2011 proved to be the biggest year thus far for Koolta’s music. In March, he was awarded $10,000 to put towards his debut album thanks to the Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Following this, Koolta digitally re-released The Deportation EP (2010) and dropped another free EP, The Influx.
Stomp, the single off The Influx, saw Koolta getting solid support from JJJ and community radio. In November, the Adelaide MC/Producer teamed up with longtime DJ PT on the acclaimed free mixtape release The Forked Road, which featured collaborations with Prime (Soulmate) and Allday (UKW).
This year has also seen Koolta open up his studio and production skills to other Adelaide artists. Taking on the role of executive producer for Allday’s, Noue Yesue, Koolta recorded, mixed and produced the majority of songs for the free EP. Koolta has also just finished mixing and recording local Adelaide MC duo Tomorrow and Everday’s debut EP for release in early 2012.
Koolta is currently working on the release of his debut album scheduled for release early 2012. You can see him live @ the Adelaide Big Day Out, Feb 3rd 2012 alongside acts like the Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Odd Future and Mase and Mattic. The Forked Road mixtape is available for free download @ http://gtnbzy.com/kooltamixtape/
Hilltop Hoods initiative winner Koolta has recently released a free mixtape (digital and physical) titled The Forked Road – Presented and mixed by DJ PT. The release is a preview of what’s to come from this talented emcee and producer.
The Forked Road launch will be held this weekend in Adelaide Saturday Dec 1 at The Jade Monkey, everyone that rolls through the door will also get a copy of the mixtape!
Performing on the night: Koolta and DJ PT The Funky Scum Rumour Allday Gabriella Hyde Hosted by Mase and Mattic $5 entry – Doors open @ 9pm
Giveaways throughout night by GTNBZY and CLINIC 116 Sat December 10 @ The Jade Monkey (29A Twin St, Adelaide)
In the lead up to his debut album, this year’s Hilltop Hoods initiative winner has decided to give listeners a small taste of what’s to come. Today marks the release of The Forked Road – a free mix (digital and physical) from the Adelaide MC/Producer, Koolta and mixed by DJ PT.
Your just about to release a new mixtape titled The Forked Road, where you’ve teamed up with DJ PT. Tell us a little bit about this project in how it came about? Koolta: PT is my main man! I’ve known PT since high school, he’s always been my DJ – in the studio and on the stage. We’ve talked regularly about doing a mixtape together, and now seemed like the right time leading up to my debut album. I really wanted this mixtape to be an opportunity for PT’s skills on the turntables to be showcased – I didn’t want it to just always be about the MC/vocalist and I’m really happy with what PT has done with the tracks on the release. After winning the Hilltop Hoods Initiative earlier in the year, I thought dropping a free mixtape would be a great way to get both our names out more to the public before the official release comes – give people a teaser of what we are about musically.Oh and most importantly…you can download it for free here.
You have dropped two well received releases so far , The Deportation EP and more recently The Influx. Both releases have shown massive growth over that period in terms of sound and depth. Will this release see you pushing your boundaries once again? Koolta: I dropped The Deportation EP beginning of 2010, but it was really the culmination of a lot of work in the studio throughout 2009. It was an indie release really just sold out the backpack in shows around Adelaide, but I was very happy with the final product. With that EP I just wanted to show people who I could hold my own on a solo release – production and vocals wise – as I had done lots of collabs with local artists but still had nothing out of my own. The Influx was a free EP that I released subsequent to winning the Hoods grant. It was 5 tracks that I was really happy with but didn’t think would suit the vibe of the rest of the album – and I didn’t want those songs to never get heard. The Forked Road mixtape has a bunch of new songs and a few songs from both EP’s, but DJ PT has funked up the older songs significantly. I think the mixtape will have something for everyone on it, and it should showcase what PT and I are about to those that haven’t heard of us before. I would definitely agree that the mixtape has pushed my boundaries – for starters it’s the first mixtape release I’ve done and it is also the first solo release I’ve ever done that has guest artists, Prime and Allday, two MCs whom I have a lot of respect. Working with other artists is something that I am doing for the album too – and not just hip hop artists. I’m working a lot with The Funky Scum Rumour, a band I often play shows with, adding live instrumentation to my beats to make the production a lot richer. With the debut album though I really want to blow people out of the water. I really feel like the mixtape is a nice little appetizer to get people hungry for the main course. We want you salivating damn it!
