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Where Control System made connection with those who listen to music with their heads, it seems as though These Dayswas made with the soul part of Soul. With all the weariness from  Control System lovers talking about “off singing” or “softer topics”, number 15 (the last song) is strong enough to carry the rest (as if it needed it). That track is ‘W.R.O.H’ feat JMSN— a 23min song featuring a…

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New: Joshua Charles & Hyclass — Marvin’s Dream

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10557278_10152203959277647_7487959076279704920_nPerth artists and friends Joshua Charles and Suzie Tuialii aka Hyclass have been peoples for years. Suzie’s cousin Rae plays a big part in making sure these cats keep making their music. And we’re grateful for that! Joshua Charles has been through a lot since we met maybe at The Bird in Northbridge, no it was. First time I saw this guy play music he was on stage with Rae and I swear there was a…

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Angelo

Angelo

Third3ye

“[ON3NESS] is not a bad fad at the end of the day, and I expected when we first began doing Third3ye, if it did pop off, this is what could happen you know; people could start taking this as a fad and it’s not the worst thing in the world for people to be thinking about; as long as it evokes a conversation inside of your brain,” says Angelo King from Third3ye.

Auckland based collective Third3ye are expanding their community with a new clothing brand ‘Third3ye Clothing’. WDYFILWHH catch up with Angelo King to talk about their plans to represent Aotearoa internationally, the next album, and their affiliation with Red Bull Sound Select. Listen to the audio interview below:

Ray Shultz aka DJ Toru

Ray Shultz aka DJ Toru

HH: Are there any dangers in people misconstruing the On3ness message the more people catch onto the music, because On3ness stems from something a lot deeper than just music. 

A: Yup, I think the dangers come when people think they’re above other people because they’re more spiritually conscious or they’re more connected and stuff you know; like that’s totally not what the message is. You can be more in tune than another person but it doesn’t make you any more righteous or have any more of a right to be on this planet. And I think that’s what people do with popular culture is they become experts in that aspect of the popular culture and then they think they’re above everybody else who’s trying to be a part of that popular culture and that’s kind of the paradox within the On3ness message you know.

PARADOX:

“A paradox is a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking.

HH: Okay so Third3ye clothing, who is Titch.co? 

A: A friend of mine from university, Dan Hawke, started a company called Titch.co and he’s now doing a subsidiary company called The Craft & Stitch and what they’re doing is; he approached me about a month and a half ago and was like, ‘man people aren’t doing the music-clothing game proper, everyone is just getting AS Colour t-shirts and they’re printing shit on them and then sending them away you know’.

He’s basically providing a way for us to cultivate our own fashion label and the sky’s the limit essentially. It’s our own label like we’ve got Third3ye tags and stuff, it’s called Third3ye Clothing, nothing on the clothes is not Third3ye.

There are three jerseys in in the first range with three different styles of t-shirts as well and this is basically the first range, we just want to promote On3ness and we just want to promote the brand Third3ye; then from that point on we’ll start to veer off into more, kind of unique branding strategies and situations where we’ll have a limited edition 20 t-shirts  or something like that.

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HH: So the design in the first line uses the Om symbol. 

A: An om symbol, which is older than western civilisation, we can take that because it is a universal symbol, we’re not claiming it as our own; what we’re actually doing is putting in onto the front of a jersey so people can actually look at it and familiarise themselves with it you know and then be like, ‘What is that?’ and then they can investigate what it is.

The om to me, it’s got multiple meanings, but the om to me is the vibration of life like everything that lives and that is alive; even breaking it down to physics, it all has a vibration and the om essentially is that vibration of equilibrium that keeps everything alive, if you know what I mean, it’s the big bang, it’s all of those things.

OM: 

Om (written universally as ; in Devanagari as ओंoṃ[õː]औंauṃ[ə̃ũ], or ओ३म्om[õːm]) is a mantra and mystical Sanskritsound of Hindu origin (geographically India and Nepal), sacred and important in various Dharmic religions such as Hinduism,Buddhism, and Jainism.

A: I want people to feel mana to wear our jerseys you know, that’d be a really, really amazing experience and an amazing feeling for me personally.

HH: What’s next for Third3ye, aside from releasing clothing? 

A: Ohh, you’re the first person we’ve told! So, basically, the next steps for us is we’re really working really, really hard to get a summer tour going. So we wanna basically hit some festivals over the summer time, we’ve been speaking to a few; and elevate our live performance to festival heights which is what we’ve always wanted to do; after the boys get back from the States — Ray and Ben are over in America at the moment, they’re living in an apartment for two weeks and they’re just going to be making banger after banger and when they come back home, that’s when we’re going to start thinking about the next album.

*Angelo and Melodownz also have solo projects coming in the latter half of 2014 and Third3ye Clothing can be purchased on the Tich.co website.

**Third3ye would like to thank Jono Das for the On3ness design and also Liam ‘City’ Moore for the Third3ye patch.

Interview: Third3ye — ॐ ” is not a bad fad at the end of the day, and I expected when we first began doing Third3ye, if it did pop off, this is what could happen you know; people could start taking this as a fad and it’s not the worst thing in the world for people to be thinking about; as long as it evokes a conversation inside of your brain,” says Angelo King from Third3ye.

Interview: Kamandi — Red Bull Sound Select #BREAKMUSIC

Tyrone Frost aka Kamandi. Photo by JAM Photography.
Tyrone Frost aka Kamandi. Photo by JAM Photography.

Tyrone Frost aka Kamandi. Photo by JAM Photography.

