Bastian has released a new single with St Petersburg based producer Bass Estrada. ‘Well Played’ is the second collaborative single release from the 2 artists and is available for exclusive free download via Soundcloud. With the release of Bastian’s new album ‘Sides Of Me’ a couple of months ago Bastian has been branching out and looking at new collaborative projects to work on.
“I have been looking for something different to work on and this just fell right in front of me. There is a soothing and sometimes melancholy sound behind these tracks from Bass Estrada which just drew me to his work. While producing all of my own instrumental in the past, I thought I would expand and draw on different styles between albums. Both ‘Well Played’ and ‘Carry On’ have become some of my most diverse works and it is definitely something I am not complaining about. I have a feeling we will be releasing a lot more music together this year” – BAS
This Sunday the 18th of January I will be performing at Bar Open with some of Melbourne’s finest underground artists! I will be playing an all new set, unveiling news songs from my forthcoming album ‘Sides Of Me‘, which is out February 26th. So if you want to be the first to check out some new stuff before the album drops then this is your chance.
These are always my favourite kind of shows, I am very proud to be playing alongside these crazy, talented artists and what better way to spend your hazy summer Sunday than kicking with us listening to great tunes!
Live local Hip Hop & Reggae at Bar Open Sunday Jan 18th 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
$5 entry.. Doors open at 7:30pm
Show starts at 8pm..
To join the Facebook event follow me HERE
As we are thrust into the new year I have much to reflect upon and many thanks to to give. Thanks to those who have supported me and guided me through this journey, It is because of these people that we have arrived here. 3 months ago I launched a crowd funding campaign in order to raise the funds to release my next album ‘Sides Of Me’. If we are to talk about stepping out of comfort zones and entering the realm of the unknown, then this campaign would be my best example.
I was initially hesitant to ask people to pre order an album that I had not finished recording. But as the support flooded in, I soon came to see I was doing the right thing. The creative direction I was going in soon shifted and this album became as much about sharing with others as it did about getting my message out there. The result is something I am very proud and excited to share with the world.
I’m not sure what genre ‘Sides Of Me’ falls under, It is really a reflection of my favourite genres, stylings and artists, and takes a lot from my childhood in the 80’s growing up. The album does have a more uplifting although sentimental undertone than my other releases, which are more focused on my frustrations and beliefs. This album symbolises my return to a stage of reflection and mindfulness.
‘Sides Of Me’ will be available on vinyl, CD and in digital stores on February 26th. To everyone who has pre ordered a copy of this album, your shipment will be arriving via post on the 26th of February also. To all pledgers who ordered digital copies of my previous albums/ EP’s, these have been sent to you via email. So be sure to jump on there and grab your prize!
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If you would like to pre order a copy of ‘Sides Of Me’ on CD, then you can get in touch with me via the contact form below.
I will be joining a stella line up this Friday the 31st of October at Hares & Hyenas! Join us for our first ever night devoted to hip hop, rap and spoken word. The evening brings together some of the best talents of Melbourne’s hip hop and spoken word scene, including Morganics, Bastian Killjoy, Gabriela Georges, EE’DA, Tolls and Tumi (aka Tumi the Be).
$12/10 entry, 7pm start! For more information, visit our events listing on the Hare Hole website: http://wordisout.com.au/?p=1601
MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Morganics is an award-winning Hip Hop artist, director and community worker. An MC, Bboy, beatboxer, producer and Hip Hop Theatre artist he has performed from New York to Tanzania, the Sydney Opera House to Prague. His extensive work with indigenous communities includes The Wilcannia Mob’s “Down River” which he remixed for MIA’s album “Kala”. Morganics is currently completing his forthcoming album “Music For My Friends And My Enemies” and is in post production for his Hip Hop feature film, “Survival Tactics”.
