Old music can sometimes get a bad wrap, but when it comes from Truman Smith and his crew, there is so much to love about every second of it. Lucky for us Newy folk, Truman will be taking the stage at The Hop Factory for Winter Live: Unplugged with a performance that will be full of fun, harmonica solos and good vibes - sounds pretty good IMO.Read More
Continuing on with the line-up of awesome talent performing at Winter Live: Unplugged on Darby Street is Mitchell Cordingley, a looping master with one hell of a strumming action, which you will be able to check out at Too Cool For School this Saturday.Read More
Another epic performer that will be adorning the stage at Too Cool for School for the Winter Live: Unplugged micro-festival is Yasmin Ling, a lady whose voice is just as bold as her style & as fleek as her eyebrows (seriously, girl I love your entire look). 💕Read More
The dreamy indie rock act, Inertia is back, but this time with a new tune & some new members as well. Lucky for us (and the rest of the world), we got to check out the new debut single on Triple J Unearthed before its official release on June 1st & share our thoughts on the much anticipated single.Read More
At the end of 2017 we sat down and started planning out what we hoped to achieve with Mirage a little more strategically. A few long-term goals, some five-year markers and, of course, what 2018 would need to look like in order to get there.Read More
Seems simple enough a question to answer doesn't it?Read More
I think the Newcastle part is pretty self-explanatory right? We make it in Newcastle and it is all about Newcastle, easy huh.Read More
Honestly, when I was organising the interview I had planned to do the standard Mirage article template and transcribe the interview and top/tail it with a quick blurb, but I really love the recording for that beautiful phone call recording style. So I’m putting it up on our Podcast now and you can listen to it.Read More
Rap heavyweight Tornts is almost to Melbourne what the harbour bridge is to Sydney. So entrenched in the makeup of Melbourne and its often grimy exterior, the “Hells Burn” native embraces the often harsh reality as an extension of himself. Already 4 albums deep, there is no stopping this workhorse who has just released his 5th full length LP “Street Visions”.
You’ve got a new album out in “Street Visions”. Tell us about that and who you’ve got on board this one?
Rapwise as well as myself i’ve got Kings Konekted from QLD on a track, Dr. Flea, my cuz Diem and Murky on a track, also a killer HG crew track featuring Bigfoot, Ciecmate, Billy Bunks, Murky, and Diem.
Productionwise i’ve got myself, Melbourne up and comer Kharnivor, Beat Butcha (UK) who’s produced for Prodigy from Mobb Deep, Lloyd Banks etc, plus Ciph Barker (Holland).
The recent single with “Apprentice” seems like something different whilst still being somewhat familiar from you. How did that track come about?
Yeah I wrote this track and knew it was a real street anthem type joint. Wrote the hook and thought, “You know what? A proper gangster dancehall singer in the style of Sizzla or Mavado would sound sick on this beat.” So I put the word out that I was looking for a dancehall/reggae type artist and was recommended by a friend to Apprentice. I hit him up on the phone and said, “check out my tracks, if you’d be interested in getting on this track, let me know.” He was keen so we met up and hit up a studio down Fitzroy. He was real down with what I wrote so he got in the booth and killed the hook, sounded dope. The track is one of the best songs I’ve done….check it out it’s called ‘THIS PLACE’ with a video up on Youtube. I think it really stands out amongst local hip hop.
Not only have you got this album coming out (which is already starting to sound like a monster), you’ve been working on a Booze Bastards album too I hear, with Billy Bunks?
Yeah me and my bro Billy Bunks have got a Booze Bastards mixtape dropping in December, it’s gonna blow minds haha. We basically meet up and write a lot of back and forth raps drunk as fuck. It’s a chance for me and him to let loose on the world basically. The modus operandi is drink, write, talk shit, win, ha. A lot of people have been hounding us about when it’s coming out. Shit is gonna be heinous.
For first time listeners, how would you describe your music if you were to introduce them to your stuff?
I describe my music as original, hard, street, honest, and very visual rap. Deep subject matter. Modern with international sounding production. Innovative. Tracks about life and reflecting on the city of Melbourne that I live in.
What first got you into hip hop? What record or track did you first hear and be like, “yeah im going to do that”?
Well I started rapping when i was like 16, when local rap was in it’s very early beginnings, so there wasn’t any local artists that I really looked up to to start with. I just used to think I could do it better than those that I’d heard haha. I honestly think when I heard rappers like Ice T and a few others very early on, I thought in the future i’m gonna write some shit for sure, so I did. Way too many influences from the US that got me into rapping than I could even mention here haha.
Most people know you for your rap but is there any music you listen to outside of rap that might surprise some people?
Well yeah I like a lot weird 80s movie soundtracks that have a lot of synth and dirty drum machines. I like artists that tell a real story like Paul Kelly, and Archie Roach. I like a lot of gangsta dancehall shit like Mavado. I love UK rap like Giggs and KKoke. I listen to a lot of trap joints from down south America that people probably wouldn’t expect me to like, also French Montana, Coke Boyz and them. Ace Hood, Gunplay, Waka Flocka Flame. I’m open minded when it comes to music, I like it to sound original so the artist doesn’t sound like anyone else and is innovative.
There is a massive resurgence in wax at the moment with Trem, Maundz, and more putting up limited numbers and selling out in minutes. Any thoughts of releasing street visions on wax?
Yeah i’ve been overwhelmed by the response to this album and how good it’s going, so many people have hit me up about wax so i’m thinking i’ll do a limited run for all the vinyl heads out there.
Finally when will we see you in Newcastle, I know I’ve been asking for a while now haha.
Man when it’s sorted right I’ll hit up Newy for sure, looking at Sydney gigs now too so hopefully I’ll be up in that part of the world very soon. Any interested promoters can hit me up on the Tornts Facebook page or Twitter.
Cheers for the chat, anything final you want to leave us `with?
Thanks for the interview, thanks to everyone supporting my music out there, and go check out ‘THIS PLACE’ and ‘I DO THIS’ on Youtube now!! STREET VISIONS OUT NOW!! Stay up... T