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‘MICK’ FILM CLIP PREMIERING THURSDAY 9TH

11539591_1004612556245468_8960025161038163350_nDirector/ visual artist Bron Flutterby has once again joined forces with musician Bastian Killjoy to produce his latest film clip Mick. Set for release on July 9th. Mick is taken from Bastian’s latest full length album  Sides Of Me, which is out now.

Featuring an array of breathtaking visuals and stunning cinematography, Mick is an odyssey through the astral plain, as we are guided to the far side of space and invited inside the prismatic imaginations of Bastian Killjoy and Bron Flutterby.

With Mick’s transient clarity having a similar texture to a film shot in mid 1980’s, it would appear that Mick has always existed in the back recesses of our cognitive minds.

Mick was written for a fan named Mick during Bastian’s Pozible campaign in 2014, which saw the production of the album Sides Of Me on vinyl, and is the second film clip taken from the album. With the single Tie Me To This being the first released in November of 2014. Mick will be premiering Thursday the 9th of July via Bastian Killjoy’s Youtube channel.

The single Mick is currently available for free download via TripleJ Unearthed


BASTIAN KILLJOY ‘SIDES OF ME’ ALBUM RELEASE

10897936_897298716976853_5989628425641713038_nMelbourne based Hip Hop artist Bastian Killjoy will be releasing his highly anticipated new album Sides Of Me on the 26th of February 2015.

While building a strong presence in the Melbourne Hip Hop scene, with his conscious driven lyricism and unique styling’s, rising producer/ emcee Bastian Killjoy is also making waves with the announcement of his latest album Sides Of Me, which is set for release on Thursday the 26th of February.

Having recently completed his crowd funding campaign, to produce and release this album on vinyl, CD & digital format. Bastian Killjoy has been gaining a whirlwind of momentum and support, with a string of single releases. Including Road To Nothing, featuring famed Iranian artist Salome Mc, and the affluent music video premier of Tie Me To This.

This is the story of my life’s passion, my inspirations and motives behind making music, and why I am so compelled to get my message out to people. It has taken me almost a decade of personal growth; through creative expression to arrive here, to this album ‘Sides Of Me’ so I thought I would make this one count!” – B.K

Sides Of Me will be available for purchase on CD and available for digital download, and streaming via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Bandcamp and all other reputable digital outlets February 26th 2015.


BASTIAN KILLJOY’S ‘SIDES OF ME’ OUT FEBRUARY

10897936_897298716976853_5989628425641713038_nAs 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!

To join keep up to date with releases and shows you can join my mailing list HERE

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.


WEEK 3 POZIBLE CAMPAIGN/ ALBUM UPDATE

Hello to everyone out there, welcome to this weeks update on my Pozible campaign. We are already 3 weeks in and time is flying by. I’m trying to keep creative on these updates, so I thought I would do something different. I have also laid ‘Entitlement’ over the video, so I suppose you could look at this as a music video. Speaking of which, we are currently shooting a film clip for the next single. I don’t have an exact arrival time on this yet, but I can tell you it will be released within the next month before the campaign winds up in December.

So far we are making great steed on finishing this album. I only have 3 more songs to write/ compose/ record and then everything will be sent off to U.S based producer Tim Hanson at North Village Recordings, for mixing and mastering. I have had some great feedback on ‘Entitlement’ the single I released last week. Things have really changed since my last EP release in December. I knew while I was writing ‘Earth, Air, Fire, Water that I was in a transition and now things are really evolving for me musically.

I have especially had fun so far writing the songs which pledgers have asked to be named after them. I set 3 of these rewards on my campaign ‘To have a song named after you’ and all 3 have already been purchased. I have been careful when writing these songs to not write about the person but rather from a distant point of view looking into peoples lives, emotions, things we really all share including intrinsic values. I have also just finished up the second international collaboration on this album with U.S artist EMFB. I released the first collaboration in May of this year ‘Road To Nothing’ with famed Iranian artist Salome Mc.

