Following up the fire-spitting ode to personal triumph, My Pelopolees, Tasman Keith has flipped the table with the music video for Divided; a smooth flow about the harder times, depression and the blurred lines between shared experiences.
Divided was the final taste of Tasman Keith’s debut EP ‘MissionFamous‘ ahead of its release today, Friday, October 26. To celebrate it’s release Tasman is now the cover photo for the official Australian Hip Hop Spotify playlist, ‘All Aussie Hip Hop’.
A loud voice in the fight for recognition, compassion and acceptance for individuals struggling through mental illness; Tasman takes the stories of those in his circle, combines them with his own personal stories and challenges his audience to find the line.
“Divided speaks from a standpoint in which I’m finding myself in the same position as many people do, dealing with depression and issues that are tough to face. Throughout the entire song, I dip in between speaking from a personal experience and taking the experience of others that I have seen be affected by these issues, people in my circle, family. The challenge for the listener is trying to find where that line is drawn, which parts are my truth and which parts are the truths of others,” said Tasman.
2017 marked a major milestone for Tasman; bursting on the independent hip-hop scene with his debut studio single ‘Might Snap’ which followed multiple underground mixtape releases since 2014. ‘Might Snap’ went into rotation across several community radio platforms including FBi Radio and received critical acclaim on triple j Unearthed. Shortly after, Tasman teamed up with ARIA nominated producer James Mangohig and Bad Apples Music’s Nooky to begin the process of compiling his debut studio EP.
Tasman has since shared the stage with renowned artists such as A. B. Original, Briggs, Birdz and Caiti Baker and performed at the Blue Mountain Music Festival and the Bad Apples Music House Party. Tasman had also collaborated with renown writer, poet, and rapper Omar Musa for the lead single ‘Assimilate’ on his album, ‘Since Ali Died’.
Tasman echoes the powerful message he presents in his music, using his platform to be a powerful voice for social justice and Indigenous issues. He was invited by lauded UK hip-hop artist, poet, writer, and activist Akala to sit on the Sydney Ideas Panel during which Tasman spoke passionately about the importance of using hip-hop as a medium to shed light on important issues facing his community and society at large.
After a successful run through the Australian series of The X-Factor, Lazy J took off with multiple releases building a solid Australian fan base. His feature on European superstar Faydee’s hit record ‘Laugh Till you Cry’ saw exposure to a new market, with the video exceeding over 60 million Youtube views, being the #1 record in multiple European countries 12 weeks straight.
However, after a few successful years throughout his late teens, J was involved in an incident that would set him back from creating music for a while.
In October 2012, Lazy J was involved in a brawl after a confrontation at his gig led to him being stabbed outside of a nightclub. Since returning back to the music game in 2017, J has released a mixtape titled ‘Gone A Minute Too Long’, with the hit single Flatline being the first to receive a visual treatment. Now in 2018, Lazy J hasn’t wasted a minute. His latest track Make Money Not Friends features NZ artist Poetik and is produced by local producer DJ Sefru. It also features backing vocals by Sydney singer/songwriter Bea Moon. Check it out below.
Zimbabwean born, Perth native Alex Parkman emerges with his debut, feature length single, Out of Touch. Parkman delivers a smooth blend of new-wave Hip Hop and R&B with deep, emotive concepts.
As a Zimbabwean born immigrant, He moved to Australia with excitement for his new life. With the challenges of adjusting to a new culture, Alex quickly found comfort in knowing that music transcended all cultural barriers.
For him, making music was a gateway to connect and formed a sense of belonging. Out of Touch is an emotional anthem that explores aspects of lust, communication, and love. It delves into the idea of a distant relationship that is constantly out of reach.
I can see I’m bad for your health I saw it in your eyes, I could tell you needed help I just want you all to myself You told me you were loved, can you tell me how it felt
The single utilises a range of moody synths and leads to create an emotional canvas for Alex’s deep, distorted vocals. The minimalist percussion and heavy auto-tune create a sombre yet flowing soundtrack to emphasise the themes of love and lust presented in the lyrics.
