BACK IN AN ERA WHEN OUR LOCAL SCENE WAS NON-EXISTENT ON THE STREET LEVEL AND OFF THE RADIO RADAR – MUPH WAS SHARPENING HIS SKILLS ON SMALL STAGES ACROSS MELBOURNE BEFORE MEETING THE BEATSMITH, PLUTONIC IN 2001 TO FORM THE DOUBLE ACT THEY PUT ON TODAY.
MUPH interviewed @ 10:00 AEST – Tuesday 3rd March, 2009
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Image courtesy of Kate Griffin
With their third long-player out now, 2009 sees Muph & Plutonic set off on their ‘Don’t Worry About Nothin’ nationwide tour, hitting all corners of the country. From then to now, Muph’s half of the pair puts into perspective the growth of interest in hip-hop over the past decade.
“It went from this small, hidden scene and wasn’t getting much media attention, to all of a sudden being known and out there to the general public. So that transition is kind of odd to go through.” Muph takes us back, circa 2001 when his solo approach to rap music had dim lighting and the crowd was a thin and dedicated network. “When you basically knew everyone at the show. You had that one common interest so you got along at these shows. Everyone kinda supported each other and now it’s gotten so big it’s not really like that but the advantage is, there’s more opportunities for fans.” he opined, “People that are into heavy metal, jazz might be into our stuff as well. So it’s a real diverse crowd these days. And it’s more enjoyable to see, there’s more girls as well at the shows.”
As the scene develops around them, taking their format from the sweat box inner city stage to the big-top festivals was a challenge. From Big Day Out last year to Pyramid Rock this new year’s eve, M&P endured growing pains to reach this platform.
“It took us a long time to work out how to do festival shows because when you’re playing to an intimate audience you can see everyone’s face and it’s a lot easier to connect.” Muph gives clear insight viewed from the stage looking down. “When we started to do these bigger festivals it was really hard to translate our show to this massive crowd. You can’t really pinpoint a face, so we were trying to connect in too much of a general way so in the end we started doing the exact same show but the size of the audience is different. It seemed to work really well.”
Before the glory of a live show comes to be, the album is developed from lyrics and backing them with phat beats from the Plutonic lab. Released last July, ‘And Then Tomorrow Came’ was the result. From making music to putting the show on the road, Muph finds the most favourable part of the process in creating the music from scratch.
“Creating the songs is my favourite part – where I feel most relaxed and when I know I’m about to hear a new beat I get excited. When I’m over at Plutonic’s and I know he’s got a bunch of beats for me to go through. It’s almost like when you were younger with the build-up to Christmas.”
To find the inner-child or true personality of Muph, (Dan Young) his lyrics become the balcony for the best view.
“If you listen to my lyrics you’re gonna get a general idea of what i’m like. I don’t try to put on a persona at all.” Muph explains how he leaves his mark for future generations. “I put that down to – this music we’re making is something we’re gonna leave behind and who knows, if my great grandkids stumble across one of our CDs or MP3s I want them to hear who I am, what I am about.” The cryptic lyrics throughout Muph & Plutonic’s work make for great replay value, but at the same time Muph is amused at how the listener can re-interpret his words into something different.
“It’s really interesting hearing how other people interpret our songs. I like to actually make it cryptic so the point of it all is to spark the person’s thoughts and their own ideas. They get something out of it that way, rather than just feeding the audience all the time.”
Muph & Plutonic are gearing to put the bacon back into Aus hip-hop and get morbidly obese as they open their 13-stop tour this month.