From rural to urban, ancient to contemporary, Ee’da’s work encapsulates diversity. She is a spoken-word performance artist, dancer, arts educator and musician. Her sound traverses hip-hop, soul, folk, reggae and electronica. She has performed at the Arts Centre, United Nations Conference opening, Bowery Poetry Club NYC, National Day Celebrations in Aajmer, India, The Silveroom in Chicago and Federation Square. In 2012, at the Sydney Harmony International Short Film Festival, she earned the title of Most Original Concept for ‘Fade to white’, a spoken word piece discussing the disturbing practice of skin-bleaching among women of colour. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Sisters For Sisters (SFS), a women’s arts and music collective that spearheads fundraising initiatives for worthy causes locally and abroad. She was awarded recently the Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence for her engagement in community work. She may wear many hats but Ee’da is driven by a singular passion – to live a purposeful life, living for the love of music, community, the arts and the simple power of expression.
TUMI (aka TUMI the BE)
Tumi AKA Tumi the Be began writing songs as a form of expression in October 2010 and has not looked back since the first time he connected the dots that gave his words meaning. With earlier stylistic influences such as Dr Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, this poet/MC tells his stories through a mixture of spoken word and concept driven rap.
Bastian Killjoy is a Melbourne based Hip Hop producer and emcee who combines atmospheric soundscapes with acoustic drum breaks, providing a unique and intricate backdrop for his superior and fierce vocal style. That combines intelligent lyrics and tackles social issues with a fast paced rhythmic flow. Resulting in a sound that is truly unique within the Australian Hip Hop scene.
Gabriela Georges is an acoustic musician and spoken-word poet from Melbourne’s West. This year, she has performed in the Sydney Fringe Festival, won her first poetry slam as part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival and had her work published in Vic Uni’s Offset Arts Journal. In her original music, she enjoys exploring the fusion of acoustic r’n’b and hip-hop as well as the use of rhythm and percussion. Interested in the human psyche and experiences of love and loss; Gabriela is now in the process of recording her first EP due early 2015. You can find her on FB and catch her performing at the Djerriwarrh Festival next week as well as the Activist Arts Festival on November the 15th.
Tolls is a tepid middle-aged woman in a hot headed little boys body. An MC/poet/stage wrecker originally from the depths of Central Victoria, (Seymour) but now currently based in Brunswick, he brings a mixture of energetic flows, honest lyrics, and an uncompromising attitude on stage. Tolls is currently working predominately alongside Davinci, a producer from Hobart, now also living in Brunswick. Tolls has supported the likes of Mantra, Joelistics (Slamalamadingdong Feature), JackyT, WiLnO, Stormey Coleman (USA) and performed in rap battles alongside some of the best in the country. Don’t believe the hype of this community minded artist though; he will steal your day old bread and nannas pair of crocs.
The single will be available for streaming via Soundcloud and will be available for download via Bandcamp. This is a new stage of progression in Bastian’s career, moving towards a more abstract view of music, how music is perceived by the listener and the intentions of the artist.
“Much of my music in the past has been solely focused on a broad experience of my surroundings, the external components that have had an impact on me as a person. While working on “Foreword, and much of this album, I have made a conscious decision to internalise my emotions and feelings towards existence itself and my growth. Without the influence of any external forces.
In this age, sometimes it’s hard to see what is actually real. With so many diversions, negativity and miss information shared with us on a daily basis. I needed to step back.
I feel this new work may not interest many people in the Hip Hop community. But it is something I do not fear. This is my evolution and I am hoping to connect with listeners from all countries, from all backgrounds. I am very happy to share this with you!”
– Bastian Killjoy
Mind Over Matter have just released their new album This Way To Elsewhere and are headed on tour across Australia. I will be supporting the boys for the Melbourne leg of this tour, I must say this new album This Way To Elsewhere is absolutely stunning.
With well rounded production, from some very established producers from the U.S and OZ. I love hearing new music like this coming out of the Australian Hip Hop scene. From beginning to end, this album has been on repeat all week over here.
If you would like to check out the new clip featuring Hip Hop heavy weights Bliss n Eso click here.
You can also purchase their album This Way To Elsewhere here.
