Much loved Melbourne nine-piece Echo Drama have today announced their new single Insanity, a heavy condemnation of the selfishness that rules in today’s society.
Hot on the heels of this massive track is the accompanying clip, directed by Carl Allison (Hilltop Hoods) and reflecting the band in an apocalyptic performance space. Insanity will be launched in style with a celebratory show at The Workers Club Melbourne on July 26, where fans will be able to catch Echo Drama in their element – on the stage.
Insanity is a bold name for a bold track. Echo Drama’s enormous sound is captured perfectly here; distorted horns draw the listener in immediately with an undeniable melody, while Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair’s (Recipient of 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative) verse is full of hard-hitting criticism on egocentrism. Zimbabwean born Soul singer Thando Sikwila’s hook is similarly condemning, and sits proudly atop Echo Drama’s signature amalgamation of reggae, hiphop, rock, and dub. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Thando explains, “This song explores how people are so fixated with self preservation and tend to turn a blind eye to bad things that happen because they’re not affected by them. My hook is about looking inwards and confronting what being a human being really means, when people no different like us halfway around the world are left destitute all for the sake of profit. It’s not sustainable.”
The clip is suitably bleak in colour; muted greys are accented by intricate lighting displays while the band perform the track in a destitute, industrial environment. It’s quick, energetic, and cut with an urgency that suits Insanity perfectly. Speaking on the making of the clip, Echo Drama’s drummer and founder Jeremy Schiftan says, “The clip was directed and conceptualised by Carl Allison, who is a wizard! We have been wanting to do a clip with Carl for a while, as he has worked with a few members of the band on other projects and consistently delivers the goods. The track is pretty hectic, so went for fast cuts, and the set was a great space he sourced to get that big open space we wanted for the largeness of the tune. It’s big to match the sound, but bare to mirror the blunt nihilism of the tune’s themes.”
Echo Drama are thrilled to celebrate the release of Insanity with a killer live show at Melbourne’s renowned indie music venue, The Workers Club. A mainstay on the Melbourne music scene since 2012, the band are renowned for their enormous sound and high-voltage live performances, appearing at many festivals including St Kilda Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival and Strawberry Fields. Looking forward to hitting the stage, Jeremy enthuses, “We really cut our teeth as a live band…you can expect slick, well rehearsed high impact performances from a large group with a large sound. Echo Drama has always been about doing our own thing rather than conforming to genre expectations so Insanity really hits that point home for us…we went a little outside the box on this choice of track to show you all, and we’re excited to see how it’s received.”
Echo Drama is Thando Sikwila (vocals), Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair (vocals), Jeremy Schiftan (drums), Steve Phillips (keys), Duncan Schmoll (guitar), Stephen Lane (bass), Anthony Foon (trumpet), Jay Scarlett (trombone), Greg Sher (saxophone).
Brisbane rapper Rivilin recently released his brilliant new album Ratrose.
Ratrose is a dark collection of songs that was written after the musician was involved in a terrible car accident. Rivilin locked himself in a room and commenced writing about watching everyone around him disappear as a means of mental recovery.
It is very clear that Rivilin is venting a lot of pent up anger on this record, and he isn’t afraid to go deep into issues surrounding mental health and isolation.
Rivilin debuted in 2016 and has since dropped a plethora of different releases. After releasing his album Nobody in 2019, Rivilin went straight back into the studio to record his Ratrose.
Keep an eye on this young Brisbane native, as he shows no sign of letting up his rapid pace anytime soon.
Sydney based Indie Electronic songstress Nikkita Ra has release her trippy new single 747.
Nikkita has also released a very slick and futuristic music video and will embark on a run of tour dates this month to celebrate.
Previously front woman of all girl riot squad She Rex, Nikkita Ra has an “electrifying stage presence” (Indie Shuffle.) Her first single and music video ‘Unity’ was “utterly engrossing” (Pilerats). Described by others as “Bjork meets Pussy Riot”,Nikkita Ra defines her music as ‘Trip Disco’ – Trip Hop you can get sweaty to.
Make sure to check out Nikkita Ra at a show near you!
Brisbane Hip Hop artist Cking has just dropped a brand new video for his track ‘Heard About Me’ (featuring TrueGod? & Freewyo.)
‘Heard About Me’ is a track from Cking’s 2019 album ‘Overtime’.
The video is gritty commentary on violence and the troubles that come along with escalating conflict to a physical level.
Cking has an accomplished career, having toured Australia twice, once with US Internet sensation Futuristic and once on a headline tour with his label mate Ursa 13. He has released 2 albums, an EP, a Mixtape & several stand alone singles.
