New Song Out This Thursday

I’ve been working on a bunch of new music this year with the help of Michael Marmion at Zun Studios, who very generously sponsored this record.

Not My Job To Make You Happy features Melbourne’s finest soul singer, Candice Monique. It’s a jazzy, soul record about how I moved on from the unhealthy need to try and please everyone by just swaying to other people’s needs. Which is kind of tiring =. As Finch explains:

“We all curate our lives to some extent. And for people-pleasers, the ways in which we do that “curating” piece often stems from a place of fear … To avoid conflict, negative emotions, … will go out of their way to mirror someone’s opinions and appease them in order to deescalate situations or potential issues.”

FINAL JPG NMJ ART

Not My Job To Make You Happy is out on all streaming platforms this Thursday. You can save the pre-release here if you’d like to be notified of the exact release. Otherwise you can follow me on Spotify, Apple and all the other platforms.

PS. Saving the pre-release is very helpful for me as it makes Spotify’s and Apple’s algorithms more favorable to the release 🙂

 

Grealy & Sinaga Collaboration Project

When I was living in Jogjakarta, Indonesia in 2013 I worked on some collaborations with beat-maker, producer and rapper Alex Sinaga.

Here’s one of the songs we worked on during this time. More to come soon 🙂

Tonight I’m playing at Oxen Free with Lima Ribu

Here’s the details:

Oxen Free Jl Sosrowijayan no. 2 (dekat Jl Maliaboro), 6pm onwards and it’s free

For more info see the Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/974400252577643/

Free music download

Morning friends,

In preparing to complete the recording of my second release here in Jogja, I realised I hadn’t yet released for previous EP Menagerie digitally! So I’ve made it available here for free download for the next month.

I recorded it with the amazingly talented Ben Charnley, Peter Emptage, Justin Marshall, and Julian Waters-Lynch at Thirty Mill Studios back when I was doing my undergrad (I seem to always put out records when I’m at uni).

Here’s the link, feel free to share it amongst your networks!

Hellhouse & Indonesia’s Hip Hop Movement

Here’s something I wrote for my blog Creatives in Java

D.P.M.B from Jogja, source supplied

Since its emergence in the South Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop culture has spread across the world. Although hip hop culture is increasingly being commercially appropriated by the music industry, for the artists involved with Indonesia’s Hellhouse Community, the elements and origins of hip hop remain central to their passion for the art form.

The Hellhouse community of artists is one of several major hip hop communities connected to the growing hip hop scene in Indonesia. Comprised of DJs, rappers, beatmakers, breakdancers, producers and graffiti writers, Hellhouse also have a studio based in Jogja where they produce music and run events from.

Alex Sinaga, also known as beat-maker, producer and rapper from D.P.M.B, described Hellhouse as beginning simply as a group of friends “who were equally were into hip hop, which continued to grow to become a large community”. Sharing a “love particularly for old school hip hop”, which the artists often reference through their music, the community continued to grow.

In the Indonesian context however, artists also incorporate traditional music and messages into their lyrics and beats. For Alex and his friends, “it’s always been important to incorporate local culture in the music, including in beats, because it makes the work accessible and relevant to young Indonesians and also helps bring it to life”.

While the stories shared through performance reflect some of the frustrations of youth dealing with economic uncertainty, the pressures of traditional social and religious expectations, the Hellhouse community continue to challenge perceptions that hip hop is associated with thuggery, or about copying an “American culture fad”. Various community leaders from a range of social and religious backgrounds provided endorsement for the group’s activities and the recent opening of the Hellhouse store in Jalan Wijilan in the vicinity of the Kraton Palace in Jogjakarta.

The Hellhouse community exist because of a hop, and a dedication to creating positive movements through music. As Sinaga elaborated however, “Hellhouse is not here to teach about hip hop culture to other friends, but about the process of sharing the love of the art, and of learning and growing together”.

While the crew Hellhouse may have “formed naturally from a shared love of the same music”, from the outside, it appears Hellhouse has become a platform for the hop movement in Indonesia. Sinaga shrugged at this proposition however, suggesting instead that the hip hop communities of Indonesia exist as “a larger family”. The notion of Hellhouse being a “platform” is not really accurate because “basically we don’t care so much about the entity of Hellhouse per se. That is just our community. The Hellhouse crew, and the broader hip hop movement of Indonesia cares more about what we can give through hip hop and naturally, that will always bring us together”.

Kate Grealy

A New Song

I wrote this song last night, dedicated to friends who have passed away. Jamming here with my kos-mates in Jakarta. Am lucky to live with some talented musicians.

I will begin recording a new EP in August. This song will be on it along with other new material.

This song is called Why You Had To Go