EAMON HILL AND RAHJ JORDAN HAVE COME TOGETHER IN THE ONE STUDIO FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE PARTNERING AS MR. HILL & RAHJCONKAS. RIP NICHOLSON FINDS OUT ABOUT THIS MORE ORGANIC PROCESS AND THEIR UPCOMING TOUR WITH JURASSIC 5.
RAHJ & HILLY interviewed @ 11:00 AEST – Monday 3rd March, 2014
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
“I was originally living in Brisbane and Rahj is based in Wagga Wagga,” explains Hill on how they recorded their first two albums. “So it was just done between emails with me recording in Brisbane and sending it down to Rahj.”
“We’ve never really written together before,” Jordan interjects.
“I’ve now moved down near Sydney and it’s a quick drive down to Rahj’s place, we can get together in the studio and work from scratch.” says Hill, reinforcing the excitement they have heading into recording their third album. “The new album sounds nothing like the old stuff because of how much effort we’ve been able to put into the whole process. It’s really exciting to be able to surprise our whole fanbase with the quality of this album.”
Since the Brisbane MC joined the NSW producer in 2011 they have dropped two indie albums featuring singles Warning Signs and Put The Work In, their talent coming to the attention of triple j who named them Unearthed feature artists and awarded them a spot on Sprung festival. In addition, they’ve circled the country with some of our favourite home-grown hip hop acts, including Illy, Drapht and Seth Sentry. It’s incredible progress for both Hill and Jordan given that their first two albums have been packaged together via emails, but adding proximity to their game could prove the potency they need to break new grounds.
“We vibe off each other much more,” Jordan says, “and you know, we’ve only known each other since 2011 so we’ve had time to really establish a friendship so as we’re going along we’re only getting stronger as partners and as friends, too. We’ve been able to relate to each other a lot easier now that we’re face to face.”
Fresh from spitting across stages with the purveyors of ill repute in The Funkoars, Mr Hill & Rahjconkas will soon be headed back out on the circuit, this time with West Coast US rap-reptilians, Jurassic 5. “It’s just very honourable man,” proclaims Jordan. “It’s different music to us. Many of their songs have been stuck in my head throughout my life so it’s just cool to be a part of the heritage.
“Yeah, Jurassic 5 are a very influential band,” Hill continues. “Just to be able to open up for them is huge. This will be the first international act that Rahj and I will be playing with so I’m kinda nervous because of the size of the venue and size of the show and everything that we’re going to be involved with is a bit daunting, but at the same time we’re going to give it 100 per cent and prove to everyone that we deserve that spot and warm everyone up, that’s for sure.”