CREEPING UNSEEN FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE THEIR INITIAL OUTLAY AND SOON TO DROP THEIR FOLLOW-UP ALBUM, HORRORSHOW’S MAN ON THE BOARDS ADIT FILLS THE GAPS ON EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN FOR ELEFANT TRAKS’ NEW HOPE.
ADIT interviewed @ 17:00 AEST – Monday 7th September, 2009
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
“It’s been a pretty busy year, very different year than any other – let me break it down,” Adit begins. “Just before the album was released we did a tour around regional NSW with The Herd then around the country with our own album, in support of Hermitude.” Off his feet, Adit rattles off Horrorshow’s schedule over the past 12 months. “After the new year we did Big Day Out, Muph & Plutonic national tour and then the Groovin’ The Moo festivals – three regional festivals across the eastern states.”
A fesh product of inner-Sydney’s popping hip hop culture, 21 year olds Adit (producer) and Solo (MC) followed behind the likes of classmates Spit Syndicate into the fray of Australia’s contribution to hip hop seeded from high school aspirations. With one MC, one DJ and the full weight of support from indie hip hop giants Elefant Traks, The Grey Space dropped to much hype in 2008 – this year the two bring a world of wealth into Inside Story, due to drop next month.
“You say acts like us came outta nowhere,” Adits offers. “Essentially we kinda did, Solo and I have been working on music since the latter half of high school – even after graduation. We weren’t really on the scene, we didn’t go by the name Horrorshow and didn’t have MySpace, just writing music in our bedrooms – literally. It sort of got to the stage where we had enough material for a half-decent release. We didn’t have a live show until after we shopped around our work.”
The help of Nick Lupi from Obese-signed Spit Syndicate put Horror in the room with The Herd’s Urthboy – label manager of Elefant Traks. “It was last year around May/April that we hooked up with Elefant Traks. They wanted to push it and were really keen for something different – fresh.”
Signed on at a time when Elefant Traks had a full plate, Urthboy made the exception, stating that “Horrorshow demand your attention with sheer class and promise – we couldn’t refuse.” The Grey Space was developed over the years of writing, Trak stamped and pushed last August, putting perspective on where Horrorshow placed themselves in the world outside. “We were so young at that point, it was more about growing up and finding your place in the world,” Adit recalls.
Inside Story (nearly wrapped after 18 months in the making) flows with a more linear consistency, Adit and Solo both broadened with a world of views well-travelled.“Both Solo and myself went overseas for a while. I went to South East Asia and Nepal – where I’m from. Nick went to Europe with a bunch of our other mates. So Inside Story is reflective of what was going on in our heads during that time and the world around us.”
From the adroit lyricism of Solo and aromatic beat blends from Adit, their hip hop seems wise beyond its sophomore tenure in the league. Rounding home for 2009 running at a steady pace, Horrorshow are in mid-promotion for their next drop. Their constant roll through the live circuit has them billed on Urthboy’s national Spitshine Tour currently beginning its marathon trek around the nation, a trek which includes a festival set at Sounds Of Spring next week which signals the season turning its leaf.
“Festivals at the end of the day are just a whole heap of fun – a stupid amount of fun. There’s a really big festival culture down here. You get to play for a whole lot of people that haven’t heard your music but will be up for it, you know. It’s an experience that is larger than life.”