SK Interview on DatPhat Beat Blog

Interview taken from DatPhat Beat Blog

SK

It’s not often you have the chance you get to talk a super talented MC/DJ that has their shit together. This time it’s different, Skahna AKA SK is an import to Melbourne, originally hailing from Perth, it hasn’t taken her long to create big waves in the broken beats scene. I spoke to her about all things music and why she decided to make the trip over to the big M.

So how did it all begin?

Hip Hop..& Ninjutsu. I started doing ninja when I was 9 and met Scott aka MC Assassin (Perth). I looked up to him like an older brother and as I got older, he let me tag along to parties and gigs his crew played at. Combined with my interest in creative writing and music, no doubt, I was gonna be a rhymer. Years later, we’re sharing the stage with the legendary Trafik crew. I first heard Dubstep in 2007 and serious basslines that I wanted to hear on big Sound Systems. 2008 I was hooked on Glitch Hop and pushed it in Perth until I left in Feb 2012 to live in Melbourne. Now I’m dropping beats with Burn City Crews and rockin the mic for Twisted Audio with MC Harzee.

Where did your name come from?

I used to roll as MC Skatta back in the Perth DnB days. Dropped it to SK when I started rhyming on my own DJ sets.

Who’s throwing the best parties at the moment?

Twisted Audio. Whomp. Rubix. That’s just some of the crews I’m affiliated with. The Operatives have some impressive nights. If, like me, you wanna hear original Beats and new non-genre bound sounds then Uncomfortable Beats fo sho!

What was your first record you bought?

Michael Jackson – Off the Wall

Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?

Big L Ebonics

How big is your vinyl collection? What do you think of CDJ’s?

4 crates. Mostly DnB, Hip Hop. Some Motown & sample shit..

My digital music folder increases on a daily basis ranging from 200-300 tunes per month. I prefer using Turntables with Serato and don’t think of cdj’s.

What are some other DJs you rate? Is there anything we should be looking out for?

Dj Lickweed. DJ Sizzle & U Wish. Multi genre DJ’s and awesome turntablists.

Shikung is my personal fave though, he brings the goods to any party, be it Trap, Hip Hop, Jazz or grandpa’s birthday party.

As far as live acts go, Dysphemic and Miss Eliza are the most amazing act I’ve ever seen. Australia’s best!

My fav producer in Melbourne without a doubt is Able8.

Trap music is “in” right now and some people seem to think funky bass lines are making a revival. What do you think is coming next?

Hopefully more EDM producers, DJ’s and any one involved in the scene will start crawling out of their pigeon holes and just make great music. I stopped following big name producers a while ago and since my sound spectrum has opened up big time. I’ve been finding tunes that I can’t simply just call Dubstep, Trap, Glitch, whatever. Tunes that have elements of so many wicked genres at various tempos. I love it..

So we know you’re originally from Perth, a lot of good musicians seem to come from there. Any idea why?

Perth is very competitive. I think it must be very hard for new talent to get gigs, where as, in Melbourne, if you’ve got the skills and the right attitude, you’re welcomed into the scene. I’m sure this wouldn’t be the case if Perth had more population. We’re still yet to rob Perth of the impressive trio that is Kit Pop, Zeke and Ta-ku. Those boy’s are game changers and holding it down on the westside.

What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?

Play the music you love. Change it up…Bring something new to the party.

Where do you currently play and where can the readers expect to see you perform?

Brown Alley, Loop, Workshop. My next gig is on Friday 28th of June at Brown Alley for The Kiwi Invasion feat State of Mind, Trei, Dose & more.

Then on the 29th of June I’ll be on the mic for the Ladies Night at Rubix.

You can find out more about SK at:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/skahna-sk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skahnaskmode?fref=ts

Skahna will also be playing on TRNSMT on the 20th of June so make sure you tune in to hear the freshest bass tunes from 7pm – 8pm!

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