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Romy Hoffman constructs rap labyrinth’s whose corners are peepholes into the world. Her style encapsulates the essence of emceeing as a voice, a message, and an instrument. She is a social and cultural commentator who uses the medium of rhyme to better understand both herself and the world at large.
Initially based in Melbourne, since 2014 she has worked in Los Angeles.
s a 15-year-old she started playing guitar with her high school classmate Ben Lee‘s pop, punk band Noise Addict. With the group, she toured the United States where she encountered the New York-based hip hop culture
she released her debut solo seven-track extended play, Hyperbolic Logic, in 2004. Colman observed, “It’s a challenging listen, with Hoffman spitting tight, at times confronting, rhymes over dark, uneasy and engaging beats… The listening effort unearths a poetic and abstract wordsmith sharing personal experiences and insights.” AllMusic‘s Heather Phares noticed, “[the EP], which introduced her passionate and often witty MC style.”[
2006 also saw Hoffman become the first hip-hop act (and only the second Australian act) to be signed to the US record label, Kill Rock Stars (home to The Gossip, Deerhoof, Sleater Kinney and Bikini Kill). She released her first full-length album, Moments in Movement, in September 2006 created in collaboration with local producer Tony Buchen. The album was nominated for the 2006 J Award
Macromantics is the nom de rap of Melbourne, Australia-based Romy Hoffman, who began her musical career as a guitarist in Ben Lee‘s band Noise Addict when she was just 15. While touring and performing with Noise Addict, Hoffmanfell in love with hip-hop and began incorporating it into her own music and punk-inspired, D.I.Y. approach. In 2004, she self-released her debut as Macromantics, the Hyperbolic Logic EP, which introduced her passionate and often witty MC style. Performing live with turntablist DJ Amy, Hoffmanmade a name for herself supporting artists as diverse as Architecture in Helsinki, Erase Errata, and Sage Francis. Her debut album, Moments in Movement, was released in summer 2006 in Australia and earned a nomination for that year’s J Award for Album of the Year; it arrived in the U.S. via Kill Rock Stars early in 2007.
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