the difference between you and a lot of cats in the scene. Hip-hop has always been the braggadocios art.
    Exactly, bro!

    You ask a lot of rappers and they’ll say ‘oh yeah, I love the Hilltops or Bliss N Eso.’ F*ck that, be about yourself, man.
    I think exactly the same way, man. That’s the way hip-hop has always been, you have to big-up yourself, you know what I mean?

    That’s the main point of difference with you in the Australian rap scene. You can’t be so humble. You ask a sprinter who they think will win the race, see if they suggest someone else.
    Exactly, that’s the way, I couldn’t have put it better, haha.

    Do you think you will ever be considered in any top 5 list of Aussie rappers? Do you care?
    I don’t really care to tell you the truth, that’s how I was going to answer that. I don’t think Aussie artists really dig the music so much. They can’t relate to it, but then again I could never relate to their music much either. I think as far as the hustler side of things I’m still getting my music out there without any airplay. They can’t deny that I’ve hustled the hardest out of all of them.

    Well you’ve shown that you can do it without the radio. Radio doesn’t matter you’re kicking arse on iTunes without them. Fuck ‘em, you know?
    Yeah that’s exactly right bro.

    Just watched the ‘Old Matt’ video you and Nebs did. Reminds me of DJ Quik’s ‘Dollars & Sense’ track from way back. Do you know that joint?
    No, I haven’t heard of it.

    Two rappers from Compton who had beef brought on from a misunderstanding on a mixtape. Quik goes in hard on Eiht in one of the most classic diss tracks in west coast rap. You and 60’s beef reminds me of these two cats. Anyway, at the end of it, what were you looking for on the ground?
    It’s actually a go-kart place in Mento which is in Campbelltown and 360 went there with Bliss N Eso and they went go-karting and...

    You were looking for his nut, weren’t you?
    Mmmm, so we went back and tried to find his testicle for him.

    Brah, school me on something here. I have lived in London for over 6 years and I understand London geezers, or lads. But in Australia, you are considered a lad. What does that mean over here?
    When I was younger the older fellas, like, they used to go out thieving, just to survive, and they’d get all the freshest gear and they’d always come back with the really expensive brands of shirts, shoes and whatever. And that’s how it all started. Then it kicked off in a style and everyone’s doing it and now if you were a certain polo or Nike you’re looking suss. Now it’s kinda become fashion now. So this lad term I never put on myself but it’s come about and that’s how people see me now I guess.

    What did you think of Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control’ ?
    Yeah sick, man. I love what he did, man.

    The reason I lead with that question is because Kendrick did what you do here. He stirs the pot of hip-hop, keeps the sediment from falling to the bottom, challenges folk and you’re not scared to single yourself apart from other Aussie rappers. Are you just putting your opinions out there or are you specifically trying to stir the whole scene up?
    Umm, bit of both to tell you the truth. I don’t wanna sound cliched or anything, I’ve just been writing about what’s going on in my life. At least with Aussie hip-hop there wasn’t anything I could relate with. Talking about BBQs and the summer life you know what I mean. Then when I got further into it I found there were the underground rappers spitting that street shit. And I think I’ve attracted a lot of fans that aren’t into much Aussie hip-hop because they can’t relate to it, you know what I mean? I’ve had people that have said to me, ‘oh I don’t like a lot of Aussie hip-hop but I love your shit.’ So I’m the first to break away from that shit and give these people something they can relate to.

    I love how you call it BBQ rap, it reminds me of an old Mass Mc track “I ain’t coming to ya BBQ mate no more..” Most rappers come from the suburbs, not much life-taking moments to really rap about, or they go global-political to sound deep in their lyrics but you come at your rap from a personal perspective of life and coming up hard with serious experience in which to draw from. Do you feel your leading a new movement?
    I do, definitely bro aye, I think this street sound is only going to get bigger. I was saying yesterday, there is a whole bunch of kids from south west Sydney, west Sydney who are starting off now and I just think there is a whole movement going to take off with them, this street shit. I think it will be more accepted in the future, five or ten years down the track. I’m just the first to do it and get on mainstream to show those kids the way to do it and be heard. Radio won’t touch it, TV won’t touch it , they’re all a bit standoffish. So I think this will be the start of something I will look back at and appreciate when I’m older. And radio will accept it more readily as time goes on.