So far on our campaign we have reached over $2,100 in pledges! Thank you to all my amazing supporters out there. This really is only possible with you and I am honoured to share this momentous event with you all. This work will inevitably become yours as much as mine as we travel together. If you would like to get involved in my Pozible campaign or just hear my story then follow me here.

If you would like to join my mailing list for more direct updates on my music then follow me here. I will be back next week with more developments, for now I thank you, bless

-BAS


WEEK 2 POZIBLE UPDATE & FREESTYLE

Welcome to a new week! and this week we have reached 37% of our Pozible campaign. So I was composing a new song for the album ‘Sides Of Me’ yesterday and thought why not just but something off the top of my head. We have 6 weeks to go of this campaign, and though thats sounds like a long time… It isn’t. Last week was a big week with the release of my new single ‘Entitlement’ Which was released on Friday as a thank you to pledgers. I will have more new music for you before this campaign finishes. I am also hoping to release a film clip along the way.

‘Entitlement’ is available for exclusive download to pledgers and is available for Streaming via Soundcloud. The 1st single ‘Foreword’ released last month is available for download via all reputable digital stores and is available for streaming on Spotify.

If you are just joining and would like to get involved in my Pozible campaign or find out what this is all about then you can follow me HERE. Right now I need all the support I can get, so if you believe in what i’m doing, get involved and become a part of this monumental point in my music career

If you would like to join my mailing list to receive monthly updates on what i’m up to then you can join my mailing list HERE

Bless

– BAS


‘ENTITLEMENT’ OUT NOW!

My new single has arrived! This song is taken from the album ‘Sides Of Me’. I am currently running a Pozible campaign to help me release this album. I have put this song up as a thank you to all the people who have supported my project so far. We kicked this campaign off 11 days ago and have reached over 32% of the funds needed!

All pledgers have been sent a personal download of this song. For the general public it is available for streaming via Soundcloud. I wrote this song in regards to peoples sense of entitlement in Australia and abroad. I am touching on racism here, our disconnection from our planet and surroundings, and the idea that one person or a group of people could have a feeling of ownership over nature and where we inhabit is preposterous. This also relates to governments and their borders.

People seeking refuge deserve help and aid. Indigenous Australians deserve more respect for their land and heritage, and our children, tomorrows future deserve better. This is relative in too many other parts of the world. We are slipping further and further into decay, all sense of decency and democracy has been washed away by our blood soaked beaches. I speak for sustainability, I fight for the human spirit to rise and takes its place among the stars. I seek change.

I enjoy sharing my thoughts and ideals with you. I do this not from a personal point of view in my beliefs, but it is more a collective oversee of what is happening from a spiritual view. If someone who didn’t live on Earth is watching us then how would we look? This is sometimes an embarrassing and uncomfortable thought, but one that needs addressing. We can do better.

If you want to get involved in my Pozible campaign or download this song, you can follow me HERE

If you would like to join my mailing list and receive monthly updates you can do so HERE


SIDES OF ME – ALBUM UPDATE

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

If you would like to join or follow my campaign you can do so HERE

To join my monthly mailing list you can do so HERE

Bless

-BAS


‘ENTITLEMENT’

Entitlement Single Artwork FinalIf you have just joined me, then welcome! As some of you will know I launched my crowd funding campaign just 6 days ago to assist me in releasing my next album ‘Sides Of Me’. There has been so much support from people out there, that I wanted to give something back. So I am releasing another single from the album as a token of my appreciation.

I was going to hold off on sharing this song, Entitlement is one of my personal favourites from this album. But I would say that is even more reason to share it with you all! I will have a video update on my Pozible campaign up on Monday. So stay tuned for that too. I will have more details on how I am traveling then. For now I can tell you we have reached $1,210 so far! If you want a copy of my next album on vinyl I suggest getting in quick. I only have a limited run available at this stage.

“So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.”
― Charlotte Eriksson

As I continue to put myself out there, I am astounded by peoples belief in me to succeed, and I will succeed. If you would like to pre order an album or get involved you can follow me Here.

If you would like to join my monthly mailing list you can do so Here.

Bless!


BASTIAN KILLJOY’S NEW SINGLE “FOREWORD” OUT NOW!

Hi!
For those of you who do not know me my names Bastian, I am a producer/ composer/ emcee from Melbourne. This afternoon at 4:20pm I will be releasing my new single “Foreword”. This song is to feature on my epic new album “Sides Of Me”, which I am currently still working on (I’m almost there!)

I wanted to put this track out to give people an idea of the new things I have been working on before I launch my crowd funding campaign in the coming months. This track will be available for streaming and download. If you like this song, I have set up a $1 donation for downloads via Bandcamp.

-BAS


WORDSMITHS STUDIOS – NOW TAKING BOOKINGS!

Wordsmiths Studios
-ATTENTION ALL RECORDING ARTSTS –

Melbourne based recording studio and label, Wordsmiths Records have opened their doors to the public and are currently taking bookings for recording, mixing and mastering sessions. Situated in the pristine surroundings of the Dandenong Ranges, Wordsmiths have been an established label since 2012.

In this time we have recorded numerous singles and albums for local and interstate artists from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds including Folk, DnB, Hip Hop, Soul, Acoustic and many more.

If your looking for affordable, hi quality recording, mixing and/ or mastering services then look no further. Our aim is to support and welcome artists of all walks in a friendly creative environment. All musical stylings are welcome!

For all pricing enquiries and bookings contact Jamie at:

jamie.wordsmiths@gmail.com

Kind regards

The Wordsmiths Team!

 


MIND OVER MATTER – THIS WAY TO ELSEWHERE – OUT NOW!

merch1Mind 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.

BAS


STORMEY COLEMAN – “RAINDROPS” LP TOUR

10287082_10152106804571089_1247239677_nWe will be heading to Seymour tomorrow for Stormey Coleman’s “Raindrops” tour. I am excited to be playing on this bill, it’s not often we head out that way. I will be opening up the show with fellow Wordsmiths artist Seeka at 9pm sharp. I believe Stormey will be signing copies of his new album before the show starts, so if you want one I suggest getting in early.

U.S artist Stormey Coleman is a member of famed group “The Outlaws” founded by Tupac. As you can imagine we are very blessed to be apart of this line up! The event is being held at the Terminus Hotel and this show is free entry people! Stormey will also be supported by Tolls, Guilty As Charged Crew and the amazing DJ A.K!

I will have some snaps up from this show and hopefully some footage next week.

-BAS


NEW SINGLE “ROAD TO NOTHING” OUT SOON!

Road To NothingBastian 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.

 

 


WE FLOAT

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.

Love

-BAS

 


NUMBERS

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 3.53.43 pmMost days I wonder how our focus strays
Walking stained footpaths, passing change
Each step closer to parting ways
Bumping with nothing to hold
Say something

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

-BAS

Illustration by: Timothy Doyle


AIR


EARTH


RESONATE


WATER


FIRE


HAPPY FACES

HAPPY FACESThis week, speech is worthless
To speak it aches, you feed the surface
Cracks from miss guided smiles
I want purpose but I deserve this
Nervous, words are working

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

BAS

Illustration by Charlie Immer


SUBSCRIBE TO BASTIAN KILLJOY ON YOUTUBE

904519_552979264742135_1392452963_oKeep 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.


CREATURE COMFORTS

Asiulus-illustration-4Climbing through, time collapses narratives
Refined, subdued, this accents our challenges
Lies weep, we wept, deceitful regrets
Pens pressed to exemplify distress

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

– BAS

Artwork by: JOANNA KRÓTK


MOMENTS

1176891249376286Hold close, moments awoke indifference
Potent rose, spoken, dimmers as it withers
Coldest winter, erodes, aroused distance
We deal to cope, hope the clouds steer us

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
Love abandoned

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

– BAS

Art by: Alex Andreyev