When it comes to Australian urban legends, it doesn't get a whole lot bigger and badder than N'fa Jones.
The frontman from the 1200 Techniques outfit still has a place in the hearts and minds of his fans from all over the world, and even in 2013, is showing no signs of letting up.
“Music is just something I grew into,” he says. “When I was a kid, people were playing the recorder and stuff at school. That was all good but I had a different set of ideas. Then my brother brought home some hip hop records and we got into Bob Marley and cool stuff like that.”
At that time, the lads were listening to a lot of the original old school music from the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Artists like LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Run-DMC — they were the groups that gave N'fa his motivation to really explore the urban nature of street music, and ultimately what gave him the energy to do 1200 Techniques.
“I just liked the whole vibe and the culture and I sort of connected with it and started writing rhymes,” he says.
Yet fast forward almost a decade and he’s still enjoying his craft as well as the opportunity to spread his musical message.
“It's been a really great 12 months for me actually,” he explains. “I've done a bunch of gigs around the place and have quite a few lined up as well. ‘Wayooy’ [featuring Roots Manuva] came out and that did really well. And I've been working on a few other things and been really enjoying the direction of the way things have been unfolding.”
His plan in 2013 is to continue to release original music while continuing to evolve artistically. “We all develop and grow,” he explains with some authority. “I listen to our earlier music and you can still really hear connections to the stuff we did back then; it's kind of interesting really. My voice has changed a little which is quite bizarre but it's still hip hop music infused with the electronic sounds.”
N’fa Jones joins Drapht on The Uni-verse Tour with shows at The Spotted Cow, T’ba, Mar 6, The Red Room, UQ, Mar 7, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, Mar 8, Parkwood Tavern Mar 9 and Great Northern Mar 10.