Hip hop trio Loose Change admit diversity is the key to their style.
Group member MC Rapaport says Loose Change draw influences from each member’s rich musical backgrounds in order to achieve their "laidback" sound.
"Part of our strength as Loose Change is our musical influences. It's an assortment of laidback hip hop with a broad range of influences. For us, we're trying to make a hip hop album, but we're also trying to make it really musical, by using different elements of music and different instruments," he says. "It's just who we are."
When the trio first formed in 2008, their sound was somewhat of a breakthrough in the local hip hop world according to Rapaport.
"In 2008 there was not as much people pursuing a laidback style, but I think now there's a bit more and it's more common, and that's great."
Rapaport says ‘Shoosh!’, the lead single off the group’s second album, ‘Listening Party’, was among a set of more serious and heartfelt lyrical compositions.
"With this album it was very much about us trying to compose songs that we really felt deeply about. We weren't thinking of a party set, we just thought, 'let's see where the songs take us'.”
The filming of the ‘Shoosh!’ video, which took the form of a single shot inside a moving Sydney train, was at times difficult, Rapoport admits.
"It was definitely tough doing it in such a strange environment but it kind of gave it a different feel."
His favourite track on the record is ‘Grown Up’. "I think there's a lot of honesty in that song and that sums up the rest of the album."
The next stage for Loose Change is to elevate their music to an international level. "We're realistic but we're also really driven and focused on getting to where we can get.
Loose Change isn't about taking over the world, we're about making music and we think that people are going to respond to it because it has that connection on a personal level.
"As a rapper, you've gotta become the instrument, the music speaks to you somehow and you've just gotta ride with it."
Loose Change play The Joynt October 25. ‘Listening Party’ is out now.