I will be supporting Mind Over Matter Laundry Bar in Melbourne on the 11th of July. Tix are just $10, I’m sure this show will sell out. So if you are keen on getting down follow this link to purchase your tickets online. I will have merch at the show.
Styles including: Drum n Bass, Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, Dub, Glitch Hop, Blues, Ambient, Electronica, Break Beat & Jungle.
Xandepic 11:15pm – 12ISH
Polyvoyance – Odd Sock feat. Bellz 10:15pm – 11:00pm
Decksi 9:15pm – 10:00pm
Lucid NZ 8:15pm – 9:00pm
Hosted by Vytal One (Hoodrapz) feat. DJ Corey Breeze on the decks.
(Dubstep, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Jungle, Reggae and Dub.)
Polyvoyance – Odd Sock Feat. Bella Bellz
(Glitch Hop, Dub, Drum n Bass, Blues, Hip Hop, Ambient, Electronica, Break Beat.)
FREE ENTRY See you there
With the release of their new album This Way To elsewhere, Mind Over Matter have smashed their way into the charts with their album debuting at #6 on iTunes and #61 on the ARIA charts. The good people at I Forget Sorry & Big Tree Artists have put together a national tour and I am proud to announce that I will be supporting MOM for the Melbourne leg of this tour along with artist Tys on the 11th of July.
After the success of powerful new single What They Say, featuring guest verses from hip-hop heavyweights and touring buddies Bliss N Eso, Sydney duo Mind Over Matter are primed to deliver their highly anticipated third LP This Way To Elsewhere – out May 30 via Permanent/Shock Records (pre-order from iTunes or JB Hi-Fi)
and will be hitting the road this June/July.
Mind Over Matter (MCs Willow and Smiles Again) have gone from strength to strength since the 2006 release of their debut mixtape For Our Hip Hoppers. Their rapid musical growth can be heard on the world-class production of This Way To Elsewhere. Pre-production on the album took place over a two week period with producer Matik (Seth Sentry, Pez, Bliss N Eso) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Reichardt at a holiday house in the beautiful Salamander Bay. The remainder of the album was recorded at Smiles Again’s Sydney studio The Swordfish Tank.
Once the record was complete, the band headed to Chicago for an intensive mixing process with Craig Bauer (Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West). “When we set out to make this album we wanted the most universal sound we could achieve. We’re stoked with what we cooked up,” says Smiles Again of the record.
Mind Over Matter also will be hitting the road nationally throughout June/July to bring their highly evolved sound to you live, and show the world why they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Catch Mind Over Matter live
Tickets available from http://mindovermattercrew.com/
Australian Hip Hop artist Bastian Killjoy has come together with female Iranian artist Salome Mc for the release of Bastian’s new single “Road To Nothing”. Famed artist Salome Mc has been hailed as Iran’s first female Hip Hop artist, now residing in Japan the 2 began corresponding with each other in early 2013.
The single will be the first Australian/ Iranian Hip Hop collaboration to take place in this country. The focus of this single is to speak out about the corruption and deception that our governments and institutions have perpetuated to the general public.
“Road To Nothing” will feature on Bastian Killjoy’s album “Words Of Worth” set for release late 2014 through Wordsmiths Records.
The single “Road To Nothing” will be available for FREE download via bandcamp on Thursday the 1st of May.
Bastian Killjoy has come together with Iranian Hip Hop artist Salome MC for the release his new single “Road To Nothing”. Salome MC has gained recognition as Iran’s first female rapper and now resides in Japan. The 2 got in contact in early 2013 and have been corresponding since then, sending ideas back and forth, and sharing personal perspectives on music.“Road To Nothing” will feature on Bastian’ next album. Release date TBA through Wordsmiths Records.
“Road To Nothing” will be available soon for FREE download via Bandcamp
Bastian Killjoy is a Melbourne based hip hop producer and emcee who combines driving hip hop beats with acoustic drum breaks and steel string guitar, providing a unique and intricate backdrop for his superior and fierce vocal style that combines intelligent lyrics and tackles social issues with a fast paced rhythmic flow. This results in a sound that is truly unique within the Australian Hip Hop scene.
