Introducing The D.Y.E. A three man hip hop group from Melbourne’s north, hell bent on getting their music to the people. Made up of DJ Marshall, MHz and Slam Master D, The D.Y.E already have two mix-tapes to their name. The debut EP entitled Sorry for the Stickers, references the infamous D.Y.E stickers, which any local could tell you, have been plastered all over Melbourne.
With their energetic party sound reminiscent of J5 or Beastie Boys; The D.Y.E pride themselves on being masters of the live show. The EP’s general vibe is custom-made for a festival crowd, with plenty of call-and-response and catchy hooks. Lighters in the Sky is a track about the ongoing rejection aspiring artists encounter when trying to secure shows and opportunities.
In this song, the trio maintain the idea of being able to play a huge show one day, seeing lighters in the sky is what keeps them driven. With a sample from Bedouin Soundclash, the track features vibrant vocals from Melbourne jazz/soul singer Mo.
No Matter the Weather is a syncopated, beat driven track featuring metal-core turned blues singer Emil on the hook. The lyrics reflect The D.Y.E’s rain or shine mentality to performing, determined to deliver no matter the weather. ‘Front to the Back’ is a traditional call and response crowd-pleaser with a strong emphasis on cutting samples.
The track demonstrates the diversity of DJ Marshall’s samples arsenal; featuring pop culture references from Ferris Bueller and Shepard Fairey, to original recordings from 1970’s news-radio broadcasts.
“The D.Y.E are here to entertain. There are 10 year olds out there that have a tighter flow than me, but they ain’t got the presence or style to back it up.” – The D.Y.E