    Look at the way hip-hop started. Radio wasn’t supporting shit until the 90s. Artists had to grind their shit on the street level and people bought records through word of mouth out of the trunks of cars. That’s hip-hop in it’s purest form, on that street level vibe.
    Exactly, I agree with you 100 per cent bro.

    Chuck D of Public Enemy said hip-hop is the CNN of the ghetto. Do you feel it’s your duty to report on the streets of Campbelltown?
    Yeah rapping about past experiences and what we’re going through and yeah, that’s a good way to put it. It’s like giving people the news that they wouldn’t hear elsewhere because I think it gets shuddered everywhere else.

    A part of Australia kept in the shadows that you can be the voice of.
    Yes, completely overshadowed, that’s exactly right.

    So if you don’t bring it to light there will be plenty of issues that go unheard in these communities.
    Yeah, no-one would report on it and things will just continue the way they are and I’m happy to be the first to bring it to everyone’s attention.

    So when you sit down to write is that at the forefront or the driving force for doing what you do?
    Definitely man, it depends on the beat and how I'm feeling that day. I can always switch it up from just talking about street shit. depends on the beat and vibe and the mood I’m in and then I’ll take it from there.

    Latest album ‘S.C.O.T. (Sickest Cunts Out There)’ was on some other shit... dope. You and the Nebulizer knocked that shit out the box, man. Happy with how it came out?
    Definitely man, my first album, Nebulizer was done when I was 22-23 and it was more pubby and party vibe and with No Rest For The Sickest album I wanted to show people I don’t only put out partying shit, then with this S.C.O.T. album we thought we wanted to try out everything we’ve done so far so we included some party bangers, some street shit and have some classic hip-hop shit and when i listened to the album I thought we did kinda cover every avenue that i’ve done before and put it all in fifteen songs and I think we balanced it pretty well. So the outcome was pretty much how we had pictured it.

    How important is Nebs to the whole process of making the album, even outside of producing it?
    Very much so man, he’s making the beats while I write and then he’ll mix it and go and get it mastered so he’s very important bro. He helps out heaps and has a massive amount of input on the albums as well.  We see eye to eye because we’re mates as well, you know? So there’s never really any ‘oh nah, I don’t wanna do that,’ we’re always on the same level.

    In an interview last year you said you had a few regrets from your first album. Too much drugs and party bullshit and you wanted to think more on what you write. You obviously did on No Rest For The Sickest. 2014, how does Kerser treat writing a rap these days compared to when you were the YouTube kid?
    OK, yeah, that’s a good question. I guess back then I wasn’t putting too much thought into the tracks and now I’m thinking, ‘ah shit, kids are listening to this, kids eleven and twelve not just only the 20 and 30 year olds. So I’ve gotta start thinking about what I’m saying. On the first shit, I won’t say glorifying, but I was rapping about shit I was taking and I don’t want to give people the impression I’m telling kids to go do drugs.

    When you first start out you don’t think that kids are going to be hanging off your every word.
    That’s it man, I’m thinking, f*cking hell with some of the references and lines I’ve said, i didn’t think people were gonna hear this, (laughs) So I definitely keep that in mind when I’m songwriting now, man. I still stay real I just try to think how people are going to take my words these days.

    Kerser Kerser S.C.O.T.T

    ‘Scot vs Kers’ - is this a track highlighting the identity battle you have? being the person Scott and at the same time the rap impresario, Kers? The Face-Off video style was a dope idea too, bro. Big up to Tycotic.
    Pretty much just touched on those situations where you’re battling between persona's. When I’m Scott... (laughs) when I’m Scott, when I think about it there’s Kerser which is kinda like my brand and then there’s Scott behind that. They’re the same person but it touches on you know? Some days I feel like Kers, some days I feel like Scott and I thought well it must be Scott versus Kers, you know?

    How often do you find yourself in that alter-ego tug of war? And who usually wins?
    At the end of the day I’d say Scott because he’s... oh yeah, then... (laughs) I’ll say it’s a draw.

