Monthly Archives: July 2010
I was up near A’Beckett today and took the time to check out this exhibition that is part of the Liquid Architecture Festival.
West Space is a truly independent art gallery operated by the artists themselves as an ARI (Artist Run Initiative), established in 1993. The gallery is driven by works that reference multimedia, visual and media arts. They offer a comprehensive range of visual arts literature and ‘alternative’ or underground, independent publications.
This exhibition purports to present the “creative detritus generated throughout an artist’s work process” and includes audio-visual, sound and installation works by Paul Candy, Lizzie Pogson, & Tess Elieff with James Wright (among others).
I was impressed by the nature of Candy’s piece that references 16th and 17th century cathedral architecture in an ode to atonality pioneer Arnold Schoenberg. However, I was moreso taken by a part of the curtains and projection piece that is displayed upon entry to the venue. Although being immersed in the feel of this work, I couldn’t help but tie it to an existentialist or perhaps superflous view of the natural environment. Having the title of the show, Semantic Clutter foremost in my rationale, I chewed on the notion of this piece as representing a reality that is detached from objectiveness and language, signs and signifiers. I was also drawn to a piece featuring moulding fruit and vegetables on display; and the scent that confounded my senses and released inquisitive emotions. The sound pieces by Pogson were also sensational. In all, it was definitely an enjoyable experience and I look forward to the next incarnation of the 3-part cycle of works; beginning Tuesday 13th july.
West Space: Level 1, 15 – 19 Anthony Street, Melbourne.
-Rock The Boat
Binkis Recs is a vanguard of the true underground hip-hop. The label hails from Atlanta, Georgia in the States. Their websites boasts the label “was created due to a lack of creative and honest Hip-Hop music. The mission is to express original, honest and fun music” and they do it hard and heavy-hitting. I recently scored an interview of epic proportions with one of the founders, the main mang Flux. See this transcript for details…
RTB: Hey Flux, I’m Rock The Boat from INFX
FLUX: What up Champ! That’s a dope long name! HAAAA! I bet the ladies love that!
RTB: Great to meet you too
FLUX: Good to meet you as well. Appreciate you wanting to write up this article on yours truely and the Binkis Fam! FANG, FANGGG! SPRAGGGGGGG!!!!
RTB: Binkis is the real underground hip hop, rockin the crowds down Atlanta -but it wasn’t always that way… Where did it all begin?
FLUX: Well damn… that’s a long trip. HAAAAAA! BINKIS was started in 1997 between Jax and I. He told me he wanted to start a record label. We already was building a T-Shirt company but at the time… I think he made his career change. He was into Business management and I’m a Graphic Artist. We was also part of a crew called NEBLOS from 1994 till the present so our rhyme game been in effect for 4 years at that time. So The label at the time consisted of Jax as a Solo Artist, Me (Fluxwondabat) as a Solo Artist, The Old Souls (Spice the Black Hooded, Mike Self, Dj Drama), Lumbajak, Werd Da A.O.S, Rob Sloe and Vertigo(NEBLOS). We put together a compilation and Got our first show through Dres the Beatnik with 4Kings. Killed that show and it was on ever since. However… that show wasn’t until 1999 so it took us a while to build our sound. HAAAAAA!
RTB: Binkis was formed by yourself and the late Jax -how did Killa Kalm and DJ Mafioso get on board?
FLUX: Binkis the Label was formed by me and Jax but BINKIS RECS the group wasn’t formed until Killa Kalm came aboard. This was after a time where other members of the label went to deal with their lives. HAAAA! Cats was following their dreams so some had other careers to make actual instead of rappin’. My man A.O.S. bounced back to B’More. Killa Kalm was with us before Binkis as well as everybody else in NEBLOS. We were crew. Killa was the only one left out of Vertigo and still wanted to do it. Me and Jax stayed recording and Killa would slide through. Jax had the idea that it was just gonna be us 3 and The Group would be called BINKIS RECS. Naturally he fit. It was nothing different than what we always have been doing. This was like 2002. We was using different Dj’s and one show where we didn’t have one Mafioso was spinning. He filled in for us and dude was FANGTASTIC!!!! He didn’t even know our songs and all the drops was on point and the blends. By the time Me and Jax got to the rest we was like… Maf was dope. Like real on point. He was the Dj for MurdaOne and after they went their separate ways, Jax step to him about being our dj. This was also around the time we was working on “The Reign Begins” Album in which we recorded at his studio. We just clicked and that was it. A Spanish kid and 3 black guys! HAAAAAAA
RTB: A lot of your clips, raps and associated gear is dedicated to the late Jax -I’m sorry hear about his death last year
FLUX: Yeah it was a tuff thing to deal with. This was our brother. I knew Jax since 1990. My best friend. We all watched each other grow and just when we was getting back into a rhythm. He goes. He was about to have his wedding Celebration later that month. Him and his wife didn’t even get to live the married life for a month yet. We did a lot of tributes in 2009 cause it was well deserved. People needed to understand how he effected the community. More than some realized. We still spreading the word in 2010. More to come.
RTB: How does crime and street life relate to your music and what do you think of that way of life?
