VOL 003 LINEUP
SATURDAY 29 JULY @ REC.akl.nz
BIANCA PAULUS, RICH JAMES, NXVA, ROKSKE THA G, IMAGINE THIS, NIC & Sid hunnid
SUPPORT FROM: MAC MYLO & SEYMORE
You might know Bianca Paulus as the queen of the much respected Ammo-Nation crew, or the lead vocalist of world music group Weird Together.
At these early stages of her musical journey she has already performed her track ‘Get By’ with Raiza Biza on the rooftop of the Auckland Museum during their Volume exhibition, and opened for Six60 with Weird Together at Villa Maria in front of 10,000 people.
She’s one of the most sassy and creatively energetic woman on the scene, which coupled with her deep sexy voice is a recipe for greatness. Word to producers is it’s open season on sending beats her way!
Cop a view on her song "Get By" with Raiza Biza below.
Rich James reigns from the notorious kingdom of Kelston where he pursued all different aspects of creativity. His background features professional photography and punk and hardcore bands, which has clearly been a major influence on his personal and musical style.
Rich is part of the Small Fortunes crew that includes Bryan Anderson, Jinzo, Lukas, Hustle Profits, Nic and Dharmarat...
"Dharmarat engineers most of his music, Jinzo's been making beats better. I also rap with my brothers Kame, HXRMAN, TXMBS, Shoshi, Bvnde and Kil6 as NNB, we do this shit for LVNTZ. Also the homies out in SLO:WAVE and the KOME BOYS from out south deserve mentions. Oh and Blaze from AmmoNation and I used to get high in the alleyway before school when we were kids and it's still love. Can't ever forget that shit".
Musically Rich articulates his feelings over samples and ever darkening beats. He has just dropped is second solo EP and a group project with the SF crew. The momentum is up at the moment after locking a bunch of Auckland shows and releasing 3 music vids.
Jay-Z is listed as a major inspiration for Rich - in particular how he has dominated so many aspects of his life and made them work together. However as a person Rich himself is equally inspiring – working day to day with young people who are transitioning from government care to independence. Recpect.
NXVA reigns from Capetown South Africa. He moved to NZ at 16, growing up with a mother who always had music playing in the house. This instilled in him an urge to create the vibrations himself.
That move has lead him to an array of releases on Soundcloud which was noticed by boss-man rap curator Raiza Biza who enlisted him as the newest member to the mafia crew that is AmmoNation.
Recording from his bedroom, NXVA (in my opinion) is the southern hemisphere's answer to Kendrick Lamar. With an unreleased debut EP that is set to shift the paradigm of the NZ music game. Merci Motel can not wait to showcase what he has in store for the world.
NXVA is planning on dropping his EP in the 3rd quarter of this year and with his influences ranging from Isaiah Rashad, PND and Smino right rough to GoldLink, Travis Scott, Sonder & Sylvan Lacue - you won't even begin to imagine what to expect.
- A supernova is a star that is in the process of blowing up. Come appreciate the process.
ROKSKE THA G
Picture a purple lit, smoke filled dungeon with some KRK’s and a microphone. Thats where the magic happens - under the influence of the big man ChubbyFly & King Tay who have had Rokske’s back since day dot.
Rokske Tha G is a smooth cat whose music pays tribute to the glory days of early 2000’s R&B while maintaining a 2017 edge. A flavour that’s undeniable in his recently released debut mixtape that’s put him working alongside some of NZ music’s heavyweights.
We asked Rokske about his outlook on the NZ hip hop scene -
“I really appreciate the whole new era of hip hop to be completely honest”.
He made it clear that the real future, energy and power as always stands with the new generation, and while it’s good to pay respects to the older cats and their timeless work it’s important to let hip hop evolve as it will and remove creative restrictions.
You won’t meet a man with more passion, energy and belief than the one-man rapper-producer behind the title Imagine This.
Preaching an infusion of grime, two-step, garage and DnB from the J5 and Dela Soul period. And infusing that with “a mix of raw emotion with bass music” as he puts it.
He’s put in over a decade of work and has fully committed to his passion of music. Working DJ slots and jumping on shows to keep the dream alive is something we all can respect.
Following up his release of his 2016 album, Imagine This is set to release a new project later this year, some vids, and features alongside a couple yet-to-be-named international artists.
One thing that stands out about our man Imagine This is his positive vibrant nature. He has a mad respect for Kiwi artists and is always down for a collab. We got anyone’s back who spreads the love at all times and this man can’t be faulted. Bless up brother!
We met Nic a couple years ago after he returned from LA where he was battle spitting cyphers. Clearly Eminem left his mark on him.
“mum was a g and bought him the explicit version of the Eminem Show”
His gritty lofi music style is a result of many hours producing and writing bars in solitude and you won’t hear anything that hasn’t been sat on for a minute to ensure it’s A grade.
With two projects set to drop this year and a handful of video’s on their way we asked Nic his thoughts on releasing music independently in 2017. What we got was confirmation that he also thinks Soundcloud is no longer what it was and video’s are the key due to humanities apparent lack of a half decent attention span. Gotta say we agree…
Hailing from the streets of South Auckland, "SidHunnid" has come onto the scene and has made a bit of noise with his lyrical prowess and impeccable story telling in his music.
In the day and age of "mumble rap", "SidHunnid" has been able to solidify and differentiate himself from the crowd through his belief in the revival of conscious rap while still being able to incorporate the new wave.
With the release of his debut E.P close, "Sid Hunnid" is next up.