Brisbane based hip hop duo Kryptamistik will bring new energy to the 'burbs when they showcase their skills at the upcoming Jam N Beats festival.
Emcees Skinz and Nikzman are no strangers to street culture. After more than a decade of making hip hop music, these two local heads are still creating waves in the scene. The local setting is one the lads prefer to perform in, says Skinz.
“We've grown up out in the suburbs our whole lives so we definitely love the opportunities to play in different places, especially out in the local community. We've been doing parties out in the bush for instance, as opposed to night spots in the city and Valley.”
The Jam N Beats event – which is designed as a free, all-ages cultural experience set in Greenslopes – is something that Skinz thoroughly supports.
“I think it's a really good experience, especially for people who are trying to make their music heard. You've gotta be in it for the long haul, but things like this are gaining in popularity. I think that's what we need in Brisbane, is more people to get a chance to see it and experience it, so that we can all catch up a little more culturally here.”
Aside from preparing for the upcoming show, Skinz says Kryptamistik have future goals set outside Australia's borders.
“I've only been out of the country a couple of times to close places like Bali and New Zealand. I've got friends that travel the world and play our music overseas and say that people love it. We've been playing here for something like 14 years, so it would be good to get a bit of a buzz with something new, and take that to different lands and see how they respond to it.”
The life of an aspiring musician can indeed prove difficult, although Skinz is able to share some of his wisdom from an underground perspective.
“I think we all want to make a career and a life, it's one of those things that you've gotta be doing for the love. And you can't get sucked into riding any bandwagons too.”
Kryptamistik perform at Jam N Beats at Club Greenslopes Saturday June 29. The day kicks off at 12pm and is free.