FLUX: Crime and Street life only relates to my music specifically my music on a level of seen experienced. I’ve seen a few things. Know a few people that did things but for me… I realize the emotions behind it all. Some things are done smart and some are not. People make their own choices and it’s nothing I would suggest. Everybody has their own path to walk. Crime goes way beyond street Life though. This society here in America that began with the European immigrants was found on crime, lies and Death. In some cases continue to be corrupt on levels the average person wouldn’t believe because it’s so deep. They call it conspiracies. HAAAAAA!
RTB: That’s it, man. Who are your biggest influences as far as rapping, producing music and the development of the label go?
FLUX: Of Course the greats had a heavy influence on me as far as an MC but it was always people that I was close to that inspired me. Early around 88/89, it was some brothers aaround my blocks that got me interested in writing. # to be exact. A brother by the name of Billy and two others… Junie and Jermaine. The later 2 was always kicking verses and freestyling and that shit was amazing. Then the dude Billy was writing a rhyme and I inquired about it. Told him that I thought about writing one and he said “Do it!” That’s all it took. I only wrote a couple just to see if I can do it. After a minute… I just put it down. The second time around it was because of another trinity(HAAAA), Jax, Uncanny/Silver Sterling and Paydues(Universal). That was about 93/94 and I just stuck with it. Started to become theropy. HAAA!
Production wise… It was 2 dudes, Nic @Nite and The Crow! The main producers in the Crew called NEBLOS. Both of their styles was way ahead of time. I mean… These cats was incredible. Nic @Nite taught me how to put a beat together and Sample. It was like 95. When Binkis Got our own equipment in 97, Jax Started producing and it was on right there. We started the Binkis Sound. HAAAAAA!
Record label… You gotta say Rawkus and Co Flow(Def Jux). We just wanted to do our own thing. We was both bent on controlling our situation. Plus… before a record label, we had a T-Shirt company so we always wanted to running shit! HAAAAA! This just felt better being that we was in the mist of a lot of musicians.
RTB: Who do you admire most, either as family or in the public sphere?
FLUX: Funny, I admire a lot of people. All for different reasons. Some for their perspectives, Others for strength, compassion, selflessness, and courage. A lot of them are friends and family. I guess because I know them personally.There is never like one person that I admire most.
RTB: Binkis Records (or Recs) states that you aim to please the ‘real fans’ and wake up the public -how has this mission gone?
FLUX: The Mission is going well because it’s contiuous. Whenever we perform somebody is getting BEAT IN THE SKULL CAP! Or hear us on the radio or hears us on someone else’s CD. There is always someone who doesn’t know so the opportunity is there. People recognize what we bring into the field especially stage wise. A lot of energy and fun energy at that. We enjoy ourselves on stage. We Pride Binkis on that. You never know what we gonna do but you know it’s worth seeing. HAAAA! So things are going real well. When we get the new music ready to present, we’ll have more chances to get busy! FANGGGG!
RTB: Can you elaborate on what you want the public to be ‘woken up’ to?
FLUX: Definitely! Wake up to yourself. Find the glory in expressing yourself and enjoy it. That’s what BINKIS has always been about. Celebrating the individual as well as the whole. You don’t have to be a certain way. Make your own way. Have fun. Not all things are serious. Everybody doesn’t have the same path. Be yourself and be proud! Of course you may need to be aware of things but who said you have to go about it like Jay Z. Who said you have to be Huey P or Malcolm X for that matter. Lauryn Hill or Lil’ Kim. Obama or Kobe. You don’t have to do it like none of them. Sure they can be inspiration but look into your own self for some of that. Not all Hip-Hop music is ghetto shit. Not all Mcees are ignorant, players, or thugs drug dealers or whateva people tend to classify it under. It’s that and more. Just because you may entertain… doesn’t mean that you lack intelligence to achieve any thing else. There is so much more but we’ll be here forever. HAAAAAAAA
RTB: Are there any new acts that you’ve signed up or looking at taking in?
FLUX: Not really. I know me and Jax had a plan before he passed but right now it’s about getting the latest music out Then we can take it from there. All this was unexpected! HAAAA!
RTB: Thanks for your time, Yo
FLUX: No doubt boss. I appreciate you taking the time to inquire about the brothers this way. As well as wanting to share your opinions about us with everyone else. Anytime! FANGGGGGGGGGG!
RTB: All the best for the future
FLUX: You do the same. Look out for more BINKIS music later on this year. Videos Interviews etc. SPRAGGGGGGG, BOKAP, BOKAP, FANG< SPRAGGGGGGGGGGGGG! TING!
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-Rock The Boat
Written and directed by Christian Carion (Joyeux Noël), Farewell is set in Moscow 1981, at the apex of Cold war tensions between the USSR and the West. The film is made in the vein of The Lives Of Others but also has a brooding foreboding in its narrative. You are not immediately drawn to the plight of French ex-pat Pierre (Guillaume Canet) but instead become immersed in Emir Kusturica‘s performance, characterised in his control of the role of disaffected Soviet renegade Sergio. This is an admirable performance; displaying the portrayal of this political matyr in a resplendent manner. I felt that the minor supporting role of CIA agent Feeney was dismal and grossly under-developed; as was Willem Dafoe‘s execution of the role. However, it is the brilliant acting by Kusturica (prominent director and musician himself) that anchors the film in its detached and ominous atmosphere. Well worth a watch.