You were recently announced as the 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative winner, congrats. What does this grant mean for you? Koolta: Honestly, if I could pin point the highlight of my music career thus far – it would be winning this grant this year. It is the best feeling to get recognition from people who I have respected and looked up to for years. Without releases like Left Foot Right Foot when I was an early teen, I don’t know if would be making the music I do right now. I’m forever in debt. It’s also opened so many doors too, with more media attention, radio play, basically more people checking out my music. I can’t front on the financial side of things either, $10,000 to put towards my music is no joke. It was always hard putting money away towards music, when there are plenty of bills etc to be paid. There is no way I would have put that kind of money into my first album without this grant. It means I can really put my all into this album and my music in general. The expectations of my music are greater now that I have won this initiative and I don’t want to disappoint people. I’m trying to be as proactive as possible.
Would you encourage other artists to apply for the HHI? Koolta: Yes, most definitely. Applying for grants such as these is time-consuming, but it pays off. And there are a lot of music grants out there, not just the Hilltop Hoods Initiative – be proactive and go for this kind of stuff, it goes a long way.
Will there be a launch for the new mixtape ‘The Forked Road’? Koolta: Yes indeed there will be! We’ve got a big launch party planned on Saturday December 10 @ The Jade Monkey (29A Twin St, Adelaide). All the artists on the night are friends and people I respect. Opening the night we’ve got new artist es. ef. doing a few jams, vocalist Gabrielle Hyde will be doing an acoustic set and my man Allday will then be rocking the stage. Finally, PT and I are going to do the mixtape in full live, and then The Funky Scum Rumour will jump up and PT and I will do some old songs together with the band. Shout outs to Mase and Mattic as well who are hosting. It’s only $5 entry for five acts and you get a free mixtape on the door. Bargain! I will be very disappointed if you aren’t there. That goes for interstate and international readers too.
There’s been a huge shift in the way music is delivered to the consumer, do you think it’s vital to offer options. Such as both a physical and hard copy release? Koolta: Times are changing. The old system of selling music to the consumer is not the same, hence why there are record stores everywhere shutting shop. Don’t get me wrong, I love copping a vinyl release, nothing beats wax, but people need to change their game plan if they want to keep up. The digital world is a great way to connect to people and get out there, that’s why my last release (The Influx EP) and The Forked Road mixtape are free downloads. The mixtape will also be available in CD form too as a free giveaway at certain stores (shout outs to Clinic 116) and shows such as the mixtape launch. I think the best thing artists can do is always be flexible and have their music available in whatever form the fan wants/needs. My album will be available in digital and physical formats that’s for sure.
Tell us a bit about the full LP that you are working on at the moment? Koolta: There is an album coming – I have been saying that for a long time! Estimated time of arrival is early 2012, with a single out very soon. I can’t give away too many details, but it is shaping up very nicely, it’s a big step up from the music I have put out previously. I feel like my production is lot more ‘textured’ than it used to be. I’m trying to move away from just loop jacking samples and be more creative when sampling – a lot of the beats don’t have any samples at all. I am a hip hop artist through and through, but with this album I just want to forget labels and pigeon holes and just make music that is entirely me, make the album I have always wanted to make. And that’s the other thing – I’m making an ‘album’, something that is intended to be listened through over an hour or so, not just a collection of random 3 minute songs that are interchangeable. I also believe so much of the music I’ve made in the past has come from a dark place, the album I’m making will be more of a balance, more positivity – I’m not always pissed off and miserable!
Your not known for being one to rest on his laurels, will you be contributing to any other artists releases in the near future we should know about? Koolta: The focus now that the mixtape is done is to get my album finished and out there. With that said, I’ve been busy producing and recording lots of other artists. Earlier this year I had 7 beats on Allday’s free 9 track EP, Noue Yesue, which I mixed and recorded. I will have a gang of beats on his next release too. Next month I’m recording and mixing a local crew’s debut EP (Everyday and Tomorrow, is there a theme here???). I’ve also got a verse on Coptic Soldier’s mixtape which is coming out at the end of the year. And there are a gang of local artists using my production over the coming months, including Subsketch, Dwizofoz, Strooth, Mesha, Matrix and many more. Yeah, I’m keeping myself very, very busy.
If people were going to check out one track on the new tape, what would it be and why? Koolta: That is a difficult one, because they are all my babies, especially the new and exclusive joints on the mixtape. I wouldn’t say there is one track people should check out per se, as they are all pretty different. But that doesn’t adequately answer your question now does it!…I would say my favourite song on the mixtape is the final track ‘Already Dead’. It’s easily the song I put the most time into, damn I re made that beat over and over again trying to get the build up right (listen to it and you will understand!). I think ‘Already Dead’ best represents who I am as an artist. So check that one out. And then check out the whole mixtape. And then check out the album when it drops.
