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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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.
We recently caught up with Sydney based Alternative Hip Hop artist Raro to discuss his latest single release and much more!
Welcome Raro! Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Howdy Buzz, The world and people around me perceive me as an artist, musician, nerd etc But I would describe myself as a guy living in western sydney with an out of control imagination. My Spirit animal is certainly a doggo, playful and stimulated by the world around me. For as long as I can remember I’ve been trying to materialise my ideas, music at this point in my life seems to be the most intuitive for me.
Congratulations on your new single Aversion! How has the single been received so far?
Thanks! I’m really digging the coverage it’s been receiving, I feel like I’m starting to craft my music in a way that’s accurate to the moment of conception. I say that because generally when I write a track it changes or steers away from the initial idea which can be great, but also disjointing. The video clip was very spot on to the concept of the song and overall I’m happy with how it turned out.
What inspired the new single?
The track was inspired by my struggle to keep my creative flare alive. I titled the track Aversion because I wanted to speak on the idea of not turning away from your true self. I feel like life and it’s compromises can certainly dampen or discourage creativity. Ironically that very emotion and thought process led up to me making this song. Art is a reflection of the times and as a painter and designer myself I started to approach my music the same way, so coming full circle the very element of life that frustrates me the most was actually the driving force behind the song.
How have you been dealing with the COVID situation?
At first like many others I was concerned but still focused on my music and art. I think as the year has progressed It started to take a toll on my mental state. I’ve always been a stay home kinda guy, so I wasn’t opposed to being around my tools which has allowed me to write and create more. Although I have the luxury of having more time to work on my music, I do miss being inspired from going out with friends on a regular basis as my experiences with others and new people I meet have been a strong source of inspiration for many of my songs.
Do you prefer recording in the studio or playing live?
Both are two separate experiences, I find I enjoy both equally, but the buzz and overall atmosphere felt when I’m on stage is electrifying. I like performing live because I get to share my soul to the crowd, but I also get to introduce myself as a regular person, the skits in between tracks are always hilarious and I love making people laugh. Recording in my studio is like visiting or rather making another planet / world. I get to completely immerse myself in ideas and manifest them. Recording and producing my music is an attractive worm hole I do enjoy venturing in.
How did you come up with the name Raro?
I have a husky and I trained her to say my name (Carlo) via bribing her with food. She can’t completely articulate the C in my name so she just settles for Raro. Then fast forward to the moment where I needed to come up with an alias and immediately I saw a photo of my dog in my phone and there it was. Raro
What is the highlight of your musical career?
There are many moments that stand out in my journey , from playing in the snow in Nozawa onsen in Japan, to my first gig at Redfern’s Hustle and flow bar and of course seeing my first debut single on MTV . But my favorite moments are all the times in between where I am by myself and feel the full force of a completed song, Car speaker tests are always my favourite.
What advice do you have for young songwriters out there?
There’s a lot to say but what I found that helped me the most was learning to navigate my own lane and stream of ideas. Once you start showing your music to friends or family naturally they will try to help or give you ideas and personally sometimes that steers me away from creating a true reflection of what’s inside of me on an individual and spiritual level. That’s not to say don’t collaborate or open your mind to the ideas of others, but my approach to music is that it is the language of the soul and that has to be respected and nurtured. Keep writing, dont make music because you want to make money, make it because it strengthens the relationship you have with yourself, and naturally you will find that very joy you feel, others will feel also once it’s out in the world. Finally, Trust your ideas and see where they take you.
What can you not live without in the studio?
My electronic piano.
What is next for Raro?
More music and more worlds to explore and create.
Raro is set to release his new EP Warm Blooded on 4th September.
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!
Say To Him is extremely catchy and focuses on an artist who has lost their hype, money and respect.
Can Okan grew up in housing commissions of Sydney, and despite his upbringing, the young maestro has made a point to create a progressive and fresh brand of Hip Hop, staying away from the ‘gutter music’ brand.
Can kicked off 2020 with the release of his single and video Answers, which has now garnered thousands of views on YouTube.
Keep your eye on Can, as he clearly has great things ahead of him.
1. Welcome Tu P! Tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a doctor in family medicine and youth mental health, and an Australian-based Vietnamese hip-hop artist.
2. Your new track and video called ‘Coronavirus Brings Out The Worst (And Best) Of Us’ is very powerful. Tell us what inspired you to write this track? I saw a lot of misinformation about covid19 being spread, and disappointing responses from a number of world leaders, and also stories of human ingenuity which needed more coverage, and I thought I’d synthesise all of these into one double-track.
3. How does it feel to be a doctor during this time? It’s quite busy, and the other staff are overworked and stressed, and the patients are worried, though I’m blessed to still be working and have a role to play in this pandemic.
4. How has the Coronavirus impacted your musical career? Live shows haven’t really been happening. Though an artist like me who makes music based on the news cycle will usually have something to reflect on.