‘Much to my mum’s displeasment my uncle bought me a Tupac tape and that’s when I fell in love with hip hop’ says Kamandi, birth name Tyrone Frost. Naming the unknown EDM artist Burial as a huge influence on his music, and someone who does a similar type of progressive LA-beat with that low-slung frequency “beautifully”, Frost says he’d prefer to…

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Jeremih and his boys partied hard in Wellington. With songs like Birthday Sex; features like ‘Down On Me’ with 50 Cent and ‘My Bae’ with Vado (#2 on Mai FM the week he was here); also joints like Late NYC the Wellington crowd at the Grand encompassed all sides of the party scene that night. It was one of Raw and Shan’s international Wednesdays but this time there was a larger stage than usual; barred off well for those who paid the $75 for VIP meet and greets.

“I’m from Chicago” The DJ, TTaylor announced… And then these Chi-town dudes brought Welly a party with class; they were chill and keen to vibe — but not in a nasty, sloppy way, which still happens (sadly).

I like that they were gentleman, but ruckus. I like that Jeremih had the swag of A$AP Rocky (full length, fitted man cardi in tact) without the superiority and that his hype man still had his ass hanging out his jeans.

The best part Welly clubbers could learn from that Wednesday night was that just because a woman whose a stranger to a man whose a stranger to that woman are getting down like they’re about to get it on — don’t mean they have to feel shame or get married, you don’t even have to know each others names…

I liked that.

The difference between Jeremih and say Mario was the music quality. Yes it’s pop/R&B. But there’s a section in Jeremih’s approach that steers him well away from other C-grade artists touring AUS and NZ. Listen to Late NYC. Then listen to All About You.  Then play ‘Birthday Sex’ on Jeremih for the fuck of it.

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Some criticisms I’ve heard about the night is that they came out too late and people had work the next day; I’d also heard from people that the Grand is a dodgy venue to be at. But where else in Wellington has a good size and sound — one that’s easily filled with short notice (as is the nature of internationals crossing the ditch from Australia).

TBH I really like the wood and brick interior, the balcony makes smoking convenient. What are y’all looking at? Wellington needs to get behind these gigs more so Shan and Raw can keep bringing us more MUSIC like Jeremih. All too often I tell people what I did on a Wednesday night or the weekend and the answer I get is “Huh? I didn’t even know they were here”. (Freddie Gibbs, Bone Thugs, Lloyd).

The best part about going to a show held by Shan And Raw is the non-pretense; there’s a filtering system in the nature of their shows thats dictates: you come if you come and want to see the act because they’re good and that’s the bottom line; all the technical skill required to put on a 100-type show is there when these guys do it. The openers are chosen specifically (Jesse Antonio, Ray Tait – MMA). The DJ’s hold it down and set it off in between sets, in particular DJ Gooda, Marek and DJ Raw.

What’s needed is more attendance and open-mindedness at these shows. More foot traffic gives the promoters more options regarding who they can bring.

Who knows, maybe ‘International Wednesdays’ can become a permanent thing. $30 – $40 to see Jeremih is all good really. Personally, I’d like to see August Alsina before I die, or even before 2014 is done and then it would be moved to James Cabaret anyway. Not to mention, if we can build the momentum and really get into it, artists like Jeremih might be able to pre-know that Late NYC would be a joint we’d actually want to hear live in the middle of the club as opposed to a straight commercial set, maybe.

When DJ Gooda went to New York he said what he noticed about their clubs there is the party-goers ability to still get down to a slow beat and then take their energy back up again as the DJ’s set travelled along peaks and falls. Welly has different pockets of hip hop and R&B lovers who party separately but love the same music. We’re not too cool to open our minds and take the dance/hip hop/party scene up a couple notches…Are we? Surely not.

Check out our Chicago photo essay by Sara Coe. 
Review: Jeremih — Don’t Tell Em’ Tour @ The Grand, Wellington Jeremih and his boys partied hard in Wellington. With songs like Birthday Sex; features like ‘Down On Me’ with 50 Cent and ‘My Bae’ with Vado (#2 on Mai FM the week he was here); also joints like Late NYC the Wellington crowd at the Grand encompassed all sides of the party scene that night. 

Interview: Hilltop Hoods — Tour Life

Hilltop Hoods play Wellington with Raiza Biza June 28th
Hilltop Hoods play Wellington with Raiza Biza June 28th

Hilltop Hoods play Wellington with Raiza Biza & Young Tapz June 28th

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Raiza Biza and Young Tapz are set to support Australian Hip Hop trio Hilltop Hoods  in Wellington this June 28th. Three shows are set for Auckland (Friday 27th) , Wellington and Queenstown (Thursday 26th). WDYFILWHHcaught up with DJ Debris in the lead up to the crew crossing the ditch; he says New Zealand can…

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DJ Q-Bert & Reeps One — Bass Bizzare Tour

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419226_10150566427478067_499743084_nWas that Optimus Prime transforming? Was it the bass line, synth or drum machine? Naw, it was Reeps One’s mouth. The guy standing in front of me (2nd row front he front) has his jaw dropped open in disbelief, like a kid who just saw Santa bring him the Maschine he’s been praying for. Then, just when you think you couldn’t see anything cooler, Q-Bert drops in; beatbox and vinyl are both being…

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Review: August — Testimony, “So Bubble Gum And Shit [fuck that]”

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The reason the XXL editorial team fought so hard to get August Alsina on their annually anticipated Freshman class list for 2014 is because his verses are lyrical and true to the street; as far as raw, real-raps go; the difference is they’re in melody. He’s doing a Drake without the autotune and riding the wave in slow — most notably on topics far less fantastical than the inner workings of his…

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