Final comments and shit we’ve missed: Koolta: Finally, just want to say thanks to allaussiehiphop for your time and support. Also, thanks to DJ PT and all the artists involved with the mixtape and the launch, Prime, Allday, The Funky Scum Rumour, Gab Hyde, Sam Trezise, GTNBZY, Clinic 116, es. ef, Mase and Mattic, and last but not least my missus for always helping me out with this passion (she puts up with a lot!) Get your download awwn!
Koolta is a 21 year old mc and producer hailing from the Adelaide Hills. In the last few years Koolta has contributed production and vocals on various local releases, such as K21’s – The Greenhouse compilation. In 2008 and 2009, Koolta shared the stage with K21 and DJ PT for a stack of shows around the country supporting the likes of the Funkoars, Drapht, Pegz, Vents, Terra Firma and C Rayz Walz.
2010 saw Koolta release his debut effort The Deportation EP. This 8 track EP written and produced entirely by Koolta is an impressive debut from this upcoming all-rounder. The opening track Babysitting is set of by some banging drums and hums along a solid jazz filled inspired beat. It’s clear from the onset that Koolta is as diverse as his production, this seems none more evident than on the lead track The Deportation. With its eastern inspired beat, Koolta has no trouble breathing hip hop life into any avenue of his production stylings. The Journey To Nowhere takes a step back to the 1920′s with Koolta delivering some of the strongest verses we’ve heard from an emcee in 2010.
Koolta’s approach to his production is unexpected and provides the listener with an intricate journey of the The Deportation soundscapes. DJ PT handels the cuts throughout the album and sets off Kooltas production and rhymes in symbiotic fashion. The Good and The Bad plus 480 Mintues rounds out this truly impressive EP in serious style. The Deportation endeavours to showcase honest music with substance and does so without the ego. Koolta has delivered a tight package here. Wrapped in creativity, sense of self and a range of diverse production, this release seems to tick all the boxes. We rate Koolta’s – The Deportation EP a large 3.95 out of 5.
Tracklisting 1. Babysitting 2. The Deportation 3. The Journey To Nowhere 4. Python 5. Wash Them Hands 6. Thicker Than Water 7. The Good And The Bad 8. 480 Minutes
All tracks written, produced, mixed and recorded by Koolta Cuts by DJ PT Artwork by Sam Trezise
The ‘SA Hip Hop For Flood Relief Fundraiser’ has sold out! Shout outs to everyone for supporting our Queensland cousins in their time of need. With 10 acts and 5 DJ’s coming together this is looking like being a huge night!! A big shout out also goes to April77 for doing the artwork for free, Blue Max Music for helping to organise the event and all the artists involved for donating their time. A massive shout out goes to The Gov for hosting the event and for donating proceeds from the bar on the night, what an amazing gesture from one of Adelaide’s most treasured venues.
‘SA Hip Hop for Flood Relief’ Thursday, January 27th | Doors: 7:30 All proceeds going towards flood relief in Queensland.
Featuring Hilltop Hoods Funkoars Vents & DJ ADFU Simplex Social Change Pagen Elypsis K21 & DJ PT Mase N Mattic Grifters Inc Certain Doubt
We’re giving away 1 free entry to Full Circle at the Jade Monkey (Sept 17) plus a free copy of Realizm’s new 12″ and Koolta’s EP – What more could you want?!
To win, all you have to do is be the first person to email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Full Circle @ The Jade Monkey” in the subject heading and in the body of the email tell us the name of Realizm’s new 12″ and Koolta’s EP. It’s that simple! Enter Now!
Full Circle will be held at the Jade Monkey on September 17. Featuring Social Change performing tracks off their upcoming album. Koolta and DJ PT will also be appearing as will be Realizm & Amayze. The night will be hosted by Mase & Mattic, with DJ Snair and PT spinning tracks. All acts have merch/recent releases to sell on the night!
There will be cheap drinks and giveaways throughout the show. Jade Monkey is a real nice cosy venue, so if a night like this is successful they will definitely be accommodating to hosting more like shows like this in the near future.
So come down and support some quality local artists! Doors open at 9pm. $10 Entry. 29A Twin St Adelaide.
Koolta is a 21 year old emcee and producer hailing from the Adelaide Hills. In the last few years Koolta has contributed production and vocals on various local releases, like K21’s “The Greenhouse” compilation. In 2008 and 2009, Koolta shared the stage withK21 and DJ PT for a stack of shows around the country supporting the likes of the Funkoars, Drapht, Pegz, Vents, Terra Firma and C Rayz Walz.