5. What message would you like to send to your fans/new listeners in this time? That the way we act now will be written in history.
6. We noticed that you posted a photo of yourself in your scrubs on Instagram saying ‘New Video, Coming Soon’. Do you have plans for a follow-up to ‘Coronavirus Brings Out The Worst (And Best) Of Us’? I have another double track “Love For My Team – When I Get Out” coming out soon, it will be about recognising my healthcare team for the work they do, and my plans for the future post-pandemic.
I have another double track “Love For My Team – When I Get Out” coming out soon, it will be about recognising my healthcare team for the work they do, and my plans for the future post-pandemic.
7. You are clearly a politically motivated artist – what is your take on the civil unrest in America right now? My heart aches for America – I have a lot of friends and family there. Many people are angry right now, due to the manifold effects of systemic racism, culminating in the death of George Floyd. Systemic problems need systemic change – that is how they are going to put this fire out.
8. Do you plan to play any live shows once restrictions are lifted? I hope so – it will be interesting to see how shows will be conducted in future.
9. What advice do you have for up-and-coming rappers out there? Network and learn from your influences, while also staying true to yourself. With the democratisation of music, if you use this approach for long enough, you’ll eventually find your tribe.
10. What is next for Tu P? About to release a follow up lyric video to “Save Our Seas” with Marx Sickmind, and I’m writing another track about international relations during the pandemic, policing and freedom of speech on social media. Lots more to come!
Gold Coast Hip Hop artist Emersxn Louis has released his new single and music video called PLAYBOY TYPE.
The single was conceived after the young artist experienced a drug overdose, and represents a peak of his alter ego.
Emersxn Louis debuted with the release of his single Light Up The Night along with a sensational music video. He released his second single Pink Xanny’s late last year, which landed him radio play in major Australian cities and started to draw attention to his name.
Since then Louis has dropped an EP ANGEL BOY via Soundcloud and a single Count On Me, which again brought a lot of attention to his name through Radio Metro playing the track prime time for a number of weeks.
Louis plans to release multiple single over the coming months.
Keep your eyes fixed on this talented young artist, as we see great things coming his way.
We recently caught up with Gold Coast based Hip Hop artist Emersxn Louis to chat about his new single, studio essentials and much more!
Hi Emersxn Louis! Please tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi Buzz! I’m a Hip Hop/Rap Artist and I reside in Gold Coast Australia, I started learning how to engineer music when I was about 16, and then late 2018 I started to release music on Soundcloud, and eventually my debut Single ‘Light up the Night’ on mainstream outlets in 2019. Since then I’ve dropped 3 new tracks. With the latest being ‘Playboy Type’My father played NRL most of his life so he wanted to make sure I carried out his legacy in some way you could say, so I spent most my life playing Rugby League and signed my first contract with Titans when I was 14, and my second contract with Brisbane Broncos when I was 17, but a few weeks after my 18th birthday I made the choice to leave the game and focus on my music. So here I am, chasing the dream.
Congrats on the release of your new single PLAYBOY TYPE! What inspired the song?
‘Playboy Type’, details an illicit trip I endured that acted as an epiphany of sorts.
How long have you been creating music?
I started learning to record and mix music when I was 16, so about 5 years.
How have your hardships influenced your songwriting?
My hardships are the reason I found music and also the reason I started to make it for others. I was always that kid that felt like I had so much to say but didn’t quite know how to get it across, I always felt like I wasn’t heard, and when I was my ideas or perspectives were just overlooked or laughed at. I understood I had a different way of approaching daily life but I didn’t think that had to be a bad thing. So I decided to start making music, and people started to listen.
What is your proudest moment as an artist?
My proudest moment (so far) is dropping my first ever song, which was a cover on Young Thugs ‘Power’ it has now been removed from YouTube and Soundcloud for obvious reasons haha, but it was definitely my proudest moment.
What are 3 items you can’t live without when in the studio?
Weed, water, and my phone.
Who are your favourite Australian Hip Hop artists?
My favourite Australian Hip Hop/Rap Artists at the moment are Eric Saunders, OneFour & Youngn Lipz.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
50 Cent, A$AP Mob, Mobb Deep, Bun B, Young Thug, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Flatbush Zombies.
Do you plan to tour anytime soon?
No Tour planned, yet. We’re waiting to see how this whole pandemic thing pans out, then we’ll start making moves.
What is next for Emersxn Louis?
To keep working on my craft and making it better and better each day so that every listener can relate in some way. I’m putting together an Album as well, which I plan to release very soon. And I might start looking at doing some underground shows in the back streets of Gold Coast and Brisbane, we gotta start making some more noise down under. We already got the culture we just need the world to acknowledge it.
You can stream Emersxn’s new single PLAYBOY TYPE on all major online stores.
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: