TOUR NEWS: HIATUS KAIYOTE / REMI / KIRKIS / SILENTJAY & JACE XL to play Architects’ National Conference in Dec. | Live Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop

Sonic Architects’ National Conference:


Sonic Architects National Conference is touring the nation this November / December, taking four of Australia’s most exciting acts on the road, together!

Featuring boundary-pushing Melbourne based artists Hiatus Kaiyote, Remi, Kirkis and Silent Jay & Jace XL, Sonic Architects National Conference is set to be an all out four-hour live sound-clash!

This mélange of artists comes together from four disparate schools of sound but all share the same ideology of innovation. Their songs were built in the underground, with no blueprints, designed with intuition and inspiring a new breed of Australian artist.

Expect on stage collaborations, surprise guests and a whole lot more!


Hiatus Kaiyote are the first Australian act to be nominated for an R&B Grammy award, yet they stand incomparable to anyone in the whole world of R&B/soul. Their sound references a swathe of influences – electric, acoustic, futuristic, psychedelic, progressive, soothing and urgent – slipping in and out genre and defying definition.

Seen as a sonic Voltron between four artists (Nai Palm, Simon Mavin, Paul Bender, Perrin Moss) over the past 12 months Hiatus Kaiyote have toured the world relentlessly – selling out shows across North America, Europe and Africa – since re-releasing their self produced Tawk Tomahawk EP on Salaam Remi’s (Amy Winehouse, Fugees, Nas) new label Flying Buddha.

They count some of the most innovative artists alive today as fans (Prince, Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Questlove) and are uncompromising in their musical vision and philosophy as chief songwriter Nai Palm explains “I see our music as creating a sonic sanctuary for people. The more levels that I can expand to the more powerful it is. Basically my greatest joy is to enhance people’s emotional experiences and imagination. I want to contribute to how vivid people’s lives are.”


23-year-old Melbourne artist REMI is the fastest-rising Hip Hop act in Australia and is quickly gaining the attention of international tastemakers.

With a triple J Unearthed Artist of the year J Award already on the shelf, REMI’s new album RAW X INFINITY has received critical acclaim locally and abroad, landing Feature Album of the Week on triple J, and being nominated for the AIR Awards ‘Independent Hip Hop Album of the Year". With no less than four singles currently getting radio airplay across the country, love from the likes of international tastemaker blog OkayAfrica and a string of UK and EU shows coming up in November, to cap it off REMI has just been nominated for ‘Australian Breakthrough Artist of the Year’.


Kirkis, the brainchild of Australian composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Matthew Kirkis, is a 6-piece, synth-fuelled ensemble that fuses electronica, jazz and RnB.

Since the 2012 release of the lo-fi Purplefruit For X-Ray Vision, Kirkis has received global radio play and praise from the likes of DJ Gilles Peterson.

Signed to UK indie label Eglo Records, founded by Alexander Nut & Floating Points, earlier this year they dropped their 7” Oh Serene/Zoltar and Wormjelly, two tracks extracted from the highly anticipated Liverbleach record.


SILENTJAY is a tireless and endlessly imaginative producer. Having studied Jazz Improvisation at the Victorian College of Arts, Alejandro Jay Abapo (JJ to his friends) turned his ear for music to production after his uncle, a DJ, gave him his record collection.

Alejandro brought his own sampler and combined his talents as a multi-instrumentalist alongside vibrant beats, his own and guest vocals and electronic loops. The result is so organic that each carefully crafted track seems to breathe on its own, a natural blend of shoegaze, soul and hip-hop.

SILENTJAY will be joined by Hiatus Kaiyote & Kirkis backing vocalist, Jace XL. This is sure to be a very special set at the Sonic Architect National Conference!


TOUR NEWS | Joey Badass & Run The Jewels Headline Shows in Melbourne & Sydney for 2015.


