With The Best Intentions
Whether heâ€™s guiding a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb or on stage as the other half of hip hop duo Spit Syndicate, Nick Lupi talks shit for a living and manages to keep his audiences entertained doing it.
â€œAt the moment weâ€™re just trying to juggle doing Spit Syndicate stuff with the real life stuff we have to do in order to pay bills and things like that,â€ Nick says. â€œIâ€™m a tour guide on the Sydney Harbour Bridge; I take people up and talk shit to them about Sydney. Itâ€™s not that different to what I do in music, itâ€™s just a different way of talking shit to people and trying to keep them vaguely entertained.â€
Alongside fellow emcee Jimmy Nice, Lupi and Spit Syndicate are back with the first part of their new mixtape, â€˜Best Intentions: Part Oneâ€™, which features a range of guests from Pharaohe Monch to The XX. â€œIt was just something that happened really quickly and really naturally and I think thatâ€™s why people dug it; because it didnâ€™t sound forced. Some of the songs on the mixtape are other peopleâ€™s beats. Theyâ€™re just beats that we really vibe on, things that makes you go â€˜Shit I wish I had that beat for myselfâ€™.
â€œThe finished product isnâ€™t 100 percent yours. Itâ€™s not your original piece of art but the lyrics are yours. The mixtape was free, it didnâ€™t cost us anything to make and it doesnâ€™t cost anything for people to hear it. Itâ€™s just art for artâ€™s sake, if you will.â€ But thatâ€™s not all the duo has been up to in between touring. â€˜Best Intentionsâ€™ is a two part mixtape, with â€˜Part Twoâ€™ set to come out by the end of summer with an album in the making too.
â€œâ€˜Part Twoâ€™ will be out in the first quarter of next year but weâ€™ve actually got a third album due and thatâ€™s probably a higher priority than â€˜Part Twoâ€™ of the mixtape so weâ€™re working on them both. The album will hopefully come out in the second or third quarter of next year. For us itâ€™s just about being as productive as we possibly can over the summer.â€
The new album will pick up where the last one left off, conveying Spit Syndicateâ€™s thoughts, feelings and experiences theyâ€™ve had over the past two years. â€œWeâ€™re not particularly old yet but weâ€™re getting older and itâ€™s just where weâ€™re at in our heads. We like to make songs that make people think but not intellectual rap. We try to make stuff that has a good groove to it, that people can dance to, and that people can enjoy live but weâ€™re also firm believers in lyricism. Thatâ€™s the sort of hip hop that we like, people that take time to write something that means something.â€
Spit Syndicate will be playing at this yearâ€™s Blah Blah Blah festival where they will be ready to test their new material. â€œWe did a tour with Illy about a month ago supporting him on a few gigs around the country and doing those shows and Blah Blah Blah festival is about road testing your songs, trying them out live. Weâ€™re still at the stage where we donâ€™t know which of these songs will make the album and which will be cut. We will see which ones people respond to, which ones get a good reaction and which ones perhaps donâ€™t get the reaction we were after.â€
While the twosome wouldnâ€™t say theyâ€™re living the good life just yet, getting the Spit Syndicate name out there has provided a few glimpses of fame, with one that stands out from the rest for Nick. â€œItâ€™s not an entirely glamorous life trying to get your music off the ground but I found out the other day that the actress (Lara Cox) that used to play Anita on â€˜Heartbreak Highâ€™ is a Spit Syndicate fan and Iâ€™m a huge â€˜Heartbreak Highâ€™ fan. Anita was always a fairly sexy character so Iâ€™m pretty chuffed about that.â€
SPIT SYNDICATE PLAY BLAH BLAH BLAH AT SOUTH BANK CULTURAL FORECORT WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28. ADICTS.COM.AU