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Twobarshort Interview

11 Aug 2014 // An interview by James Castady-Kristament

Click here to go to TWOBARSHORT VOL TWO by TWOBARSSHORT on Bandcamp.

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King Kai, NPC, Eyez and Micsure are a Dunedin/Christchurch based Hip-Hop crew called Twobarshort.

TWOBARSSHORT have just released a four track EP called TWOBARSHORT VOL TWO

Independently released on Bandcamp and available for what ever you think it’s worth, TWOBARSSHORT have delivered four tracks of crispy well produced and keenly crafted songs that will resonate with fans of underground NZ Hip-Hop.

TWOBARSSHORT are aiming to release four EP's in 12 months. Volume One was released in May this year and is also available on Bandcamp.

TWOBARSSHORT are in touch with the NZ Hip-Hop scene. Delivering what I feel the Hip-Hop heads of New Zealand want and thats straight from the heart non commercialised Hip-Hop. Like the lyrics to the opening song So Sly say. Their music is for the druggies, the skaters and the misfits and theres not a commercial offering in site.

TWOBARSSHORT have an authentic New Zealand flavour to their sound and manage to deliver without sounding overly American which I personally always appreciate and their vocal delivery is tight, energetic and upbeat.

The stand out element in this EP is the production. King Kai makes dope beats and the mixing and mastering on the EP sounds top notch.

I caught up with Micsure and asked him a few questions about TWOBARSSHORT and the new EP.

How would you describe your music in one sentence?

A collaboration of Hip-Hop heads trying to still live in the nineties.

What sets you apart from other acts/groups?

I guess our drive to release four E.P's within 12 months. I don’t really know any one who has done that.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

I personally like track 2 on the E.P (Bricks in the wall) because of the level of the verses we bring and the hook sticks in my head.

Where do you come from or what part of NZ do you or your group represent?

We are mainly Dunedin based with the exception of Micsure who lives in Christchurch.

Do you produce your own beats or do you use any particular beat maker?

King Kai aka Hamish Clulee makes the beats and produces the tracks he also emcees on some tracks. He's an all rounder.

Whats your favourite and least favourite thing about Hip-Hop culture?

My favourite thing about Hip-Hop culture is the freedom of speech being able to use the format to say what ever u want and try to make it sound dope at the same time. My least favourite is the fact people have seemed to have forgotten what Hip-Hop is and we are seeing an increase of watered down raps breaking the air waves. Ultimatley warping the definition of Hip-Hop for todays youth to something that to me is strictly advertisement.

Tell us about your E.P.

This is the second E.P in a series of four. We just lay down what we feel at the time. Go with the flow then King Kai makes it sound sicker than when we started. We aren’t going for any particular sound we just do what each mc/producer feels n chuck it together giving each verse a unique sound almost changing the feeling of the song completely.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring rappers/producers?

I know its corny but just keep doing what ya doing yo.

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?    

Over the next year two more E.P's and hopefully a bundle of gigs.

 

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