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End of Birthdays.


I have some sad news.  I will be posting (even) less on this blog than usual.  But this sad cloud has a silver lining.  The reason I will be posting less here is because I’ve been welcomed into the open arms of The Community and will, instead, be blogging mostly at their site –

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about becoming part of The Community.  I’ve blogged about them before but for those that don’t know, The Community is a music and arts collective based in Perth, Australia but with connections to artists across the whole country and internationally.  It was founded by Diger Rokwell and Triple M.U.M eight years ago and has since been going from strength to strength.  With members such as Mathas, Ourobonic Plague, Marksman, Wisdom2th, The Empty Cup and ASAP I have to admit that I feel a bit outclassed but it’s not competitive or combative so it’s still a cosy fit.  The Community defiantly declares that it is “not a crew” but a loose association of active musicians and artists with a communitarian and do-it-yourself attitude (which are not mutually exclusive terms – as any independent artist knows).

On that note, The Community is celebrating its 8th Birthday today from 7:30pm at The Bakery in Northbridge, Perth.  So if you’re a Perfian and you’re looking for something to do then come on down.  It’ll be a killer night with the likes of The Boost Hero Man, NAIK and DOS4GW with (US emcee) GDP sure to blow the fucking roof off.

Anyway, I will still be dropping in here when I can to talk rubbish about zombie films and audio gear but be sure to sink your claws into my blog at The Community if you want to keep up with the goings on in my world of music.  While you’re there, be sure to check out the other artists and musicians on the site – it’s a beautiful thing.


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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in blogging, Hip Hop, social media


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Scene Update!

Sunrise over Perth, Western Australia, taken f...

Perth - the hip hop is right next the third building from the left.


Hey folks,

Being a producer in a small city like Perth, I quite often get to see the background work that artists are putting in to various releases.  So, being the kindly gentleman that I am, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a couple of releases that are in the pipelines at the moment.

Wisdom2th and Gbox have been hard at work on their conceptual sci fi epic “Null/Void: Existence is futile” for probably a year or so now.  Based in a dystopian alternate reality this release is probably 80% done at the moment – at the very least it’s in the mixing stage.  It’s equal parts hip hop noir, speculative fiction, introspective funk and glitchy experimentation.  I’ve heard probably every track they’ve made for it so far and I have to say that this is one to keep an eye/ear out for.

Another project involving Wisdom2th is Marksman’s upcoming release.  I’m not sure what he’s going to call it but the tracks I’ve heard so far are quite cool.  He rocked a few of the finished tracks a couple of weeks back at The Bird to a healthy response.  Wisdom2th is handling the majority of production and the beats are sounding tight (as most of Lenny’s beats do).

Aside from that I know that The Empty Cup is working on something at the moment.  He seems to be calling it a mixtape but I’m hoping it evolves into a full LP because the dude is pretty damn talented.

I guess that means that The Community is doing the business at the moment.  It’s a beautiful thing.

On a side note, if you haven’t already checked it out you should definitely get your hands on two recent releases: “Sri Diger” by Diger Rokwell, the first in what promises to be a number of “beat tourism” albums from this legend of the Perth hip hop scene; and “Dust Moats” by Maxy Bills who describes his music as “future cosmic funky glooping intergalactic resonance” – which is pretty accurate really.  Both are well worth your time and money.

Here’s a taster for your enjoyment!




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Don’t you love it when a lack of plan comes together?

Breaking in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hip Hop

Hey folks,

Last Sunday night, I had the pleasure of heading down to The Moon on William St (Perth, Australia) to catch a show that I didn’t even know was on.  The story goes something like this:  Wisdom2th and myself went to The Bird (also on William St) to have a couple of beers and check out the launch of a new music clip by The Stoops (a.k.a Stoop Fresh).  The clip is below:

Well done on the clip.  It’s always good when people put themselves out there and push themselves.

Anyway, after that, Wisdom2th had to drop something off to a mate at The Moon so we wandered the two blocks down to the venue.

When we rocked up we found a bunch of the top local hip hoppers pushing a show they were calling Collab.  I’d heard something about it but it never really registered in my “brainium” (to quote Pharcyde).  Anyway, the premise is something like this: an awesome four piece jazz/funk group (bass, sax, drums, keys) improvises some music while a bunch of emcees improvise some rhymes.  People get dragged out of the crowd or invite themselves on stage.  Muso’s replace other muso’s in the band.  Everyone has a good time.

And, unusually, it all worked as intended.

ASAP and The Empty Cup (who is on my up and coming album – we’re recording tomorrow) played the role of hosts.  They dropped a bunch of freestyles which were absolutely crazy.  But the guests were many and varied with Mathas (who is always super-entertaining) providing plenty of great off-the-head moments.  Wisdom2th jumped up.  Coin (from The Stoops) and Mei Swan did a collab which went into some completely uncharted territory (something about a chastity belt…).  Hallows (also on my album, also recording tomorrow) and ASAP killed it with the singing/freestyle combo.  And there were a heap of others which lead to a chilled but never dull and at times extremely funny vibe.

Now, having been around the hip hop scene in Perth and, particularly, Melbourne for a while, I’ve seen plenty of cyphers in and out of clubs that were absolute gold.  The thing that set this night apart is the fact that many of the people eating their meals at The Moon were not hip hop heads and yet none of them got up to leave, all of them laughed and clapped vigourously at appropriate times, and all of them seemed to really appreciate the talent that was on show.  That, sadly, is a rarity.

Maybe the positive response to the night is a reflection of the growth in awareness that people have of hip hop culture.  Maybe it’s a reflection of the growing professionalism and accessibility of the scene.  Maybe it was something in the beer (I suspect alcohol, though that has been known to generate the opposite response).  I really don’t know.

Either way, if you’re in Perth on the second Sunday of any month then I strongly recommend that you head down to The Moon and check out Collab.  Every show will be unique and, whilst I can’t guarantee that you’ll enjoy it, I can say that the 100+ people that came and went last Sunday all did so with a big smile.


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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Album, Hip Hop, Making Space Album


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Love this track…

Evening people (or maybe morning/midnight etc in this global forum),

Just thought I’d post a track I’m feeling. This is a track called Transcript that was put together by a couple of friends of mine. produced the track while the emcee is Garrick a.k.a Gbox. He’s a pretty good emcee and lyricist. At first I thought he was retelling the story of Battlestar Galactica but he was like “Nah………. it’s Planet of the Apes.”’s album “The Space Where We Dwell” is one of my favourite little albums I’ve heard in a while. You can download it from here The Space Where We Dwell. If you name your price as $0.00 then you can download it for free but, come on, you know it’s worth more than that.

Anyway, Transcript is a good song. Let your ears live a little.



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