Slamadingdong titled Bastian Killjoy slam poetry champ for June 2013, he has also recently been hailed Global Hip Hop Collective’s artist of the month for January 2014, with the successful launch and release of his latest EP “Earth – Air – Fire – Water” in December of 2013.
Salome Mc started making hip-hop music as an art school freshman in 2002, in Tehran. Pursuing her passion for poetry, music and visual arts in different levels ever since, releasing songs online -while being recognised as the first female rapper of Iran- and experimenting with different mediums of visual expression that goes along.
Salome moved to Japan to further study in the field of audio/visual arts, exploring new ways of expression that would reflect her new life style: away from urban life and closer to nature. Now in addition to making music for urban listener, Salome tries to create a connection incorporating sound, photo and/or video in form of contemporary art with a universal audience.
This song is from my release “Painted Landscape”. My beliefs held and expressed in this song may be very conflicting and controversial to some people, but I do try to express that differing ideologies should be taken with an open mind. I decided to incorporate the alphabet in this track to push my lyrical ability to it’s limits. I know this idea has been done before but I wanted to present it in an all new way. When I wrote this song I honestly though it would bring some attention to what I am doing, nether the less it has assisted in my growth and development as an artist. So whats it all about?
Well I believe we are descended from aliens, to be more precise the Annunaki, a civilisation which date back to the Sumerians. I believe I channel inter-dimensional beings when I make music or feed creativity. So I was thinking, if I was to send a message to other beings in the universe or other dimensions about Earth, what would I say? I would speak about our history, which has a very dark past, the beauties of humanity and everything in between. I would greet them with love and compassion. I would send a message of hope and unity across the galaxy. For this is what I already believe I am doing. Actions are motivated by intention, my intentions are to interact and send a higher vibration to this planet, it’s people and beyond, and I would try to let go of ego and the negativity that hinders progress in order to achieve my goal.
I am not an atheist or anti religion, I believe in spirituality and that the physical body is just a vessel to carry us through the part of this journey, quantum physics has a lot of answers to our questions. It is fair to say our governments have lied to us and plan to destroy this planet for the gain of power over the people. That they have rejected every attempt for world peace and the desertion of fossil fuels, that there is a monopoly over natural resources. Where money takes president over life and freedom.
I believe it is my duty to speak out about these problems and address possible solutions. We have the power to change this world, to save ourselves and to learn something along the way. I speak for peace, I ask for unity. That is why I am sending you this message.
A city full of strays, kids, thugs with blades
Drugs, rape, mugged, end up on the front page
Racial hate, people displaced, evil set in its place
And waits patiently for many are weak
Speak to me, I hear the whispers, here to teach
Heal the needs from cracked dreams
Fractured beings who wont believe
Regardless of my pleads
So I walk on
Words fall on deaf ears so I lost most my peers
Younger years, wonder how we got here
Lost, everything comes at a cost, it’s not clear
So I perceiver
Dear friends and family, I’m getting there gradually
Almost at my door, counting numbers, haphazardly
With a cautionary step, get to 20, take a breath
Now I can finally rest
Illustration by: Timothy Doyle
Try to shake this insurgence
Life urges, furthers from here
Remotes to trigger burdens
Closer to disturbing fear
Constantly reoccurring when you murder beats
Appear certain, devout and determined
Hear the squeaks from undermining versions
Expression, depressed convergence
Watch you while it worsens
I hold this for me, stories to stretch the ease
Poured out through versus, endless as they leave
Mouths chatter, smiles are pleads
Of how much this means to me
Happy faces are often waisted
From trying to remain complacent
Refrain from days of hatred
Shits outdated, over rated
I make music, it’s complicated
So we hold high, with happy faces
Illustration by Charlie Immer
Keep up to date with news on new releases, film clips and side projects from Bastian Killjoy. We are getting ready to start filming for the next music video “We Float” from the “Painted Landscape” series, directed by Flutterby Creative. This will be the 4th clip from the album, with another 11 to go. Thats right we are shooting a video for every song on the album and while this has become a very tedious task it is well worth the effort.