Parkman plans to spend 2018 releasing stand-alone singles and working with a wide variety of up and coming producers to further craft his dynamic and authentic sound before the release of his debut EP due in late 2019.
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 Touring Nationally In September – Tickets On Sale Now!
After reclaiming her throne as the Queen of Australian hip hop last week with the release of her new single ‘Flexin’’ feat. Duckwrth, Tkay Maidza is today kicking it up a gear with the release of the official video for ‘Flexin’,’ and the announcement of her brand-new EP, Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1–out August 31 via Dew Process / UMA.
The ‘Flexin’’ video, directed by Keenan MacWilliam was shot in London and features the ever-talented Tkay showing off her Rugby Union skills, along with some assistance from some local rugby players and cameos from her crew and Duckwrth himself, who brings his rock star swagger to the clip, helping Tkay to party hard in a bopping street rave.
Tkay, who before her career as a musician and a performer was actually a champion tennis player, shows she’s got as mad skills with an oval ball on the footy field as she ever did with a racquet. Her athleticism stands as a perfect complement to her epic performance on the mic on this ill new track, with a great assist from Duckwrth on the fly.
‘Flexin’ is an ode to being yourself and being unapologetic for it,” says Tkay. And what better way than to visually reinterpret that ideal than by featuring athletes who in the last few years have taken massive strides towards shrinking the equality gap between male and female athletes. ‘Flexin’’ premiered last month on triple j’s Drive show, where she also spoke to Veronica and Lewis about her upcoming appearance at the triple j’s One Night Stand event in St. Helens, Tasmania on September 1. She’ll be performing on a who’s who line-up of the Australian musical landscape there, alongside Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Middle Kids and Alex The Astronaut.
However, she’s now readying to take the world by storm with her brand-new new EP –Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1– as well as a string of national live dates that will see her performing both solo headline shows and festival appearances throughout the rest of the year. Since emerging from Adelaide in 2014, Tkay has gone on to be one of the most recognised names, faces and sounds in modern, Australian hip hop.
Her early releases instantly won her a record deal and a loyal following, and over that time she’s been on a total hot streak. She’s released massive singles like ‘M.O.B.’ (which went Gold in 2017) and ‘Simulation,’ dropped the critically acclaimed debut album TKAY; been nominated for an ARIA; and has pulled together a rolodex of collaborators that features some of the biggest names out there, including Run The Jewels’Killer Mike and French producer extraordinaire Martin Solveig.
She’s also firmly established herself as one of the few Australian hip hop artists who has proven to be popular overseas, having been nominated for a BET Award, performing at Governor’s Ball in NYC, appearing on French TV, and been part of an international advertising campaign for Mumm Champagne – alongside the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Her versatility as an artist doesn’t just start and stop with music either.
She recently co-hosted Channel [V]’s live coverage of Splendour In The Grass 2018, interviewing some of the biggest artists of the festival alongside Aussie rock icon, Adalita Srsen. However, it’s impossible to keep Tkay from performing to a big crowd, and she managed to find a mic and jump on stage to perform some surprise cameos with Dune Rats and Mallrat– adding even more evidence to the fact she’s one of the most talented entertainers out there. It’s an exciting time for a young artist when they really begin to trust in their talent and know they’re not going to run out of steam.
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 finds Tkay Maidza powering up to the next, brilliant phase of her career – or as she puts it best, “The old Tkay has grown, but it’s still lit.”
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Sat 1 Sept – Triple J – One Night Stand – St Helens, Tas With/ Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Middle Kids And Alex The Astronaut
Sat 15 Sept – Brisbane Festival – The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, QLD Fri 28 September – Sound On Festival – Perth Arena, WA Sat 24 Nov – Grapevine Gathering – Rochford Winery, VIC Sat 1 Dec – Grapevine Gathering – Roche Winery, NSW Thur 13 – Sat 15 Dec – Festival Of The Sun – Port Macquarie, NSW
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 – EP OUT AUGUST 31 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia