Word On The Street: DayDreamer Records
Written by admin on November 15, 2020
So where are you from?
GEKKZ: From Cairns born and raised. If you’re familiar with this city, have visited or stayed there before you’ll know how removed it is from the rest of Australia.
SEEKA: I’m a Torres Strait Islander living in Melbourne. I rep Far North Queensland to Melbourne.
UNCLE RED: I was born and raised in Cairns, Far North Queensland. I am currently living in Melbourne, Vic. However, I NEVER forget where I came from, nor will I ever stop representing my home city.
NEM THA VISIONARY: Born and bred in the beautiful & tropical city of Cairns, Far North Queensland. I made a move down here to Melbourne at the end of 2019.
Tell us about how you got your start?
SEEKA: I had an older brother that was a dj, and he played beats, and I would rap nothing epic really hahaha.
UNCLE RED: I’ve always been in love with HipHop since I started skateboarding at age 8, to me HipHop and skateboarding go hand-in-hand. I began writing lyrics when I was age 12 after my older brother (Nem) started making beats.
NEM THA VISIONARY: Long story short, one of my best mate’s Dad was a muso and had a heap of instruments and audio gear set up at their crib. One day after school, I went around there, and he showed me some basic drum programming stuff on FL Studio. My mind was blown! I ended up downloading the demo on both my parent’s computers. I was completely obsessed! The rest is history.
How did you get your stage name?
GEKKZ: Nickname in high school and it’s stuck just shortened to Gekkz from Gekko
NEM THA VISIONARY: Basically, Nem stems from the word ‘Nemesis’, which I used to call myself back when I first started. I got the initial idea from playing Call of Duty. A ‘Visionary’ can visualize or plan the future through their creativity and imagination or daydreams. That resonates with my personality.
UNCLE RED: UNCLE – Growing up, I was always the mature/wise one in my group. My friends would often joke about me trying to be their uncle. RED – Growing up, I had bright red hair, not to mention I suffered from acne, so my face was always red. As I got older, my eyes became red daily (I’ll let your imagination work that one out).
What is your Production/writing process?
SEEKA: I might get an idea, and I’ll find a beat that would suit it. Listen to beat, write, repeat. Or I would hear a beat and think about what I could write to it.
UNCLE RED: I write most of my music inside my head (like JayZ). After recording my initial ideas, I then go back with a pen & pad to clean-up/finesse any imperfections I think I may have.
NEM THA VISIONARY: Most of the time, I like to start with a melodic element. I’ll play around until something sparks inspiration. Once I have that foundation, it’s easier for me to select the right drum sounds and tune them properly if I need to. After that, the song kind of starts to unfold inside my head.
You have a very unique Hip Hop sound for Australia tells how you found that pocket?
NEM THA VISIONARY: Coming from Cairns, it’s a very cultural place. Growing up around such an environment is something I would say influences our sound. Not just us, but all the artists coming out of there. Everyone has such passion and uniqueness, you know? Must be something in the water…
UNCLE RED: My sound stems from a vast range of inspirations, never forgetting the OG’s that I became inspired by at an early age: Wu-Tang/Big-L/Biggie/Public-Enemy.
GEKKZ: Going back to the earlier question about Cairns and how separate it is. It’s own bubble. That plus had a very musically driven family mother side and fathers side.
Can you tell us about how your new single came about?
SEEKA: Regions- I heard the beat from Nem when I was at Uncle Red’s house. I started to write to it. The chorus was a part of my verse, but Red said: “That’s the hook” and then we just hit it.
UNCLE RED: REGIONS -‘ Seeka’ approached me one day with an idea for a song about explaining to people here in Melbourne where we come from and what we represent. Soon after I received a beat from ‘Nem’, Then that idea he shared with me instantly came to mind & that then became the base of the whole song.
NEM THA VISIONARY: I made the first iteration of the beat back in 2017. It was one of those that went through a few facelifts before it got to where it is now. I think Red recorded to it first. Seeka jumped on it and gave it that anthem feels. We decided to run it!
What have you been doing in Lockdown to stay current or active in music?
SEEKA: Creativity & Business NEVER stops for me, no matter what is going on in Life, it is almost hard-wired into me. Since ‘COVID’ came into effect, I have had nothing but more ‘Time’ to be productive, which is ironically the very thing people complain about not having enough of, so essentially I have no excuse to be productive.
NEM THA VISIONARY: A lot of mixing! Been brainstorming and finalizing a heap of stuff for the album too. I’ve been listening to a ton of new music and exploring different artists in terms of staying current. That’s always super inspiring to me. Also, been spending a bit of time setting up a new workspace at the crib.
What has been your favourite career moment?
SEEKA: My favourite Career moment is when I did a gig at fed square over 5000 people it was fun. I thought I would freak out with all the people, but when you’re up there looking at the crowd you can’t really see them, and they were there to have fun, no haters in a club vibe.
What are you doing to help change the current Aussie Hip-Hop prospective/stigma?
UNCLE RED: I always stay in my lane and never give in to trends/waves that come & go throughout the scene. I also take pride in being a successful example for the next generation, continually trying to deliver a positive message.
NEM THA VISIONARY: Firstly, we need to stop looking backwards. Together, I truly feel that we can pioneer a new movement in hip hop, and I’m not just talking about in Australia. We need to look forward, put ourselves out there and innovate. It’s the time!
What do you want to be remembered for?
SEEKA: I want to be remembered for being that guy that had fun making music and influenced others to put songs out there regardless of what people think or say.
GEKKZ: Existing. Existing in the space. They’ve never liked this fact. You’re the resistance. Expect lots of Life and liberation and big smiles!
UNCLE RED: My goal is to develop the most successful Independent Record Label in Australian music history. I want to be remembered as a successful example for the next generation, and I want to prove to everyone that dreams do come true if you genuinely believe in them and apply yourself. Anything is possible!!
NEM THA VISIONARY: A pioneer, an innovator, a dreamer, a visionary.