Check out ‘Heard About Me’ and let us know what you think!
Exciting newcomer Mr Big Stuff has today announced his brilliant, hooky debut single I Need Space, featuring synthpop auteurs Strange Talk, out November 1. Mr Big Stuff, otherwise known as Gregory Truman, has also announced a quirky and fun video clip to accompany the track, created in collaboration with Lionel Towers (Gypsy & The Cat) and Andrew Mortlock (Cookin’ on 3 Burners, The Griswolds). I Need Space is a witty, poppy introduction to this up and coming Australian hip hop artist.
I Need Space is a great example of a satisfying and exciting cross-section of pop and hiphop, and it’s impressive to see an artist debut with such a strong, established sound and aesthetic. Cool and collected, Mr Big Stuff’s brilliant lyricism floats cleverly atop a bed of rolling percussion and smooth synths. Strange Talk is the perfect artist to join in on I Need Space, and as the track leans into the chorus, you’ll be hard-pressed to get the vocal hook out of your head. “I Need Space was inspired by a break up close to my family. I was at the studio writing and I got a call from one of the people involved in the breakup. We got talking and as I was holding back tears, they said to me I just need my space,” explains Mr Big Stuff, “I was in a bit of a sad mood, not knowing what to do – so I walked back into the studio, and 5 minutes later I Need Space was born.”
The clip for I Need Space travels far and wide, as the scene jumps from a surrealist library, to a vast desert landscape, to apocalyptic carpark, to an infinite galaxy. The colourful, psychedelic clip is a feast for the eyes, and, juxtaposed against the melancholy theme of the lyrics, presents a vibrant reflection of a relationship that has just ended. It’s fun, it’s strange, and it’s a must-watch, as Mr Big Space explains, “Originally we had a space theme idea and then we kind of went for an idea of space overall – as in, the landscape of space and being transported to different worlds. I had just gotten back from overseas when the idea for the clip was formed, and within a week we had set up filming locations, props, outfits, etc. It was a lot of work by the whole team and I’m very grateful to quality of the content that was produced.”
Mr Big Stuff is a new face on the scene, but it won’t stay that way for long, as an EP is already in the works for the charming hip hop artist. Music and dance has been a passion for Mr Big Stuff since childhood, as he sweetly enthuses, “I love to live life to the fullest. I was in a bad state, mentally and health-wise, for a while there, but now I have a new zest on life. I used to hide away because of my size, but now I embrace it! I got into making music through dancing, and the love and feeling that music gave me. I’m filled with joy to be able to finally come out from the shadows and show the world what has always been inside of me.”
After a massive 2018, which has already seen Aussie hiphop royalty Butterfingers release new music, head out on tour and play a string of killer showcases at BIGSOUND, the legendary group have today announced the 15 Years of Fatboys Australian tour. The epic run kicks off on March 1, 2019 at The Villa in Noosa, before moving through to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Frankston, Geelong, Belgrave, Dunsborough, Perth, Hillarys, Melbourne, Hobart, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and wrapping up at The Northern in Byron Bay on April 26, supported nationally by Melbourne MC, Fresh Violet.
With years of experience under their belts, their tongues inserted firmly and permanently in their cheeks, and an undeniable sense of rhythmic brilliance, Butterfingers are thrilled to bring their breakout album Breakfast At Fatboys back out on the road in 2019. They have also announced that the classic album will be released on orange vinyl for the first time ever, to coincide with the tour. Excited to kick things off, Evil Eddie enthuses, “We’re super stoked to be hitting the road for the anniversary tour of Breakfast At Fatboys, and can’t believe it’s been 15 years. It’s a good long list of shows, and there’s going to be songs in the set we haven’t played live since the original album tour in 2004.” Set to play the album from start to finish, then sprinkle in some newer tracks and some old fan faves, Butterfingers are no strangers to the wild live scene of the Aussie hip-hop world.
Upon release, Breakfast At Fatboys was a triumph for the group, as their cheeky, eclectic brand of stomping hiphop became hugely popular across the country and beyond. Their first two singles, Everytime and I Love Work, both featured on the debut album, made it to triple j’s coveted Hottest 100 countdown at #38 and #15 respectively and Yo Mama dropped in at #17. The album become a favourite on the station, earning the Feature Album accolade in addition to a nomination for Best Independent Release at the 2004 ARIA Awards and a guest programming slot on Rage.
