Young hip hop enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take part in a national workshop and see some of the most accomplished artists take the stage.
Hip hop duo Stik N Move are just one of the many artists who will perform at Get On Up – a new initiative that will be travelling around Australia hosting all-ages concerts and workshops. “I'm pumped [to be involved],” Michael ‘Whiz’ Weir of Stik N Move says.
“Working with young people has been a passion of both mine and Nathan's for some time. We’ll be taking it to different communities around Australia — helping the disadvantaged and engaging with youth who might be struggling with mainstream areas of life, like school.”
Not afraid to voice their opinions, the Queanbeyan duo’s politically charged lyrics provide a voice for those who often don’t have one. “We're pretty political. I think for us it's important to get the message out about our people. The media doesn't really touch on it much, so music is a way to get those messages across.”
Growing up, Whiz always used creative outlets to funnel his messages about Aboriginal culture. However, music proved to be the most effective, and universal, tool. “When I was young, hip hop was only new then and I liked the way people were using music to tell their own stories. Being Aboriginal, we've always used music to tell our stories and this is just the modern day approach of that. I think it's very important,” he says.
“When I was in high school I used to paint a lot and I used to try and do it that way. With music it's a lot easier – you just write down your thoughts and your feelings and your emotions to express yourself that way.”
A fan of hip hop throughout his late childhood, Whiz recognises the importance of the Get On Up initiative for young people, and likes how hip hop conveys messages clearly.
“I really like that it's easily accessible. You don't need much to make music — you don't need a flash studio, you don't need much to write rhymes, you don't even need a pen or a book really. It's a free thing for everyone — anybody can get involved.”
Get On Up takes place at Expressive Grounds, Gold Coast, Dec 14 from 1pm-6pm.