Thundamentals have seen some killer stages around the release of their recent 2nd full length record Foreverlution, including Theophilus London and Naughty By Nature supports. They are on the road for the next few weekends, incase you somehow missed the hype we managed to few minutes with the trio with our latest QandA.
Tell us in your own words what your sound is.
Our sound is sample based Hip Hop, we like anything from 1970’s soul music to long forgotten Indonesian psychedelic rock… We collaborate with live musicians when needed. 2 mc’s 1 dj. Whatever we think sounds good is our sound.
Who makes up your band?
Jeswon, Tuka and DJ Morgs.
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
I think we all grew up on 90’s hip hop, WuTang, Mob Deep, A Tribe Called Quest, Souls Of Mischief etc…These days we mainly listen contemporary Hip Hop, Black Milk, Blu, Foreign Beggers etc…. In terms of what we are influenced by, we all vary. Music, art, life…
That question is really hard unless you want me write a response this size Shantaram.
What are you working on at the moment?
We just released our 2nd full length album. It’s called ‘Foreverlution’, out through Obese Records. We are about to head out on our 3rd national tour this year so we are getting ready for another string of gigs, should be a whole lot of fun!!
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
Normally Morgs writes a banger and me or Jess write a song to it. Sometimes I’ll have a concept in mind and try to flesh the beat out around the theme. But no real ‘procedure’ pre say, most songs have their own life span going, haha!
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, Who would you collaborate with?
I wanna make a song with Mos Def or Slug of Atmosphere (doesn’t everyone?).
What do you think about your local Capital City’s music scene? And if you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
Not really too fussed about where I play these days, we’ve played in a lot of places, as long as there is a crowd and a good vibe… Sydney’s local music scene is really hard to have a solid opinion about, there’s a lot happening across all the genres so I can’t really tell you my honest thoughts. One thing I have noticed is that venues are shutting down and opening up all over the shop, there’s barely any small/mid size rooms left (RIP Tone, and The Annandale is selling up…) where an act can really start building a fan base. The Music and Musicians are good and punters always seem to be at shows but Sydney isn’t really on the ball with supporting it’s live scene as far as I’m concerned, no finger pointing needed and no diss to venue owners what so ever, if anything they are the people keeping it alive.
Seen any good bands Lately?
Mantra and Drapht have been the best two acts I’ve seen this year.
Where are you playing next?
Friday 18th November – Gearins Hotel – Katoomba
Saturday 19th November – Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle
Thursday 24th November – The Waratah Hotel – Hobart
Friday 25th November – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne
Saturday 26th November – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney
Friday 2nd December – The Globe – Brisbane