There’s a lot for fans to look forward to at these anniversary shows, as the group plan a few special moments for audiences across the country. Eddie reveals, “Playing some of those old tunes that we haven’t touched for so long is the obvious one but there’s a specific track with the classy title of Piss On Ya that always gets requested at shows but since it features a female emcee who isn’t a regular member of the band, we’ve hardly ever performed it live. Fortunately we are taking a female emcee from Melb known as Fresh Violet on the road with us and I’m hoping we can twist her arm to make a cameo on the track…We’re looking forward to all the shows, but The Zoo show in Brisbane will be like a big warm hug cause that’s where we really cut our teeth, but The Corner in Melbourne is a classic live venue and that’s gonna be awesome too.”
Tickets to the 15 Years of Fatboys national tour will be available for fan and venue presale from 9am LOCAL Thursday 8 November and general public from 9am LOCAL Thursday 15 November.
BUTTERFINGERS 15 YEARS OF FATBOYS NATIONAL TOUR
FRI 01 MAR | THE VILLA, NOOSA QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95439 | 1300 762 545
SAT 02 MAR | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/c09d8c30-e619-4aa1-ace8-0118bdf59832 |1300 762 545
SAT 09 MAR | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/57f6f97d-e85d-4e15-91bc-564191523ffc |1300 762 545
THU 14 MAR | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-special-guests/108156?offercode=BUTTER | 1300 GET TIX
FRI 15 MAR | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+
Tickets available from: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tour/pre-sale
SAT 16 MAR | MANNING BAR, SYD NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95499 | 1300 762 545
THU 21 MAR | THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95551 | 1300 762 545
FRI 22 MAR | PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON VIC | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95449| 1300 762 545
SAT 23 MAR | GEELONG HOTEL, GEELONG VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tour-tickets-52043827489
SUN 24 MAR | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95453 | 1300 762 545
THU 28 MAR | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/bddb42c8-42da-44ff-80d5-7ffab03963f4 | 1300 762 545
FRI 29 MAR | BADLANDS BAR, PERTH WA | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95456 | 1300 762 545
SAT 30 MAR | BAR1 NIGHTCLUB, HILLARYS WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys/108114 | 1300 GET TIX
FRI 05 APR | THE CORNER, RICHMOND VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tickets-51995296331?discount=FIGJAM
SAT 06 APR | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART TAS | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95460 | 1300 762 545
FRI 12 APR | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95462 | 1300 762 545
SAT 13 APR | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95463 | 1300 762 545
THU 18 APR | SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95464 | 1300 762 545
SAT 20 APR | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95465 | 1300 762 545
FRI 26 APR | THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95466 | 1300 762 545
We recently caught up with Sydney Hip Hop producer Jay-Gee to chat about his recent single What’s Goin’ On and a bunch of other cool happenings!
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Producer and Songwriter based out of Sydney, Australia. I’ve worked with artists such as Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Cassidy, Young Noble, Mareko and Monsta Ganjah.
What inspired you to start a career in music production?
I started playing piano when I was 5, and began composing my first pieces of music soon after. I started rapping as a teenager and as good beats were hard to come by at the time I started producing for myself. I joined a rap group called On Point, which I worked on some production for. I ended up enjoying production more than rapping so I continued on with that. Now I focus all my energy on mastering my craft.
Can you remember the first artist that you produced?
The first artist I produced for was myself, but the first artist I developed and produced was a female rapper named Jackel.
What can you not live without on tour?
Good company. Having a good team around is what really makes a tour fun and not feel like work.
Favourite food to keep you fueled in those long recording sessions?
I always try to eat before a session so I can work right through.
Who are your biggest creative influences?
Prince and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
What is the best piece of advice you have received as a producer?
Take coffee breaks during sessions. Re-listening to a track with fresh ears does wonders.
What song of yours would you recommend new listeners check out first?
My new single “What’s Goin’ On?” featuring Monsta Ganjah, Layzie Bone & Mareko, It’s available everywhere. You can also find more of my production on my website www.jay-gee.com
Any upcoming tour dates?
Nothing planned at the moment, I’m mainly focusing on studio work and preparing my next releases. Stay tuned!
Brisbane Alt Rapper Rivilin has just released his new single and video ‘Nicotine’ which was premiered through HAUNTXR.
The video has over 7,500 views on Facebook and is the first single from the young rappers debut album ‘Echo’ (out tomorrow.)
Check out the video below:
Brisbane Alt-Rapper Rivilin has just released his debut album ‘Echo’.
The album is a collection of atmospheric and dark rap songs.
Rivilin touches on many hard-hitting personal issues on this record including depression, addiction and suicide.
Check out ‘Echo’ below:
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