Back to Basics presented a rare opportunity for local musicians and enthusiasts to work closely with some of Australia's leading Hip Hop artists to explore music production, lyric writing and live performance.
The free program included a public talk, two masterclasses and a series of one-on-one artist meetings, curated and hosted by Adelaide Hip Hop artist Jimblah.
ONE-ON-ONE ARTIST MEETINGS
Nine local acts were selected to attend 30 minute meetings with Jimblah, Jane Tyrrell (The Herd), Solo (Horrorshow), Omar Musa or Candice Monique. This was a unique and rare opportunity for artists to seek advice and problem solve with the experts.
The public talk will featured five renowned Australian Hip Hop and spoken word artists discussing Australian Hip Hop music production, lyric writing and live performance. The talk analysed artistry and lyricism with a focus on making a positive change through Hip Hop music culture. Curator Jimblah explored what success means to each individual - not just within the industry, but through the music itself. Conversation also covered the passions, trials and tribulations, the hard reality of the industry, and the power and beauty in it all.
HIP HOP MASTERCLASSES
These two masterclasses offered an advanced hands-on program. Three renowned Australian Hip Hop and spoken word artists Jane Tyrrell (The Herd), Omar Musa and Jimblah, worked through Australian Hip Hop music production, lyric writing and live performance.
Back to Basics | Curator and Host
Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist from Adelaide, South Australia. Hailing from the Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory, he is influenced by a wide range of different artists and genres, his main passion being hip hop.The most striking thing about Jimblah is not his ability to sing, rap and produce beats, it’s the eyebrow-raising fact he does them all so well.
His flow alone outshines most MCs, but his tone and singing style are so memorable, so drenched in soul, it’s music for the heart. Then consider his signature dusty, chopped-up melodic productions and you begin to understand Jimblah is truly a special talent.
His new album ‘Phoenix’ was released by Elefant Traks on October 11, 2013. It was universally adored by critics and fans and quickly stormed to #1 on the AIR Chart.
Horrorshow are an inner west Sydney hip hop duo comprising Solo (Vocals) and Adit (Producer). Emerging on the scene in 2008 with The Grey Space, an album created during high school, at a time where they linked up with Spit Syndicate and Joyride to form the extended One Day crew. The album was released on Elefant Traks earning an ARIA nomination and tours with The Herd, Muph & Plutonic and Hermitude – all before the duo turned 21.
Hot on the heels of their debut followed the second album Inside Story in 2009, solidifying their reputation for eloquent lyricism and soulful production, and striking a major chord with a growing legion of fans Horrorshow have enjoyed an organic rise—they’re not anchored by a passing style or sub-cultural fad, consequently their fanbase is loyal and passionate, selling out shows all over Australia.
They’ve sold out every headline show they’ve ever done in Sydney. They’ve blitzed all the major Australian festivals, loved by purist hip hop heads while proving their appeal across genres. In 2010 they tested the waters internationally, supporting Brother Ali and Urthboy in Germany as well as Hilltop Hoods in London.
2011 saw them cement their place amongst the festival favourites playing to over 50,000 people on the Groovin’ The Moo Festival and Bliss n Eso’s Running on Air Tour.
In 2012 they supported Hilltop Hoods for a second time on their Speaking in Tongues tour performing to massive crowds across Europe and Australia. They rounded out the year by playing a special acoustic show at the world-famous Spielgeltent at Brisbane Festival and collaborated alongside label-mates for the acclaimed Dr Seuss Meets Elefant Traks at Sydney’s Opera House.
Jane Tyrrell is a Melbourne-based vocalist, songwriter and touring artist. She is best known for her work as a member of hip hop collective The Herd, her contribution to Urthboy releases and live shows, as well as her numerous collaborations with other Australian artists across a number of genres.
She has released three studio albums with The Herd: The Sun Never Sets (2005), Summerland (2008) and Future Shade (2011), and one album with Firekites: The Bowery (2008). She has been heavily involved in a number Urthboys solo releases, featuring on The Signal (2008), Spitshine (2009), Smokeys Haunt (2012) and Live at the Recital Hall (2013). In August 2014 she is releasing her debut solo album through Elefant Traks.
Jane is also an established freelance Art Director, Graphic Designer and Visual Artist.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including Parang), appeared on ABC's Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. He is currently working on a play titled Bonegatherer. His debut novel Here Come the Dogs will be published by Penguin Australia in July 2014.
Originally from Adelaide, Candice Monique is a vocalist, song writer, spoken word poet and MC/Hip Hop artist who has been working in the Australian music industry for over 10 years. After recording her first demo CD in Atlanta Georgia with producer Professor Griff (Public Enemy), Candice relocated to Melbourne and formed her soul outfit Candice Monique & the Optics, who released their debut album worldwide on Freestyle Records (UK) in 2010, with their second album set for release in late 2014.
Candice has appeared as a feature vocalist on tracks by many of Australia's finest Hip Hop acts, including M-Phazez, Dizz1, 1/6, Soliloqui, Luka Lesson, Moneykat, Ishu, Delta, Fraksha and Motley. Candice has worked as a backing vocalist for many Australian soul, Hip Hop, rock and reggae/roots acts as well as performing backing vocals for US soul vocalist Anthony David on his Australian tour.
Candice has performed at countless festivals including the Big Day Out, Falls Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Fat as Butter, One Movement, The Dream Festival, The St Kilda Festival, Pyramid Rock Fesitval and Otago University's O-week festival in New Zealand. Candice is also heavily involved in community music projects and youth music mentoring, teaching hip hop music, vocal technique and dance with diverse youth.