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Debonair P and MC Gentleman Gene intertwine bone-rattling basslines with obscure disco and boogie grooves to create an intoxicating blend of thick dancefloor funk.
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Interview: 9 June 2009
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound and rhymes?
Debonair P: Our music is very much grounded in the traditional elements of hip hop, such as MC’ing, sampling, DJ’ing etc, but it also incorporates a lot of other influences from other genres such as disco, boogie and funk in a fashion that’s hopefully a little different from what everyone else is doing currently.
Our sound mainly developed through practice, experience and, personally, through listening to thousands of records. We recorded our first demos in 2001 (and had been writing/producing for several years before that) so it’s been a long time getting to where we are now, which has given us both lots of time to get comfortable both creatively and technically.
Live shows have also played a really important role in the direction our music has developed. A lot of our earlier tracks were kinda smooth and laid-back, and they were cool to listen to at home but not so exciting to see being performed on stage. So we spent a lot of time making more upbeat music to make our shows more entertaining and ultimately that vibe carried through onto our new album ‘Laserdisc.’
What can we expect from a Low Budget live show?
Debonair P: Hopefully you can expect to be entertained and have a good time above all else. It’s just the two of us on stage so we work hard to make our shows visually interesting and keep people involved. Like I mentioned, we spent a lot of time crafting songs specifically for our live shows so hopefully that comes through. A lot of the shows we’ve played have been free gigs at places like the Espy in St Kilda where there are always going to be a bunch of people who wouldn’t usually listen to hip hop, so it’s a fun challenge making sure that they enjoy (and are engaged by) what we’re doing.
The Melbourne hip hop scene appears to be thriving – thoughts?
Debonair P: There are definitely a lot of talented people in Melbourne at the moment. The scene here is probably the same as in most cities at the moment, in that there are so many acts doing their thing that some of them can get overlooked at times - I think we’ve been really fortunate in terms of the support we’ve received from people here. Some of my favourite Melbourne acts at the moment are Raph Boogie, Psyde Projects, Mata & Must and 1/6 & Urban Monk.
Australian music is?
Debonair P: Bodacious.
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