John Idem has been involved in the Melbourne Hip Hop scene since the early 80’s. He started out collecting Hip Hop records in 1983 and was Djing around town by 1989. He was one of the founding members of The DMA Crew and later became part of the RFK posse, producing a number of their early releases including “1992” on Trem’s debut “Sheer Talent” and the Raise tape “Tha Essence”. These days he’s still actively involved in music and production as well as owning the record label “Jaycees Records” with his partner Cassandra.
In 1989 I started Djing for mc’s , cuttin records back and forth for rhymers. I remember doing a show at the Metro with a bunch of Mc’s, this is 1990, Seany B from the Statesmen , Madhat (who is “Ron B Me ” now, we are doing a new album together this year), Reason, Voitek (when he used to rap), Raph and his crew, just a bunch of dudes. The show was off the hook, I was sweatin after that show, it was Mad! I was spinnin hip hop records at hip hop nights soon after that for a few years until i got into spinnin the funk and soul in 95. – Idem
I first met up with Frenzie who had met Trem and Raise , they were originally from Geelong. I also met Brad through Frenzie too. I met Rob Nat and Bob Balans through PBS and DJ Krisy. She had played a demo of theirs that they sent into her and I told Trem that I reckon these guys are really good and that they had potential and that we should all make tracks . By the mid 90’s I went off and did my funk thing and Djing a lot at clubs and stuff. I went overseas in 1997 and was dealing a lot of records and trading stuff and was busy doin my thing and about that time Trem and the guys went onto form Lyrical Commission. Good on em I knew they could do it , them guys are hell good rhymers! – Idem