Now in 2010, Koolta is ready to release his debut solo effort. The Deportationis an 8 track EP written and produced byKoolta. You will find no braggadocio rhymes on this release. Koolta demonstrates his ability as all round artist with lyricism that touches upon a variety of themes are such as family, racism and work, accompanied by head nodding production. In an age where pop music has become so predictable and formulaic, The Deportation endeavors to showcase honest music with substance. The Deportation is out February 12, 2010.
All tracks written, produced, mixed and recorded by Koolta
Cuts by DJ PT
Guitar by Josh Trezise on 480 minutes
Keys by James Raymond on 480 minutes
Artwork by Sam Trezise
Koolta’s The Deportation EP Launch will happen on Feb 13th
The launch will feature a bunch of local hip hop and funk acts.
Lineup for the night: Koolta performing with live band The Funky Scum Rumour and DJ PT Grifters Inc Mase and Mattic Mutual Agreement
Hosted by K21 with DJ PT spinning tracks all night.
Come down and check out some dope local music at a chill venue and be sure to pick up a copy of the new EP :
Doors open at 9
$10 Entry or $15 with a copy of the EP @ The Jade Monkey 29a Twin Street (off Rundle Mall)
2. The Deportation
3. The Journey To Nowhere
5. Wash Them Hands
6. Thicker Than Water
7. The Good And The Bad
MC Prime had this to say to allaussie hip hop regarding the release of a new free mixtapefrom the Pagen Elypsis crew.“My crew has released a new free mixtape as of today called ’2010′. This mixtape serves as a prelude to the full LP “One Way Ticket” which is recorded and ready to be released next year”.
Pagen Elypsis 2010 Mixtape features 100% original production by Strange Notes, Purpose & Answer and is mixed by the almighty Battlehoggs crew! Cuts by DJ Kansel + DJ Snair. This is an Official Battlehoggs release. Track 5 taken from the forthcoming debut Pagen Elypsis album “One Way Ticket” dropping mid next year, the crew will also be performing tracks from the mixtape at Double or Nothing 7.
Tracklist and download link below.
He also gave us a reminder on the Double Or Nothing 7 gig this Friday December 18 @ Higher Ground (Downstairs at NightTrain, Light square). The gig features Headstrong Company (performing songs off their self titled debut album), Pagen Elypsis (performing songs off their forthcoming album ‘One Way Ticket‘), Evolve, Social Change, DJ Kansel, DJ Sanchez and DJ PT. $15 on the door + a copy of the new Pagen Elypsis mixtape ’2010′. Doors open @8. Good old drinks specials on the night.
1. Battlehoggs Intro
2. The Warm up – PE
3. Fatal Attraction – PE
4. Breathe In – PE
5. One Hit Away – PE (Off the fourth coming Pagen Elypsis album ” One Way Ticket “)
6. M-Side – Motive
7. That’s The Business – PE
8. Kill You All – Prime
9. Stand Clear – PE
10. P-Side – Purpose
11. Alchemy – PE Ft. Headlock of After Hours
About a three years ago, Trumps and Kast started making music together. About one year ago they released their first album; A Creature Of The Night, under the name Grifters Inc. An acrobatic year full of leaps and bounds later, they are back with their new EP, Checkout Chicks, Bargirls and Goths. The eight-track release is the second chapter in the life of Trumps, delivered over the uniquely constructed production of Kast. For a very limited time, there is a pre-order offer available at the guy’s website here. Head to the site and fill in your details to cop this for free. This deal is only available as a pre-order, so don’t sleep. Tracklist
01 – Don’t I Know You?
02 – Merry Go Round
03 – The Smile
04 – Roads To No-Where
05 – The Sweetest Face Of Sin
06 – The Other You, The Other Me
07 – I Hope The Wind Don’t Change…
08 – My Lady The Mistress
December 11, you can catch – Creative Strangers @ Rhino Room – Grifters Inc, Koolta, Dynamic Methods, DJ PT and DJ Sanchez
This will be the first time the new tracks from Grifters Inc’s new EP “Checkout Chicks, Bargirls and Goths” will be heard in Adelaide. Koolta is also performing brand new tracks from his new EP “The Deportation” Dynamic Methods (Dunks and Trace) will also be coming with a swag of new excellence. For the rest of the night, the music will be left in the very capable hands of DJ PT and DJ Sanchez. Sanchez’s mixtape “Back In The Mix” will also be available on the night, and have heard it’s worth a listen.