SO YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK AND HAVEN’T HEARD OF THE EPIC WEEKLY EVENT THAT IS MADHOUSE. WE FORGIVE YOU. HERE IS THE WORD FROM ONE OF THE MUCH LOVED ELEMENTS, DJ MICKS KING EXTRAORDINAIRE, A MAN WHO DEFINITELY MAKES NEWCASTLE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.
So Micks King, is that what your mother calls you?
You run a cool Thursday night event at the Hamilton Station called Madhouse that has the city a-buzz talking about it. For those that don’t know, tell us what goes on at the Madhouse?
Thank you, those are kind words. “Madhouse” is a loose-knit collective of DJs that has been working together for a couple of years now. Our aim is simply to bring people great music. Part of this is putting on live events and artist showcases. We have been running a Thursday night event at the Hamilton Station Hotel that focuses on showcasing live Hip Hop performances in all their various forms. Hip Hop has been traditionally misunderstood by a lot of people in this city, which has led to certain venues and people trying to ignore it or stop it from happening. We wanted to put together an arena where all the talented Hip Hop artists from our city could showcase their talents. There is a lot. Hip Hop people know how to party and have fun, so it's a good vibe.
As a DJ, who and what inspires you?
Life. I see DJing as being made up of all the same elements that make up my life. So I'm always trying to take whatever I learn day to day and apply it to my DJing in whatever way I can.
Madhouse Radio is about to become a thing. You have successfully run a campaign through pozible to fund the project; with the assistance of Creative Partnerships Australia, This Is Not Art and Octapod, can you describe Madhouse Radio?
It's really just an extension of what we have already been doing. Giving people more of what they want in it's pure form instead of the watered down versions they might get elsewhere, only now instead of being able to reach people in nightclubs or bars at certain times of the week, we can reach them wherever they are at any time. That might be bringing people new artists, new music or bringing them the facts on what's happening. The world is digital now, so Madhouse is digital too.
What is the lowdown for Madhouse and Micks King in October?
We got to keep it moving, Hip Hop in Newcastle is crazy right now, there is a lot of people doing a lot of great things so we going to stay on the front lines bringing people all the great new music we can. We got two great parties in the first week I'm definitely looking forward to on the 3rd at the Hamilton Station Hotel and on the 5th at The Cambridge Hotel. Lots of great artists are involved like Blades, Context & Jimmy Flipshit, P. Smurf, Tycotic, Corner Store Superheroes, Lomas & Mad Man, Dawn Laird, Stateovmind, Talakai, Kale and like a thousand other great guys who are going to hate me for not mentioning them. Of course Wizla will be on the loose as well. He just bought a van. Last I seen he was putting a DJ mixer in the back.
Anything else our readers should know about Madhouse or yourself?
Everyone should have fun and get involved with the art of expressing themselves. It doesn't have to be with Madhouse, whatever makes you happy. As long as people are getting involved with music and the arts in Newcastle I'm happy.