AN ARTIST LIKE KITCH DOESN’T COME AROUND TOO OFTEN. HE IS BLESSED WITH AN ARMOURY OF WEAPONS TO BLOW AWAY A GATHERED CROWD, BE IT AT A CLUB SET OR A PACKED FESTIVAL PARK JAM.
KITCH interviewed @ 17.00 AEST – Thursday 7th April, 2011
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Not constricted to being a one gun specialist, Wesche can rap over any given beat, from a hip hop break to a garage-driven grime and dubstep scat, sing harmoniously over a reggae flow, or from his own guitar. And just when you think you have bottled this MC/DJ musician as a Molotov cocktail ready to flame, he breaks out the harmonica and connects with Bob Dylan, blowing away the audience with yet another strong arm.
“People have always asked me if I am gonna stick to hip hop and grime, or the reggae or dubstep,” admits Wesche, who explains how instead of transitioning into one lane composed a genre harnessing all the elements of which he practised as a budding musician. “I made up my own genre Electso – my electronic soul music. I like to be free to jump across different elements.”
Electso is an experimental curve musicality made up of many steels like a Katana sword, a spiritual new connection to the youth he feels close to, forging together street poetry hammered over electro-pop and reggae-tinged drum’n’bass. And with a recent entry in the dub step and the house DJ scene, Wesche is sharpening a new edge to his arsenal on both the club and festival circuits.
His first foray into music came by way of hip hop, as he beat-boxed his way into the Beat Alliance, becoming one of eight to perform at the Sydney Opera House in 2006 – and as he unsheathed his word game, gained a spot inside Modern Poets and wrote a two-time APRA Music Awards nominated song for Joel Turner. But it was his encounter with his DJ crimie Verner, who approached the MC offering him a chance to jump in on the club DJ circuit, that changed the course of his musicality, thus developing his skills of floor-filling through house music, dubstep and everything else that makes Kitch the MC/musician he stands today.
“He hounded me like,’Yo, do you wanna try something different?’ and I was a beat box, hip hop and reggae artist, but I was like, ‘OK cool.’ He took me to the club scene and I started doing breaks then I moved on to the festival scene for Park Life, Future Music, Stereo Sonic and BBQ Breaks.
Aside from soaring to such heights with his gifted ability to balance reggae, rap and house under one roof, what keeps him a grounded artist and community leader is his interaction with the youth he helps to overcome the inner city challenges they face through his music and mentorship.
“It’s been a real blessing, so I get to do that and I do my youth work, working closely against gang violence, alcohol and drug abuse with young kids and I just try to motivate them with music. I come from a difficult background and the only thing that saved me was music. I used to be a drug abuser myself and I lost four of my best friends to the needle. So that’s when it came to head and I had to change. And our programs work with the mayor of Logan City, Pam Parker. To be honest, that’s what keeps me straight.”