Perth WA, Australia
Perth WA, Australia
caught the hip hop bug in 1983. I started in a popping crew called Power Circuit. By 1984 I was breakin’ with The Sonic Street Rockers. I used to make pause button cassette mixes for the backing music of our performances. In 1987 I started to DJ for MC Sugar Ray in Royal T Rock. Every Saturday I would DJ at ToffeeRox from about 1pm to 5pm, After that we’d go back to my parents place to put together a live jam with Ray rhyming, Silk beat boxing with me on turntables. Next stop would be Scratch FM in Fremantle from 9pm – 11pm. At the end of every show we’d always do the live track on air – as a last rehearsal before doing it live at Jules nightclub on Murray Street, which was the last stop – 12pm show.
1988 I joined up with Money J and Cash Tip as their DJ, we formed Rock Always Productions. As Money J said – we used to perform at Networks on Wednesday nights, after each finishing a jug of beer with grenadine drunk through a straw at Novaks. I must’ve been with R.A.P for about two or three years. I later started DJing for Perfexy – around 1991. We called ourselves S.O.U.L. – Sound of Urban Lifestyle. I knicked it from Terminator X.
1993 I won the WA State DMC Championship. I represented WA and came 4th at the Nationals held in NSW. It was the only year they allowed 1 vocalist and 1 musician with the DJ. The DMC changed the rules after DJ David from Germany dominated the competition in 1991 and 1992. I entered with MC Cash Tip from R.A.P. and I played bass guitar as well. By this time S.O.U.L. became Urban Lifestyle, and was no longer a hip hop band. It was the beginning of my search for a scene outside of hip hop.
From about 1994 I started to play in cover bands around Perth. If my memory serves me well I played with Black Jam in 1995, Sexual Chocolate in 1996, Cool Bananas in 1997, Vibe in 1998, The Bureau in 2000 and Booty Jooce in 2003. I produced the 1st season of Hip Hop Gladiators on channel 31 in 2005. I shifted to Melbourne in 2007 and played with a funk cover band Vinyl Collective. I published “The Streets of Perth Past & Present” in 2008.
I later settled back in Perth and got back into the things that are important to me – hip hop. I produced Out Of Necessity Magazine with MegaMike, while Money J and I formed Full Circle. We’re part of the resurgence of 1st generation, X generation hip hoppers who have grown up and have been around long enough to have seen quite a few changes in hip hop. As change and evolution is inevitable, especially as hip hop seems to resonate with the youth – of course they’re gonna wanna put their own spin on it, and so they should. But that doesn’t mean it’s only for the kids. As long as there is a hunger, a need for self expression, there will be rhymes over beats by the original hip hoppers of Perth – Full Circle. We’re back, older, wiser, with character.