You can find the released video’s from this series and other film clips on the Bastian Killjoy Youtube page. Click the photo for a link to my channel or follow the link here
Don’t forget to jump on my Bandcamp to download your FREE copy of Bastian Killjoy’s most recent release “Earth – Air – Fire – Water” here. Other titles are also available on this site or via iTunes.
Unrest, broken homes, fallen nest
Wages set to place your bet
Who will fall behind first or tow the line
Immersed, rolls reverse, empty conquests
Grasps at dirt , honours test, how it hurts
Now sour, bursts, devour power, purge
cowards walk in shadows, hers
Echoes, echo disturbed
We like flicks of paper, in those little pictures
takers, simple, naked, make it visual
To inebriate the wishful, ways of thinking
Hit you, hating, crippled patience
While patients sit knitting frameless fits
Life attracts me to this
Now i’m nameless
Artwork by: JOANNA KRÓTK
Suppose a single light, lit in spite persists
See’s the different side of things inside, resistance
We hide in dark shadows, life narrows as we gather
Time in passing, believe as if it matters
Look around, people drowning shroud the dead
thoughts collect, supports rejected instead
Side step without method, as our mother wept
Steady hand, mouth of madness
Escape to tangents, corporate false flags
Talks of rapid expansion, collapsing, branded
Lives are taken at random…
Or did they plan it?
Seeds planted, commandments, desperate
Dealing sadness, division, nations ravished
These seem like broad statements
Instead I scribble strokes across the pavement
Defy lies for life has no replacement
Evil here is faceless as are the famous
I think it’s time we made some changes
Art by: Alex Andreyev
Welcome to 2014. It has been a busy start to the new year and very welcomed indeed. I have been hailed Global Hip Hop Collective’s artist of the month for January! I am very proud of this achievement and thankful that I am reaching you out there. So just after I released my new EP “Earth – Air – Fire – Water” on Christmas Day, I got a call from Zulu Flow telling me I was nominated for GHC artist of the month. To say I was excited is an understatement. We got together a couple of weeks ago and had an interview, which you can check out by clicking the photo.
There are so many new projects I am working on this year and this just gave me the boost I needed to push harder than ever to have my voice heard, and to make positive change where possible in the Hip Hop community.
The good people at GHC also reviewed my new EP.
“Self produced, written, published and recorded, Bastian Killjoy nails all aspects on this release. Originally written as a film score, then experimented on by laying down some hip hop beats and eventually evolving into a five track EP. Mixed and mastered at Heezers in Missouri the finished sound is super clean without being too much so. Crisp beats, intelligent lyrics delivered with swift viciousness and complimented with a hint of welcome warmness. The depth of the content as well as the music means that one listen is nowhere near enough to really ‘get’ each song. Each of the four elements are cryptically, not literally represented, which allows one to delve deeper into the meaning behind each song. The production contains just the right mixture of soul, boom bap and melody to remain interesting, get my head softly swaying back and forth and my ear sharply tuned into the lyrics.
Overall I didn’t rate this release super highly at first. However after multiple listens it grew on me. One of the highlights was the song “Fire,” which begins with the sounds of a crackling fire place, then is accompanied by some orchestral strings and transitions smoothly into the most structurally and sonically pleasing joint on the release. Another highlight was the three minute instrumental-lude at the end of the first track. A refreshing point of difference that allows the music to speak for itself.
An element which feels missing from the mix is ‘fun’ – the entire vibe of the release is quite serious and sombre, which is where the track ‘Fire’ shines above the rest, being the one track that combines this fun factor while remaining sentimental, no nonsense, to-the-point and cryptic all at the same time. Earth, Air, Fire, Water is a valiant contribution, musical food for the thinking man.”
I thank you all for the support and if you would like to download my latest EP for FREE follow the link – http://thebastiankilljoy.bandcamp.com/
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