Hey out there, I have just released an update on my Pozible campaign, to help release my album ‘Sides Of Me’. I launched this campaign Last Monday, and in one week on we have already raised over 25% of the funds I need to finish the album. All thanks to your support. Because this album means so much to me in both terms of growth and excellence. I want to get it out to as many people as possible, in as many formats as possible. That means vinyl!
I only have 24 vinyl pre orders left so if you want one get in fast. There are a heap of signed CD’s up for grabs as well as previous releases, T-shirts + heaps more. I would like to give a special thank you and congratulations to Libby Thomas and Desiree Blamey for taking out the top prize of having a song named after them! If you would like to have a song named after you there is 1 still available.
To everyone who has supported this project and pledged so far, you are my driving force behind making music. Don’t forget I have a new single from the album coming out this Friday. This will be an exclusive download for pledgers and streamable for the general public via Soundcloud
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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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What a great way to finish up the year, I will also be playing with Kodiak Kid, Jamima Jonez and Snareophobe (UK). So how did this happen? Well I went into work one day and my boss asked me if I would like to play our Christmas break up party. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, little did I know I would be playing with such a big line up. One word to use is shocked.
You have no idea how many gigs I apply for on the daily and get knocked back and on this day I walk into work it seems to fall into place. I am really excited about this show and I am very privileged to be working with such excellent people. The truth is behind the scenes we work our guts out at making our dreams reality, what you see is the finished product. Whether it be an album release, a film clip or a gig, this is hard work and most of the time the only pay off is the love for music.
This is what keeps me going, it is the drive that fire’s inside my belly. Most of you will never listen to my music or even know who I am, but that is irrelevant, what is important is my well being. I don’t care to be notorious or rich, I don’t have the need for material possessions or praise. I do however have a need to succeed, to be respected by my colleges and overall to achieve inner peace and happiness.
The world is a dark place at times, I am not sure how to express my loss of self at times. I do think we all feel unease, these beautiful people are one of the only things keeping me connected to society, without this I know I would drift far away from anyone’s sight. So why am I writing this? it has nothing to do with promoting this show. But I am not trying to promote a show, I am trying to reach out to you. If you are reading this please don’t ever give up on your dreams. At the end of the day all we have is ourselves, do not trade this for anything, keep yourself and live your life. I do love you all and I am thankful to share my thoughts and excitement with you.
I have released a brand spanking new single from my forthcoming EP “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” I wrote this song about preemptive war, which has been sparked by the Wests greed for oil, primarily the U.S. But this blame lands at all our feet. We need abandon this system, it has failed. While we continue to participate in the murder of children and pillaging of foreign countries for natural resources how can there be hope? You are the future, we are the change. I hope this reaches you. I could write so much more about this but I did write a song a bout it so here it is.
You can stream or download this song FREE by clicking the photo or following the link here: http://www.triplejunearthed.com/BastianKilljoy
A few months ago I was cruising around with the radio on, I was listening to local PBS. They generally play great local and international music on there, but one song stood out as I was listening, I turned it up and was taken on a journey of musical energy, I couldn’t pick up the language (which intrigued me even more).
As the presenter came back on air she said “That was Salome MC from Iran”. I kept saying her name in my head until I got home so I would remember it. After 30 attempts at spelling her name into Google, I got it and while on her Soundcloud I found her most recent album “I Officially Exist”.
Salome Mc is an Iranian Hip hop and multi-media artist. She has released three Hip Hop albums online, along with a string of self-made music videos, and gained recognition as the first female rapper of Iran. She added experimental audio/visual productions to her field of work after moving to Japan, and had various performances, Exhibitions and screenings in different countries. Right now she is a master’s student in fine arts in Japan.
It is rare that I find such spiritually, in tune, pure Hip Hop and Salome’s work is nothing short of inspiring. I listened to the whole album and was hooked. Here is an artist that has stood up against the powers that divide nations and openly speaks about the deceit of religious institutions. Salome’s story and powerful message will move you. If you want change here it is.
So I hit up Salome, I explained how I found her music and how I would like to work with her. Now we are collaborating on a song together! You can expect something by the end of the year. If you want to listen to Salome MC’s music click the photo for a link.
This is the 2nd film clip from my latest album “Painted Landscape” shot by Flutterby Creative. I wrote this song in reference to the death of Americas freedom upon JFK’s execution. The ripple effect of this action quickly spread to the rest of the world, enabling our governments to become corrupt and in favor of war as a means of resolving issues with one another. I also want to make clear that we must wake up and unify in order to co exist with one another and our mother earth. I hope this reaches you