Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Brisbane, hip hop there has been going strong for some time now.
How did you first start playing music/rapping?
I first tried rap in high school, but started recording more seriously when I went to my cousin’s studio in Vietnam.
What’s been happening recently?
I’ve spent the last year putting up a number of political hip hop videos online. The political landscape quite quickly so it requires a lot of effort to keep up.
Your new single/video ‘Save Our Seas’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Mark and I did a previous political track “March is Long”, and we worked well together using gritty East Coast inspired production. I wanted to create something with a similar vibe but focusing on a contemporary topic.
How did you go about writing Save Our Seas?
I wrote what I knew about Vietnam and its maritime issues, and I spoke with others in the Vietnamese community about it. I recruited Mark, who wrote a verse that starts off with some of my phrases, but then he branches off to tell his own story as an artist from the Philippines, showing that there are both differences and parallels between our experiences. Mark has a great voice and speaks with authority. I heard about Mei’s singing via a friend from med school, and her vocal harmonies worked perfectly on the chorus. She is quite the talent, and can sing in multiple languages.
Where and when did you record/produce?
I recorded myself and Mark at my home studio, and Mei was recorded by Gareth David at Linear Records.
Who did you work with during the recording/production process?
The instrumental is from Petrofsky, a versatile producer from Ukraine. Mastering was from Matthew Gray.
How did the concept for the video come about?
I wanted a maritime setting and to use flares to create a sense of urgency – we want the world to pay attention, to help “Save Our Seas”.
Where and when did you film and who did you work with?
We filmed it along the Brisbane River. Our videographer was Dolan Funk, who shot some beautiful drone footage. Chris Harding helped with editing.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Lucas Joyner, Kendrick Lamar, Strange Music, Triple One, G Yamazawa, to name a few.
What do you like to do away from music?
I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog and friends and going to cultural festivals.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
I’m going to release another political track this year, and hope to have enough material for an LP next year.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Love phở. South Bank is great as it changes often.