Joey Badass & Run The Jewels:

Double Headline Show

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 – Live Nation and Niche Productions present two of hip hop’s brightest acts, JOEY BADA$$ and RUN THE JEWELS for two explosive double billed headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne this January.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am Thursday October 2.

My Live Nation & Niche Productions members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday Oct 1. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit:

Brooklyn’s own Joey Bada$$ has been making “Waves since 2012, after he burst onto the scene with his lauded debut mixtape 1999, setting the internet alight. This was quickly followed with Rejex in September and then Summer Knights the following July.

Never one to slow down, Joey has been touring internationally since, gaining a devoted following from all corners of the globe. He is currently working on completing his debut studio album, B4.Da.$$, due for release in 2014.

Run the Jewels is the collaboration of El-P and Killer Mike, two of hip-hop’s most respected, credible & formidable artists. They first joined forces in 2012 on Killer Mike’s classic album, R.A.P. Music, produced by El-P. Mike then appeared on El-P’s smashing solo album Cancer 4 Cure. That experience became a creative marriage resulting in the birth of the group Run the Jewels, and after much anticipation, they released their self-titled debut album in 2013 on Fool’s Gold.

Since then, Run the Jewels’ album has become one of the most celebrated hip hop acts of the past year and has been toured to world-wide acclaim. Now they’re back for Round 2 – RTJ2 – and it’s time to unleash their brand new material on the ravenous hordes.

Freshly signed to Mass Appeal Records (the new label of rap legend Nas), RTJ2 is a boisterously brilliant and powerful follow up album featuring appearances from notable artists and producers including Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), Travis Barker (Blink 182), BOOTS (Beyoncé), Diane Coffee and more.

Wednesday 7th January – The Hi-Fi, Sydney
Thursday 8th January – The Forum, Melbourne


My Live Nation & Niche Productions Members pre-sale & Ticket Agent pre-sale:

10am Wednesday Oct 1 until 5pm Wednesday Oct 1.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

Mixtape Gold | Brazilian Beats & Breaks 1-3 by DJ MK-1 (Universal Zulu Nation, Bondi Beach Radio)

These are officially some of the craftiest and most popular mixtapes we have ever had the pleasure of sharing and enjoying. Our brother DJ MK-1 taking it back to better days digging for obscure and rare Brazilian gems to put together this 3 part series of BRAZILIAN BEATS & BREAKS.

After a solid year devoted to digging in the crates with the sole mission to unearth forgotten gems from Brazil’s rich music history. MK-1 Presents Brazilian Beats & Breaks the complete series for SALE (ONLY 100 COPIES PRESSED) These mixes are perfect for anyone interested in exploring the many genres found in Brazil from the 60’s to today, hand picked, edited & mixed by MK-1s distinct musical signature. NOTE:

This is a strictly limited run, those interested in making a purchase please contact: MK-1



4 turntable take over



feat. Soul of Sydney crowd favorites playing DJ Cman, Adverse, Juzzlikedat, Makoto, Carratgold

playing back to back on 4 decks for an extended old school party set of classic funk, hip hop joints and beyond.

THE GROOVE DEALERS will also be throwing down the goodness at SOUL OF SYDNEY with a 4 turntable takeover showcase with some of Soul of Sydney favorite sons, DJ CMAN (Mama Feel-Good funk collective) + DJ ADVERSE (The Groove Dealers) + JUZZLIKEDAT (Legarage Hair & Records) + CARATGOLD & Friends.

Strictly afternoon funk, hip hop and old school party jams.

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Reigning from the heart of Sydney City, This group of DJ and music enthusiasts thrive not only because of their connection to real hip hop, jazz, funk and Afro inspired music, but also because of their ability to grow and change.Their extensive experience, music knowledge and independence has allowed them to explore and incorporate from unexpected sources, resulting in a party atmosphere uniquely their own. .

