Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Sprung Festival Tickets

In 2013 Sprung Festival returns to Brisbane for a third straight year; and with it a line-up boasting some of the country’s hottest hip hop acts at the moment.

Topping the bill are 360, Drapht and Seth Sentry while other interstaters include: Funkoars, Urthboy, Horrowshow, Thundamentals, Brad Strut, All Day, Purpose and Dialectrix.

The local scene is fronted by Lazy Grey, Jake Biz and DJ Dcide plus Mr Hill & Rahjconkas and Chelsea Jane.

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Friday, 20 January 2012 16:56

Sprung Hip Hop 2011 Video

The virgin voyage of Sprung Hip Hop festival: a storm of beats (literally) and faster-than-the-speed-of-light verses, spitting forth from the lips of some of the biggest names in Australian hip hop: Drapht, Funkoars, Illy, Pez & 360, Resin Dogs, DJ Katch, Mantra — it’s time to quit Angry Birds, warm the kettle and take a trip back in time... scroll down for the video.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:37

Sprung Festival

2011 Review

After an early morning storm, the weather for Sprung Fest seemingly was going to be favourable for the Aussie hip hop massive.

Early proceedings from Dunn D and Mdusa started things off right. Diafrix bounced around on the main stage with an island edge and party vibe. Alternating back to the underground stage, the competitors of the Real Talk MC competition took to the stage followed by Mantra - criminally early in proceedings - delivering a very energetic set to the early comers. Brisbane graf king Kasino treated the crowd to a speed painting display to a soundtrack provided by fellow king DJ Katch, followed by my personal darkhorse of the event Joelistics.

The next round of the Real Talk comp' took place with mainstage preparation interfering with the ability to hear the rappers followed by the Resin Dogs set. The Resin Dogs hitting hard from the start with Katch cutting up  an intro to the set, which saw Koolism’s MC Hau joining DNO to handle MC duties for the full funk assault. The introduction of a new vocalist to the group was somewhat marred due to sound levels not being favourable, before bringing it back with Hau performing a solo track and changing proceedings to more rock-based rhythms.

Hydrofunk signees Beats Working also paid a visit from down south to grace the stage and represent the crew. Vegas Aces and a DJ set from Katch followed by the energetic Lowrider, Real Talk MC comp wrap up - which saw Sunshine Coast rapper Kudos take the win over Triple Nip - before a set from local Dwizofoz. M-Phazes and 360 also rocked the crowd as expected - not even a 20-minute storm delay could dampen proceedings. Obese rep Illy then took to the stage with the crowd eating from the palm of his hand.

The Funkoars rewarded the welcoming crowd with a mix of old and new tracks as well as special guests Vents and K21. Local legend Lazy Grey also rocked a short ,but solid set with the help of Jake Biz and Overproof P, which included a special appearance from Bias B before Drapht closed out proceedings with the crowd moshing uncontrollable when ‘Jimmy Recard’ dropped.

The overall feeling leaving the festival is that despite the weather this was a welcome highlight of the many different styles developing in our burgeoning hip hop scene, with all acts putting on great performances and a great turnout - congrats to the Clockwork Enertainment crew..

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 10:10

Funkoars Interview

Certified Wise

The much loved, Adelaide-based Funkoars crew is flying high once again. Following some trying circumstances in 2008, the lads have rebounded and are on the up and up.

Dan Yates aka Reflux recalls the harrowing ordeal that was their '08 album release, ‘The Hangover’.

"Basically we had the album ready to go in 2008 and we dropped it on Shogun and they went belly up mid-way through the year; there was a time where it wasn't even available on the shelf! We were like, 'our album isn't even available on the shelf!' That was pretty hard. Eventually we re-released it but had to sort of freshen it up a little bit; so it's a little bit different but there are also ideas for the next album and we're in the recording stages of that process now.”

Dan says the crew started in 2001 with four emcees and one DJ - reminiscent of Beastie Boys to an extent!

“I'm a bit older than the other guys and we have similar kinds of tastes and stuff, and it really grew from there. We don't take things too seriously either. Originally it was about the party but since then, we've matured a bit; it’s still not too serious if you get my drift. For us it has always been about making the music infectious.”

And on the topic of their future direction, Daniel continues: “It's always going to be Funkoars; it's always going to be the same ethic and we won't lose people the way some groups do.

We won't be doing an album full of ballads - sure we've matured and our listening tastes have evolved. Working with Ash Grunwald has given us an appreciation of the production method and even though we’re sample-based, it's taking another leap into where we are going. And as with the other one it won't be a simple part two - we'll explore new ideas and directions for sure.”

On the topic of local music, Daniel suggests it's potentially the best it has even been.

“We tend not to talk about the state of the union in Australia. We really only worry about what we want to do. Obviously there are sub genres in Aussie hip hop and that's the way it has always been; you have a specific sound you like to present. It's the same as it is in the USA. There has traditionally been this distinctive sound from New York and that has differed from the west coast. But that's the same thing here. Plenty of crews have carved themselves out a great market here in Australia and that's creative and healthy because you have to have your own originality. Along with that can sometimes come sameness and there's only so much you can do to be different, so originality means a lot to our crew.”

In terms of their lyrics and production, the guys go with gut feel. “If Trials brings up a beat we're going to use it whether or not it is going to sell or be listened to in the USA or the UK or wherever; we don't care if people there listen to it. We draw influences sure - but we remember that the great albums of hip hop are the great albums of hip hop but the more you understand that the more you create your own vibe and go your own way I think.”

The lads are excited about the next phase of their careers and are busy planning their upcoming show. “We played at the Clipsal 500 here in Adelaide with The Hoods, Midnight Juggernauts and Lowrider. The powers that be enjoyed the performance and thought we could bring that kind of party and flavour again so we've been invited to play with Empire of the Sun and Sneaky Sound System (at 600 Sounds) so it's going to be really interesting to play in front of different people who may not have heard our music before. I just hope they dig it!”

Funkoars play 600 Sounds Oct 24 followed by Blah Blah Blah at Riverlife Dec 28.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 15:57

The Crate Creeps Interview

Cream Of The Crop

A year in the making, ‘It’s About That Time’ is the highly anticipated debut album of Brisbane’s own production duo, The Crate Creeps. Likeminded producers and childhood buddies DJ Butcher and Tommy Illfiga have incorporated a stellar line-up which  includes Suffa of Aussie hip hop sensations the Hilltop Hoods, the Funkoars’ Trials and internationally-acclaimed DJs Terntable Jediz.  

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