LACHLAN GIBBS -AKA MC KALEO – TALKS RIP NICHOLSON THROUGH THE INTENT OF HIS BRISBANE HIP HOP CREW BROADKAST TO TAKE THE SCENE BACK TO THE FUNDAMENTAL APPRECIATION OF RAP WITH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM DROP.
KALEO interviewed @ 12.00 AEST – 23rd September, 2010
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
“In a musical sense we are both so eclectic we come from a broad perspective across music. But for us,” says Gibbs of his partnership with fellow MC Mastermind, “we just want to challenge the hip hop industry or culture in a positive way. I think there’s a negative stigma attached to hip hop so in the lyrics and the music that we write, we just wanted to bring out a positive difference, and performing in a group we’re able to do that.”
Although BroadKast have honed themselves into a well-synchronised unit, it stemmed from an unlikely friendship between the MCs who came up through the ranks of Brisbane’s underground individually. “We were both involved in writing and producing. Ironically we knew each other before we formed BroadKast but we didn’t really like each other. It’s funny how things change. It was a roller-coaster to get to where we are right now.”
Together they rock a show with the best of them. Gibbs states, “we always try to make our shows as interactive and as fun as possible for the crowd.” The live call and response, freestyles and throwing punch-lines at each other are well-oiled and practised by Mastermind and Kaleo who, seem the perfect marriage in local hip-hop.
“Definitely, you need to work hard and practise. Freestyling isn’t necessarily something that’s gonna come easily but naturally we connect very well and it’s important to have good chemistry on stage, purely from a performance sense obviously.” And BroadKast are here to show everyone just what an MC is supposed to be about.
“To be a good MC you need to be quite holistic. It’s not just about having dope rhymes – you need to have a range of skills. Freestyling is one component which is a really important one because it can help you become a good MC. You have to be quick on your feet and [having to] respond so quickly, you can develop a wide range of vocab and skills.
“We don’t claim to be the best freestylers around,” Gibbs laughs, “but we give it a go and we enjoy ourselves and we present the full picture of what an MC is and that’s important to us. So hopefully our music and our shows do that and the audience get on board and enjoy the whole gambit of what is means to be an MC.”
As part of a showcase of our River City’s finest hip hop acts, BroadKast’s album launch will this weekend, will bring out Boomtown’s elite.
“Something that we wanted, apart from being the album launch, was a bit of a showcase of the Boomtown of Brisbane hip hop. The Optimen have been doing it for a while now and we love their music and to get on the bill with them and Rainman and Winnie Coopers and Vegas Aces who are up and coming, I think it will be a dope show and the perfect way to launch our album.”
The 15-track Clearing The Air LP will drop simultaneously with the launch and “[It’s] mostly produced by Mastermind and myself and it’s a really good blend of hip hop,” Gibbs says. “The meaning behind [the title] is that we’re trying to not necessarily say that the radio is full of rubbish, but BroadKast is here with new sounds – time to clear the air.”