TONIGHT / Tall Black Guy plays live w/ YUM YUM, POLY + EDSEVEN & more at CIVIC | Hip Hop, Beats with Plenty of Soul

TONIGHT: Hip Hop Beats with plenty of SOUL thanks to Tall Black Guy Productions , one of the dopest beatmakers on the planet doing his think along sydney Yum Yum, Edseven Huston and more.

This show will see Sydney envelope itself in a bubble of hybrid sounds, fresh head-nodding beats and soulful electronica music unlike anything Sydney is familiar with. Gaining worldwide reputation as ‘everyone’s favourite producer’, Tall Black Guy will present Sydney fans a rare opportunity into his pervasive and influential music catalogue. This is a show that lovers of samples and beats cannot miss!

What: Tall Black Guy with support from Edseven, Huwston, POLY and YUM YUM
When: 9pm / 27th September 2014
Where: Civic Underground, 388 Pitt St Sydney
Tickets: $15 earlybird / $20 general

SYDNEY HIP HOP: Kerser releases New DVD Album (Nov 14) | Obese Records



Releases 2nd DVD Album #4 KING out 14 Nov

Following the success of No Rest For The Sickest National Tour 2013 DVD – which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Charts keeping P!nk in check at #2 – comes the next highly anticipated instalment in the Kerser DVD series, S.C.O.T National Tour 2014.

Whereas Kerser’s first live tour DVD let fans take home highlights from his Melbourne and Sydney shows, as well as providing an insight into Kerser’s private life, 2014’s S.C.O.T. National Tour DVD goes even deeper.

With up close and personal behind the scenes footage, interviews and high-powered performances captured in the country’s capitals, we head out with Kerser as he’s joined by mates DJ Victor Lopez, hype man Jay (UF), gentle giant bodyguard Big Joe [whose backstage snoozing causes no
end of laughs on tour], as well as brother, collaborator and hype man Rates. It’s a chance for fans to relive the experience, catch up with the band of brothers and their backstage antics, and, revealingly, see how Kerser’s notoriety and success has changed his life.

For those new to the Kerser story, it’s a fascinating insight into how a fiercely loyal, unashamedly honest and humble rapper with a hard upbringing has forced the music industry to reconsider itself, as he inspires his legion of fans to push harder, and keep going.
Initially gaining attention as a battle emcee, most infamously against ARIA award-winning pop rapper 360, Kerser opted to self-promote via YouTube clips, some of which received up to 100,000 views in 48 hours, before releasing his debut effort, with production don Nebs, The Nebulizer in 2011.

Honest, raw and ruthless sophomore album No Rest For The Sickest charted at #1 on the ARIA Urban charts, #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts, and #14 on the overall iTunes charts (not to mention the lesser known accolade of ‘Most Stolen Album From JB HiFi’), before the tour DVD of the same name debuted at #1 on the National ARIA Charts above P!nk. By now a festival veteran, and selling out his own shows nationally, fashion labels approached him for endorsements; relationships which saw sales tripling each time Kerser put photographs up across his social media.

Third LP S.C.O.T [the un-abbreviated title of which will never be heard on mainstream
radio in Australia] dropped just months later, held at #2 on the overall iTunes charts by pop superstar Katy Perry. A week later it was announced that S.C.O.T had secured #5 on the main ARIA Charts and #1 on the ARIA Urban Charts.

Kerser’s oft-times cocky persona is a case of necessity rather than preference. One of, if not the most humble artists in the game, Kerser is gaining respect from media, industry peers and new fans alike. The unconventional yet democratic nature of his rise to fame has indicated the start of a new model of music business, free from the filtration of radio programmers and the limitations of genre quotas. Accumulating well over 220,000 Facebook fans and more than 15 million YouTube views with little to no marketing or radio play, Kerser has single-handedly created a loop hole in the system, just by telling his story and making no apologies for it.

As his presence extends beyond just his music, Kerser has become an icon for hope, resilience and resourcefulness, inspiring hundreds of thousands nationally.