    I can see you’re battling with it right now.

    I’m a fan of your brother’s work. Rates’ ‘Nightmare’ is a haunting confessional. You guys rap similarly in that regard. Is it therapeutic for you to rap shit off your chest?
    Yeah it is man, if you’re going through a heap of shit and you put it to paper and record it and put it out there and get it off your chest it does man, very therapeutic. That’s a good word for it, yep.

    In one of your latest tracks, I forget the name, you said you hadn’t spoken to Rates in a few months. We can press on if it’s on a personal tip bro, but I was just wondering what the G-O is between you two?
    Rates has moved down to Melbourne to work on his album. I think he just needed a break from everything and start fresh type of thing, you know? As you heard in ‘Nightmare 3’ he went back into rehab last year and um, he’s had a few dramas and I think he just needed a clean start and so as soon as he moved to Melbourne I haven’t spoken to him since.

    Is he older or younger?
    He’s older.

    Aha! see Wikipedia was right on that then but I read somewhere else where it said he was younger than yourself.
    Wikipedia’s wrong on lots of my shit, I read that as well.

    Fuck that’d be a trip I can't imagine reading my own profile on Wikipedia and seeing shit wrong about me.
    I know man, i don't know where they get their stories from aye man.

    Your lyrics are so close to the bone, so real for you. Is it hard to keep your past issues separate from Kerser’s public interest?
    yeah it can be. Life is just suddenly put in the spotlight. People hear something and run with it from there and yeah it’s hard to juggle but I suppose it comes down to the fact that I’m just being true to myself and what music I put out I put out and I suppose that’s how the public is gonna take it.

    It’s weird when complete strangers know a lot about you.

    That’s a trip.
    Yeah, that still spins me out today, you know?

    A lot of local MCs, the BBQ rappers as you call them, wouldn't really know that feeling because their life is not exposed so freely as yours is in your music. I mean it is to an extent, just not to the lengths of what you put in your music.
    As i said earlier a lot of BBQs and politics. Where I’m from people don’t wanna hear about politics and what not. That’s not making a difference where I’m from. People over here are struggling and that’s why my shit has kinda blown up because it’s a refreshing sound and something they can actually understand and relate to. Not typical Aussie shit talking about going to the RSL or whatever, you know? (laughs)

    So Big Day Out bro. That’s huge. Will this be your biggest crowd yet?
    Yeah i’d say it would be. I’ve done festivals but I think Big Day Out is a whole other platform. So I’m really looking forward to this one.

    Anything planned for the big event?
    Me and Jay UF got the set down pat now and DJ Lopez on the decks, we’ve just been rehearsing a lot more than we usually would. And the songs lined up for the festival aren’t the same as what I’d do at a Kers show. Some people might not have heard some of my old shit so we’ll just be playing on stuff to get the festival going. We’ll do a big pumped-up set and yeah, at a Kerser show I know people are there to see me but at a festival people we take into consideration that people are there to party. We’ll just make sure it’s a real hot set.

    So, as the kids are hanging off every word Kers has to say, Kerser is for the kids. Anything you’d like to say?
    Just shout out to everyone supporting my movement and everyone thats bought my stuff, my merchandise a big thank you, there’s plenty more to come. Me and Nebs are going in hard to record some more shit when the tour wraps up in March. Get the fourth album in four years out and should drop sometime in November.

    Keeping it busy bro, that’s the way.
    Yeah man, we keep flat out. That’s another thing I wanted to say; there’s plenty more to come.

    All the best brother and thanks a lot for your time on this.

    Written
    By Rip Nicholson 

    Published with permission for www.ozhiphopshop.com.au

    You can check out a few of Kersers tracks here.

    You can purchase his latest album here.

    Keep up to date with Kerser on his website here or his Facebook here.

     
  • Dialect JJJ Unearthed Feature Artist

    Dialect – JJJ unearthed feature artist

    Dialect

    South Australian emcee Dialect has been picked as this weeks Triple J Unearthed feature artist. As a part of the whole deal, Triple J threw a few q’s Dialects way. You can check that out below. Also, make sure you head over to Dialects unearthed page here, and download some new tracks plus leave a review.

    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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