RIP NICHOLSON LEARNS FROM GLENN COGHILL (AKA BREACH) THAT THE INDEPENDENT ROUTE QUICKLY PRESENTED ITSELF AS THE ONLY ROUTE FOR A-DICTION TO TAKE TO COMPLETE THEIR NEW LONG-PLAYER WALKIN’ ALONE.
BREACH interviewed @ 16.00 AEST – 16th September, 2010
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
A-Diction are a lot older than the announcement of their freshly dropped LP Walkin’ Alone. The Melbourne duo of Breach and Boltz are by no means new to the game, but this is their biggest step up. The ever-rhyming rapper Glenn Coghill (aka Breach) teamed with Chris Bottriell (Boltz, he of the smash solo debut The Wishlist) for 2005’s To be Announced EP, and on Walkin’ Alone the artistic yin and yang effect is perfectly realised.
Early reviews of the album called for use of the term bi-polar, in both social agendas covering Melbourne’s gritty dark side to a lighter slice of Aussie life. Coghill hones in on contributing factors that lead to the album’s colouring through a wide topical spectrum.
“One of my problems personally as an MC is I can write 50 songs about nothing but me showing off that I can rhyme but coming up with the creative side,” Coghill admits. “Boltz – he strays away from those sorta songs and forces me to do the topical tracks. So I guess we each follow completely different styles of hip hop. When we come together we come out with some real hip hop and some light-hearted stuff which is Boltz’s influence. So together A-Diction is the mix of the two and it’s cool.”
Last year’s The Three Year Itch and In Good Company were more than mixtapes – they became extensions of the LP they preceded, immortalised rather than scrapped. “Walkin’ Alone was always the project that was happening and everything else sort of veered off the side of that. We sort of had a rough idea of where we were going with the album and the tracks that didn’t make it went into becoming the mixtapes.”
The lead single and title track set the precedent for how the album was to be worked – independent and their way with no compromise.
“The first track we bought was Walkin’ Alone. We’re going back a few years now but this was always our idea for the album. We’re gonna do this 100 percent independent,” an enthused Coghill says. “Boltz was signed with Soulmate Records, then that fell through and we found ourselves going that independent route. From day one with Walkin’ Alone we were gonna take direction of the album. We were gonna do all the legwork ourselves, all the marketing, get all the best producers and do this stuff ourselves. It really was the big focus of the album.”
A-Diction grabbed tracks from our finest beatsmiths, M-Phazes, Lewis One, Jase and big cutters Doc Felix and DJ Mathmatics, and invited some of the nation’s hungriest MCs circling the game today to share guest duties. In particular, Boltz assembled five other deadly rappers (Billy Bunks, Scott Burns, Raven, Fraksha and Whisper) to spit venomous verses through M-Phazes’ cold-cutting posse track Capital Vices.
“This was done from seeing all these individual artists out and asking them if they’d be interested in getting in a posse track. Boltz, as I said with the creativeness he’s got, came up with this plan of seven deadly sins and he wanted seven MCs on this. So it’s me, Boltz and five others,” Coghill says of his verbal sparring partners. “Everyone was keen to get on it and that track took about a year to put together, but when it finally [did] I think it was a really good result.”