Jackie Kennedy Onassis originally was – A First Lady: Just out of the line of fire: A fashion icon: An aesthetic and an ideal. She was also the subject matter of the ‘Modern American History’ lecture at Sydney University that re-united Kai Tan and Raph Dixon.
So, two mates get reacquainted and we get one of the most potent new forces on Australia’s hip-hop scene. Kai and Raph are also the newest members of the collective known as the ‘One Day’ crew, along with Spit Syndicate, Joyride and Horrorshow: who just also happened to be buddies from their school days. ‘Jackie Onassis’ weaves a spare, sinewy musicality and razor sharp lyricism; innovating without even meaning to.
“We keep getting all these people saying how different we sound,” says Raph, “But we didn’t even realise we were doing it!” In one of those ‘you couldn’t make this up’ type stories, a guy who writes a music blog in England was out here on holiday, heard early single ‘Crystal Balling’’ on the radio and loved it. He flicked it to uber-influential British DJ Zane Lowe, who began spinning it on the BBC Radio 1. The rest is history.
Tomorrow you will hear a brand new Jackie Onassis track that features for the first time, someone outside of the One Day crew. Vydamo aka Jim Finn from Art vs Science, teams up with the duo for the new track titled MIA. How’s this for an interesting fact: The boys used the same equipment that was used on The Beach Boys for certain sections of Vydamo’s vocals.